Recent Events

On Wednesday, April 18, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center, in partnership with the Global Business & Economics Program, hosted a discussion with Mr. Lesetja Kganyago, governor of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB).

Dr. J. Peter Pham, Atlantic Council vice president and Africa Center director, and Mr. Bart Oosterveld, C. Boyden Grey fellow on global finance and growth and Global Business & Economics Program director, welcomed participants. Mr. Brian C. McK. Henderson, Atlantic Council treasurer, introduced Kganyago, with whom he had worked earlier in the central banker’s career.

In his remarks, Kganyago addressed the issue of South Africa’s fiscal resilience, and how the country is positioned to deal with shocks from the global economy. He laid out how strong fiscal institutions and a healthy regulatory regime allowed South Africa to weather the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent recession while many countries fared poorly. As the global economy has recovered, so too has South Africa, rebuilding its economic buffers, reining in inflation, and reducing its debt to GDP ratio.
On Friday, March 11, the Atlantic Council’s Global Business and Economics Program hosted a public conference focused on IP regulations, data privacy, and the transatlantic partnership, with a keynote speech by European Union (EU) Ambassador David O'Sullivan. The event was part of the program's Eurogrowth Initiative, as well as the ensuing private lunch, made possible through the generous support of PhRMA.
On Thursday, March 15, 2018, the Atlantic Council's Global Business and Economics program hosted a lunch discussion on the EU-UK-US Trade Triangle future with Liam Fox, the UK Secretary of State for International Trade. The private event was part of the Eurogrowth initiative.
On Friday, March 9, the Atlantic Council’s Global Business and Economics Program, in cooperation with Georgetown University’s Institute of International Economic Law hosted a conference on Sanctions in the Trump Era – One Year In. The event was hosted in the context of the Global Business & Economics Program’s Economic Sanctions Initiative and focused on best practices of using sanctions as a foreign policy tool.
On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, the Atlantic Council's EuroGrowth Initiative hosted a breakfast discussion on the changing Franco-German attitudes towards European Union (EU) economic governance.
On November 30, 2017, the Atlantic Council’s EuroGrowth Initiative hosted an informative discussion on Catalonia’s bid for independence and upcoming elections on December 21. The session was led by the new Director of the Global Business and Economics Program, Bart Oosterveld. 
On October 17, the Atlantic Council's Eurogrowth Initiative hosted Jyrki Katainen, European Commission Vice President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness.
On October 13, 2017, the Atlantic Council’s Eurogrowth Initiative hosted a private roundtable discussion with Dr. Elke König, Chair of the Single Resolution Board (SRB).
On October 12, the Atlantic Council’s Global Business & Economics Program hosted a private roundtable discussion with H.E. Ilan Goldfajn, President of the Brazilian Central Bank.  
On Thursday, October 5, 2017, the Atlantic Council co-hosted a Brexit seminar, in collaboration with the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia.