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A dynamic programme of panel discussions and Investment Outlook Sessions, highlighting a wide range of issues that are shaping the future of all the Bank’s regions.
Thinking the Unthinkable
Being a senior business or political leader has never been more challenging. Events which were once ‘unthinkable’ are now commonplace. Nik Gowing, the author of ‘Thinking the Unthinkable’, talks about why companies are unable to cope with the turbulence of the modern world. How can leaders predict the unpredictable and navigate global issues more effectively? Nik will provide his insight, views and tips on how to accept, understand and embrace disruption.
Towards a Green Financial Sector and a Just Transition
The transition to a low carbon economy will require both the greening of the financial system and ensuring a ‘Just Transition’, where no one is left behind. This panel will explore recent developments in the incorporation of the environmental and Just Transition considerations in the financial system, as well as outline future needs and opportunities. The panellists will discuss mainstreaming physical climate risks in economic and financial decision-making. Some examples include disclosing climate risks and considering the role of taxation, economic forecasting and macroeconomic tools. The discussion will also consider the need and feasibility of integrating the Just Transition angle in private sector investments. The panel will conclude with the launch of the EBRD Just Transition Initiative, which will build on the Bank’s expertise in investments, skills building and policy dialogue to support stakeholders who are transitioning to a green economy.
Deeper and More Integrated Capital Markets
Global interconnectivity makes borders frictionless but financing needs increase. This is why we need capital which are deep and increasingly integrated. Many EBRD countries lag behind their global peers in terms of the depth and liquidity of their capital markets. Despite significant progress (e.g. the European Capital Markets Union), there remain challenges to the availability, diversity and price formation of capital. A panel of experts –policy-makers, regulators, government authorities and innovators – will examine the meaning, practice and impact of building deep and integrated capital markets in the EBRD regions and beyond.
The Future of Capitalism: The State Strikes Back?
There is increasing debate about the roles which the state and market play in driving economic development in the EBRD’s regions of operations, and beyond. Key issues include the optimal size of the state, the role of industrial policy in the modern economy, the profiles and significance of national champions, as well as the workings of state-owned enterprises and state-owned banks. A panel of prominent academic, policy and business experts will discuss this important set of issues which have potentially significant policy implications for the EBRD and its countries of operations.
Structuring Partnerships for Impact – How Private Capital and DFIs Support the Global Development Agenda
With only ten years left to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the annual US $2.5 trillion financing gap has not narrowed. Mobilising ‘billions to trillions’ in development finance from the private sector looks increasingly challenging. At the same time, meeting the ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change will take both political commitment and innovative financing solutions.
What more can development banks do to leverage private capital in support of the SDGs? There is now more impact investment from governments, stakeholders and a massive wealth transfer to socially-conscious millennials, but what is keeping institutional investors from financing sustainable investments in emerging markets? This panel will discuss how stronger partnerships can support the global development agenda through innovation in impact investing.
The Future of Development with Suma Chakrabarti
How do we achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030? How can the private sector do more? These will be some of the topics covered when Suma Chakrabarti, EBRD President, meets Jonathan Charles, EBRD Communications Managing Director, for an in-depth, one-to-one conversation about the future of development. Suma will look back at his eight years as EBRD President and previous decades of development experience to reflect on future trends.
‘The Future of…’ – A Lightning Talk Series
There is a relentless parade of new technologies in many spheres. Almost every advance is billed as a breakthrough, and the list of “next big things” grows ever longer. Although not every emerging technology will alter the business or the landscape, some technologies do have the potential to disrupt the status quo, and alter the way people live and work. It is therefore critical that business and policy leaders understand those technologies which will matter and prepare accordingly. This session – part of a series of TEDx-style Lightning Talks - will explore the key technological advances which are set to transform businesses and the global economy, and demonstrate how to best prepare for them.
Sustainability Event and Awards Ceremony
Sustainability is at the heart of the EBRD’s mandate and the flagship EBRD Sustainability Report showcases our achievements in 2019, explaining how we monitor and measure impacts, and demonstrating how we engage with stakeholders. This event begins with a dynamic presentation of EBRD’s 2019 Sustainability Report, including an expert review and discussion with active audience participation. The report launch is followed by the 2020 EBRD Sustainability Awards, where selected EBRD clients will be recognised for their remarkable achievements in four categories: Sustainable Energy; Climate Resilience; Environmental and Social Best Practice; and Environmental and Social Innovation.
Cities of the Future
By 2050, two out of every three people in the world will live in cities. There are significant external drivers that will influence how cities evolve – ranging from climate change to evolving technologies and migration. What will these future cities look like and what will life be like in them? In this session, we will explore the role that the EBRD needs to play to support the transition to sustainable cities. In particular, we will examine how EBRD Green Cities, smart technologies and Just Transition can be part of delivering the systemic change necessary to achieve sustainable cities of the future.
Investing in Women’s Economic Empowerment and Equality
The aim of this event is to showcase how EBRD clients and governments work together to strengthen equal opportunities through investment climate and legislative reforms, corporate governance, access to finance and gender-sensitive infrastructure planning. Importantly, it is also be an opportunity to provide input into the EBRD’s new gender strategy consultation process and proposed areas of operational focus. The session will further provide insights into opportunities to strengthen the private sector contribution to the gender-related SDGs.
These sessions provide a unique opportunity for participants to learn about the particular countries and regions where the EBRD invests. The sessions also offer useful information on investment prospects, and allow for informal discussion among policy-makers, business leaders and investors.
There will be 13 countries presenting an Investment Outlook Session:
EBRD Annual Donor Meeting
Donors are an integral part of the EBRD’s work and play a key role in delivering impact across the Bank’s regions of operations. The Annual Donor Meeting provides a unique platform for exchanging views on the strategic issues of importance to donors and the EBRD. This event will review the results of our partnership in 2019 and set out a future agenda for 2020 and beyond.
Invitation only – enquiries:
Sarah Platt-Smyth firstname.lastname@example.org
Trade Facilitation Programme
This annual event (by invitation only) will present and reward the most active issuing and confirming banks in the EBRD’s Trade Facilitation Programme (TFP). The event is comprised of two parts. The Information Session provides guests with the unique opportunity to review and discuss current market challenges with leading industry specialists, regulators and representatives from the World Trade Organization, as well as representatives from the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) at the local, national and international levels. It will be followed by the highly-popular annual award ceremony for ‘The Most Active EBRD TFP Banks’ and ‘Deal of the Year’, co-hosted with the “Financial Times Special Editions”.
TFP team overview
Participants will enjoy ample opportunities to network, share ideas and develop new business contacts at the following key events.
Networking Lunch at the Guildhall on Wednesday 13 May
The Guildhall is a rare and magnificent medieval Grade I listed landmark. Only 15 minutes walking distance from EBRD Headquarters.
Networking Breakfast and Networking Lunch at the EBRD HQ on Thursday 14 May
Reception for All Participants at the Museum of London on Wednesday 13 May
During the evening Reception, participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a great selection of food and drinks and to explore the different galleries of the Museum and enjoy a collection of the social history of London; the real history of its people, past and present. The Museum of London tells the story of the capital from its settlers to modern times as guests journey through prehistoric London and discover the change brought by Roman and Saxon rule. Examine London’s tumultuous years ravaged by civil war, plague and fire. Venture then into the Galleries of Modern London to see the city expand and walk the streets of Victorian London before reminiscing modern times including the mesmerising Cauldron Gallery, home to the London 2012 Olympic Cauldron.
EBRD Alumni Event
The EBRD’s Alumni Association is a global community of around 3,000 members – a unique network of skilled people from many different sectors. Join us at the Association’s get-together, where you can network and reconnect with former colleagues in a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere. The event will also give you an opportunity to meet current members of the Bank’s management and staff.
Invitation only – enquiries:
Marlene Frauscher alumniE@ebrd.com
The Civil Society Programme takes place alongside the Annual Meeting and Business Forum and provides an opportunity for dialogue between civil society and EBRD staff, senior management, the President and Board Directors. This will be an occasion for civil society stakeholders to learn more about the Bank and discuss issues of mutual interest regarding the EBRD’s policies and investment projects.
The Civil Society Programme is open to representatives from civil society only, to ensure open dialogue with the Bank. Attendance is free of charge. Note that Annual Meeting and Business Forum guests are welcome to join a multi-stakeholder session on the theme of youth engagement for sustainable development, as well as an event on local initiatives to global challenges which is organised by civil society organisations.
Youth are the Future: Mobilising Young People to Shape the Next Decade of Transition
Decisions taken today on how to address the pressing global challenges of climate change, inequality, migration and fast moving technological change will affect young people profoundly. Their active engagement is key to achieving sustainable and inclusive market-based economies and stable societies. This panel will examine new and innovative forms of youth participation in decision-making processes, working with private sector businesses, development institutions and government agencies to manage global challenges, develop skills needed for the jobs of the future and maintain open and inclusive societies. It will consider how partnerships across institutions can leverage and scale promising solutions that young people contribute to and benefit from.