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The Road to Lima 2015

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Current Events

2015 Regional Photo Contest
Through the Eyes of Youth in Latin America

May 6-June 30, 2015

The IMF has announced the 2015 Regional Photo Contest, which will provide a unique opportunity for youth to visually express their views of the economic, social, and cultural challenges that the region faces.

To participate in the photo contest, go to

2015 Regional Photo Contest

Media Partners: Media Partner: El Comercio   Media Partner: El Universal

Recent Events

XIII Regional Conference on Central America, Panama, and the Dominican Republic conference
Real Intercontinental Hotel, San Salvador, El Salvador

July 23-24, 2015

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the government of El Salvador hosted the XIII Regional Conference for Central America, Panama, and the Dominican Republic on July 23-24, 2015 in San Salvador. The focus was on the macroeconomic outlook for the region, including the effect of monetary policy in the United States, as well as policies for inclusive growth, experience with fiscal responsibility frameworks, and the benefits and risks from growing financial integration. The conference brought together central bank governors, finance ministers, and financial sector superintendents of the region, as well as senior officials of the IMF and other multilateral organizations.


International Conference
Financial Inclusion: "International Experiences and Peru Strategy"

June 11-12,2015 - Lima, Peru

Financial Inclusion Conference

This conference will promote the discussion on financial inclusion, its benefits on economic growth; its achievements and challenges in Latin America; its lessons learned in policy implementation; and the action strategies considered for promoting financial inclusion in Peru.

This conference will bring together domestic and international renowned experts and it is structured as follows:

  • The first part will include the analysis of the current situation, the future of financial inclusion in Latin America and its impact on growth and inequality;
  • The second one will focus on the design, implementation and evaluation of results of several policies and financial inclusion strategies;
  • Finally, Peru's progress, challenges and efforts done will be presented and the main characteristics of Peru´s National Strategy on Financial Inclusion will be discussed.

Attendance to this conference is by invitation only.

Read the program

High-Level Conference on Latin America
Rising Challenges to Growth and Stability in a Shifting Global Environment

June 1, 2015 - IMF Headquarters (HQ2), Washington, D.C.

This one-day conference is part of a series of IMF-related events in Latin America in preparation for the 2015 IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings in Lima, Peru. It will bring together regional experts, leading academics, senior policymakers, as well as IMF staff to discuss the current difficulties affecting Latin America. IMF First Deputy Managing Director David Lipton will open the event.

The conference is open to the public, but registration is required. To register, go to


Past Events

XVII Annual Inflation Targeting Seminar of the Banco Central do Brasil

May 22, 2015

Christine Lagarde, IMF Managing Director, gave a speech today at the XVII Annual Inflation Targeting Seminar of the Banco Central do Brasil, Brasilia, titled "Reinforcing Policy Credibility, Reigniting Robust Growth".

Read the speech.

After the Commodities Boom

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 2:00pm Bogotá time (3:00pm Washington, D.C.)

IMF First Deputy Managing Director David Lipton and Colombia Finance Minister Mauricio Cardenas will have a debate about the region's future.

Moderator: Joyce Chang, J.P. Morgan
Panelists: David Lipton (First Deputy Managing Director, IMF); Mauricio Cardenas (Finance Minister, Colombia); Jose de Gregorio (IEE); Ilan Goldfajn (Itau Unibanco)

Western Hemisphere Regional Economic Outlook Launch

April 29-30, 2015

The IMF launched in Santiago, Chile, its Regional Economic Outlook for the Western Hemisphere region.

Western Hemisphere REO Archives

Press Availability Regarding 2015 Annual Meetings in
Lima, Peru

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, IMF; Jim Kim, President, World Bank Group; Alonso Segura, Finance Minister, Peru; Julio Velarde, Governor of the Central Reserve Bank of Peru

Press Briefing: Outlook on Latin America and the Caribbean

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Press briefing by Alejandro Werner, Director, Western Hemisphere Department, on the outlook for Latin America and the Caribbean

Santiago 2014
Challenges for Securing Growth & Shared Prosperity in
Latin America

December 5-6, 2014

The International Monetary Fund in partnership with the Ministry of Finance, Republic of Chile will hold a high-level conference to engage stakeholders on short- and long-term macro-relevant issues facing Latin America and the Caribbean. Top policymakers, civil society representatives, prominent academics, opinion leaders, and financial sector executives, are featured in this exploration of economic challenges and possible solutions in preparation for the IMF's 2015 Annual Meetings in Lima, Peru.

Read more about the conference...

Entrepreneurship in Latin America: Challenges and Opportunities

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the IMF, engaged with Latin American young entrepreneurs to discuss their aspirations, the challenges they face, as well as the prospects for the region.

Latina America's future is in the hands and talent of its young generation. In Latin America, the potential of youth is phenomenal—young people represent 40 percent of the working age population. But that potential is not being fully realized because of high youth unemployment and unequal access to quality education. In that context, many young people have turned to entrepreneurship as a way to join the economy. Youth in the region is 4.6 times more likely to be involved in nascent/new business than established ones, the highest rate in the world.

The IMF sees young entrepreneurs as an important component of the economy in the region; this discussion aimed to bring the attention of policy makers to this very relevant issue.

Youth from Latin America joined the conversation on December 3 at 5:00pm Lima time via video and social media using #IMFYouth.

Youth Dialogue
Inclusive Growth and Entrepreneurship through Education, Innovation and Passion

October 7, 2014 @ 4pm EST

The 2014 Youth Dialogue, which has been organized over the past three years as part of the IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings, provides a platform for youth to share their views on inclusive growth and entrepreneurship through Education, Innovation and Passion. With traditional channels of job creation not working fast enough to deal with joblessness, innovation in self-employment and private enterprise may be key. While this may require creative thinking by the youth, it will likely are require support from domestic policies that help create a level playing field, improve access to finance, strengthen regulatory reform, and close the gender gap. The dialogue will invite panelists to share their inspiring stories, the challenges, and the solutions.


Essay Contest
How to Build a Better Future for Latin America

The IMF would like to thank all of the students from Latin America and the Caribbean who participated in the “How to Build a Better Future for Latin America” essay contest.

1,100 essays were received from students in 23 countries studying in a variety of academic programs (economics, medicine, biology, law, etc.) at both public and private universities. An evaluation committee has reviewed these essays and selected the group of eight finalists who will be invited to the 2014 Annual Meetings of the IMF and World Bank in October.

The names of the eight contest finalists are:

  • Adriana Rojas Castro, 29 years, Colombian, Universidad de Concepción, Chile
  • Daniela Amórtegui Martinez, 19 years, Colombian, Universidad del Rosario, Colombia
  • Gonzalo Huertas, 26 years, Argentinean, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Luiz Guilherme de Brito Soares, Brazilian, Universidade Católica de Pernambuco, Brazil
  • Mariana Montero Vega, 19 years, Costa Rica, Universidad de Costa Rica
  • Mauricio Rada Orellana, 19 years, Peruvian, Universidad del Pacifico, Peru
  • Monica Sodré Pires, 29 years, Brazilian, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
  • Nabil Lopez Hawa, 24 years, Dominican, Michigan University, USA


The IMF, CIES, and Pontifical Catholic University of Peru Student Event in Lima on Thursday, July 24

The International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Economic and Social Research Consortium (CIES), and the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PCUP), in coordination with the government of Peru, co-hosted an IMF Youth Dialogue Event: How to Build a Better Future for Latin America on Thursday July 24, at 4:00 p.m. at the PCUP Cultural Center in Lima. IMF Deputy Managing Director Min Zhu met with students from various universities of Peru to discuss the challenges facing Latin America, as well as other topical issues. During the event, the finalists of the IMF essay contest “How to Build a Better Future for Latin America”, in which students from the region ( shared their ideas, thoughts, and proposals for the region’s future, were announced. The event was streamed live on the university’s website ( Mr. Zhu answered students’ questions channeled through the social media competition “Ask the IMF” (#preguntaalfmi).

Nouriel Roubinidavid liptonLipton-Roubini University Roadshow
Mexico City, Lima, Santiago

March 3-7, 2014

David Lipton, First Deputy Managing Director of the IMF and Nouriel Roubini, Founder and President of Roubini Global Economics will engage with university students and discuss the state of the world economy, global economic trends, and current and future challenges facing the younger generations in the region and around the globe.

Monday, March 3 - Mexico City, Mexico

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México

Moderator: Mtro. Leo Zuckermann
Speakers: David Lipton and Nouriel Roubini
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Wednesday, March 5 - Lima, Peru

10:00 am – 11:30 am
Universidad del Pacífico, Auditorio Julio Wicht S.J.

Moderator: Augusto Townsend Klinge
Speakers: David Lipton and Nouriel Roubini
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Friday, March 7 - Santiago, Chile


9:45 am
Universidad de Chile, Facultad de
Economía y Negocios - Aula Magna

Moderator: Nicolás Paut, Economics Editor, CNN Chile
Speakers: David Lipton and Nouriel Roubini
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Natural Resource Development and Inclusive Economic Growth (Roundtable Discussion)

The Andean region is endowed with large quantities of mineral and petroleum resources. As these resources continue to be developed, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru face important fiscal and macroeconomic challenges. For example, what kind of fiscal framework should be used in the face of revenue volatility and exhaustibility? How can these revenues best be used to achieve sustainable and equitable growth, while ensuring macroeconomic stability and fiscal sustainability? This roundtable seeks to address these important policy questions and provide an opportunity for high-level government officials from the region, leading experts, and Fund management to share their thoughts and discuss current initiatives.

Wednesday, March 5 - Lima, Peru



5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Swissotel, Lima

Moderator: David Rivera, Editor of Poder 360 Magazine
Mr. Luis Miguel Castilla Rubio, Minister of Finance of Peru
Mr. David Lipton, First Deputy Managing Director of the IMF
Mr. Daniel Kaufmann, President of Revenue Watch Institute
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