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Wednesday • April 9, 2003

0830–
0900
  Breakfast will be served outside of J-B1-080.
   
0900–
1015
 

Session I: The Performance of Public Sector Banks

The session will focus on the performance of public sector banks and the special challenges that they represent. The session will open with a discussion of Pakistan’s financial reform and the rationale behind it. It will then discuss the cross-country evidence of the performance of public sector banks. How are public sector banks performing? The panel will also include perspectives on the reform of state banks in India and Bahrain.

     
1015–
1030
 

Coffee Break

     
1030–
1230
 

Session II: Good Public Banks/Bad Public Banks

The performance of public sector banks has been mixed, and public banks have shown strong performance in one market and weak performance in another. How do we assess the condition of state banks and what makes one better than another? The session will also include a presentation on the difficulties of regulating and supervising public sector banks.

     
1230–
1400
 

Lunch will be provided in the East Dining Room, located at the C-1 level of the World Bank MC Building at 1818 H Street (across the street from the J Building)

     
1400–
1530
 

Session III: Reform Experiences—Part I

Reforming public sector banks can be a tortuous process and it can be riddled with pitfalls, as officials who have led such efforts have found. This panel will include officials and executives with experience in implementing public sector bank reform. Why have some efforts been successful and others failed? When does it make sense to close a public sector bank and what institutions might substitute more effectively for some of its functions.

     
1530–
1545
 

Coffee Break

     
1545–
1730
 

Session IV: Reform Experiences—Part II

This panel will continue the exploration of specific measures that public sector banks have taken to reform or privatize. On what terms should executives pursue twinning or management contracts? What about turning the bank into a savings bank? How do banks sell minority shares, and what does this do for the bank?

     
 

Thursday • April 10, 2003

0830–
0900
 

Breakfast will be served outside J-B1-080.

     
0900–
1100
 

Session V: Privatization

Privatization has been carried out very effectively in certain countries, but has stalled in others, with repeated recapitalization of state banks and other pitfalls along the way. What should be the objectives in a privatization initiative? How can policymakers and executives structure incentives for managers to facilitate the process? What have we learned in retrospect about the privatization programs conducted several years ago? This panel will also include a presentation on turning around a nationalized, commercial bank, and the process of re-privatization.

     
1100–
1200
 

Discussion

     
1200–
1400
 

Lunch Break

     
1400–
1600
 

Session VI: Looking Forward—Transforming Publc Sector Banks

Based on global experiences from reforming and privatizing banks, this panel will discuss their perspectives on transforming state-owned banks. What have been the costs and benefits of privatizing public sector banks? How feasible are reform programs for public sector banks, and under what conditions do they work? What are the potential difficulties in both processes, and what have been the outcomes to date?

     
1600–
1700
 

Discussion with Speakers

     
1700  

Adjournment

 

 

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