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Sourcing Finance for Development

21 April 2010
14:00 - 17:00

Hosted by :

Dr João Carlos Ferraz

Start :

21 April 2011, 14:00

End :

21 April 2010, 17:00


The Human Sciences Research Council, The New Agenda and The Friedrich Ebert Foundation invite you to a Public Lecture on Sourcing Finance for Development by Dr João Carlos Ferraz, Director of Research, Corporate Planning and Risk Management, BNDES, National Development Bank, Brazil.

Respondent: South African National Treasury

Brazil is now seen as a model of how a developing country can mobilise financing for development by harnessing national pensions and government funds. Is this a model we can use in South Africa?

Dr Ferraz is an expert on this model and the South Africa National Treasury will respond to his address.

Dr João Carlos Ferraz is an economist and expert on issues related to industrial organisation and competition, innovation and business strategies, financing and policies for productive development at BNDES. He was previously the director of the Division of Productive Development and Business Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. He graduated in Economics from the Catholic University of Minas Gerais in 1977, and he obtained his doctorate in Economics of Innovation and Public Policy at the University of Sussex in England. João Carlos Ferraz was a professor at UFRJ, and director of the Institute of Economics between 1998 and 2003.

The audio presentation from the seminar is available for download

The seminar will be based on the following themes:

  • A broad brush treatment of Brazil’s industrial policy and infrastructure programme
  • The role of BNDES
  • Relations with the Treasury and Presidency

To reserve a seat, kindly RSVP by 14 April 2010 to: Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail or Baby Twala, Tel (012) 302-2368, E-mail:   


Pretoria: Forum 150, Conference Centre, Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria