24th Roundtable with the government of Greece
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  Tuesday, September 15th 2020
08:30 Registration
09:00
THE ECONOMIST’ S FORECAST
  • Was our world ready to deal with the pandemic crisis?
  • Lessons to be learnt from the management of Covid-19
  • What is the pandemic’s impact on the global and European economy?
  • USA-China-EU-Russia: the balance of power in the coronavirus shadow

Daniel Franklin, executive and diplomatic editor, The Economist
Joan Hoey, regional director, Europe, The Economist Intelligence Unit
09:15
Official opening
EUROPE: SHAPING A NEW COHESION STRATEGY
  • Will the EU manage to face the challenges related to the pandemic?
  • Transatlantic relations in view of the US presidential elections
  • Social inclusion and migration challenges
  • Europe in an uncomfortable world
  • Brexit: into uncharted waters

François Hollande, former president of France
Sigmar Gabriel, former federal foreign minister, Germany
09:40Discussion
10:00Break
10:10
THE GREEK ECONOMY: THE AFTERMATH OF THE COVID-19 CRISIS
  • The government’s plans: When is growth expected to regain momentum?
  • Recovery: step by step

  • The government’s view
Christos Staikouras, minister of finance, Greece

  • Europe’s view
Klaus Regling, managing director, ESM
Fabio Panetta, member of the executive board, European Central Bank (recorded message)

  • The banking perspective
Pavlos Mylonas, CEO, NBG Group

  • Relieving SMEs: Can the backbone of the economy be saved?
An international perspective
Shamina Singh, founder & president, Center for Inclusive Growth, executive vice-president, corporate sustainability, Mastercard (via connection) 
11:00Discussion
11:30Break
12:00
WHAT ARE THE STEPS TO RESTORE OPTIMISM IN THE FINANCIAL MARKETS?
  • Rebooting the European financial system
  • Financing growth: Public and private strategies and their drawbacks

  • Boosting Greece through the EU's Covid-19 recovery funding
Theodoros Skylakakis, alternate minister of finance, Greece

Tuomas Saarenheimo, president, Eurogroup Working Group (via connection)
Declan Costello, deputy director-general, Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN), European Commission (via connection)
Francesco Drudi, country co-ordinator for Greece, European Central Bank (via connection)
George Pagoulatos, director-general, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and professor of European politics and economy, Athens University of Economics and Business

Moderator: John Papageorgiou, EU affairs reporter, Athens Municipal Radio, founder and head, Athens Digest
12:35Discussion
13:00
GREECE AND THE FINANCIAL MARKETS
  • The Greek state’s loans following the coronavirus crisis
  • QE and fiscal "cushion" versus high public debt 
  • Advantages and disadvantages for the Greek public debt

Paolo Fioretti, mission chief for Greece, European Stability Mechanism (via connection)
Julia Lendvai, mission chief for Greece, European Commission (via connection)
Michael Arghyrou, chairman, Council of Economic Advisers, Greece
George Chouliarakis, senior fellow, Harvard Kennedy School, former alternate minister of finance, Greece
13:30Discussion
14:00Networking luncheon
15:30
THE KEY ROLE OF PUBLIC HEALTH POLICIES
  • Crisis management in the health-care sector: dealing with Covid-19
  • Public-private partnerships in the health-care sector

Vassilis Kikilias, minister of health, Greece
Andrzej Rys, director for public health and risk assessment, Directorate-General for Health and Consumers, European Commission (via connection)
Adrian van den Hoven, director-general, Medicines for Europe (via connection)
Elias Mossialos, Brian Abel-Smith professor of health policy, head, Department of Health Policy and director, LSE Health (via connection)
Theodore Tryfon, president, Panhellenic Union of Pharmaceutical Industries (PEF)

Moderator: Nikos Vettas, director-general, Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE), professor, Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB)
16:00Discussion
16:30Break
16:45
CHALLENGES IN THE CYBERSPHERE
  • What are the EU’s priorities for the new digital decade?
  • How is public administration dealing with digital threats?
  • The prospects of the 5G technology: Will the great-power tech rivalry escalate?
  • Big tech companies: A threat for democracy?
  • Is Greece catching up?

Kyriakos Pierrakakis, minister of digital governance, Greece
Taavi Rõivas, former prime minister of Estonia (via connection)
Baiba Braže, assistant secretary-general for public diplomacy, NATO (via connection)

In dialogue with business:
Kostas Axarloglou, dean and professor of international business and strategy, Alba Graduate Business School, The American College of Greece
Nikos Babalis, chief information services & transformation officer, WIND Hellas
17:05Discussion
17:30Break
17:45
YOUNG GREEK ENTREPRENEURS IN 2020
  • Facing the challenges of digital revolution and climate change

Roundtable discussion
Athina Lorentziadi, president of “Saveat”, Athens College, 1st prize for “Best Students’ Virtual Enterprise 2019”
Panagiotis Hanios, public-relations manager, virtual students’ enterprise "Trito Biolife", 3rd General High School
of Livadia
18:00Discussion
18:10
TRUTHS AND MYTHS ABOUT FEMALE ENTREPRENEURSHIP
  • Which factors define women’s leadership strategy?
  • Do companies run by women perform better?
  • Overcoming obstacles: family obligations, funding, training, support networks

Roundtable discussion
Sophia Kounenaki-Efraimoglou, president, National Chamber of the Network of Greek Women Entrepreneurs and head, Cultural Center “HELLENIC COSMOS”
Theodosia Tantarou-Kringou, president of the BoD, Research Center for Gender Equality (KETHI), Greece
Anna Koukkides-Procopiou, president, AIPFE Cyprus-Women of Europe, gender-equality expert
18:25Discussion
18:45End of first day’s conference sessions
19:00Cocktail reception – Jazz quartet
20:00
Official opening dinner

Welcome remarks:
Francois Hollande, former president of France

The Economist in dialogue with:
Alexis Tsipras, leader of the main opposition and former prime minister, Greece



Wednesday, September 16th 2020
08:30Arrival of delegates
09:00
THE WESTERN BALKANS BEYOND 2020
  • EU enlargement and next steps
  • Reforms to be implemented
  • Enhancing trade and investment
  • Which countries are the key players?

Edi Rama, prime minister, Albania
Zoran Zaev
, prime minister of North Macedonia

Dora Bakoyannis, member of the Hellenic Parliament, New Democracy, former minister of foreign affairs, Greece
George Katrougkalos, member of the Hellenic Parliament, SYRIZA, former minister of foreign affairs, Greece
09:30Discussion
10:00Break
10:15
FOREIGN-POLICY CHALLENGES IN THE REGION:
UNTYING THE GORDIAN KNOT?
  • Tensions in the eastern Mediterranean: Is diplomacy working?
  • Evaluating the declaration of an EEZ in the Mediterranean
  • The EU’s role in disengaging the refugee issue from geopolitical objectives

Nikos Dendias, minister of foreign affairs, Greece
Nikos Christodoulides, minister of foreign affairs, Cyprus (via connection)
Sameh Shoukry, minister of foreign affairs, Egypt
10:35Discussion
11:00
SECURITY CHALLENGES: EASING THE TENSIONS
  • Migration flows, epidemics, geopolitical uncertainty: How do they affect security? 

Nikos Panagiotopoulos, minister of national defence, Greece
Charalampos Petridis, minister of defence, Cyprus (via connection)
Geoffrey Pyatt, US Ambassador to Greece

Commentator: Antonis Metaxas, professor, chair of EU law, University of Athens, visiting professor, TU Berlin 
11:25Discussion
11:45Break
12:10
UNVEILING GREECE'S ENERGY POTENTIAL

Kostis Hatzidakis, minister of environment and energy, Greece

In dialogue with:
Athanasios Dagoumas, president, Regulatory Authority for Energy (RAE)
Nicola Battilana
, chief executive officer, Hellenic Gas Transmission System Operator (DESFA)
Orestis Omran, partner and head of EU-Greek practice, DLA Piper

12:45Discussion
13:05
THE EU’S NEW GREEN DEAL AND GREECE’S NATIONAL STRATEGY
  • Accelerating the energy transition
  • Energy-markets liberalisation: achievements and drawbacks
  • Renewable energy: new technologies, new projects

Alexandra Sdoukou, secretary-general for energy & mineral resources, Ministry for the Environment and Energy, Greece
Konstantinos Mavros, CEO, PPC Renewables
Andrea Testi, chairman, Elpedison (via connection)
Manos Manousakis, chairman & chief executive officer, Independent Power Transmission Operator (ADMIE)
Notis Sardelas, managing partner, Sardelas Petsa Law Firm
Thodoris Georgakopoulos, editorial director, diaNEOsis
13:35Discussion
14:00Networking luncheon
15:30
GREECE’S BUSINESS AGENDA
  • Large-scale investment projects: the Hellenikon project in motion
  • The need for a new growth model: lessons from the pandemic crisis
  • Investment policy tools

Adonis Georgiades, minister for development and investments, Greece
Anastassios Kallitsantsis, managing director, ELLAKTOR Group
15:45Discussion
16:00
GREECE’S INVESTMENT AGENDA
  • Rebooting the economy through Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)
  • Investment migration: a positive economic factor for Greece?

Nikos Papathanassis, alternate minister of development & investments, Greece
Christian Kälin, chairman, Henley & Partners
Demetri Argyropoulos, founder & CEO, Avant Global
Gregory Dimitriadis, secretary-general for international economic affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Greece, chairman of the board, Enterprise Greece
16:20Discussion
16:40Break
16:50
INVESTMENTS IN INFRASTRUCTURE
  • Improving the country’s networks
  • Port development: establishing Greece as a hub
  • Road and rail connections in the region
  • The Western Balkans corridor and its significance
  • What is the country’s strategy for physical disasters?

Kostas Karamanlis, minister of infrastructure and transport, Greece
Alexandros Exarchou, managing director, AKTOR
Gallina Andronova Vincelette, director for the EU countries, World Bank Group (via connection) 
17:00Discussion
17:20End of conference sessions


19:00Cocktail reception – Jazz quartet
20:00
Official closing dinner

The Economist in dialogue with:
Kyriakos Mitsotakis, prime minister of Greece (via live connection)
20:30Dinner to be served  
21:00
CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN

The Economist in dialogue with:
Matteo Renzi, former prime minister, Italy
Wess Mitchell, former US assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs (via connection)

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