Debt Conference 2015

10th UNCTAD Debt Management Conference

Debt management for inclusive and sustainable development

UNCTAD organized its 10th biennial Debt Management Conference from 23 to 25 November 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland.   



Opening remarks by the UNCTAD Secretary-General, Mr. Mukhisa Kituyi


Introductory key note speeches:

  • Opening Remarks, Mr. Michael Møller, United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva
  • Opening Statement, Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD
  • Issues of Debt Management in the New Context of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Universal Challenge of Climate Change (Keynote Address), Mr. Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland
  • Mr. Luis Arce Catacora, Minister of Economy and Public Finance, Plurinational State of Bolivia

 Panel 1: Sustainable Development Goals and the Challenges Ahead

  • Mr. Adam Elhiraika, Director, Macroeconomic Policy Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  • Mr. Paul Donovan, Global Economist, Managing Director, UBS Investment BankPaul Donovan, Global Economist, Managing Director, UBS Investment Bank
  • Mr. Gary Dymski, University of Gary Dymski, University of Leeds

 Panel 2: Financing Options for Development

  • Mr. Raphael Otieno, Director, Debt Management Programme, Macroeconomic and Financial Management Institute (MEFMI)
  • Mr. Zhang Zhiping, Executive President, Finance Center for South-South Cooperation
  • Mrs. Yuefen Li, Special Advisor on Economics and Development Finance, South Centre

 Panel 3: Debt Issues of the Trade and Development Report

  • Mr. Richard Kozul-Wright, Director, Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, UNCTAD
  • Mr. Juan Flores Zendejas, Associate Professor and Head, Paul Bairoch Institute of Economic History, University of Geneva
  • Mr. Alfredo Calcagno, Head, Macroeconomic and Development Policies Branch, Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, UNCTAD



Panel 4: Lessons from the recent debt crisis

  • Mr. Andrew Powell, Principal Advisor, Research Department, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Mr. Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, Rapporteur on Debt and Human Rights, United Nations Human Rights Council
  • Mr. Thordur Jonasson, Senior Financial Sector Expert, Debt Management and Capital Markets Division, Monetary and Capital Markets Department, International Monetary Fund

 Panel 5: Exogenous Shocks and Debt

Panel 6: Mitigating the Risk Associated with Contingent Liabilities

  • Mrs. Sharon Almanza, Deputy Treasurer, Bureau of the Treasury, Philippines
  • Mr. Matthew Martin, Director, Debt Relief International, Development Finance International, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Mr. Sceneider Siahaan, Director of Budget Financing Strategy and Portfolio, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of  Indonesia

Panel 7: Ensuring Sustainability in the Face of Climate Change



Panel 8: Debt Management: Capacity-Building Needs

  • Mr. Prosper Girukwishaka, Chief of the Unit in charge of the Programme for Strengthening Administrative Capacity, Ministry of Finance, Budget and Privatisation, Burundi
  • Mr. Isaac Mpoza, Director, Debt and Cash Management, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Uganda
  • Ms. Athemayani Del Orbe Subero, Deputy Director, Ministry of Finance, Dominican Republic

Panel 9: Capacity Building Needs in Debt Management: Responses from International Organizations

  • Mrs. Lilia Razlog, Senior Debt Specialist, Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management Global Practice, World Bank
  • Mr Eduardo Valdivia-Velarde, Deputy Division Chief, Balance of Payments Division, Statistics Department, International Monetary Fund
  • Mr. Gerry Teeling, Chief, DMFAS Programme, Debt and Development Finance Branch, UNCTAD