7th Annual Seminar on Business Services: Private Sector Development – what’s next?

 Chiang Mai (
Thailand), 18 to 22 September 2006The Annual Seminar has become an opportunity for field-based practitioners to catch up, quickly and enjoyably, with the latest thinking at the global level, in many areas that touch on their work. As in previous years, the agenda is being put together by Jim Tanburn and Aly Miehlbradt; themes to be covered in the 2006 Seminar include:- Opportunities at the ‘‘Base of the Pyramid’‘- Developing post-crisis economies and markets in pro-poor ways- Current thinking in developing financial markets- Learning from service markets in OECD economies- Stimulating services in very weak and rural markets- Selecting market interventions for maximum leverage- Reforming the business environment to enhance competitiveness- Assessing impacts on small businesses and poverty- Current thinking in value chain development

– Financial service markets – and BDS