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Monday, October 26, 2009


On October 27, 2009, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) President & CEO Karen Kerrigan will speak at a major international conference focusing on ways to improve the quality of democratic governance and economic growth in developing countries throughout the world.

Hosted by the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), an organization dedicated to strengthening democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform, the conference will feature leaders and scholars who work on the front lines in this critical area.

WHAT: “Democracy That Delivers” ( is an international conference focused on improving the quality of democratic governance and economic growth in developing countries throughout the world.

WHO: Hosted by the Center for International Private Enterprise.

Other featured speakers include:

• Hernando de Soto, President, Institute for Liberty and Democracy in Lima, Peru
• Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution
• Robert Litan, Vice President for Research and Policy, Kauffman Foundation
• Mike McCurry, Former White House Press Secretary
• Ira Millstein, Senior Associate Dean for Corporate Governance, Yale School of Management
• Closing remarks by Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter, Director of Policy Planning, U.S. Department of State

WHEN: Tuesday. October 27, 2009 -- 8:15AM-5:30PM


Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
13th Street Entrance
The Pavilion Room
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004

WHY: “Democracy That Delivers” will reframe the development debate with international scholars, practitioners, and reformers from around the world. Sessions will include:

• Developing linkages between democratic governance and sustainable economic growth
• Identifying strategies for democratic consolidation and for building market economies
• Exploring the role of the private sector in institutional reform

For 25 years, CIPE has worked with business leaders, policymakers, and journalists to build the civic institutions vital to a democratic society. CIPE’s key program areas include anti-corruption, advocacy, business associations, corporate governance, democratic governance, access to information, the informal sector and property rights, and women and youth.

For more information please contact Caroline Scullin at 202-446-7540,

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