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GDN Fifth Annual Conference (New Delhi)

The Fifth Annual Global Development Conference was held in New Delhi, India, on January 28-30, 2004. About 700 participants attended the Conference including Indian Finance Minister Jaswant Singh, Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, academic researchers, aid practitioners and policymakers. The active discussions took place on the theme of "Understanding Reform".

As for Japanese contribution, a plenary session on "Reform in India" was hosted by Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and a parallel session titled "Reform in Agriculture - Country Experience from Asia" was hosted by Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization (IDE-JETRO). It was the first time that the Japanese institution organized one of the plenary sessions during the Conference.

A Knowledge Fair (an exhibition) attended by 38 research institutes from around the world was also held in parallel with the Conference. GDN-Japan ran a booth there to present its activities.

The presentation by the finalists for the Fourth Global Development Awards took place on the final day. Professor Masahiro Kawai of Tokyo University, Japan served as a selection committee member in the research section and Mr. Shozo Kitta, then Executive Director of JBIC Institute, served as a selection committee member in the project section.