BMI Conference: Small Transition Economies



In accordance with BMI vision as an institute that affects global policy at the highest level, our 3rd international conference in Georgia and Armenia focused on exploring, analyzing and discussing the economics and politics of small transition economies, taking the example of the host countries and trying to draw global lessons and recommendations.






Tbilisi, Georgia



Monday, 11.9.17

15:00   BMI Board Meeting


16:15   BMI Steering committee - Business Meeting

17:00   Key Note Speaker: Prof. James Wertsch,

            David R. Francis Distinguished Professor, Vice Chancellor for International Relations, Director, McDonnell International Scholars              

            Academy Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology and the Program on International and Area Studies, Washington University, St. Louis

            Living in a Rough Neighborhood: National Narratives in the South Caucasus    View Presentation  


Tuesday, 12.9.17


08:50   Prof. Itai Sened, Head of BMI

09:00   Symposium: Small Transition Economies

            Convener: Dr. Boris Mints, President of BMI

09:15   Opening Remarks: Hon. Mr. Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia

09:45   Lead Lecture: Prof. Simeon Djankov,      View Presentation 1               View Presentation 2   

            Exec. Dir., Financial Markets Group; London School of Economics

10:45   Panel #1: The Economics of Small Transition Economies

            Ms. Mercy Tembon, Country Director for the Caucuses, World Bank

            Mr. Ivan Miklos, Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Slovakia

11:45   Discussion


14:00   Lead Lecture: Prof. Itai Sened, Head, BMI; Founder, School of Social and Policy Studies, TAU

            Dynamics of Structural Changes in Transition Economies      View Presentation  



14:30   Panel #2: The Political Economy of Small Transition States

            Mr. Dimitri Kumsishili, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Georgia   View Presentation  

            Mr. Igor Luksic, Former Prime Minister, Montenegro


16:15-17:00   Discussion

17:00   Mr. Hans Timmer, Chief Economist, Europe and Central Asia, World Bank

17.45   Closing remarks: Mr. Vaclav Klaus, Former President of the Czech Republic



Yerevan, Armenia


Wednesday, 13.9.17 


16:00   Symposium: Armenia: 26 years of independence - Core results

            Confined to the 20-th anniversary of the Russian Armenian University

            RAU researchers' presentations: The Economic and Political developments in Armenia    View Presentation 


Thursday, 14.9.17


10:00     Special Address on behalf of Hon. Mr. Serzh Sargsyan, President of Armenia    Read   

10:10     Welcoming Address by Hon. Mr. Karen Karapetyan, Prime-Minister of Armenia

10:30     Prof. Armen Darbinyan, Rector, Russian Armenian University; Former Prime Minister of Armenia:

              Building of a new independent state as a response to the crush of the USSR: Principles and Values

11:00     Discussion


11:40     Prof. Hrant Bagratyan, Former Prime-Minister of Armenia:

              Transformation of the economic model: Essence of Armenian reforms - Liberal approach      View Presentation  

12:10     Discussion


13:30     Mr. Vigen Sargsyan, Minister of Defense of Armenia:

              Regional challenges: from survival to development

14:00     Discussion

14:20     Prof. Edward Sandoyan, Former Minister of Finance of Armenia; Director,

              Institute of Economics and Business of RAU:

              Challenges of Global development: a need for a new economic model

14:50     Discussion

15:10     Mr. Alexander Khachaturyan, Head of the Center for Strategic Initiatives:

              Armenia-2030: a comprehensive vision

15:40     Discussion

16:00 – 16:30  Closing remarks: Mr. Vaclav Klaus, Former President of the Czech Republic

17:00     Reception by Hon. Mr. Serzh Sargsyan, President of Armenia (President’s Office)

20:00     Dinner hosted by the Prime-Minister of the Republic of Armenia, Hon. Mr. Karen Karapetyan


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