Syria: Lessons from Eastern Europe's Transition for Syria's ISMF Policy Roundtable
In December 2006, CASE was subcontracted by the Dutch management consultancy firm, ARCADIS BMB, to conduct a short-term consultancy for the Institutional and Sector Modernization Facility Project in Syria (see www.ismf-syr.org). Marek Dabrowski visited Damascus from December 16th to 18th, 2006, where he gave a presentation at the ISMF policy roundtable on "The Transition from a Centrally Planned to Market Economy: the Experience of Eastern Europe and FSU." The presentation analyzed the similarities and differences between "Arab socialism" and Soviet-type socialism and their implications for a strategy of economic reforms.
Professor Dąbrowski also met with Dr. Abdullah al-Dardari, the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs and Head of the State Planning Commission of Syria and gave an interview at the Syrian public TV economic program "Cross Point".