Agenda

Monday, December 5th, 2022

09.00 - 10.00

Registrations

10.00 - 10.30

Welcome notes

Your conference badge or a valid registration pass to the forum, or a personal invitation should be presented at the entrance.

10.30 - 12.00

Chapter 1: Energy supply & security, Environmental commitments in a World of sanctions & disruptions

In focus: Short-term energy demands; energy suppliers’ strategies; energy markets’ risks; gas supply security through transit countries; role of renewables; climate change & green-energy; energy connections; East-Med viability; Greece’s strategy in hydrocarbons’ exploitation;

12.30 - 14.00

Chapter 2: Innovation & Technology serving society

In focus: The 5G, A.I. and new technologies on citizens’ daily life; lifelong learning & re-education of working-force; lessons learnt from countries leading in digitalization in terms of governance, development & investments; addressing the puzzle of cyber-crime vs cyber security; effective proliferation of innovative, technologically advanced products/services;

15.00 - 16.30

Chapter 3: Connectivity – Infrastructure, the ever-growing need for new investments

In focus: Improving East-West and North-South connections in the Balkan and Black Sea regions; integration with transcontinental transport routes; The BRI today: review-prospects; Europe-China prospects in trade relations; The role of railways in international commerce; A.I. in automotive industry;

17.00 - 18.30

Chapter 4: Regional cooperation-integration based on the economic geography of the regions

In focus: Increasing the effectiveness of regional organizations; the status of UN SDGs’ implementation; EU integration of the region; culture and tourism as a uniting factor; increasing trade in the Balkan and Black Sea regions: obstacles, challenges, prospects;

19.30 - 21.30

Official dinner (guest-of-honor speech)

Tuesday, December 6th, 2022

09.00 - 09.30

Registrations

09.30 - 09.45

09.30 - 10.00

10.00 - 11.30

Chapter 5: Banking Industry in the digital era, responsible financing, sustainable investments

In focus: Addressing challenges of digital evolution in banking; Conventional banks vs FinTechs, InsurTechs & Virtual banks; The future of cryptocurrencies; Tax havens’ impact on competitiveness, investments, growth and money-laundering; Outlook & assessment of Balkan & Black Sea economies onwards 2023; Regional adaptation to meet ESG financing criterias;

12.00 - 13.30

Chapter 6: Global convulsions and their impact on the Balkans and the Black Sea region

In focus: The Balkans and the Black Sea region as the epicenter of new conflicts and tension; “Big Players” vying for the increase of their geostrategic and economic influence in the area; EU dilemmas in its Balkan- and Eastern-neighborhood policies; The Balkans & the Black Sea region in a multipolar world-order;

13.30 - 14.30

Moderators’ remarks and conclusions

14.30

End of the Balkans & Black Sea Forum 2022

Nota Bene

  • Official language is English and the participation to the Forum is with a registration fee
  • Topics are indicative and Chapters may be reordered