FIFTH AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS SUMMIT
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  Thursday, November 5th 2020
12:00
Welcome remarks:
THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON THE AGRIBUSINESS SECTOR
Alasdair Ross, director, The Economist Intelligence Unit, countries editor, The Economist’s annual The World In... publication

THE EUROPEAN GREEN DEAL AND SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
Evaluating the state and role of the agribusiness sector
The green agenda and Common Agricultural Policy post 2020
Implications of Brexit for the European agribusiness sector
How can we enhance cooperation in south-eastern Europe?

Official opening
Makis Voridis, minister of rural development and food, Greece
12:20
Discussion
12:40
THE EUROPEAN GREEN DEAL AND SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
Productive reconstruction of the primary sector: how are the priorities affected by the pandemic?
Sustainability from farm to fork
New tools for an environmentally conscious and effective agribusiness sector

Konstantinos Skrekas, deputy minister of rural development and food, Greece
Tassos Haniotis, director, strategy, simplification and policy analysis, DG for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
Vasilis Kokkalis, MP, former deputy minister of agricultural development and food, SYRIZA

The business perspective
Vassilis Gounaris, managing director, BASF Hellas

Chair: Alasdair Ross, director, The Economist Intelligence Unit, countries editor, The Economist’s annual The World In... publication
Co-chair: Sotiris Polyzos, journalist, general manager, TRT TV
13:10Discussion
13:30Break
13:40
FINANCING THE AGRIBUSINESS SECTOR
Green agriculture and tax incentives
New financial tools to boost employment and innovation in the primary sector

Athena Kalyva, secretary-general for tax policy and public property, Ministry of Finance, Greece
Assel Aitkhozhina, principal, food and agribusiness sector, EBRD
Ioannis Chaniotakis, senior director agricultural sector operations development, Piraeus Bank
Effie Kokoreli, head of agricultural and bank assurance, Interamerican
Michalis Anatolitis, vice-president, Association of Thessalian Enterprises and Industries (STHEV), president and CEO, Alfa Seeds 

Chair: Alasdair Ross, director, The Economist Intelligence Unit, countries editor, The Economist’s annual The World In... publication 
14:10Discussion
14:30Break
14:40
UPGRADING GREEK AGRIBUSINESS AND EXPORTS
The significance of agricultural products’ exports
Can the Greek agribusiness sector respond to crises?

Kostas Karantininis, professor, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
Chris Giannakakis
, business consultant, Venus Growers
Charalambos Kasimis, professor, department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Agricultural University of Athens 
Cristina Stribacu, co-founder, LIÁ Cultivators, EVP of communications & international strategy, Women in Olive Oil 
Demetrios Iatrides, attorney-at-law, economist

Chair: Alasdair Ross, director, The Economist Intelligence Unit, countries editor, The Economist’s annual The World In... publication  
15:10Discussion
15:25Break
15:30
SMART FARMING: DRIVING PRODUCTIVITY AND PROFITABILITY
Enablers for the sector’s digital transformation
AI integration and automation in agriculture
Integrated management systems in the agricultural production
Hydroponic farming and the need for a resource-saving agriculture

Uri Shani, professor, The Robert H. Smith faculty of agriculture, food and environment, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Filippos Papadopoulos, director, strategic project management office, American Farm School and Perrotis College
Vagelis Karathanos, founder & CEO, Geabit

Chair: Alasdair Ross, director, The Economist Intelligence unit, countries editor, The Economist’s annual The World In... publication

15:45Discussion
15:55
HOW IS FOOD SAFETY RELATED TO COVID-2019?
Tourism and agri-food

Emmanouil Konsolas
, deputy minister of tourism, Greece
Raimund Jehle, regional programme leader (deputy regional representative – programme), FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia  

Chair: Alasdair Ross, director, The Economist Intelligence unit, countries editor, The Economist’s annual The World In... publication
16:10Discussion
16:30End of conference

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