To date, the debate about International Monetary Fund (IMF) reform has been limited to conversations among policy makers and scholars from OECD countries. The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), in collaboration with the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, Columbia University and New Rules for Global Finance Coalition proposed to remedy this imbalance by sponsoring of a series of regional conferences in order to bring voices from emerging and developing countries to the IMF reform debate. Following previous meetings that have covered Asia, Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East, this meeting in Washington, DC focused on Latin American and Caribbean perspectives to the IMF reform debate. The initiative brought together scholars and officials from central banks and governments throughout the region who have been or currently are involved in relations with the IMF. The objective of the meeting was to articulate the needs and priorities for future services from the Fund for these countries.
CIGI Senior Fellow Bessma Momani has a Ph.D. in political science with a focus on international political economy and is full professor and interim assistant vice‑president of international relations at the University of Waterloo.
Stefano Pagliari is a PhD Candidate in Global Governance at the University of Waterloo.