Baker Institute event to explore legacy of Plaza Accord Oct. 1


David Ruth

Jeff Falk

Baker Institute event to explore legacy of Plaza Accord Oct. 1
High-level conference to consider potential for currency cooperation

HOUSTON – (Sept. 1, 2015) – Former U.S. Treasury Secretary James A. Baker III and other key players involved in the 1985 Plaza Accord, as well as top scholars and financial market experts, will gather at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Oct. 1 to evaluate the accord’s lasting legacy.

The Plaza Accord was a major turning point in the exchange-rate policy during the 1980s, marked by heightened international cooperation and a falling dollar, according to event organizers. Gathered by Baker, the financial leaders of France, West Germany, Japan, the United States and the United Kingdom signed the accord Sept. 22, 1985, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Panelists will discuss what made the Plaza Accord uniquely successful compared with today’s instances of currency wars and currency manipulation and consider the question “Does the world need another Plaza Accord?”

The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Who: James A. Baker III, the nation’s 67th secretary of the treasury, 61st secretary of state and honorary chair of the Baker Institute, will give the keynote address. Other speakers include Makoto Utsumi, former Japanese vice minister of finance for international affairs; David Mulford, vice chairman international of Credit Suisse and former U.S. Treasury undersecretary for international affairs; Agnès Bénassy-Quéré, professor at the Paris School of Economics and chair of the French Council of Economic Analysis; and Charles Dallara, former managing director of the Institute of International Finance and former senior U.S. Treasury official.

For a full list of speakers, see

What: A conference titled “Currency Policy Then and Now: 30th Anniversary of the Plaza Accord.”

When: Thursday, Oct. 1, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Where: Rice University, Baker Hall, Kelly International Conference Facility, 6100 Main St.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.

The public must register to attend this event at A live webcast will be available at the registration page.

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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.