The Philippine Economic Update: Advancing the Investment Agenda

  • May 8, 2017 - May 9, 2017
    4:00 pm - 1:00 am

The World Bank Manila office recently launched the Philippines Economic Update (PEU), April Edition on 13 April 2017. The PEU provides brief summary of key economic and social developments and crucial policy changes over the past six months in the country.

The PEU likewise covers issues ranging from macroeconomic management to financial market dynamics to the complex challenges of poverty reduction and social development.

The PEU is beneficial for wide audience, including policymakers, business leaders, financial firms and investors, and analysts and professionals engaged in the Philippines.

Learn more about the assessment of the economic status of the country from Ms. Birgit Hansl, Lead economist of the World Bank, Manila Office.

About the Speaker

Ms. Birgit Hansl

Lead Economist and Program Leader for the Philippines, East Asia and the Pacific,

The World Bank

Birgit Hansl, a German national, is the World Bank’s Lead Economist and Program Leader for Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions for the Philippines, in the East Asia and the Pacific Region.

Since joining the Bank in 2005 through the Young Professionals Program, Birgit worked for the World Bank’s programs in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Prior to leading the Manila-based team for Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions, she held the position of the Moscow-based Lead Economist and Program Leader for Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions for the Russian Federation in the Europe and Central Asia Region.

She is a very experienced economist in the World Bank’s Macroeconomic and Fiscal Management Global Practice, with deep expertise in macroeconomic modelling and forecasting, public financial management and institution building, and growth and productivity analysis.

Before joining the Bank, Birgit worked in academics and a number of bilateral and multilateral organizations, including the United Nations Development Program.

Birgit holds a Ph.D. in Economics and a Master’s Degree from the London School of Economics. She completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of California San Francisco and Berkeley. Her first degree was a Masters’ in Economics from the Humboldt University Berlin.


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