Doing Business at the Crossroads Ten Year Anniversary of World Bank Doing Business Initiative

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2013– The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) will host a conference to mark the ten year anniversary of the Doing Business Initiative at the World Bank. This half-day conference will assess the results of the initiative and discuss how best to foster a thriving business environment worldwide. Full details appear below.

Friday, April 19, 2013
B1 Conference Center
CSIS 1800 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20006

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Morning Keynote Address

Simeon Djankov
Former Finance Minister of Bulgaria and Founder of Doing Business
Power of Doing Business

Juan Jose Daboub
Former Finance Minister of El Salvador and Managing Director of the World Bank
Doing Business in a Policy-Making Environment
Andrew Natsios
Former Administrator, USAID
Executive Professor, George H.W. Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University
Randy Quarles
Former Under Secretary for Domestic Finance, Department of the Treasury
Managing Director, The Carlyle Group
Paul O'Brien
Vice President for Policy and Campaigns, Oxfam America
Moderated by:
Johanna Nesseth
Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning, and
Co-Director for the Project on U.S. Leadership in Development, CSIS
Congressional Perspective

Thomas Sheehy
House Foreign Affairs Committee
Doing Business Methodology: Impacts and Criticisms
Michael Klein
Former Vice President, International Finance Corporation
Professor, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management
Erik Berglöf
Chief Economist and Special Adviser to the President, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Simon Johnson
Former Economic Counsellor, International Monetary Fund
Ronald A. Kurtz Professor of Entrepreneurship, MIT Sloan School of Management
Moderated by:
Daniel F. Runde
William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis, and
Director, Project on Prosperity and Development, CSIS
Afternoon Keynote Address
Marisa Lago
U.S. Department of the Treasury's Assistant Secretary for International Markets and Development
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