View from IMF / World Bank 2013

View from IMF

Date: 11-13 October 2013
Location: Washington D.C, United States

The Banker is attending the 2013 IMF World Bank Annual Meetings and our editors will be reporting regularly from the event with viewpoints and thought-led discussions with key industry figures.

With articles, reports and videos, The Banker’s View From IMF / World Bank 2013 is your ideal guide to the event.

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Pre IMF 2013 interviews


Stephen King, group chief economist at HSBC, discusses the outlook for Asia ahead of the IMF annual meeting with Jane Cooper, Asia editor at The Banker.


Ahead of this year's IMF in Washington, DC, Brian Caplen, editor of The Banker talks to Dr Gerard Lyons, chief economic advisor to the Mayor of London.


Jerome Booth, the founder of investment group New Sparta and former head of research at Ashmore, tells Paul Wallace why he doubts policy-makers will address the main issues affecting the world economy at next week's IMF meetings in Washington.

Featured articles

Gulf sovereign wealth funds

Gulf SWFs look to move with the times

The Gulf’s sovereign wealth funds have grown in size and influence, adapting to market forces and taking advantage of the global financial crisis. But just how are they generating returns in the current economic climate?

Asia does its own thing

Doing its own thing: does Asia need the IMF?

Lingering resentment over its role in the Asian crisis of the 1990s and complaints that the continent is under-represented in its senior positions mean that the IMF's popularity throughout Asia is low. But will this sense of injustice lead to the forming of an Asian Monetary Fund that will push the IMF to the sidelines in the region?

Central banks drive Africas recovery
From World / Africa / Ghana

Central banks drive Africa's recovery

Africa’s underdeveloped economies and financial sectors have proved a barrier for central banks implementing monetary policy and prudential regulation. But recent years have seen significant progress, thanks in no small part to central banks’ growing independence from governments.

Can London survive outside the EU

Can London survive outside the EU?

The UK's relationship with the EU has rarely been harmonious, but in recent years the heavy-handed regulations and onerous taxes perceived to be emanating from Brussels have seen this marriage teeter perilously close to divorce. A referendum could be called in the UK in 2017 regarding its EU membership, but how would the country – and London in particular – look should the vote call for a permanent separation?

More articles

Christine Lagarde

The people leading the IMF

The Banker profiles six senior figures at the International Monetary Fund, and looks at the ways that they are changing and improving the institution's policies, strategy and reputation.

Jim Yong Kim

World Bank president reveals his masterplan

With criticism from both outside and inside the organisation, the World Bank Group has had to rethink its strategy and objectives in recent years. World Bank president Jim Yong Kim discusses these changes in an exclusive interview with The Banker, explaining why the institution remains a vital force on the world stage and how it plans to tackle pressing global problems such as poverty and climate change.

The people behind the World Bank

The Banker profiles four senior figures at the World Bank, looking at their most significant achievements to date, as well as their goals and ambitions for the future.

World Bank and IMF

A new generation of challenges face the World Bank and IMF

The 2013 meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund are, as has been the case in recent years, set to focus on the global economy and economic recovery, but will the internal wranglings of the group overshadow proceedings? 


Gerrit Zalm

ABN Amro chief opts for slow and steady route

Although his time as Dutch finance minister gives him a deep understanding of policy-making, ABN Amro chief Gerrit Zalm has mixed views on the current tide of regulatory initiatives in Europe.

Alpha Condé and Kerfalla Yansané
From World / Africa / Guinea

Guinea looks to meet challenges of modernisation

Guinea's austerity measures have not proven popular with the country's army and civil service, but have impressed the IMF and other international observers. Its president and finance minister explain the challenges they have met in rebuilding the newly democratic country, and how they intend to turn it into a resource-based African powerhouse.

Abdusalam Omer
From World / Africa / Somalia

The toughest central banking job in the world?

Somalia’s central bank governor has to create a financial system virtually from scratch. But, as Paul Wallace writes, there is no shortage of foreign and local investors wanting to establish banks in the country, which seems to be on the mend for the first time in two decades.

Elvira Nabiullina

Challenges and opportunities for Russia's evolving central bank

A new inflation targeting framework, efforts to improve the supply of credit and the implementation of Basel III all pose challenges for the Bank of Russia, as well as opportunities to modernise the country's financial system.

Sultan bin Nasser Al-Suwaidi

UAE CBG looks to utilise macroprudential toolkit

The central bank governor of the United Arab Emirates says the country is looking to the tools in its macroprudential toolkit to increase the economy’s resilience to any future shocks. 

Rachel Ziemba

Mena moves beyond muddling through

Countries in the Middle East and north Africa are muddling through as they respond to the chaos brought about by the Arab Spring. So what can they do to increase growth and improve their business environment?

Amando Tetangco

Philippines CBG: the positive influence of financial inclusion

The Philippines has enjoyed a lot of success in growing its microfinance market and pursuing financial inclusion. Moreover, widening the banking base has arguably had a positive effect on the country's overall financial stability.

T-Choongsoo Kim

South Korea CBG looks to bridge international gaps

Bank of Korea governor Choongsoo Kim tells Jane Cooper how he aims to bridge the gap at international meetings between emerging and developed economies, and how he plans to globalise South Korea’s central bank. 

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