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Transition Economies Discussed at WDI Conferences in Vietnam

6/11/2004 --

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Last month, the William Davidson Institute–along with the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), the Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP)–organized back-to-back conferences in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The first, the WDI/CEPR Annual International Conference on Transition Economics, ran May 27-29. It provided a forum for leading economists and other social scientists working on transition and on broader issues of development and institutional change to meet, present new research, develop collaborative relationships, and complete ongoing research.

On May 31, the UNDP/WDI/CEPR Transition Economies Policy Conference kicked off. The main purpose of the policy conference was to take stock of and exchange experiences on some of the most important lessons learned in transition economies over the past 15 years, and to discern the most important policy and institutional implications for countries still in transition.

The conference also compared and contrasted the differing experiences of the Commonwealth of Independent States and Eastern Europe with those of transition economies in East and South East Asia.

The conference drew a wide range of senior officials and policy-makers from Hungary, Poland, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Cambodia, China, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Laos, Mongolia and Vietnam.

Speakers included: Yegor Gaidar, leading architect of the Russian economic transformation after the fall of communism; Hafiz Pasha, U.N. assistant secretary general and director of UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific; Willem Buiter, chief economist and special counselor to the president, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; and Kalman Mizsei, U.N. assistant secretary general and director of UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Ken Lieberthal, a Davidson Institute Distinguished Fellow and Michigan Business School professor, gave a main presentation and Business School professors Jan Svejnar and Katherine Terrell had prominent speaking roles at the conference.



For more information, contact:
Dan Shine
Phone: (734) 615-4563
E-mail: danshine@umich.edu