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The Brazilian Development Forum brings together development financial institutions (DFIs), national and subnational governments, international organizations, civil society and experts to debate and promote sustainable development agendas in Brazil.

Development Forum

Development in transition 

In more than half a century of history, Brazilian development financial institutions (DFIs) have played a central role in the efforts that have transformed Brazil into one of the largest and most diverse economies in the world. Throughout these decades, more than 30 public and cooperative DFIs, acting at national and subnational levels, have been key elements in the implementation of financing policies aimed at achieving the public objectives of transforming economic, social and technological structures. 

In these first twenty years of the 21st century, the challenges of climate transition and the growing social demands for inclusion and promotion of diversity have stimulated the repositioning of a vast array of public policies, in line with ambitious objectives and goals, agreed on at the global level. For Brazilian DFIs, it is a matter of once again making a commitment to act as vehicles for structural transformation, redirecting investments toward a more sustainable and inclusive economy. 

In the financial system, technological and regulatory innovations multiply the instruments available to financing policies, while expanding bank disintermediation and requiring greater efficiency and agility. In view of the significant increase in global markets’ liquidity, such innovations should help to channel private resources to sustainable development projects. Agendas such as blended finance integration of social and environmental risks into the financial sector may help turn the game around. 

How can we design policies that respond, in a coordinated manner, to all these different transitions? How can we navigate global geopolitical challenges, transformations in the financial sector, climate change agendas and social demands for greater inclusion and participation, to reposition Brazilian development in the 21st century? What is the role of Brazilian DFIs in connecting international, national, and subnational actors to ensure that such policies meet the particularities of different sectors, social segments and territories? 

Organized annually by the Brazilian Development Association (ABDE), the Development Forum brings together Brazilian DFIs, federal and subnational governments, international organizations, civil society, and experts, with the aim of promoting dialogue in order to collectively formulate development agendas and drive Brazil’s economy and society into the future. ABDE understands the importance of dialogue in securing successful outcome for DFIs’ initiatives and invites all interested parties to offer their contribution to the debate.


Time Zone: Brasília Time (BRT), UTC -3. All panels are in the morning (AM)

April 26

From Covid-19 to sustainable recovery: development policies for a world in transition

9h - Opening Remarks

Sergio Gusmão Suchodolski, President, ABDE and BDMG

Gustavo Montezano, President, ABDE Assembly and BNDES

9h30 - Message from Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

9h35 - Keynote Lecture
From Covid-19 to sustainable recovery: development policies for a world in transition

Rebeca Grynspan, Ibero American General Secretary

Richard Martínez Alvarado, Vice President for Countries, IDB

10h30 - Round Table: role of Development Banks in a world in transition

Sergio Gusmão Suchodolski, President, ABDE and BDMG

Rémy Rioux, President, AFD and IDF

Mediation: Stephany Griffith-Jones, Columbia University

11h10 - Round Table: Brazilian DFIs in between Covid-19 and sustainable recovery

Carlos Melles, President, Sebrae

Ênio Mathias Ferreira, Director, BB and 1st Vice President, ABDE

Rubens Rodrigues Filho, Director, Bancoob

Heraldo das Neves, President, Fomento Paraná

Mediation: Otaviano Canuto, The Brookings Institution

12h30 - Presentation: World Development Banks Database

Régis Marodon, Lead Economist on Sustainable Finance, AFD

Comments: Sergio Gusmão Suchodolski, President, ABDE

12h50 - Closing Remarks

Sergio Gusmão Suchodolski, President, ABDE

April 27

A world in transition

9h - Special Interview
Challenges and trends in a world in transition

José A. Ocampo, Columbia University

9h40 - Connections: Asia, Africa and the Middle East

Khaled Sherif, Regional Development Vice President, African Development Bank

Amadou Diallo, Global Practices Director, IsDB

Joachim von Amsberg, Vice-Presidente, AIIB

Anil Kishora, Vice President, NDB

Mediation: Erivaldo Gomes, Secretary, International Affairs, Ministry of the Economy

Comments: Francisco Gaetani, FGV

10h40 - Development and Integration in Latin American

Jorge Arbache, Vice President, CAF

Dante Mossi, President, Banco Centroamericano de Integración Económica (BCIE)

Juan Notaro, President, Fonplata

Juan Cuattromo, President, Banco de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (BAPRO)

Mediation: Edgardo Alvarez, General Secretary, Alide

11h40 - Challenges to global development: prospective agendas

Édson Luis Bolfe, “Vision 2030 Report” Coordinator, Embrapa

Morgan Doyle, Representative to Brazil, IDB

Carlos Pinto, Representative to Brazil, IFC

Uzi Scheffer, CEO, SOSA

Mediation: André Godoy, Director, Finep

Comments: Nelson de Souza, President, Desenvolve SP; André Vila Verde, President, AgeRio

12h40 - Closing Remarks, Special Secretary for Foreign Trade and International Affairs at the Ministry of Economy, Roberto Fendt

April 28

The financial system in transition

9h - Keynote Lecture
Financial stability and sustainable development

Luiz Awazu Pereira, Deputy General Manager, BIS

9h30 - Fishbowl: regulation, innovative instruments and partnerships for development

Marcelo Barbosa, President, CVM

Juan Ketterer, Chief, Connectivity Markets and Finance, IDB

Bruno Laskowsky, Director, BNDES

Brazilian Central Bank

Mediation: Maria Netto, Principal Specialist, IDB

Cases Brazilian DFIs: José Cláudio dos Santos, Vice-President, Badesul

Comments and questions: Cláudio Guimarães Jr, Executive Director, ABBC.

10h50 - Development and financial inclusion

Paula Salomão, Manager, Antera

Renato Vicente, Chief Data Scientist, Serasa Experian

Sergio All, Founder, Conta Black

Mediation: Giovanni Bevilácqua, Economist, Sebrae Nacional

Cases Brazilian DFIs: Rivael Aguiar, President, Goiás Fomento; Eduardo Alexandre Machado, President, Badesc

11h50 - Special Lecture
Perspectives for regional development in Brazil

Daniel Ferreira, Deputy Executive-Secretary, Ministry of Regional Development

Mediation: Paulo Costa, Director, Desenbahia

Comments: Carlos Gabas, Executive Secretary, Consórcio do Nordeste; Wilson Quinteiro, Executive Secretary, Codesul; Valdecir Tose, President, Banco da Amazônia; Paulo Henrique Costa, President, BRB.

12h50 - Closing Remarks, Role of smaller size Development Agencies

April 29

A sustainable and inclusive transition

9h - Implementing the 2030 Agenda: the role of Subnational DFIs

Sebastien Treyer, Director, IDDRI

Shari Spiegel, UN-DESA

Josué Tanaka, London School of Economics (LSE)

Mediation: Sebastian Sommer, Director, FibraS Project, GIZ

Cases Brazilian DFIs: Sergio Gusmão Suchodolski, President, BDMG; Leany Lemos, President, BRDE

10h - Development and Diversity

Luana Ozemela, DIMA

Carlo Pereira, Executive Director, Global Compact Network Brazil

Tayna Leite, Manager, UN-Women

Mediation: Maud Chalamet, Prosperity Fund UK

Cases Brazilian DFIs: Marcia Maia, President, AGN; José Amarildo Casagrande, President Banestes

11h - Sustainable Infrastructure

Jean François Habeau, Executive Director, FMDV

Giancarlo Ortega, Infrastructure and Energy Manager, IFC

Felipe Ezquerra Plasencia, Head of Conesul, BID Invest

Mediation: Sávio Caçador, Planning Manager, Bandes

Cases Brazilian DFIs: Carla Primavera, Head of Energy Area, BNDES.

Heraldo das Neves, President, Fomento Paraná

12h - Special Round Table
A sustainable and inclusive transition

Martin Rama, Chief-Economist Latin America and Caribean, World Bank

Paulo Medas, Division Chief, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF

Mediation: Luiz Esteves, Chief-Economist, Banco do Nordeste

12h50 - Closing Remarks, Development Co-operation Directorate, OECD, Jorge Moreira da Silva

April 30

Future of Development in Brazil

9h30 - Fishbowl: the Brazilian economy in transition

Julia Braga, Professor, UFF

Rafael Ribeiro, Professor, UFMG

Carlos Pinkusfeld, Professor, UFRJ

José Roberto Afonso, IDP and Finance Consultoria

Mediation: Lavínia Barros de Castro, BNDES

Comments: Adauto Modesto, BDMG; Luiz Esteves, Banco do Nordeste; Sávio Caçador, Bandes; Luciano Schweizer, BID

10h50 - Future of Development in Brazil

Fátima Bezerra, Governor, Rio Grande do Norte

Eduardo Leite, Governor, Rio Grande do Sul

João Dória, Governor, São Paulo

Romeu Zema, Governor, Minas Gerais

Wellington Dias, Governor, Piauí

Ronaldo Caiado, Governor, Goiás

Flávio Dino, Governor, Maranhão

11h20 - Final remarks: cooperation agendas for development policies

Mediation: Sergio Gusmão Suchodolski, President, ABDE

Special guests: Carlos Linares, President, Alide and Cofide; Katyna Argueta, Resident Representative in Brazil, UNDP


Martín Rama
Martín Rama
World Bank
Amadou Diallo
Amadou Diallo
Islamic Development Bank
Shari Spiegel
Shari Spiegel
Marcelo Barbosa
Marcelo Barbosa
Jorge Moreira da Silva
Jorge Moreira da Silva
Rémy Rioux
Rémy Rioux
Otaviano Canuto
Otaviano Canuto
The Brookings Institution
Sergio Gusmão
Sergio Gusmão
Paulo Medas
Paulo Medas
Julia Braga
Julia Braga
Luiz Awazu Pereira
Luiz Awazu Pereira
Amina J. Mohammed
Amina J. Mohammed
Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
Luana Ozemela
Luana Ozemela
José Roberto Afonso
José Roberto Afonso
Katyna Argueta
Katyna Argueta
Sergio All
Sergio All
Conta Black
Morgan Doyle
Morgan Doyle
José Ocampo
José Ocampo
Columbia University
Rebeca Grynspan
Rebeca Grynspan
Secretaria General Iberoamericana
Richard Martínez Alvarado
Richard Martínez Alvarado
Vice President for Countries, IDB
Stephany G. Jones
Stephany G. Jones
Columbia University
Joachim von Amsberg
Joachim von Amsberg


The Brazilian Development Association (ABDE) brings together and represents Development Financial Institutions (DFIs) operating in various regions of Brazil. Among its members are federal public banks, subnational development banks, cooperative banks, subnational commercial public banks, development agencies and two non-financial institutions that support innovation (Finep) and SMEs (Sebrae). Together these institutions make up a coordinated system that implements development finance policies in the country – the National Development Financial System (NDFS).

Founded in 1969, ABDE defines and executes strategies to support Brazilian DFIs in fulfilling their mandates. So as to improve the performance of its members, ABDE offers training courses, produces studies, and represents sectoral interests in debates with government agencies, the productive sector and society. In addition, ABDE promotes a comprehensive dialogue among Brazilian development actors, international partners, and multilateral organizations.

Of the 34 Brazilian development financial institutions that are part of the National Development Financial System, 31 are ABDE members.

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