Development: The Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE), May 30 - June 1, 2011





23/05/2011 – The Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE) 2011 will be held from May 30 - June 1 in Paris, France. Under the theme ‘Broadening Opportunities for Development,’ the event will discuss such issues as measuring inequality of opportunities; structural transformation, employment creation and labor regulation; human capital formation, training and youth; labour and product market reforms in France, and gender equity. The conference will conclude with a debate-style round table on ’Democratizing Development Economics’.  Moderated by a leading TV journalist, the webcast debate will ask:  How can the development community take on board a wider set of lessons from emerging and developing countries? How can research in such countries be supported? And how can research be disseminated more widely, providing the tools for sound development policy?


ABCDE is an annual World Bank event being co-hosted this year by the OECD, the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, the French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry, and the World Bank. 


Speakers will include: Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, OECD; Amartya Sen, Harvard University, Justin Yifu Lin, Chief Economist, the World Bank; Andrés Velasco, Harvard University; Esther Duflo, MIT; Mustapha Nabli of Tunisia’s Central Bank,  Ncube Mthuli of the African Development Bank, and Daniel Cohen and Francois Bourguignon of the Paris School of Economics.

The welcome addresses (starting at 9:00 am Paris time on 30/5), keynotes, and plenary sessions will have simultaneous interpretation and will be webcast, as will a special round table event on “Democratizing Development Economics” (starting at 3:30 pm Paris time on 6/1). The conference website – -- will use twitter as well as daily blog posts to provide read outs on new research findings, development policy debates and other hot topics. [Follow the ABCDE 2011 on Twitter @ABCDEwb. Use the #abcde to see updates or to send tweets about ABCDE 2011]

What/When:    ABCDE 2011, May 30-June 1 (all conference sessions will be open to the media).  View the program at:


Where:           OECD Conference Centre; 2, rue André Pascal; 75775 Paris Cedex 16, France; Tel: 33 (0)1 45 24 82 00;


Registration:   Media can register by writing to Angela Stuart ( before May 26. You will receive email or phone confirmation of your accreditation from the OECD. 

Those approved for accreditation can pick up badges beginning on May 30 at the OECD Conference Centre as of 8 am. Conference badges for media will only be issued upon presentation of press credentials bearing a photograph.



Washington: Merrell Tuck, Mobile: +1 202 415 1775.
World Bank, Paris: Valerie Chevalier, mobile  +33 6 99 10 78 48. 
OECD/OCDE Paris: Helen Fisher, tel : +33 1 45 24 80 97.


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