19th Economic Summit Agenda

09.00
Registration opens for Breakfast Guests
09.45
LEADERS’ BREAKFAST - Round Table Discussion: Serbia 2020-2030 New National Objectives

  Mladen Sarcevic, Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development of Serbia
  Dragan Ugrcic, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Economy 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*
  Prof. Dr Vladimir Crnojevic, Director, BioSense Institute*

12.00
Registration opens for all participants – Coffee/Tea
12.25
OPENING SESSION
12.30
Opening Remarks by Chairman of the Leaders’ Breakfast
12.40
Opening Remarks

Ana Brnabic, Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia
 
Ivica Dacic, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia
 
Prof. Dr Zorana Mihajlovic, Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Construction, Transportation & Infrastructure of Serbia*

Milorad Dodik, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina
 
Mihai Fifor, Deputy Prime Minister for Romania’s Strategic Partnerships’ implementation
 
Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hellenic Republic

Yana Mikhailova, President of the Board of Directors, Foreign Investors Council*

13.30
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

Milun Trivunac, State Secretary, Ministry of Economy of Serbia*
Aleksandar Vlahovic, President, Serbian Association of Economists*
Prof. Dragan Djuricin, Professor, Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade*
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*

14.45
Break - Light meal
15.10
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.

Prof. Dr Tanja Miscevic, Head of the Negotiating Team for Accession of the Republic of Serbia to the EU*
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*

16.15
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*
Mihai Fifor, Deputy Prime Minister for Romania’s Strategic Partnerships’ implementation
Petar Đokić, Minister of Energy and Mining of the Republika Srpska*
Gerassimos Thomas, Deputy Minister of Environment & Energy, Hellenic Republic*
Naser Nuredini, Minister of Environment and Physical Planning of the Republic of North Macedonia
Belinda Balluku, Minister of Infrastructure and Energy of Albania
Zhecho Stankov, Deputy Minister of Energy of Bulgaria     
 
Panel Discussion:
 
 David Livingston, Deputy Director for climate and advanced energy at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center
 Milan Zdravkovic, Executive Director, Operator of Distribution System, Srbijagas*
 Aleksandar Jakovljevic, Director of the Strategy, Business Development and Regulatory Relations Department, EPS*
 Maja Matejic, Portfolio Manager – Energy and Project Manager, United Nations Development Programme
 

17.30
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

 Matthew Palmer, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State of the United States of America
 Aleksandr Botsan-Kharchenko, Russian Ambassador to Serbia
 H.E. Thomas Schieb, German Ambassador to Serbia
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: Valerie Hopkins, South-East Europe Correspondent, Financial Times*

18.45
Break - End of the first Day

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:

Jorgovanka Tabakovic, Governor, National Bank of Serbia
Sinisa Mali, Minister of Finance of Serbia

Panel Discussion:

Slavica Pavlovic, President of the Executive Board, Eurobank
Jelena Galic, President of the Executive Board, AIK Bank*
Predrag Mihajlovic, President of the Executive Board, Vojvodjanska Bank a.d. Novi Sad
Slavko Caric, President of the Executive Board, Erste Bank*
Vojislav Lazarevic, President of the Executive Board, Addiko Bank

Chair: TBA

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
Zoran Tadic, CEO, Neofyton*

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

 

11.10
Break
11.30
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:

 Prof. Dr Zorana Mihajlovic, Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Construction, Transportation & Infrastructure of Serbia*
 Rossen Jeliazkov, Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications of the Republic of Bulgaria
 Nedjo Trninic,Minister of Traffic and Communications of Republika Srpska*

Panel Discussion:

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

Chair: TBA

13.00
Break – Light meal
13.45
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?

 Ivo Ivanovski, Director for M&A, International Affairs and Regulation Telekom Austria Group*
 Mike Michel, CEO, Telenor
 Ana Govedarica, General Manager, ROCHE*
 Silvia Vernetti Blina, General Manager, FCA SERBIA
 Adir El Al, CEO, AFI Europe – Serbia
 Yana Mikhailova, CEO, Nestlé South East Market*
 Vladimir Cupic, Director, Atlantic Group*
 Vladislav Lalic, Regional & Property Expansion Manager, IKEA SEE

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

14.45
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?

  Google
  Majlinda Bregu, Secretary General, Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)
  Zeljko Vujinovic, General Manager, Microsoft Serbia*
  Dejan Maslikovic, Ass. Minister to Dev. of Digital Research Infrastr. in the field of Culture and Arts, Ministry of Culture & Information*
  Aleksandra Vuksanović Kurtović,CEO of Atom partner and Member of Board of Directors at AIGO*
  Marko Kazic, CEO, Zamphyr OÜ*

 

15.45
Closing Remarks – End of Conference – Cocktails