2020 Annual Meetings: October 6 Briefing


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Dear Colleague,

Welcome to the first of several briefings on the 2020 Annual Meetings. Over the next few weeks we'll point you to everything you need to know: our newest reports, blogs, podcasts, live events and much more. We already have a jam-packed virtual agenda this week, so let's get started.

Today's featured media partner is the Financial Times. A global crisis needs a global response. Make decisions that make a difference with the FT.


8:00 AM EDT: Overcoming the Crisis and Building a More Resilient Economy

To set the stage of the Annual Meetings, Kristalina Georgieva will deliver her Curtain Raiser speech about how countries around the world now face the Long Ascent—a difficult climb that will be long, uneven, uncertain, and prone to setbacks. Following her speech, Georgieva will discuss the global economy and policy priorities with LSE Director Minouche Shafik, moderated by CNBC’s Sara Eisen.



10:15 AM EDT: The IMF Anti-Corruption Challenge Pitch Event 

Join us as we seek bright ideas to tackle corruption. The Pitch Event represents the final step for selecting the winners of the Anti-Corruption Challenge (ACC). During this event, the top 8 teams pitch their proposals. Kristalina Georgieva and Rhoda Weeks-Brown will deliver opening remarks.

11:00 AM EDT: Mitigating Climate Change: Growth and Distribution-Friendly Strategies

Tied to a new research chapter of the World Economic Outlook, Kristalina Georgieva speaks with Andrew Palmer, Executive Editor of the Economist, about a growth-friendly path to steer the planet toward zero emissions by 2050.


10:00 AM EDT: The Great Lockdown: Dissecting the Economic Effects

Silvia Amaro of CNBC International interviews Damiano Sandri, author of new IMF research tied to the World Economic Outlook, about the impact of lockdowns on the global economy.

12:00 PM EDT: IMF Inspired | Bridging the Gender Data Gap with Caroline Criado Perez

Join our next #IMFInspired session with Caroline Criado Perez, author of the best-selling book Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men. Caroline will sit down with Sabina Bhatia, Deputy Secretary of the IMF, for a live conversation to discuss damaging effects of gender data gaps in our work, our homes, and our policies, and how the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating gender inequality. Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva will give opening remarks for the session. Watch the discussion and send in your questions here.


8:00 AM EDT: CSO Townhall with IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva

Join Kristalina Georgieva for a virtual Civil Society Townhall, as she listens to the views of Civil Society Organizations from around the world and answers questions on how the Fund is helping its members during the COVID-19 crisis; its role in building a greener, fairer, and smarter economy; and issues such as corruption, income and gender inequality, and climate change. Interested in how the IMF engages with civil society? Click here.


Our new Fiscal Monitor shows that increasing public investment in advanced and emerging market economies could help revive economic activity from the sharpest and deepest global economic collapse in contemporary history. It could also create millions of jobs directly in the short term and millions more indirectly over a longer period. Increasing public investment by 1 percent of GDP could strengthen confidence in the recovery and boost GDP by 2.7 percent, private investment by 10 percent, and employment by 1.2 percent if investments are of high quality and if existing public and private debt burdens do not weaken the response of the private sector to the stimulus. Read the full blog here.

Also, in a 15-minute discussion yesterday, the IMF’s Paolo Mauro outlined to Joshua Zumbrun of the Wall Street Journal how governments can boost jobs and growth through public investment.


This special Annual Meetings newsletter is available in English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Russian and Arabic. If you would like to receive these updates in another language, click here, enter your email address to access your subscriptions and select the language you prefer.

Looking to plan ahead? Click here to access the full schedule of the Annual Meetings.

Your next briefing will be on Friday, October 9, so stay tuned!


IMF 2020 Annual Meetings Team

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