Under the auspices of the Centre for Co-operation for Non-Members, The OECD Advisory Group on Privatisation (AGP) met in Rome in September 1997 to discuss the subject of "Banks and Privatisation", bringing together high-level privatisation officials and policy makers from non-member countries, experts from international organisations, privatisation officials and other representatives from 21 OECD Member countries. The meeting explored different areas related to banks and privatisation, including the policy aspects of bank privatisation, the design of bank privatisation programmes, the process and methods of privatising banks and the role of banks in privatisation . Presentations covered the experience of transition and OECD economies, whereas the discussions included also problems faced in other emerging economies. The meeting permitted senior experts, officials and policy makers in the areas of privatisation to get a comparative insight of different approaches to bank privatisation in OECD and emerging economies, as well as of the role of banks in privatisation.
- Corporate Governance Through the Banks: The Experience in Russia, by Dr. Alexander Radygin, Member of the Board, Institute for the Economy in Transition (Moscow); Adviser to the Chairman, Federal Commission for Securities Market, RF
- Framework Conditions, Methods and Processes of Privatisation: Lessons from the Trade Sale of an Austrian Bank, by Karl Aiginger, Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO); and Peter Mooslechner, Oesterreichische Nationalbank Economic Analysis Division
- The Hungarian Banking System, by Dr. Arpad Kovacs, Former Chairman of the Board, Hungarian Privatisation and State Holding Company (APV Rt), Budapest
- Privatisation of Individual Banks or the Banking System?, by Kalman Mizsei, Former Chief Executive Officer, Hungarian EXIM Bank
- The Privatisation Process in Italy: The Role of the Banks, by Rainer Masera, General Director Istituto Mobiliare Italiano and Professor of International Financial Markets, LUISS Guido Carli (tables)
- The Process of Privatising Banks in Poland: Successes and Failures of a Multitrack Path, by Slawomir Lachowski, First Vice President, Powszechny Bank Gospodarczy (PBG) Bank, Lódz