American Univesity of Beirut

Economic and Financial Reforms: The Role of the IMF


About the Speaker

Mounir Rached is the president and a founding member of the Lebanese Economic Association. In this capacity he addressed many important public issues including reform of the power sector, health and pension. He is also a World Bank fiscal advisor for Lebanon, and a lecturer at the AUB in the MS in Energy Studies Program. In addition, he provides consultancy services to regional and international financial institutions in public financial management, policy evaluation, and financial programming. He is a former International Monetary Fund (IMF) Senior Economist. His career at the Fund spanned through 1981-2007 and focused on policy design and reform, and on strategic planning. His responsibilities at the IMF covered several regions including the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean; and served as the IMF Resident Representative in several countries. He holds a Ph.D. in economics (1981) from the University of Arizona and majored in financial policies and econometrics.​

About the Talk

This talk focuses on the effective reforms that will allow Lebanon to recover from its economic (and financial) crisis and provides an assessment of the role of the IMF in galvanizing reforms. The discussion also revisits and reconsiders the existing assessments of the magnitude of the crisis.​

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