Communication and development

Annex II: Regional and Policy Dialogue Meetings


(resulting from the Centre's 1999 and 2000 Programme of Work)

The following list of meetings, including major policy dialogue activities, stretches human resources and cannot be carried out as planned without additional budgetary support.

1 1st International Forum on African Perspectives: "Emerging Africa", organised in co-operation with the African Development Bank (3-4 February) The theme "Emerging Africa", refers to the idea that, at the regional level, the process of economic development entails a "snowball effect": acceleration in the growth prospects for many, if not all countries, first requires a handful of reformers. The Forum provided a platform for the participants to debate if the current reforms being undertaken in certain African countries are succeeding in identifying major bottlenecks to growth; in addressing major distortions in the functioning of domestic markets; and in promoting their integration into the world economy.

2 6th International Forum on Asian Perspectives, organised in co-operation with the Asian Development Bank.
(3-4 July)
This Forum will provide an evaluation of the progress made towards Development Resource Mobilization in the post-crisis period, and analyse the problems which remain with a view to provide policy orientations for the future. The main subjects for discussion will include: Financial Sector Policy for Domestic Resource Mobilisation and Public Expenditure Reform for Alleviating Resource Constraints; Post-Crisis Needs for Foreign Savings; Privatization and Private Sector's Participation in Development Projects; and Development Co-operation Policies of OECD-DAC Members in Asia.

3 11th International Forum on Latin American Perspectives, organised in co-operation with the Inter-American Development Bank
(2-3 November)
Topic to be determined.

1 Latin America: Climate Policy and its Ancillary Benefits
(July, dates to be determined, Santiago)
To be organised in co-operation with the Universidad Catolica de Chile. This regional workshop will bring together policy-makers and experts on climate policy in the Southern Cone countries, including Argentina, Brazil and Chile to discuss the findings of the Centre's work (Activity 2) as well as related research being carried out by the Universidad Catolica de Chile. It is hoped that following on the success of this workshop, two additional workshops will be held on climate policy in India and China, to be held in New Delhi and Beijing respectively.

2 Corporate Governance in Developing Countries and Emerging Economies
(October, dates to be determined)
This meeting will bring together collaborating researchers from South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, India and Malaysia, as well as policy-makers, representatives of the private-sector in both OECD and non-OECD countries, regional development banks and international organisations, and members of the OECD Secretariat to examine the findings of the Centre's research on corporate governance (Activity 6).

3 Poverty and Income Inequality in Developing Countries: A Policy Dialogue on the Effects of Globalisation
30 November-1 December 2000
This policy dialogue will focus on determining policies to improve the income distribution effects of globalisation. Based on a series of case studies on selected middle-income LDCs, it will examine the domestic supply response to globalisation in these countries, particularly in terms of improving human capital, and how the variation in response has resulted in differences in performance in terms of growth, income inequality and poverty (Activity 3).

4 Education and Health Spending and Poverty Reduction (provisional title)
(December, dates to be determined) This meeting will bring together representatives of donor countries and selected African countries to examine the findings of four country case studies (Tanzania, Madagascar, Indonesia and Peru) and three cross-country studies on education and health spending and poverty undertaken in the framework of the Centre's work (Activity 8).



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