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Top Latin America and Caribbean economic leaders to attend IDB Annual Meeting

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will hold its annual meeting in Cancún, Mexico, from March 19 to 23. Top government authorities from the Bank’s 48 member countries, including several finance ministers and central bank chiefs, will attend the official gathering to discuss the Bank’s future operations and development challenges facing Latin America and the Caribbean.

Zhou Xiaochuan, Governor of the People's Bank of China; Paulo Bernardo, Brazil’s Planning and Budget Minister; Ernesto Cordero-Arroyo, Mexico’s finance and public credit secretary; and finance ministers from the region’s biggest economies will be among the IDB Governors attending the meeting.

International and regional investment banks, large institutional investors and representatives of other multilateral financial institutions, development agencies will also attend the gathering. The event marks the 51st annual meeting of the IDB’s Board of Governors, where key decisions about the Bank's future operations are made.  

Prior to the Board meeting, from March 19–20, a series of seminars will discuss the region’s economic future after the global financial crisis and current development challenges such as policies for climate change after Copenhagen and private sector financing.

Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; Rajendra Kumar Pachauri; chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); Michelle Bachelet, Chile’s President, and Emilson Alonso, President of HSBC in Latin America, are among the key speakers in the seminars.

Members of the press can register to the event and access a preliminary agenda for the gathering at the Annual Meeting’s Web Site. Online media registration will be available until March 11.

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