FEATURE STORY October 11, 2017

Annual Meetings 2017: Human capital, finance for development and resilience high on parliamentarians agenda

Annual Meetings 2017: Human capital, finance for development and resilience high on parliamentarians agenda

The Parliamentary Network on the World Bank & IMF organized the Parliamentary Workshop 

World Bank Group


Washington DC, October 10-11 - The 2017 Annual Meetings were held from October 9-15 in the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund headquarters in Washington, DC. On October 10-11, the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank & IMF organized the Parliamentary Workshop – the event that was designed to bring together a small group of parliamentarians from both donor and recipient countries and was co-organized with the World Bank and the IMF.

This year, 53 participants from 33 countries were present at the Workshop: Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Germany, Ghana, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Latvia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Moldova, Morocco, Nigeria, Paraguay, Poland, Romania, Senegal, South Africa, Switzerland, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe. Other participants included representatives from the International Assembly of the Francophonie, the Pan-African Parliament, and the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC).

The main themes of this year’s Workshop covered the most pressing development issues of the decade and the objects of traditionally intense focus both on the part of the Parliamentary Network, the World Bank, and the IMF: the correlation of economic growth and job creation; inequality; climate change; private sector investment; fighting corruption; energy reforms; and investing in younger generations. Many of these discussions built on the previous dedicated sessions during the Global Parliamentary Conference which took place in April 2017, and introduced new approaches to tackling these universal challenges.


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