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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Finance and Development: Experiences in south-south collaboration from Africa, Asia and Latin America


The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Global Economic Governance Africa (GEGA) Programme invite you to a conference on Finance and Development: Experiences in south-south collaboration from Africa, Asia and Latin America

The purpose of the conference is to share experiences and latest research on the contribution that financial, monetary and macroeconomic policy can make towards regional integration, resilience and development, especially given today’s challenging global context. The focus is particularly upon the use of innovative new institutions and mechanisms emerging in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Click here to view the  pdf Programme (132 KB) .

This conference is part of a wider process where the UN General Assembly mandated UNCTAD to enhance understanding on these important issues and identify areas of consensus. SAIIA and GEG Africa also has a strong interest and expertise in these themes through its extensive work throughout Africa. Speakers and participants will draw on the collective networks of these partners, and include representatives from multinational development banks, regional and national development banks, reserve funds, infrastructure financiers, central banks and ministries, academia and UN experts.

The first day of the conference will focus primarily on multilateral development banks (MDBs) and how they can contribute to greater development. This includes both established MDBs such as the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the Development Bank of Southern Africa, as well as emerging development banks such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the New Development Bank. Latest research from the Global Economic Governance Africa Programme will focus on the use of country systems by MDBs in Africa.

Day two of the conference will further explore latest research on new and innovative inter-regional mechanisms and institutions that are emerging, and their development impact. These will include regional mechanisms for the provision of long-term development finance (especially infrastructure), the use of different forms of regional funds and pools for short-term liquidity finance (such as the Chiang Mai Initiative and FLAR); novel payment systems to promote inter-regional investment and trade, and regional social or industrial policies to boost regional consumption and production and which are the essential counterpart without which development finance is unlikely to achieve its aims. The conference aims to provoke lively discussions and debate and sharing of experiences and ideas between the different parts of the world.

Event Details

Date:   10-11 May 2017
Time:   09h00 - 17h00
Venue: SAIIA Hall, Jan Smuts House, East Campus, Wits University, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Event Material 

Click here to view the  pdf Programme (132 KB) . Download all of the material from day one:

Click here to read pdf Dr Diana Barrowclough's keynote address  (557 KB)
Click here to view the Keynote address by pdf Mr Moe Shaik (648 KB) – General Executive: International Finance, Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)

Panel 1: New sources of long-term development finance
pdf China’s Global Development Consortia (1.19 MB) by Kevin P. Gallagher
pdf Latin America's new Banco del Sur (696 KB) by Pedro Bounomo
pdf The New Development Bank and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (405 KB) by Rogerio Studart
pdf Manufacturing, industrial policy and the need for new generation DFIs (4.67 MB) by Murat Yulek

Panel 2: Existing Development Banks and Financiers - acting as regional leaders
pdf The African Development Bank’s role in supporting and financing regional integration and development in Africa (966 KB) by Dr. Gabriel Mougani
pdf Development Bank of West Africa (1.88 MB) by Amede Guy Mehou
pdf Boosting Resilience and Growth Role of Regional MDBs: Case of Islamic Development Bank (1.45 MB) by Walid Abdelwahab

Panel 3: Use of Country Systems in Financing African Infrastructure: recommendations for the New Development Bank
pdf Use of country systems in South Africa (320 KB) by Chelsea Markowitz
pdf Use of country systems by the New Development Bank: Kenya case study (85 KB) by Kwame Owino
pdf Informing the NDBs approach to UCS in Africa: Key insights from the case study on Morocco (48 KB) by Dr. El Mostafa Jamea
pdf Informing the New Development Bank’s approach to use of country systems (341 KB) by Cyril Prinsloo

Download all of the material from day two:

Panel 4: Currency and payment mechanisms 
pdf African monetary union, the West African Currency Zone, in light of the euro experiment –what have we learned? (356 KB) by Professor Joerg Bibow
pdf Unified System for Regional Compensation (977 KB) by Camilo Rivas Romero
pdf The African Development Bank’s role and experiences in supporting regional payments systems programs and initiatives in Africa: key issues, lessons learned and recommendations (1.05 MB) by Dr. Gabriel Mougani

Panel 5: Short-to-medium term finance, Balance Of Payment problems, Reserve Funds.
pdf Latin American Reserve Fund (FLAR) (590 KB) by Carlos Giraldo
pdf CMIM/ AMRO: Development and Challenges (821 KB) by Yasuto Watanabe
pdf Asian Experiences in financial initiatives and institution building (411 KB) by Mah Hui LIM
pdf Alternatives to the International Monetary Fund in Asia and Latin America: Lessons for Regional Financial Arrangements (1.22 MB) by William Kring

Panel 6: Alternative instruments for today's new world
pdf New regional financial and monetary institutions and their unsung partner - Development banks, PPPs, SWFs and the role of the State (933 KB) by Diana Barrowclough
pdf Industrial Policy Co-operation as core to regional transformation, experience in Southern Africa (338 KB) by Saul Levin
pdf Sovereign wealth funds, experience in Nigeria (130 KB) by Akpan H. Ekpo

(all photos copyright Tadeu Andre/SAIIA)