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Financial services and transitioning to net zero

Financial services and transitioning to net zero

September 24, 2021

In partnership with the British Embassy in Madrid and the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in the UK, OMFIF convened two panel discussions on sustainable finance. Speakers focused on how Spain and the UK can work more closely to deliver the COP26 private finance hub strategy, as well as a wider global perspective ahead of COP26 in November.

In this podcast, the focus is on sustainable finance best practices in both the UK and Spain. Speakers include:

  • Antoni Ballabriga, Global Head of Responsible Business, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria
  • Jose Maria Roldan, Chairman, Spanish Banking Association
  • James Hooton, Programme Director, Green Finance Institute
  • Ángel Martínez-Aldama, President, INVERCO

They delve into the role of sustainable finance as a potential key theme of the COP26 summit, the most impactful UK and Spanish policies for mitigating climate-related financial risks, the development of the COP26 private finance hub strategy and the role of public-private partnerships in transitioning to sustainable finance.

The video recording of the meeting can be viewed here.

 

The productivity question: working from home during Covid-19

The productivity question: working from home during Covid-19

September 21, 2021

Covid-19 has pushed many of us to adapt to alternative ways of working and these practices have gained momentum throughout the world. Sammi Cho, chief administrative officer Asia Pacific Region and chief executive Hong Kong Branch, BNYMellon, and Peter Outridge, head of people and change, Hong Kong and China, KPMG China, join Ellie Groves, managing director of the OMFIF Economic and Monetary Policy Institute, to discuss productivity when working from home, unintended consequences and the economic impact of this change and the benefits and risks for companies and employees.

KPMG professionals have produced a report which delves deeper into these topics, which can be found here.

In conversation with the governor: Benjamin Diokno, governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

In conversation with the governor: Benjamin Diokno, governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

September 14, 2021

Governor Benjamin Diokno from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas joins David Marsh, chairman of OMFIF, to discuss the macroeconomic landscape in the Philippines after Covid-19. The governor lays out how the Philippines is recovering economically and how the central bank is supporting this growth. He gives a comprehensive picture of the country’s current and predicted future economic position, looking at inflation expectations, employment rate and central bank reserves.

Governor Diokno references slides in this podcast. To view the slides, please visit our website here

Ahead of the ECB

Ahead of the ECB

September 7, 2021

Iain Begg, professorial research fellow at the European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, and Silvia Dall'Angelo, senior economist at Federated Hermes Investment Management, join Ellie Groves, OMFIF, to discuss the European Central Bank’s strategy review in the context of the September policy announcement. Key questions include: will the governing council announce changes to the policy direction of the ECB, or will it continue as is? How long can the ECB hold out before committing to the end of the pandemic emergency purchase programme, currently set for March 2022? And what are the implications for central banks moving into environmental, social and governance areas with the expansion of the Central Banks and Supervisors Network for Greening the Financial System? The speakers also discuss the interplay and role of fiscal stimulus and growth pathways for Europe.

Emerging market capital flows after Covid-19

Emerging market capital flows after Covid-19

September 2, 2021

With loose money supply and low returns in the developed world, emerging markets have become the destination of choice for investors looking for high yields. However, with much uncertainty remaining and inflation well above the Federal Reserve’s target rate, speculation of Fed tapering and market tantrums are gaining momentum. OMFIF is convening a panel to look at capital flows in emerging markets, addressing what happens when the cycle turns, the likelihood of capital flows reverting and asset and currency markets in the developing world.

Panellists:
Otaviano Canuto, Non-resident senior fellow, Brookings Institute
Steve Kamin, Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
David Lubin, Managing director and head of emerging markets economics, Citi
Ratna Sahay, Deputy director, monetary and capital markets department, International Monetary Fund (IMF)

This recording is taken from a live event, recorded on 31/08/2021. Watch the video here

Fiscal policies to tackle climate catastrophe in Asia Pacific

Fiscal policies to tackle climate catastrophe in Asia Pacific

August 24, 2021

The physical risks of climate change are particularly high for Asia Pacific. The region is most susceptible to natural disasters, such as hurricanes, droughts and wildfires, which will become more frequent and severe. As the most populous and fastest growing region in recent decades, Asia Pacific has unsurprisingly become the largest emitter of greenhouse gases.

Fiscal policy plays a critical role in responding to climate change. Progress can be achieved by well-designed tax policies that raise the price of carbon, together with non-tax instruments such as emission trading systems or regulations. Climate adaption and mitigation requires an increase in government spending, accommodated under the fiscal framework of a country. Further, fiscal policy can facilitate the transition to a greener, low-carbon economy by investing in climate-smart infrastructure such as renewable power generation and supporting research and development in climate-smart technologies. 

Register here for the OMFIF-SPI symposium, 'Revolutionising finance for net zero'. 

Panellists:
Masahiro Nozaki, Deputy Division Chief, IMF Asia-Pacific Department
Ian Parry, Principal Environmental Fiscal Policy Expert, IMF
Satoru Yamadera, Advisor, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB
John Nasir, Head of Economics, APAC, IFC

This podcast is taken from a recording of a live event. Recorded on 18/08/21. 

Watch the event.

In focus: Developments in digital payments

In focus: Developments in digital payments

August 19, 2021

David Creer, global distributed ledger technology and crypto lead at the GFT Group, and Peter Clifford, director of central bank digital currencies and payments at Digital Asset, join Philip Middleton, chair of OMFIF’s Digital Monetary Institute, to discuss developments in digital payments. They delve into the issue of the efficiency of cross-border payments, transaction infrastructure in cross-border currency swaps, decentralised networks and privacy issues. 

Modernising corporate and governmental ESG credentials

Modernising corporate and governmental ESG credentials

August 17, 2021

The response to Covid-19 has energised efforts for not just green policy changes but also a focus on social inclusion in corporate and governmental programmes. Gill Meller, the legal and governance director for the majority state-owned MTR Corporation, and Michael Camerlengo, who leads KPMG’s government practice in the Asia Pacific region and the infrastructure sector in Hong Kong, joins OMFIF’s Ellie Groves. They discuss the importance of good governance and the challenges and rewards of implementing an environmental, social and governance investment framework. Key questions around this topic include how corporates can integrate ESG in their core ethos, how governments can support modernisation efforts and what the future holds for ESG investing in Asia Pacific.

To register for the OMFIF-SPI symposium mentioned in this podcast, visit our website here

In focus: SPI symposium

In focus: SPI symposium

August 12, 2021

OMFIF’s Emma McGarthy and Natalia Ospina discuss the forthcoming Sustainable Policy Institute symposium, ‘Revolutionising finance for net zero’, taking place on 29-30 September. The event will bring together a network of key policy-makers, regulators, public and private sector investors and ESG experts for a two-day event to push the boundaries of the discussion on the role of monetary policy, regulation and disclosure as well as addressing key practical challenges in driving greener financial markets to achieve net zero. The symposium will provide crucial insights into COP26 preparations, its results and consequent actions. It will allow participants to have their voice heard and influence such an important policy area at this critical point of time and move the industry beyond words into action.

Hear from headline speakers from over 30 financial institutions, including Banque de France, Deutsche Bundesbank, International Monetary Fund, The World Bank Group, Banco Central do Brasil, Bank of England, Riksbank, European Platform on Sustainable Finance, BNY Mellon, National Bank of Cambodia and World Wide Fund for Nature.

Register here.

Sovereign debt sustainability after Covid-19

Sovereign debt sustainability after Covid-19

August 10, 2021

Ludger Schuknecht, vice-president and corporate secretary of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, and Dennis Shen, Dennis Shen, a director of sovereign ratings at Scope Ratings, join John Orchard, chief executive officer of OMFIF, to discuss sovereign debt sustainability in both developed and developing economies. Their conversation focuses on the fiscal response to Covid-19, the debt ratio problem and its potential solution, the readiness of some countries to end their quantitative easing programmes and the best measures to keep in place to maintain fiscal sustainability.

 

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