EBRD launches first Economic Inclusion Strategy

By Nibal Zgheib

EBRD launches first Economic Inclusion Strategy

Ask your questions on Facebook Live on 11 May

The EBRD is stepping up its drive to ensure that more sections of society can benefit from economic progress in the countries where it invests, promoting economic inclusion for all people regardless of their gender or circumstances.

Join us for the launch of the EBRD’s first Economic Inclusion Strategy at the Bank’s Annual Meeting 2017 on 11 May in Nicosia, 14.00 local time, in a panel discussion about “The Private Sector as an Engine for Economic Inclusion”.

The launch of the Strategy underscores the EBRD’s commitment to inclusion as a key priority. It coincides with an increasing worldwide focus on the challenges posed by globalisation, in particular the problem of inequality of opportunity.

Through investment and support for policy reform the EBRD already seeks the greater economic integration of three core groups: women, the young and people living in remote areas.

Under the new Strategy, the Bank will intensify this work, deepening and strengthening its private-sector approach to inclusion across sectors such as manufacturing and services; retail, tourism and hospitality; and transport. The work will provide access to skills and employment, entrepreneurship and access to finance and services that enhance economic opportunities.

After the panel discussion you are invited to join us for a press conference at 15.30 local time with EBRD Chief Economist Sergei Guriev, Managing Director for Economics, Policy and Governance Mattia Romani, and Lead Economist Barbara Rambousek.

You can also join us live at 16.00 local time on Facebook for a discussion with EBRD experts on inclusion. For this event you can submit your questions in advance on Twitter and Facebook, using the hashtag #EBRDInclusion.

For full coverage of the inclusion event and the Annual Meeting and Business Forum 2017 follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@EBRD), using the hashtag #EBRDam.