The 1818 Society World Bank History Thematic Group, the World Bank Group Archives, and the World Bank Group Library will sponsor a webinar with Michael Carter, who was the World Bank’s Resident Representative and then Country Director resident in Moscow from 1995 to 2001.
Following the upheavals that led to the end of the Soviet Union and the 1993 coup, Michael’s tenure coincided with the 1996 elections, the 1998 financial crisis, and the arrival of Vladimir Putin as President. It was also a time of stop-go economic reforms in the context of political instability and very large external financing needs.
Against this background, Michael will talk about the work of the Bank in Russia during his tenure and the role the Bank played, or tried to play, in supporting reforms. With the benefit of hindsight, he will offer some thoughts on what went well and what went not so well. He will also try to connect impressions of Russia at the time of his stay with the Russia of today.
A Q&A session will follow Michael’s presentation.
Webex details to be posted soon.