The Australian Ambassador’s Lecture

The Australian ambassador to Kuwait Warren Hauck held a talk in the second event of the CEF’s Eminent Speakers Series on December 2, 2015. The event took place as part of the training course on “Inclusive Growth: Macroeconomic and Sectoral Policies” and was moderated by CEF Director Oussama Kanaan. In his opening remarks, Kanaan explained the importance of robust and inclusive growth for the Arab region.

The UK Ambassador’s Lecture

The UK Ambassador to Kuwait Mr. Matthew Lodge was invited by the CEF to the first event of the Eminent Speakers Series on November 25, 2015. The event took place as part of the training course on “Strengthening Integrity in the Public and Private Sector” and was moderated by Oussama Kanaan, CEF Director and Nicola Ehlermann, Director of the OECD’s Investment Program for the Middle East and Africa.

The World is Fast: How to Understand It and Thrive in It

“There are three major challenges that countries need to address today as the world has evolved at an ever-increasing pace”, said Thomas Friedman, New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize winning author.

Islamic Finance: Meeting Global Aspirations

The IMF’s Middle East Center for Economics and Finance (CEF) and the Middle East and Central Asia Department, jointly with the Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK) organized an international conference on “Islamic Finance: Meeting Global Aspirations” in Kuwait on November 11, 2015.

Implications of Subsidy Reform for Kuwait and the Arab World

The IMF’s Middle East Center for Economics and Finance (CEF) and the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD) jointly organized a panel discussion on the economic and social implications of the subsidy reform on September 14, 2015. CEF Director Oussama Kanaan moderated the panel which featured three keynote speakers: Ananthakrishnan Prasad, IMF mission chief to Kuwait, Firas Raad, World Bank Country Manager in Kuwait, and Imed Limam, Advisor at the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD).

The IMF-CEF Inauguration

On October 25th, 2014 the IMF Middle East Center for Economics and Finance (CEF) was inaugurated in an official ceremony by Madam Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the IMF, and H.E Anas Al-Saleh, Minister of Finance, and was attended by ministers of finance and central bank governors from the GCC countries, and other high level guests.