Event Summary - 2018 Annual Meeting: Tectonic Shifts: Multilateralism in a Disrupted World

On April 18, 2018, the Bretton Woods Committee held its 35th Annual Meeting at the IMF Headquarters in Washington, DC drawing an impressive line-up of speakers and over 200 Committee members and global leaders. With transformative challenges causing major changes across global economic, political, and technological spheres, this year’s conversation – Tectonic Shifts: Multilateralism in a Disrupted World – prompted timely solutions for navigating forces shaping the future of trade, finance, and development.

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Member Appreciation Reception

On April 20, the Bretton Woods Committee hosted a Member Appreciation Reception in honor of the Committee’s 35th Anniversary. At the reception, the Committee recognized members of its Legislative Task Force for their service in support of our recent legislative efforts in securing a full replenishment for the World Bank’s IDA fund from the United States.

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Event Summary – 2017 International Council Meeting: Solutions for Sustaining Economic Cooperation
On October 12, 2017 the Bretton Woods Committee convened a diverse group of over 200 global thought leaders at our flagship International Council meeting. Click here for the meeting's agenda.
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Event Summary - 2017 Annual Meeting: The Future of Globalism and Multilateralism

On April 19, 2017, over 175 Committee members and friends – including leaders from both public and private sectors as well as academia and civil society – gathered at the International Monetary Fund headquarters in Washington, D.C. for the 2017 Bretton Woods Committee Annual Meeting. This year’s theme, The Future of Globalism and Multilateralism, focused on the future of the Bretton Woods system in a changing geopolitical landscape.

Segment 1: A Shifting Global Economic Landscape

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Event Summary - Catalyzing Private Sector Investment in Infrastructure in Emerging Markets and Developing Economies

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017 a group of approximately 60 Bretton Woods Committee members and friends held a private roundtable discussion featuring industry leaders, officials from the World Bank Group (WBG) and Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), and other experts involved in private sector development financing to explore ways to overcome current investment challenges and MDB/IFI initiatives that could further spur private sector appetite for resilient, climate-smart infrastructure in Emerging Markets and Developing Economies (EMDEs).

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Event Summary - 2016 International Council: Navigating Uncertainty in an Uncharted Economic Era

On October 7, 2016, over 200 Bretton Woods Committee members and friends – including leaders from the public and private sectors as well multilateral institutions – gathered at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, D.C. for the 2016 Bretton Woods Committee International Council Meeting.

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2016 Annual Meeting Event Summary - The Spirit of Bretton Woods: Multilateral Leadership in Turbulent Times

On June 27, 2016, over 130 Committee members and friends – including leaders from both public and private sectors as well as civil society – gathered at the International Monetary Fund headquarters in Washington, D.C. for the 2016 Bretton Woods Committee Annual Meeting. This year’s program theme – “The Spirit of Bretton Woods: Multilateral Leadership in Turbulent Times”– focused on the new and evolving set of global economic challenges and the critical role of multilateral and U.S. leadership in managing risks and capitalizing on opportunities.

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2015 International Council

On October 10, 2015, over 150 Bretton Woods Committee members and friends gathered for our annual International Council meeting in Lima, Peru alongside the IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings. This year’s meeting focused on resilience and risks within the global economy – specifically within the financial sector and among advanced and emerging economies. Speakers also debated the state of global fiscal and monetary policy coordination and implementation to drive strong, sustainable and balanced global growth.

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2015 Annual Meeting - Bretton Woods and Global Growth: Evolving Stories

On May 19, 2015 over 150 Committee members and friends – including leaders from both public and private sectors as well as civil society – gathered at the World Bank headquarters in Washington D.C. for the 2015 Bretton Woods Committee Annual Meeting. This year’s program theme – “Bretton Woods and Global Growth: Evolving Stories” – focused on the shifting state of the global economy and the future of multilateralism and the Bretton Woods system.

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Event Summary - Digital Payments and Currencies: Global Threat or Opportunity?

On Thursday April 23rd, 2015 the Bretton Woods Committee and the Institute for International Economic Policy at GW’s Elliot School of International Affairs co-hosted a seminar to consider the value proposition of digital currencies and payments and to discuss current and future regulatory implications. The program featured a diverse group of speakers including government regulatory agencies, banking institutions, financial intermediaries, and start-up entrepreneurs involved in the burgeoning cryptocurrency landscape.

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