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IDB Annual Meeting Agenda Highlights – March 17

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In the morning, the IDB has organized a seminar that will deal with the current European financial crisis and possible impacts on the world economy and another seminar that will discuss education and labor markets.

In the afternoon, the Bank will hold a workshop about natural disaster risk management.  The Multilateral Investment Fund and Bloomberg New Energy Finance will unveil preliminary results of an innovative study on the business environment for green investment in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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09:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Seminar: Navigating the International Financial Storms

The debt crisis in Europe, an uncertain fiscal outlook in the United States, a potential growth slowdown in China, mounting trade conflicts—the global economy is moving into uncharted territory. This seminar will analyze potential scenarios for the world economy in 2012, their implications for Latin America and the Caribbean, and the policy options available to governments in managing the resulting macroeconomic and financial risks.

Location: SODRE, Balzo Room

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

MIF II, Progress Report: Approach, Outcomes, and Future Prospects (Reserved meeting)

Location: Solis Theater, Bartolomé Room

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Seminar: Skills and Jobs: Connecting the Education System with the Labor Market

This seminar will feature renowned global private-sector and education leaders involved in initiatives that seek to connect education and labor markets through innovations in education, hiring, and training around the world. The panelists will discuss success stories wherein young people are being helped to equip themselves with the relevant skills to cope in the labor market and in the society of the future.

Location: SODRE, Balzo Room

1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Asado Barbecue and Folkloric Show hosted by Montevideo City Hall

Location: Asociación Rural Uruguay

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Disaster Risk Management Workshop: One year after the Earthquake in Japan (JICA, IDB, and ECLAC)

The aim of the workshop is to demonstrate the importance of countermeasures against natural disasters from a technical as well as a finance perspective. Presentations by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean will provide insight into different experiences and highlight possibilities for future cooperation in disaster risk management for the region.

Location: Solis Theater, Bartolomé Room

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Climatescope Launch - MIF

The Multilateral Investment Fund launches a new knowledge product. Developed with Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the Climatescope will profile the potential for climate-change related businesses in Latin America and the Caribbean, highlighting new opportunities and filling in important information gaps. The Climatescope will be an annual report and benchmarking index covering the entire region, consisting of a general overview of the state of new-energy projects and individual country profiles.

Location: SODRE, Balzo Room

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Launching of Panama as the site of the next annual meeting

Location: Radisson Hotel, 2nd floor

9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.

“Animáte” concert

Location: Canteras Parque Rodó

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