On April 16th and 17th CASE and CASE Belarus co-organized the ‘Privatization and private entrepreneurship in Belarus – scope for international assistance’ seminar together with the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Solidarity Fund PL and Warsaw Stock Exchange. The underlying goal was to debate the requirements for privatization and consolidation of private entrepreneurship and to outline the feasible economic reforms which the EU and international financial institutions could assist in.
Hosted at the Palace on the Isle in Royal Łazienki, the event was officially opened by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Radosław Sikorski and the European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Štefan Füle.
CASE and CASE Belarus played a leading role in conducting one of the two expert panels on the second day, in the Warsaw Stock Exchange building. The working group discussed the challenges, prospects and reforms needed to make Belarus stronger, sounder and fully-fledged market economy. Moderated by Sierz Naurodski, Executive Director of CASE Belarus, the working group gathered five panelists from leading international organizations/institutions:
- Andrea Mario Dall’Olio, Senior Economist, Finance and Private Sector Development, World Bank
- Antonio Somma, Acting Head of the OECD Eurasia Competitiveness Programme, Directorate for Financial and Enterprises Affairs, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
- Ulrike Hauer, Head of Sector at ENP Sectoral Division at EEAS, European External Action Service
- Prof. Piotr Kozarzewski, CASE Expert
- Dzmirti Babicki,CASE Belarus Research Fellow
The expert discussed the motives of privatization, institutional/government approach towards privatization, the role of small and medium enterprises as well as the role of international assistance in the process of privatization, and the adjustment of a legal framework towards the EU and OECD standards.