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Henry Grattan Lecture - Iceland's Road To Recovery: What Lessons To Be Learned

  • Speaker: Steingrímur J. Sigfússon, Minister of Finance, Iceland

  • Date: Thursday 26 May from 6.00 to 7.45pm

  • Venue: Lecture Room M4, Museum Building, Trinity College Dublin

Leahy, Sigfusson and WickhamAs part of the 2011 Henry Grattan Lecture Series Steingrímur J. Sigfússon, Icelandic Minister of Finance delivered a talk titled Iceland's Road To Recovery: What Lessons To Be Learned.

The talk was chaired by Pat Leahy, Political Editor of The Sunday Business Post.



Speaker Biography

Sigfússon became Minister of Finance on 1 February 2009 following early parliamentary elections triggered by the collapse of Iceland’s three main banks in 2008.

Sigfússon is the chairman of the Left-Green Movement, a leftist, environmentally focused political party in coalition with the centre-left Social Democratic Alliance.  The coalition has initiated significant economic reforms and has submitted Iceland's application to join the European Union (EU). The island has completed four reviews of its International Monetary Fund program. The main components of this $4.6 billion loan programme are to stabilize the currency, establish trust in Iceland’s monetary policy, revise fiscal policy to meet the increased debt burden, and restructure the banking system.


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Last updated 13 June 2014 .