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We invite you to engage in the ongoing dialogue about the critical financial and economic concerns of our day.  The CFLP promotes open discourse through a variety of public forums, including lectures, seminars and conferences.  Please review our Calendar for a complete listing of upcoming events sponsored by the CFLP and our Partners.

Missed part of the discussion?  Our “past” events are of “current” significance.  Please feel free to catch up by watching our recorded lectures (below).

The Future of the Big Four

November 17th, 2015in Events

Who: James Peterson

Where: The Center for Finance, Law & Policy, 53 Bay State Road, 1st Floor, Room 109

When: Friday November 20th, 2015 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Please join us for the inaugural session of our workshop series which will feature James Peterson. James Peterson was a former in-house counsel and lawyer to a major accounting firm and is currently an Instructor of Law at the University of Chicago. He will join us to discuss the current state of the Big Four audit model, as well as policy arguments that he makes in his forthcoming book, Countdown: The Past, Present and Uncertain Future of the Big Four Accounting Firms. Please join our round table talk and luncheon at the Center for Finance, Law & Policy on Friday November 20th, 2015 from 11:30-1:00 pm.

The New Development Banks: Opportunities and Challenges

October 29th, 2015in Events

Pardee School for Global Studies

November 16th, 2015

GEGI will hold a seminal series in the fall of 2015 that focuses on Development Banks and Sustainable Development. These seminars will take feature talks by Bo Kong, from GEGI and UO (October 16, China’s Development Banks and the Globalization of Chinese Energy Policy), Cinnamon Dornsife, from ADIB and SAIS (October 28, The Battle for Development Finance in Asia: Can the AIIB and the ADB Coexist?), Amar Batthacharya and Rogerio Studart, from Brooking Institutions (November 16, The New Development Banks: Opportunities and Challenges).

African Diaspora and Remittances

October 22nd, 2015in Events

African Studies Center, 232 Bay State Road, Rm. 505

Wednesday December 2nd, 2015 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

In the current era of increasing global human and capital flows, diaspora contributions to the development of their home countries are crucial. The panel discussion examines the role of the African diaspora in contributing to their communities of origin through economic and social remittances. Billions of dollars are sent in remittances to Africa every year. The remittance transfers are often costly, insecure, and the integration of the resources into local development poses major challenges. New technological, regulatory, and policy approaches have been suggested to overcome these challenges. The panelists are authors of the new BU CFLP Policy Report, “African Diaspora and Remittances”. Please join us to discuss new perspectives on the impacts of diaspora remittances on African entrepreneurship and innovation, financial inclusion, and democratic development.

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Digital Currencies and Remittances: Innovation, Regulation, and Development

October 22nd, 2015in Events

BU CFLP, 53 Bay State Road

Thursday November 12th, 2015 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Please join us for the CFLP Lunch Panel that discusses digital currencies as important emerging alternatives to traditional remittance systems, exploring the issues of social and technological innovation, regulation, and policy. Digital remittance technologies can provide convenient and secure financial services to those excluded from the formal financial sector and can be particularly important in conflict-affected contexts, where remittance transfers are limited by institutional inadequacies and regulatory concerns.  The Panel examines the potentials of digital currencies such as Bitcoin to facilitate cost efficient and transparent remittance transfers, and explores related risks and challenges.  It discusses the role of ‘smart’ regulation in such technological innovation initiatives, and explores the potentials of Bitcoin and Blockchain to radically transform the future of remittances. Please join the discussion by distinguished digital currency experts, regulators, and practitioners!

Click here to view the event flyer.

Introductory remarks: Daivi Rodima-Taylor (BU CFLP, Senior Academic Researcher)

Panelists: Marco A. Santori (Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP)

Chris DeRose (Counterparty)  

Joshua Unseth (Alarm Grid)

Moderator: John Beccia (Circle)

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Mobile and Digital Remittances in Crisis-Affected Contexts: New Perspectives on Innovation, Policy and Development

October 22nd, 2015in Events

BU Alumni Association Seminar Panel at the International Monetary Fund | Conference Hall 2 | 1900 Pennsylvania Ave. NW | Washington, D.C.

Thursday October 29th, 2015 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Please join Boston University researchers for a discussion of mobile and digital remittances that constitute important emerging alternatives to traditional remittance systems particularly in crisis-affected contexts. The seminar discusses regulatory and policy shifts and innovative institutional partnerships that foster the advancement of these novel ICT solutions for broader financial inclusion. Comparative examples from Africa and Asia are examined.

Panelists: Donald Terry, William Grimes, and Daivi Rodima-Taylor.

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The event is FREE and open to the public. Please register at the BU Alumni Association website: