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Media Advisory: World Bank Group Invites Media to Meet with Emerging Markets Ministers to Discuss Business Environment Reforms

Maria Alexandra Velez Henao
Phone: (202) 458-8789

Rebecca Ong
Phone: (202) 458-0434

New York, May 20, 2008—Finance and investment ministers from seven emerging markets will discuss their business environments and future reforms for promoting business activities and investments. The ministers represent top reforming countries, according to the IFC-World Bank Doing Business 2008 Report.
What Doing Business 2008 Reformers’ Club Investor Seminar and Awards Dinner
Who Mahmoud Mohieldin, Minister of Investment, Egypt
Ivan Suker, Minister of Finance, Croatia
Zoran Stavrevski, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia
Eka Sharashidze, Minister of Economic Development, Georgia
Luis Guillermo Plata, Minister of Commerce, Industry, and Tourism for Colombia
Awwad S. Al-Awwad, Deputy Governor for Investment Affairs, Saudi Arabia
Plamen Oresharski, Minister of Finance, Bulgaria

World Bank Group:
Graeme P. Wheeler, Managing Director, World Bank Group
Michael Klein, Vice President, Financial and Private Sector Development, World Bank-IFC, and Chief Economist, IFC

Clive Crook, Associate Editor, Financial Times, and Senior Editor, The Atlantic Magazine
When Wednesday, June 4, 2008
2:30pm – 6:00pm: Seminar and discussion with Ministers
6:00pm – 7:00pm: Cocktail reception
7:00pm: Awards dinner
Where New York Stock Exchange
Media entrance: 18 Broad Street (corner of Exchange Place and Broad Street)

Dress code: business
RSVP & Interviews Security at the Stock Exchange is tight. Prior registration and photo identification are required.

For registration and interview requests, contact:
Maria Alexandra Velez Henao
Phone: (202) 458-8789

Rebecca Ong
Phone: (202) 458-0434

About the Doing Business Project
Doing Business presents quantitative analysis on business regulation that can be compared across 178 economies. Rankings are based on 10 indicators of business regulation that track the time and cost to meet government requirements in business start-up, operation, trade, taxation, and closure. Since 2003, Doing Business has contributed to more than 160 reforms around the world. The project is based on the efforts of more than 5,000 local experts—business consultants, lawyers, accountants, government officials, and leading academics around the world, who provided methodological support and review. The project shows that business reforms are associated with more business start-ups, job creation, growth, and higher equity returns for shareholders. For more information, visit