Past Event

Rio de Janeiro | Strategies for Growth: The Changing Role of The State

December 12, 2016
2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Auditório Engenheiro M. F. Thompson Motta – 12º andar - Fundação Getulio Vargas

The two-day conference in Brazil concludes a three-year research initiative led by Columbia University’s Center on Global Economic Governance (CGEG), in conjunction with the Columbia Global Centers in Paris, Beijing, and Rio de Janeiro. The project was developed in response to the global financial crisis of the previous decade and the challenges that Europe, East Asia, and Latin America have faced, both individually and collectively, in its aftermath. In Brazil, participants will discuss strategies for economic growth in the context of fiscal and structural reform policy, monetary and banking issues, and institutional legitimacy and transparency.

Conference organized by Columbia's Center on Global Economic Governance, the Columbia Global Centers, the Escola Brasileira de Administração Pública e de Empresas at Fundação Getúlio Vargas and Canal UmBrasil.



2:00 PM - Registration and Coffee


2:30 PM - Welcoming Remarks

Merit Janow, Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Thomas Trebat, Director, Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro

Alvaro Cyrino, Vice Dean of EBAPE/FGV


2:45 PM - Keynote Remarks

Maria Silvia Bastos Marques, President, BNDES

“The Role of the State in Unlocking Private Sector Investment - The Debate in Brazil”

The remarks are likely to revolve around Brazil's policies on concessions and privatizations and the new role of the BNDES in improving infrastructure in Brazil. 


3:15 PM - Comments and Reactions

Alvaro Cyrino, Vice Dean, FGV-EBAPE (moderator)

Debora Revoltella, Director of the Economics Department at the European Investment Bank

Eduardo Pontual Ribeiro, Professor of Economics, UFRJ

José Alexandre Scheinkman, Charles and Lynn Zhang Professor of Economics, Columbia University

Maria da Graça Fonseca, Professor of Economics, UFRJ


4:30 PM - Coffee Break


4:45 PM - Does Brazil Need a New Development Model?

Jan Svejnar, Director, Center on Global Economic Governance, Columbia SIPA (moderator)

Edmund Amann, Professor of Brazilian Studies, University of Leiden

Cristiane Alkmin Schmidt, Comissioner, CADE

Joísa Dutra, Professor of Economics, FGV/CERI

Thomas Trebat, Director, Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro


6:00 PM - Closing Remarks and Next Steps


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