Kuwait City, Kuwait
1-5 February 2009
The conference will provide a platform to further the debate on the crucial relationship between natural resources and development. The conference will have an opening session featuring remarks from the honorable H.E Mohammed al-Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, State of Kuwait and Abdlatif Yousef Al-Hamad, Director General and Chairman (AFESD). The keynote address will then be given by Justin Lin, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for Development Economics, World Bank.
The event will feature eminent academics, policy makers and members of multilateral development organizations. Four plenary sessions have been scheduled, entitled, 'Natural Resources: Curse or Blessing?'; 'The Political Economy of Natural Resources'; 'The Challenge of Sustainable Development'; and 'The Wealth of Nations: Revenue and Fiscal Management of Natural Resources.'
The proceedings will close with a policy roundtable, entitled 'After the Boom Must there be Bust? Managing Natural Resource Cycles', featuring some of the prominent development policy makers from across the world. The roundtable will provide an opportunity to bring together the important issues discussed at the conference and highlight potential policy recommendations in dealing with this pressing issue.
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