March 5, 2008

Live Blogging at Bridges: Dialogues Towards a Culture of Peace, Part 2

The Peace Foundation's Bridges: Dialogues Towards a Culture of Peace forum continues its final leg here in the Asian Institute of Management with a keynote from former World Bank president James Wolfensohn and like my last post on the forum, I'm blogging live. Mr. Wolfensohn's keynote is entitled "Beyond East-West, North-South - Peace and prosperity in a four speed world."

Ayala Corporation CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala gave the opening remarks and Wolfensohn's introduction was given by World Bank Philippines Country Director Bert Holfman.

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Mr. Wolfensohn just gave his talk and while it was insightful, he was barely audible. :(

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PHINMA President Ramon R. del Rosario, Jr. is the first reactor. His reaction to the keynote is rather tied to the issues the Philippines are encountering right now-- how corruption in a country can derail development. I like how he points out that how long can we accept "stability" as a reason to keep silent on corruption on high levels. He's all for action to curtail wide-spread corruption, as he posits that economic stagnation would follow inaction.

The second reactor is Mr. Rajat M. Nag, Managing Director General of the Asian Development Bank. He his reaction is based on his observations two faces of Asia-- one that is vibrant and dynamic, and one that is muddled in poverty.

The tail end of the event was former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos asking a "tough question" to Mr. Wolfensohn and a nice wrap-up from AIM Chairman Emeritus Washington SyCip.

1 comments:

ycerp said...

wow! nice grasping of the events despite us deliberating our blogs he he he