AUSTIN, Texas—“A Dialogue with the World Bank: Perspectives on Development in Latin America” is the subject of a series of events at The University of Texas at Austin on Feb. 19-20.
The keynote address will be given by David de Ferranti, vice president of the World Bank for Latin America and the Caribbean Region. De Ferranti and Marcelo Giugale, the World Bank’s leading economist for Mexico, will discuss “Economic and Political Perspectives for Latin America and the Caribbean Region.” The panel will be from 4-6 p.m., Feb. 19, in the Bass Lecture Hall of the LBJ School of Public Affairs.
Before assuming his position in July 1999, de Ferranti directed World Bank support to Latin American and Caribbean governments as they reform financial and governance systems, strengthen macroeconomic stability, invest in health and education, and respond to economic and natural crises.
Giugale is co-editor of a book titled, Achievements and Challenges of Fiscal Decentralization: Lessons from Mexico, which discusses options facing various levels of government of Mexico as they seek to achieve equity in revenue collection and distribution through a wide-ranging fiscal decentralization.
The panel will be moderated by Dr. Victoria Rodriguez, vice provost at The University of Texas at Austin. It is part of a two-day program that concludes with three panel discussions from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Feb. 20.
All of the events are free and open to the public.
Gillette Hall, an economist in the World Bank’s Social Protection Team for Latin America, and David Warren, senior social protection specialist with the World Bank, will discuss “Social Protection and Development in Latin America” in the Texas Union Eastwoods Room, 2.102.
Josefina Stubbs, senior social development specialist with the World Bank, will speak on “Indigenous People and Afrolatins” in the Texas Union Asian Culture Room, 4.224.
Giugale and Mark Thomas, an economist with the World Bank, will discuss “A Comparative Perspective: Brazil and Mexico” in the Dobie Room of the Flawn Academic Center.
The activities are sponsored by the university’s Office of the President, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies of the College of Liberal Arts.
For more information, visit the Latin American Studies Web site.