19th Economic Summit Agenda

08.45
Registration opens for all participants - Coffee/Tea
09.30
Opening Remarks

Symeon G. Tsomokos, CEO, TGI Group International

09.35
Opening Remarks

Ivica Dacic, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia
 
Yana Mikhailova, President of the Board of Directors, Foreign Investors Council

Vladimir Djordjevic, Country Manager, South-Eastern Europe, VISA

10.30
SERBIA 2020-2030 NEW NATIONAL OBJECTIVES

Mladen Sarcevic, Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development of Serbia
Prof. Dr Dejan Soskic, Professor, Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade
Kori Udovicki, Founder and Member of Managing Board, Centre for Advanced Economic Studies
Ivan Vejvoda, Director Europe’s Future Projects, Permanent Fellow, Institute for Human sciences, Vienna
Sonja Licht, President, Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence
Martin Knapp, Managing Director, German-Serbia Chamber of Commerce

Chair: Milan Parivodic, Parivodic Advokati/Lawyers, Minister of Int. Economic Relations (2004-2007)

12.00
Break - Coffee/Tea
12.15
A NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR INCLUSIVE GROWTH

European integration is a core target for Serbia. Achieving sustainable economic growth through necessary reforms and closing the inequality gap seems a one-way street. An overview of the set goals to improve the country’s economy, prosperity and integration prospects

Aleksandar Vlahovic, President, Serbian Association of Economists
Violeta Jovanovic, Executive Director, NALED
Stephen Ndegwa, Country Manager for Serbia, World Bank
Anita Richter, Project Manager South East Europe, OECD
Vladimir Vuckovic, Member of the Fiscal Council of Republic of Serbia

Chair: Toplica Spasojevic, President, ITM Sistem

13.45
Break-Light lunch
14.15
WHERE IS EUROPE HEADING TO? BREXIT VS WESTERN BALKANS

Following the European Parliament elections a new political cycle opens. Despite the reforms achieved, there is a significant degree of economic divergence and rising inequalities. What are the current accession prospects of Western Balkan countries? Challenges and pitfalls to be faced before 2020.

H.E. Sem Fabrizi, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia
H.E. Gordan Bakota, Croatian Ambassador to Serbia
H.E. Kimmo Lahdevirta, Finland Ambassador to Serbia
George Pagoulatos, Professor, Athens University of Economics & Business; Vice President, ELIAMEP, Greece
Corina Stratulat, Senior Policy Analyst, European Policy Analyst, Brussels

Chair: Jovan Kovacic, President, EWB, Trilateral Commission ExCom Member & CEO, TC Serbian Group Chairman, GCA ltd

15.45
SOUTH EAST EUROPE: THE REGIONAL STABILITY CHALLENGE

The countries of the Western Balkans, find themselves, once more, in the centre of a critical geopolitical competition. It is high time for the region to overcome old conflicts and Western Balkan countries to take actions for securing peace and development

 H.E. Sem Fabrizi, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union of Serbia
 H.E. Thomas Schieb, German Ambassador to Serbia
 H.E. Jean-Louis Falconi, French Ambassador to Serbia
  H.E. Nikolaus Lutterotti, Austrian Ambassador to Serbia
  Marko Savkovic, Program Director, Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence
 Norbert Beckmann-Dierkes, Head of the KAS Office in Serbia, Montenegro, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

  Chair: Prof. Ivan Vujacic, Professor, Faculty of Economics & Member of the Board of Directors, Eurobank

17.15
ENERGY GEOPOLITICS: THE CHALLENGE FOR SERBIA AND THE REGION

Recent international trends in the energy sector could be an opportunity for Serbia and the region to turn things around and become key players in the energy sector. In a dynamic environment the next few years will be decisive in determining which among several competing energy visions will succeed. How should policy-makers balance investments in energy with global climate change commitments?

Opening Remarks:

Aleksandar Antic, Minister of Mining and Energy of the Republic of Serbia
Petar Đokić, Minister of Energy and Mining of the Republika Srpska  

Panel Discussion:

Aleksandar Jakovljevic, Director of the Strategy, Business Development and Regulatory Relations Department, EPS
 Sander van Rootselaar, Deputy Head of Communications, Turkstream
 Maja Matejic, Portfolio Manager – Energy and Project Manager, United Nations Development Programme

Chair: Aleksandar Vulovic, Compliance and Community Relations Advisor, Medgold Resources Corp.

18.30
End of the first Day - Cocktails

Tuesday, 08 October

08.45
Registration opens – Coffee/Tea
09.30
A STRONG BANKING SYSTEM FOR SUSTAINABLE GROWTH

Undoubtedly banking sector plays a crucial role in Serbia’s economic growth. Although lately the sector has undergone significant restructuring, more needs to be done to improve business operation and results that will benefit all.  What strategies should be followed in order to secure a robust and reliable banking system?

Opening Remarks:

Dragana Stanic, Vice Governor, National Bank of Serbia

Panel Discussion:

Slavica Pavlovic, President of the Executive Board, Eurobank
Jelena Galic, President of the Executive Board, AIK Bank
Vojislav Lazarevic, President of the Executive Board, Addiko Bank

Chair: Katarina Ocokoljic, Secretary of the Association of Financial Institutions, PKS & Member of the ICC Banking Commission

10.30
FROM BRAIN DRAIN TO BRAIN GAIN

Brain drain is costing Serbia up to 1.2 billion euro a year. Improving public finances, securing stable growth and foreign investment inflows are key components to secure value-added jobs. What’s more to be done?

Opening Remarks:

Dr Slavica Djukic Dejanovic, Minister without portfolio responsible for demographic and population policy

Panel Discussion:

Zoran Martinovic, Director, National Employment Service
Francine Pickup, Resident Representative, UNDP
Zoran Tadic, CEO, Neofyton

Speaker & Chair:  Milos Tucakovic, Managing Partner, Stanton Chase

11.15
PROMOTING CONNECTIVITY IN SOUTH EAST EUROPE

Connectivity has historically been the key to success. The better connected a region is the more business it is able to generate and the more ties it can forge. What competitive advantages does Serbia possess in terms of connectivity and infrastructure? In which areas is Serbia lagging behind its peers that could be further developed?

 Opening Remarks:

Ministry of Construction, Transportation & Infrastructure of Serbia
 Nedjo Trninic,Minister of Traffic and Communications of Republika Srpska

Panel Discussion:

Zsuzsanna Hargitai, Regional Head for Western Balkans, EBRD
Antonio Lorenzo, Head of Unit-Lending Operations in Croatia and Western Balkans, European Investment Bank
Simon Ellis, Program Leader for Western Balkans, World Bank, Vienna
Sotirios Theofanis, Chairman of the Board & Managing Director, Thessaloniki Port Authority SA

Chair: Dragijana Radonjic Petrovic, Vice President, Serbian Association of Economists

12.30
Break – Coffee/Tea
12.45
GLOBAL CHAMPIONS AND THEIR IMPACT IN THE ECONOMY

Large corporations have an impact on host country, often in complex and imperceptible ways. Provision of significant employment and training to the labour force, transfer of skills and expertise, helping to develop the quality of the host labour force and adding to the host country GDP through their spending with local suppliers and through capital investment are only some of the benefits. How can Serbia maximize this impact?

 Yana Mikhailova, CEO, Nestlé South East Market
 Ivo Ivanovski, Director for M&A, International Affairs and Regulation Telekom Austria Group
 Ana Govedarica, General Manager, ROCHE
 Vladimir Cupic, Director, Atlantic Group
 Erich Cossutta, President, Confindustria Serbia

  Chair: Aleksandar Medjedovic, Executive Board Member - Turkish German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Berlin/Germany

14.00
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

As AI becomes more sophisticated, there is an increase in algorithmic decision-making in all aspects of the society, in healthcare and education, in the justice system, in recruitments, in finance and giving loans and in optimising how consumers are targeted. How can Serbia capitalize on the technological revolution?

Aleksandra Vuksanović Kurtović,CEO of Atom partner and Member of Board of Directors at AIGO
 Marko Kazic, CEO, Zamphyr OÜ
 PhD Dusan Barac, Professor, Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Belgrade
 PhD Drazen Draskovic, Assist. Professor, The Depart. of Computer Science & IT, School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade

  Chair: Aleksandar Medjedovic, Executive Board Member, Turkish-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Berlin/Germany

 

14.45
Closing Remarks – End of Conference – Light Lunch