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Multilateral Development Banks for a Global Future: The Perspective of Emerging Market Leaders

With increasing challenges that go beyond national borders, the World Bank and other MDBs must quickly transform themselves and become truly global banks – through broader mandates, better governance, and modern business models. Middle-income countries will be a crucial part of this transformation. Most of the world’s people and most of the world’s poor live in MICs. Such countries are also significant users of World Bank’s products and services, and many are strong supporters of GPGs. At the time of the Annual Meetings of the World Bank and IMF, President Guillermo Lasso of Ecuador and the Finance Ministers of Egypt, Nigeria, and Uruguay will share their recommendations for how the World Bank and MDBs can better provide GPGs in MICs. By sharing their perspectives in this event hosted in partnership with ODI, leaders will bring awareness to this gap and present practical changes to ensure this opportunity is not wasted.



  • Guillermo Lasso, President, Republic of Ecuador


  • Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • Azucena Arbeleche, Minister of Economy and Finance, Oriental Republic of Uruguay
  • Mohamed Maait, Minister of Finance, Arab Republic of Egypt
  • Reza Baqir, Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Former Governor, State Bank of Pakistan
  • Annalisa Prizzon, Senior Research Fellow, ODI
  • Liliana Rojas-Suarez, Senior Fellow and Director of the Latin America Initiative, Center for Global Development