The World Bank, the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit of Mexico (SHCP), the Latin American Association of Financial Institutions for Development (ALIDE) and the Centre for Latin American Monetary Studies (CEMLA) have organised the Regional Conference “Development banking and the current international environment”, to be held on Monday, December 6, 2010 at the National Finance Antonio Ortiz Mena Auditorium in Mexico City.

The meeting aims to establish a framework for discussion and an exchange of views, experiences and successful practices in relation to the important countercyclical role played by development banks and their support for the sustainability of growth in the region after the economic crisis, by identifying alternatives to strengthen its operational, institutional and corporate governance aspects.

In addition, due to the constant support provided by the development bank to priority sectors of our countries, innovations in their products and services will be discussed during the meeting. These result from the ongoing search of these institutions to address the needs of their customers as well as the monitoring and measuring procedures and methodologies for the impact of their activities.

Ramon Trias, President and CEO of AIS, will attend as guest speaker for the World Bank. His speech will revolve around the ALIDE Index, which is a tool for measuring the performance of the development bank for which he is ultimately responsible. The ALIDE Index considers the creation of additional indicators to those used for private banks and includes best practices, so that the financial development institutions duly qualify their status, results and impact on economic and social development.

The meeting is aimed at executives and senior officials of development banks, central banks, international organisations, ministries and departments of economics and development, as well as other organisations in the region directly related with this topic.

See preliminary programme