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PRESS RELEASE July 22, 2019

World’s First 24-Hour Economics Marathon to be Hosted and Live Streamed by the World Bank Group

Economists from many regions will participate in the event that will be broadcast live on the 24h and 25th of July. You can follow on social media with the hashtag #Econothon.

Washington, July 22, 2019 - The World Bank Group will host the world’s first continuous 24-hour economics marathon to discuss, debate and draw attention to some of the most important development issues of our time. The event will begin on July 24th at 12:00 pm ET time and end at 12:00 pm ET on July 25th.

This interactive livestreamed event, called the Econ-o-thon, will feature 46 World Bank Group economists broadcasting from many different countries. A wide range of speakers will participate in the event, including World Bank Group President David Malpass, World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva, Chief Economist Pinelopi Goldberg and a cohort of Bank Group economists from around the world.

Latin America and the Caribbean will have a special segment on July 24th between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Washington D.C. time, featuring live interviews with Axel van Trotsenburg, Vice President of the World Bank for Latin America and the Caribbean, and Martin Rama, Chief Economist for the region.

There will also be interviews with experts from countries including Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama and Peru, discussing challenges ranging from inclusion to gender equality, migration, infrastructure, fiscal resilience and the protection of biodiversity.

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Follow the event on social media using #Econothon, by visiting Banco Mundial on Facebook and @BancoMundialLAC and @WBCaribbean on Twitter.


Anahí Rama
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