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2005 International Leaders Summit

Strategic Focus: Economic Growth - Advocating Free Market Reforms

The Second International Leaders Summit (ILS) was held on June 1 and 2, 2005 at The Regent Esplanade Zagreb in Croatia bringing together world renowned economic reformers and advocates of market reforms.  The event was sponsored by Adriatic Institute for Public Policy, The Stockholm Network and World Development and Empowerment. The Strategic Theme for ILS 2005 conference: Economic Growth - Advocating Free Market Reforms.

ILS Speakers that spoke at the summit and conveyed the importance of implementing free market reforms included:

  • Dr. Alvin Rabushka, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Senior Advisor to President Ronald Reagan's Tax Policy Task ForceCalifornia, USA
  • Dr. Jose Pinera, President of the International Center for Pension Reform, Distinguished Senior Fellow at Cato Institute, Washington, DC, Former Minister of Labor and Social Security and Former Minister of MiningChile
  • Dr. Daniel Mitchell, Senior Fellow and Chief Tax Policy and Economy Expert, The Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC
  • Damir Polancec, Deputy Prime Minister, Croatia
  • Vesna Skare Ozbolt, Minister of Justice, Croatia
  • Jaroslaw Neneman, Deputy Minister of Finance, Poland
  • Peter Jungen, Chairman, Peter Jungen Holding, GmbH, Partner of Halo Fund, Palo Alto, California, USA and Chairman, Economic Policy Council of EPP, Germany
  • John Willman, Deputy Editor and Chief Leader Writer, Financial Times, UK
  • Matthew Bishop, Business Editor, Economist, UK
  • Matthew Kaminski, Deputy Editor, Editorial Page, Wall Street Journal Europe, France
  • Goran Gazivoda, Deputy Chairman, HVB Splitska Banka, Croatia
  • Dr. Mico Mrkaic, Chief Economist and President, Government's Strategic Council for Economic Development, Slovenia
  • Martin Summers, International Social Accountability Manager, Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, British American Tobacco, UK
  • Matt Sertic, President/CEO, Applied Ceramics, California, USA
  • Mark Gero, President, Amcham Croatia
  • Sacha Kumaria, Director of Programs, The Stockholm Network, UK
  • Gunther Fehlinger, President, Europeans for Tax Reform, Austria
  • Natasha Srdoc, President, Adriatic Institute for Public Policy and Co-founder of ILS, Croatia
  • Joel Anand Samy, President, World Development and Empowerment, and Co-founder of ILS, USA

The ILS Strategic Themes within Economic Growth - Advocating Free Market Reforms for Croatia and Southeast Europe included the three specific areas - Tax Reform, Pension Reform and Advancing Economic Freedom and Prosperity.  The following list provides an overview of specific topics that were covered at this year's summit:

  1. Tax Reform: Simplification and Competition - The Case for the Flat Tax, Chaired by Dr. Alvin Rabushka
  2. Pension Reform: Creating An Ownership Society, Chaired by Dr. Jose Pinera
  3. The Rule of Law: Protection of Property Rights and Combating Corruption, Chaired by John Willman, Financial Times
  4. Advancing Principles of Private Enterprise, Chaired by Dr. Daniel Mitchell
  5. Privatization and Deregulation, Chaired by John Willman, Financial Times
  6. Labor Law Reform, Chaired by Dr. Jose Pinera

Keynote Speeches - delivered during the ILS:

  • Damir Polancec, Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia
  • Vesna Skare Ozbolt, Minister of Justice, Croatia
  • Dr. Jose Pinera, President of International Center for Pension Reform, Chile
  • Matthew Bishop, Business Editor, Economist magazine, UK
  • Dr. Daniel Mitchell, Senior Fellow, The Heritage Foundation, USA

The local and regional media coverage increased the public debate for economic reforms and further reaffirmed the need for the implementation of free market reforms in Croatia and Southeast Europe. The following media communications groups in Croatia, Slovenia, Chile and USA covered this significant event:

Broadcast Media

  • HTV
  • Nova TV
  • RTL - Croatia
  • Radio 101
  • HRT Radio
  • Voice of America, Washington, DC
  • Other local broadcast media in Croatia

Print Media

  • Vjesnik
  • Poslovni Dnevnik
  • Privredni Vjesnik
  • Jutarnji list
  • Vecernji list
  • Slobodna Dalmacija
  • Finance (Slovenia)
  • Diario Financiero (Chile)

New Media - Online coverage

  • Vjesnik
  • Poslovni Dnevnik
  • Poslovni Forum - Croatia Biz
  • Iskon Portal
  • Hina
  • Voice of America, USA 
  • Croatian World Network
  • Index HR
  • Other new media in Croatia
The leadership of the Adriatic Institute and ILS convey their deep appreciation to the following strategic partners, corporate sponsors and media partners:

Stockholm Network (UK), Letica Corporation (USA), HVB Splitska Banka, British American Tobacco (UK), Applied Ceramics (USA), Vjesnik, Hertz, Croata Potomac, Amcham Croatia, Croatia Airlines, Impress Club, The Regent Esplanade Zagreb, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Tourist Board Zagreb, Grand Villa Argentina, Utilis, Fed Ex-Rhea Express, Radio 101, HP, Spiller and Farmer, Arcotel, Makol Marketing, Poslovni Forum, HUP, BCBN, ISI Emerging Markets, Digital Print, Zagreb School of Economics and Management, Zagreb Chamber of Commerce and FotoELF.