A Session on Doing Business 2017 and Promoting Prosperity by Improving Women's Rights
May 4, 2017Sasana Kijang, Kuala Lumpur

Mr Augusto Lopez Claros, Senior Advisor in the Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC) of the World Bank Group shares findings and insights on two reports: Doing Business 2017 Report - Equal Opportunity for All and Promoting Prosperity by Improving Women's Rights - Doing Well by Doing Good.

Doing Business 2017 is the 14th in a series of annual reports investigating the regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it. Doing Business presents quantitative indicators on business regulation and the protection of property rights that can be compared across 190 economies – from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe – and over time. Doing Business measures aspects of regulation affecting 11 areas of the life of a business.

Men and women throughout the world want to provide for their families and ensure their children have a good start in life. Often, the chance to start a business or get a job is the surest way to accomplish this goal. But how to be sure that women have the same opportunities as men to fulfill their economic potential? The World Bank's Women, Business and the Law project presents a unique dataset examining how the law can help – or impede – women from working and earning an income and what can be done to improve women's economic participation.

9:00am   Arrival of guests and registration

Opening remarks
Mr Faris Hadad-Zervos, Country Manager of World Bank Malaysia

9:35am  Presentation of main findings of Doing Business – Equal Opportunity for All
Mr Augusto Lopez Claros, Senior Advisor in the Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC) of the World Bank Group
10:00am  Q&A 
10:45am Coffee break
11:00am  Presentation of Women, Business & the Law (Prosperity by Improving Women’s Rights)
Mr Augusto Lopez Claros
11:20am  Panel discussion
Ms Siobhan Das, Executive Director of American & Malaysian Chamber of Commerce 
Ms Anne Abraham, Co-Founder of 30% Club Malaysia Chapter
Mr Augusto Lopez Claros
Ms Hulya Ulku (Moderator)
12:00noon  Q&A
12:30pm   End of program
  • Augusto Lopez Claros

    Senior Advisor in the Development Economics Vice Presidency
    From 2011 to 2017 Mr Augusto Lopez Claros was the Director of the Global Indicators Group in DEC, the department responsible for the World Bank’s Doing Business report and other international benchmarking studies. Previously, he was Chief Economist and Director of the Global Competitiveness Program at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, where he was also the Editor of the Global Competitiveness Report, the Forum’s flagship publication, as well as a number of regional economic reports. Before joining the Forum, he worked for several years in the financial sector in London, with a special focus on emerging markets. He was the International Monetary Fund (IMF)’s Resident Representative in the Russian Federation during the 1990s. Before joining the IMF, he was a Professor of Economics at the University of Chile in Santiago. He received a diploma in Mathematical Statistics from Cambridge University and a PhD in Economics from Duke University. He is a much-sought-after international speaker, having lectured in the last several years at some of the world’s leading universities and think-tanks.
  • WHEN: Thursday, May 4, 2017; 9:00AM-12:30PM
  • WHERE: Museum Theater, Ground Floor, Sasana Kijang, No 2 Jalan Dato' Onn, Kuala Lumpur
  • CONTACT: Ching Thut Chan