Monday, May 21, 2007

Finance Minister Pleased with World Bank Conference

"Finance Minister Andrej Bajuk was extremely pleased with the course of a World Bank conference on development economics that concluded at Bled on Friday, 18 May. "We are very pleased as the event unfurled in accordance with our expectations," Bajuk said.

He pointed to the presentations of theoretical know-how, experience and debates, mainly regarding the development of private partnerships. "This is a very important area for us. We are just beginning to take that path," he said in reference to the recently passed public-private partnership act.

Bajuk added that the resignation of World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz did not overshadow the conference, however "it did take some of the spotlight away".

Shigeo Katsu, regional vice-president for Europe and Central Asia at the World Bank, expressed hope that the event spurred new ideas, aided in the promotion of development economics and new solutions for uprooting poverty."

Source: Slovene Press Agency STA

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