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ABCDE 2007 Slovenia

The Annual Bank Conference on Development E conomics (ABCDE) 2007 took place in Bled, Slovenia, on May 17-18, 2007. The conference was co-organized by the World Bank and the Government of Slovenia.

The conference had as the overarching topic 'Private Sector and Development' and it featured research papers on the following sub-topics, as well as working sessions:

1.Financial Inclusion
2.The business climate
3.The provision of public services by non-state actors: health, education, environment/water.

The conference also featured parallel sessions (workshops/ roundtables) related to the overarching theme of the conference and other issues relevant for international development.

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Papers

OPENING SPEECH

Opening speech by Janez Jansa, Prime Minister of Slovenia (NB: the text attached is not a transcript of the speech and may differ slightly from the speech delivered at the ABCDE)
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PLENARY SESSIONS

Plenary Session 1: Financial Inclusion
Speakers:
Ross Levine, Brown University: Paper, Presentation
Asli Demirguc-Kunt, World Bank: Paper, Presentation

Discussants:
Liliana Rojas-Suarez, Center for Global Development: Presentation
Victor Murinde, Birmingham Business School: Presentation
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Plenary Session 2: What factors matter most for business climate?
Speaker:
Paul Seabright, Toulouse University; Wendy Carlin, University College London: Paper, Presentation

Discussants:
Jan Svejnar, Michigan University: Presentation
Loh Wah Sing, International Trade Institute, Singapore: Presentation
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Plenary Session 3: Provision of Public Services by Non-State Actors
Speaker:
Maitreesh Ghatak, London School of Economics: Paper

Discussants:
Jean-Paul Azam, Toulouse University: Presentation
Gabor Peteri, Local Government Initiative Development Ltd.: Presentation
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KEYNOTE ADDRESSES

Francois Bourguignon, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, The World Bank:
Presentation
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Santiago Levy, former Deputy Minister of Economy, Mexico; former General Director of the Mexican Social Security Institute: Presentation
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PLENARY ROUNDTABLES

SMEs in Central and Eastern Europe - an engine for growth
Fabrizio Coricelli, EBRD: Presentation
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Foundations as new development actors
Olga Sulla, World Bank: Presentation
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