20 Years After: Reflections on the Economic Transformation of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and the Slovak Republic

 

Seminar held at the OECD on 20 November 2009

 

People all over the world have been reviving memories of 20 years ago when the Berlin Wall was finally brought down.

Political freedom is priceless. But did it bring about economic and social wellbeing as it should? Did free markets meet expectations? What lessons can we draw from the experience and what values can we share to lead us into a post-crisis world? 

 

20 Years After  

The experience of former communist countries - Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and the Slovak Republic - and their achievements should be a source of knowledge and hope for our future.

  
Programme

 

 20 Years After

 

Welcome by Mr. Karel Dyba, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the OECD
(speech)


Opening remarks by Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD
(speech)


Transformation: From Centrally (mis)Planned to Market Economy

Panel discussion

 

Moderator: Mr. Jan Woroniecki, Ambassador of Poland to the OECD
(speech)

Panelists: 

  • Ms. Brigita Schmögnerová, Vice President for Environment, Procurement and Administration, The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Slovak Republic
  • Mr. Béla Kádár, Former Minister of International Economic Relations, Hungary
  • Mr. Wiesław Rozłucki, Former President of the Management Board of the Warsaw Stock Exchange, Poland
  • Mr. Pavel Štěpánek, Member of the Board of Directors, The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Czech Republic
    (speech)

 

Challenges and Opportunities

Panel discussion

 

Moderator: Mr. Péter Gottfried, Ambassador of Hungary to the OECD

Panelists:

  • Ms. Júlia Király, Deputy Governor of the National Bank, Hungary
    (PPT presentation)
  • Mr. Peter Sevcovic, Executive Director, The Slovak National Bank, Slovak Republic
  • Mr. Miroslav Singer, Vice-Governor, The Czech National Bank, Czech Republic
    (PPT presentation)
  • Mr. Paweł Wojciechowski, Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Poland
    (PPT presentation)

 

Working lunch

  • Key-note speaker: Mr. Jean-Claude Paye, former Secretary-General of the OECD
  • Closing by Ms. Jana Kotová, Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to the OECD

 

The seminar was organised jointly by the Permanent Representations of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and the Slovak Republic to the OECD.

 

 

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  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China (People’s Republic of)
  • Chinese Taipei
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Democratic People's Republic of Korea
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
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  • European Union
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  • Yemen
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  • Zimbabwe