9:00—10:30 AM ET / 2:00-3:30 PM GMT+1

Strengthening International Cooperation in a Fragmenting Global Economy


Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF)


  • Masood Ahmed, President, Center for Global Development
  • Sir Danny Alexander, Vice President for Policy and Strategy, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
  • Bo Li, Deputy Managing Director, IMF
  • Vera Songwe, Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Africa Growth Initiative, Brookings Institution
  • Axel Weber, President, Center for Financial Studies at Goethe University Frankfurt


Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times, London

This event took place during the 2023 Annual Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Marrakech, Morocco.

After decades of globalization, the last few years have witnessed a seismic shift in global economic relations. Geopolitical tensions, including those emanating from the war in Ukraine, have led to the rise of fragmentation. At the same time, global challenges, such as climate change, income inequality, debt burdens, and slow growth, are more widespread and deeper than ever. In many ways, multilateralism is more at risk than perhaps any time since the inception of the current international system and the Bretton Woods institutions some 80 years ago. Given this challenging context, any sustainable solution requires global cooperation. What can be done to reinvigorate international cooperation and create a path to a more “pragmatic multilateralism” for the new era?

Join the Center for Global Development, the International Finance Forum (IFF), and the Bretton Woods Committee for this important panel discussion.

For a full list of CGD Meetings in Marrakech, click here.

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