GMG International Conference on Harnessing Migration, Remittances and Diaspora Contributions for Financing Sustainable Development

Conference Report



Welcome remarks

  • Mahmoud Mohieldin – Principal of the GMG, Corporate Secretary and President’s Special Envoy, World Bank
  • GMG Troika – ILO and UNWomen
  • Ms. Shari Spiegel, Chief of Branch, Policy Analysis and Development Branch, Financing for Development Office, UN DESA 

Conference RoadmapDilip Ratha, Chair of the GMG, Lead Economist, Head of the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD), World Bank

Session I: Contributions of migration to economic development

​ModeratorDominique Favre, Deputy Assistant Director General, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

Session II: Reducing migration costs, including recruitment costs

Moderator: Ryszard Cholewinski, Senior Policy Specialist, ILO

Session III: Delivering the post-2015 agenda: The big data revolution on migration​

Moderator: Frank Laczko, Head of the Migration Research Division, IOM

Session IV: Migration data for development

Moderator: Mina Mashayekhi, Head, Trade Negotiations and Commercial Diplomacy Branch, UNCTAD

Session V: Leveraging remittances for financial inclusion

  • Remittances and financial inclusion using a global social community
    Jerry Ross, Advisory Board Chairman of GlobeOne
  • Cross-border remittances through hubs: HomeSend
    Max Chion, Head of Product Platforms for Emerging Payments, Group Executive Emerging Payment Products, MasterCard

Moderator: Sonia Plaza, Senior Economist, co-Chair Diaspora KNOMAD, World Bank

Session VI: Reducing remittance costs: Market opportunities and challenges

Moderator: Peter Bonin, Team Leader, Sector project Migration and Development,Centre for International Migration and Development, GIZ

Session VII: New technologies for efficient delivery of migrant remittances

Moderator: Eva Ackerman-Borje, Ambassador,Department of Migration and Asylum Policy, Ministry of Justice of Sweden

Session VIII: Mobilizing diaspora savings and diaspora philanthropy, and leveraging remittances for bond financing

  • Diaspora bonds
    Jwala Rambarran, Governor, Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Sovereign ratings and remittances
    Joydeep Mukherji, Senior Director & Analytical Manager, Standard & Poor's

Moderator: Dilip Ratha, Lead Economist and Head, KNOMAD, World Bank

Way forward and closing

  • Peter Sutherland, Special Representative of the Secretary General for International Migration
  • Kaushik Basu, Senior Vice President (Development Economics) and Chief Economist, World Bank

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