On May 17 Warsaw hosted a conference devoted to Poland's place in the international system of development cooperation. The official presentation of a report by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the OECD, reviewing the Polish system of development assistance, was featured during the gathering. The conference was attended by leading experts in the area of development cooperation, among them EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs, DAC Chairman Eckhard Deutscher, EuropeAid Director Koos Richelle and World Bank Country Manager for Poland and the Baltic States Thomas Laursen. The guests also included government officials, NGO representatives and members of the diplomatic corps. The opening address was delivered by Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski.
The presentation of the DAC report was complemented by three discussion panels devoted to the challenges of development cooperation, aid effectiveness and assistance financing. The primary purpose of the conference consisted in examining the Polish model of development cooperation and ways of improving it.