Conference agenda

Economy of Belarus: At a Tipping Point

November 3–4, 2015
Dipservice Hall, Minsk, Belarus 

Registration, 12:00-13:00

Day 1: Global Context: Revising Concepts, Reshaping Policies



Nikolay Snopkov, Deputy Head of the Administration of President of Belarus
Sanaka Samarasinha, UN Resident Coordinator / UNDP Resident Representative / UNFPA Representative in the Republic of Belarus



Keynote speech:

Dr. Qimiao Fan, the World Bank Country Director for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova


 Global and Regional Economic Prospects


Dr. James Gordon, deputy director of the IMF European Department – Global and Regional Economic Prospects: Adjusting to Lower Commodity Prices (pdf)

Dr. Vladimir Drebentsov, chief economist for Russia and CIS, BP – Changing World of Oil and Gas (pdf)

Andrey Movchan, senior associate and director of the Economic Policy Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center – Long-term prospects of the Russian Economy

ModeratorDmitry Golukhov, Director of the Strategic Management and Treasury Department at BPS-Sberbank

CommentsDr. Torbjörn Becker, director of Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics
Global economic challenges - implications for Belarus (pdf)

Coffee break, 15:40-16:10 

Concepts of economic transformation


Dr. Kiryl Rudy, Aide to the President of Belarus, Head of the Main Economic Department of the Presidential Administration of the Republic of Belarus
Why Reform Fail (in Belarus in 2016)

Dr. Mirko CvetkovićWorld Bank consultant, former Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance of Serbia –
Transition – Main Challenges. Lessons from Serbia (pdf)

Dr. Ivailo Izvorski, Practice Manager in the Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management Global Practice of the World Bank
Belarus' Two Transitions

Moderator: Pavel Daneyko, CEO, Institute for Privatization and Management

CommentsHeliodoro Temprano Arroyo, head of the Unit “Neighborhood Countries and Macro-Financial Assistance”, European Commission, DG ECFIN


Day 2: Local Solutions: Making Belarusian Transition Happen

Registration and coffee, 8:40-9:40



Dr. Vasily Matyushevsky, First Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus

Scott Rauland, Charge D’affaires, US Embassy in Minsk

Panel 1. From Stabilization to Confidence: Mid-term Macroeconomic Policy Agenda


Moderator: Dr. Igor Pelipas, Head of the Supervisory Council, IPM Research Center

Prof. Marek Dabrowski, senior fellow of CASE – Center for Social and Economic Research –
Cases of Macroeconomic Stabilization in Post-communist Economies: Policy Implications for Belarus

Dmitry Kalechits, Deputy Chairman of the Board of the National Bank of Belarus – 
Mid-term Macroeconomic Policy Agenda for Belarus

Dr. Bas BakkerSenior Regional Resident Representative, Central and Eastern Europe, European Department, IMF –Macroeconomic Stabilization and Structural Reform Roadmap for Belarus (pdf)

Dzmitry Kruk, Researcher in BEROC
Constantine Tsereteli, CEO of Belarusky Narodny Bank

Lunch, 12:30-13:30

Panel 2. From Interference to Cooperation: Creating Environment for Balanced Growth


Moderator: Prof. Yuri Tserlukevich, Arizona State University, Department of Finance

Ivan Miklos, MP, National Council of Slovak Republic, Advisor to the Minister of Finance of Ukraine and Advisor to the Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine  –
Ownership, Timing, Consistency: What Belarus Should Learn from the Transition Experience

Dr. Alexander Zaborovsky, First Deputy Minister of Economy of Belarus – Roadmap of structural reforms: Mid-term agenda (pdf)

Young Chul Kim, World Bank Country Manager for Belarus –
Evaluation of Belarus’ Structural Reform Roadmap: Key Challenges (pdf)

Olga Shcherbina, Head of Office of the International Finance Corporation in Belarus –
Evaluation of Belarus’ Structural Reform Roadmap: Enabling Business Environment Creation

Dr. Irina Tochitskaya, Academic Director of the IPM Research Center
Sergey Riabuhin
, Managing Partner, HR Director, ZUBR Capital

Coffee, 16:00-16:30

Panel 3. From Protection to Inclusion: Reshaping Social Policy


Moderator: Dr. Kiryl Haiduk, World Bank country economist for Belarus

Dr. Ben Slay, Senior advisor at the Regional Service Centre for Europe and the CIS, UNDP –
Social risks of Economic Transformation, Opportunities for Inclusive Growth (pdf)

Dr. Uladzimir Valetka, Senior Researcher, CASE Belarus –
Labor Market in Belarus: Time to Meet the Demand for Reform

Yuri Seliverstov, Deputy Minister of Finance of Belarus – Social Challenges of Fiscal Reform

Prof. Milan Vodopivec, research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), former Lead Economist at the World Bank – Strengthening Income Support for the Unemployed to Back Structural Reforms in Belarus (pdf)

Victor Novochadov, CEO, Game Stream (WARGAMING.NET)
Alexander Chubrik, Director of the IPM Research Center



Elena Grushetskaya
KEF Coordinator