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Diversifying funding for growth in transition countries

Debt levels in transition economies have risen by 25% relative to GDP since the financial crisis, yet there is still a huge gap in growth-friendly investment. Which financial tools could offer the region the diversified funding needed to support convergence?

Date: November 13, 2015, 12:00 pm Topic: Finance & Financial Regulation

As the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) releases its latest Transition Report, the focus is once again on finance. Debt levels in the region have continued to increase since the financial crisis, but this debt is not being used to support investment. Convergence of incomes and quality of life towards advanced economies is largely stagnant.

How might a stable and growth-friendly financial system in transition economies function? The EBRD suggests that the region must make greater use of equity instruments and develop stronger credit markets in local currencies. How can institutions within and outside the region support this financial rebalancing?

Bruegel was pleased to welcome EBRD Acting Chief Economist Hans Peter Lankes and EBRD Principal Economist Çağatay Bircan for a presentation of the data and policy proposals in the latest Transition Report. This was followed by a discussion chaired by Bruegel Senior Fellow Zsolt Darvas.

Video Recording

EVENT Materials

Schedule

Nov 13, 2015

11.30 - 12.00

Check-in and Coffee

12.00 - 12.30

Presentation

Çağatay Bircan, Principal Economist at the Office of the Chief Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Hans Peter Lankes, Managing Director, Corporate Strategy and Acting Chief Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

12.30 - 13.30

Discussion

Chair: Zsolt Darvas, Senior Fellow

13.30 - 14.00

Lunch

Speakers

Çağatay Bircan

Principal Economist at the Office of the Chief Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Zsolt Darvas

Senior Fellow

Hans Peter Lankes

Managing Director, Corporate Strategy and Acting Chief Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Location & Contact

Bruegel, Rue de la Charité 33, 1210 Brussels

Matilda Sevón

matilda.sevon@bruegel.org +32 2 227 4212

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