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EU-WB Conference on Migration and the Global Development Agenda
December 9, 2015Room MC13-121, World Bank Headquarters
1818 H Street NW
Washington DC 20433
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM

EU-WB Conference on Migration and the Global Development Agenda

The EU Presidency of Luxembourg and the World Bank are organizing a day-long ‘Conference on Migration and the Global Development Agenda’. As the first event after the finalization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this conference will bring together major stakeholders on migration and development to highlight the latest thinking on how to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks associated with migration for host, origin and transit countries as well as for the migrants and their families. Speakers will present various perspectives from a global, national, municipal, business and civil society level.

Time: 9am – 6.30pm (US Eastern time)

Watch the event live:

The entire day’s proceedings will be live streamed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntJuiWaXO9sh

The event is open to the public. 

To RSVP and for further information please contact:

Organizing team
Sonia Plaza, email: splaza@worldbank.org; Tel: +1 202 473 4671;
Celine Zarina Mersch, email: cmersch@worldbank.org; Tel: +1 202 469 2286

External participants 
Malkiat Singh, email: malkiatsingh@worldbank.org; Tel: +1 202 473 7711

8:30 – 9:00 am       Participants Registration/Coffee

9:00 - 9:30 am        Opening

  • Welcoming remarks by Jim Kim, President of the World Bank
  • Opening remarks by the Chair, Franciscus Godts, Executive Director for Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Luxembourg, Kosovo, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey
  • Opening remarks by Kaushik Basu, Senior Vice President (Development Economics) and Chief Economist, World Bank

9:30 – 11:00 am     Session 1: Migration and Development Nexus

  • David O'Sullivan, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States of America
  • Gibril Faal, Director of GK Partners/Trustee of AFFORD
  • Shahidul Haque, Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh, incoming Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) 2016 Chair
  • Jörg Frieden, Executive Director for Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Poland, Serbia, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.
  • 11:00–

11:00–11:15 am     Coffee

11:15–12:30 pm     Session 2: Contributions of migrants to origin and destination countries

  • Trade, investment, entrepreneurship
    Ricardo Hausmann, Director of the Center for International Development at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Skills, innovation and brain circulation
    Sam Pitroda, Innovator
  • Fiscal contributions
    Stefano Scarpetta, Director for Employment, Labor and Social Affairs, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Global gains from migration
    Robert E. Lucas, Professor of Economics, Boston University

12:30–2:00 pm   Break

2:00–3:15 pm     Session 3: Maximizing the benefits of labor migration

  • Reducing labor migration costs and recruitment costs
    Sandra Polaski, ILO Deputy Director-General for Policy
  • Facilitating intra-EU labor mobility of low skilled workers: lessons to share
    Georg Fischer, Director for "Analysis, Evaluation, External Relations", Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission
  • Migration, demographic trends and aging
    • Presentation of the Migration and Remittances Factbook
          Sonia Plaza, Senior Economist, World Bank
    • Demographic trends and aging
          Rainer Münz, Advisor, European Commission

3:15–3:30 pm     Coffee

3:30–5:00 pm     Session 4: Solutions on migration - Roundtable on Experiences on integrating economic migrants and refugees

  • High-level representative from Germany
  • Ninette Kelley, Director, Liaison Office in New York, UNHCR
  • Ramon Sanahuja, Director of ‘Attention and Welcoming to Migrants to City of Barcelona’
  • Susan Martin, Herzberg Professor of International Migration Director, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University
  • High-level representative from Canada (TBC)

5:00–6:15 pm     Session 5: Solutions on migration - Leveraging remittances and diaspora resources for financing development

  • Diaspora bonds
    Jwala Rambarran, Governor, Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Financial inclusion and the use of new technologies
    Max Chion, Head of Product Platforms for Emerging Payments, Group Executive Emerging Payment Products, MasterCard
  • Reducing remittance costs
    Y. Sudhir Kumar Shetty, President, UAE Exchange
  • Using future remittances as collateral for international bond financing
    Dilip Ratha, Head of KNOMAD and Lead Economist, Migration and Remittances (DECMR), Development Indicators Group, World Bank

6:15–6:30 pm     Way Forward and Closing

  • Franciscus Godts, Executive Director for Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Luxembourg, Kosovo, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey
  • Dilip Ratha, Head of KNOMAD and Lead Economist, Migration and Remittances (DECMR), Development Indicators Group, World Bank

6:30–8:00 pm     Cocktail (MC Atrium)