The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in cooperation with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), invites you to attend a forum on growth, productivity and development in Ukraine and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). b_95_71_16777215_00_images_content_news_646.jpg The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in cooperation with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), invites you to attend a forum on growth, productivity and development in Ukraine and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). b_180_0_16777215_00_images_content_news_646.jpg

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in cooperation with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), organised a forum on growth, productivity and development in Ukraine and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

Topics discussed were part of the “Development and Transition” newsletter, a joint initiative of the London School of Economics (LSE) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It focuses on key issues of economic development and transition in the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States, Southeast Europe, and the new member states of the European Union. The newsletter examines regional growth prospects through 2015, privatization and 'jobless' growth in FYR Macedonia as well as growth and cooperation in Central Asia. The March issue also features economic reform recommendations for Ukraine and an interview with Kemal Dervis, the new Administrator of UNDP. To read the D&T interview with UNDP Administrator Kemal Dervis, please click here.

The full version of the newsletter "Development and Transition" is available here.

The participants of the Forum were the experts of the Ministry of Econome, the National Bank of Ukraine, the representatives of the international organisations and Ukrainian NGOs, officials, journalists. The key speakers were Mr. Francis M. O’Donnell, UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator in Ukraine, Mr. Ben Slay, Director of UNDP’s Bratislava Regional Centre, Dr. Andrei Sarychev, Department of Economics, LSE, Mr. Oleksandr Paskhaver, Advisor to the President, Ukraine, Ms. Iryna Akimova, UNDP Blue Ribbon Commission Director, Ukraine.

Presentations & Discussions of the Forum were focused on the following areas:

• Economic Performance in the CIS: From Recovery Growth to Sustainable Development
• Ukraine’s Economic Performance in 2006 and Beyond: Growth, Policy, and Poverty Reduction

The detailed agenda of the Forum is available here.

To see photoreport of the Forum please click here.

For more information, please contact Ms. Veronika Vashchenko in Kyiv, veronika.vashchenko@undp.org, +380 (44) 254 0035 or Ms. Denisa Papayova in Bratislava, denisa.papayova@undp.org, +421 2 59337 162.

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