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Press Release: IMF Managing Director on the International Community's Fight Against HIV/AIDS, December 1, 2003

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artwork from the cover of this publication   IMF BOOK FORUM
The Macroeconomics of HIV/AIDS

Edited by Markus Haacker

©2004 International Monetary Fund

Wednesday, December 1, 2004 12 Noon–1:30 p.m.
IMF Auditorium, HQ R-710 (Visitors enter via the IMF Center)
720 19th St. NW, Washington, DC

Transcript of the proceedings

This Book Forum is free and open to the public.


For security reasons, please RSVP to or (202) 623-4129. A picture ID will be required; persons and bags will be screened.

Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to allow for these additional measures. Visitors should enter through the IMF Center, 720 19th St. NW.

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To mark World AIDS Day, December 1, 2004, the IMF will be publishing a new book, The Macroeconomics of HIV/AIDS. Through its demographic effects and its social and economic consequences, HIV/AIDS is a major threat to economic development in many countries. In recognition of this fact, this is the first book published by the IMF to focus specifically on a public health issue. The volume brings together contributions by experts from a variety of international organizations and other institutions, who formulate and implement policy responses to the epidemic or deal with its social and economic consequences. This Forum will address the economic and fiscal consequences of the epidemic and its impacts on welfare and risk to material living standards.

The Macroeconomics of HIV/AIDS has been written for a broad readership, including officials in international organizations, donor agencies, implementing agencies, and country governments who formulate and carry out policies to fight the epidemic, and representatives of NGOs advocating an expanded response to HIV/AIDS worldwide.


Opening remarks: Rodrigo de Rato: Managing Director, IMF.

Moderator: Keith Hansen: Manager, Aids Campaign Team for Africa, World Bank.

Markus Haacker: Economist and editor of the book, African Department, IMF.
Rachel Gesami: Advisor to the Executive Director, Africa Group 1 Constituency, IMF.
Shantayanan Devarajan: Chief Economist, South Asian Region, World Bank.
Simon Johnson: Assistant Director, Research Department, IMF.

ASL, Sign Language Interpreter will be present during the event.