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?
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.
Welcome by Mr. Karel Dyba, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the OECD
Opening remarks by Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD
Transformation: From Centrally (mis)Planned to Market Economy
Moderator: Mr. Jan Woroniecki, Ambassador of Poland to the OECD
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
Challenges and Opportunities
Moderator: Mr. Péter Gottfried, Ambassador of Hungary to the OECD
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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