Wim Duisenberg, President of the European Central Bank, will deliver this year’s Per Jacobsson lecture “The Past and Future of European Integration—A Central Banker’s View.” The lecture will be given on September 26, 1999, at 3:00 p.m. at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington, D.C. The lecture takes place two days before the formal opening of this year’s IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings.
A national of the Netherlands, Duisenberg has been the president of the European Central Bank since its establishment on June 1, 1998. Prior to that, he was president of the bank’s precursor, the European Monetary Institute. In the course of a distinguished career in the international monetary field, he has served as president (1982-97) of the De Nederlandsche Bank—the Netherlands central bank—and as its executive director (1981-82). He was chairman of the board and president of the Bank for International Settlements from 1988 to 1990 and from 1994 to 1997, as well as a member of the bank’s board of directors (1982-97). He also served as his country’s minister of finance from 1973 to 1977 and was a member of parliament for the socialist party from 1977 to 1978. Duisenberg is a graduate of the University of Groningen, where he was awarded a Ph.D. in 1965, and a former staff member of the IMF.
Established in 1964 in honor of the third managing director of the IMF, the Per Jacobsson lectures are usually held annually and are designed to promote informed international discussion of current issues in monetary affairs.
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Attendance at the Per Jacobsson lecture is by invitation only and is restricted for reasons of space. Persons interested in being added to the invitation list should write to
Per Jacobsson Foundation
International Monetary Fund
700 19th Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20431