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The Future of Pensions in Latin America and the Caribbean

How to increase coverage and ensure sustainability?

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) organize a special roundtable discussion, marking the launch of 'Pensions at a Glance: Latin America and the Caribbean', a joint publication of the OECD, the World Bank (WB) and the IDB. The event will take place on Monday, April 20th from 9:00 to 11:30am at the IDB´s Enrique Iglesias Auditorium (1350 New York Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20577).

The event will be opened by Ángel Gurría,Secretary-General of the OECD and Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the IDB.

Gabriela Frías (Business anchor for CNN) will moderate a panel discussion with the following participants:

  • Andrés Escobar (Technical Deputy Minister of Finance and Public Credit, Colombia),
  • Magdalena Lizardo (Director for Economic and Social Analysis Advisory Unit, MEPYD, Dominican Republic),
  • Marlon Tabora (President of the Central Bank and Head of Economic Cabinet, Honduras),
  • Santiago Levy (Vice-President for Sectors and Knowledge at the IDB),
  • Stefano Scarpetta (Director for Employment, Labor and Social Affairs at the OECD) and
  • Arup Banerji (Senior Director and Head of Global Practice - Social Protection and Labor, at the World Bank).

Today, nearly 23 million people over 65 in Latin America and the Caribbean do not receive a pension financed by their own contributions, but in the absence of reforms, and due to a rapidly aging population, this number will skyrocket in the coming decades. By2050, between 66 and 83 million people 65 and older may not have a contributory pension. How should pension systems be reformed to ensure greater coverage? High-level policy makers will discuss these challengesand different policy approaches to pension reform in the region.

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