Fiscal Forum Panel on Climate Change and the Urgency of a Green Recovery

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While the world works to defeat the pandemic, countries should not lose sight of the threat of climate change. A green recovery is urgent, including by getting energy prices right and using green public investment to ensure that countries build forward better.

IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva will moderate a distinguished panel of ministers of finance from around the world to explore the fiscal policies necessary to foster countries’ abilities to mitigate and adapt to climate change, leveraging the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis to accelerate action.

Speakers

Kristalina Georgieva

Managing Director, IMF

 

Kristalina Georgieva is the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). She is the first person from an emerging market economy to lead the IMF since its inception in 1944. Before joining the Fund, Ms. Georgieva was Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank and also served as Interim President for a time. Previously, she served at the European Commission as Vice President for Budget and Human Resources – and as Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response. She was named “European of the Year” and “Commissioner of the Year” by European Voice for her leadership in the European Union’s humanitarian response to crises.

Zainab Ahmed

Minister of Finance, Nigeria

 

Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed. Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning of Nigeria since August 2019. Since taking her current office, Ms. Ahmed has advanced fiscal reforms including the enactment of the 2020 Finance Bill—which included a controversial increase in the VAT rate and removal of fuel subsidies. Her leadership was key to the authorities’ timely request to the Fund for emergency financing.

Nigel Clarke

Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Jamaica

Nigel Clarke. The Hon. Nigel Clarke, DPhil., MP has served as Jamaica’s Minister of Finance and the Public Service since March 2018. He has also previously served as a Senator in the Jamaican Parliament and a Director of the Bank of Jamaica.

Daniele Franco

Minister of Economy and Finance, Italy

Daniele Franco: Prior to his appointment as Italy’s Minister of Economy and Finance in February 2021, he served as Senior Deputy Governor at the Bank of Italy (BdI). He joined the BdI in 1979 and spent much of his career there. During 1994–97, he was an economic advisor in DG ECFIN and during 2013–19 he headed Italy’s State General Accounting Office. Throughout his career he has focused on public finance issues and has published numerous books and articles on the subject. 

Sri Mulyani Indrawati

Minister of Finance, Indonesia

Sri Mulyani Indrawati. Minister of Finance since July 2016. She previously served in the same post from 2005 to 2010. She has held a number of other positions, including Development Committee Chair (2016−18), Managing Director of the World Bank (2010–16), Minister of Planning (2004−05), and IMF Executive Director (2002−04). She has also taught in prominent universities. She received her bachelor’s degree majoring in Economics at University of Indonesia and earned her master and Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States.

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