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CONF./CFP: AIPRG Annual Conference, May 17-18, 2008, Washington, DC

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CONF./CFP: AIPRG Annual Conference, May 17-18, 2008, Washington, DC

Posted by: Nicole Vartanian <nevart2000@yahoo.com>

"Looking Forward: Global Competitiveness of the Armenian Economy"

AIPRG Annual Conference

May 17-18, 2008, Washington, DC

Call for Papers

The Armenian International Policy Research Group (AIPRG) will hold its
Annual Conference on the economy of Armenia on May 17-18, 2008, at the
World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC.

After more than a decade of transition from planned to market-based
economy, Armenia undertook important reforms and experienced high
rates of economic growth in recent years. In order to sustain this
growth and ensure further economic development, the country will need
to design and implement second-generation reforms based on lessons
learned during this transition and aimed at: (i) solidifying the
achievements of the transition period; (ii) ensuring a fair and level
playing field for private sector development; (iii) choosing strategic
directions for the country's export-oriented branches of the economy;
and (iv) laying foundations for future development by strengthening
institutions and modernizing social sectors, especially public education.

Submitted papers may broadly address the following topics:

* Raising competitiveness of the Armenian private sector
* Trends in productivity and the impact of government policies
* Impact of exchange rate fluctuations on growth and exports
* The role of education and the challenges of modernizing the education sector
* Financial markets and institutions
* Market structure and competition
* Trade and developments in Telecom and Transportation
* Role of the Diaspora
* Role of science and technology in development
* Challenges of public sector governance in the new era
* Strategic sectors for the country's future: export-oriented
manufacturing, IT, services, among others

Prospective authors should email their abstracts (outlining the main
directions of intended research, no longer than 1-2 pages) to
<annual_conference@aiprg.net> by December 15, 2007. The Selection
Committee will notify authors of accepted abstracts by December 28,
2007. The deadline for drafts is April 1 and for completed papers is
April 28, 2008.

Select papers will be considered for publication in the Armenian
Journal of Public Policy (AJPP). A small grant covering travel
expenses and a small honorarium is available to a subset of papers
accepted for publication. Authors from Armenia are encouraged to
apply. The official language of the conference is English. For more
information on AIPRG please visit http://www.aiprg.net. Any further
questions regarding the conference may be directed to

The conference is supported by the Government of Armenia and sponsored
by the World Bank, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the
US Agency for International Development (USAID).

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