|The Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE) brings together academics, policy makers, representatives of multilateral and bilateral agencies, research institutes, civil society organizations, students, and journalists, and thus provides an excellent opportunity to foster exchange of knowledge and understanding of development issues. ABCDE 2007 took place in Bled, Slovenia, and was co-organized by the World Bank and the Ministry of Finance of Slovenia. It gathered together over 400 participants over two days to discuss the theme of Development and the Private Sector.
Andrej Bajuk, Minister of Finance, Slovenia, welcomed participants to the ABCDE in Bled. Janez Janša, Prime Minister, Slovenia, announced that the Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics is an opportunity for numerous development economists to express their views on the problems of sustainable development of today’s world. The Prime Minister noted the importance of the location of the 2007 ABCDE conference: Slovenia has made enormous progress in economic development over recent years, from a borrower country to a new donor and is now considering development assistance as one of its priorities.
François Bourguignon, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, the World Bank, joined the Slovenian officials in welcoming the participants to ABCDE Bled.