When it comes to world leaders who’ve tackled debt and deficit woes, these two know of what they speak. So when Paul Martin and Ernesto Zedillo opened on a pessimistic note as they discussed the European debt crisis, it brought the severity of the situation into sharp relief for the capacity crowd at the new CIGI Auditorium.
"It goes way beyond traditional tariffs and customs and even trade and services, and deals with beyond the border regulatory issues," CIGI Senior Fellow Debra Steger says of the terms of a proposed free-trade agreement between Canada and the European Union.
“ Brazilian companies, especially in the energy sector, but also in construction and engineering, have much to gain from tapping into Africa's rapidly growing economies,” CIGI Distinguished Fellow Jorge Heine says of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's visit to Africa.
Looking for expert commentary ahead of and during next week’s G20 Summit in Cannes, France? The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) will have the following experts in Cannes from November 2-5 and available for media interviews:
"With the systemic problems we're dealing with we need something bigger and more substantial. We need a full-time person that is devoted and focused on the FSB mandate," Senior Fellow Bessma Momani on the possibility of Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney being named head of the Financial Stability Board.
Senior Visiting Fellow Simon Zadek explores three of the main arguments a possible financial transaction tax.
Expert to discuss how theories of international relations could salvage humanity from global zombie apocalypse
As part of its Signature Lecture Series, The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) welcomes the public to hear Daniel W. Drezner as he discusses the political tactics and strategies of Zombies, the G20 and International Governance.
As leaders of the G20 nations prepare for their summit at Cannes, on November 3-4, CIGI experts offer policy analysis on the most critical G20 issues in the special report Prescriptions for the G20: The Cannes Summit and Beyond.
"If China's trade surplus has to date symbolized its emerging place in the international economy, then the next decade's symbolic and practical focus will be its surging outward investment," CIGI Senior Visiting Fellow Simon Zadek writes.
"There is also too little co-operation or co-ordination in making collective decisions, giving the rest of the world the impression that some euro zone members are happy to extract the benefits from a monetary union but take a not-in-my-backyard attitude when difficulties in the union emerge," writes CIGI Senior Fellow Pierre Siklos.
Wang Yong's special piece to CIGI, which looks at the internationalization of China's national currency, is republished in the East Asia Forum. In it, he argues that while the process is "laden with risk," China will have to "fundamentally restructure its system of capital controls and the existing foreign exchange regime to allow for greater capital account convertibility."
CIGI Distinguished Fellow Andrew Cooper looks at how high profile activists are trying to change the financial sector to "make a fair contribution" to wider society.