On the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Euromoney Conferences gathered over 1,100 delegates on 20-21 January in Vienna celebrating the 20th installment of its Central and Eastern Europe Forum.
Central bankers and Finance Ministers from the CEE region gathered two days ahead of the critical ECB announcement of quantitative easing to share their outlook, expectations and concerns on the economic outlook, financial sector stability and on the foreign exchange markets, on the back of the unexpected move by the Swiss National Bank to abandon its franc cap. Policymakers, economists and business leaders assessed the impact on governments’ and corporates’ funding needs of the oil price tumble, of the Russian sanctions and the geopolitical instability in Ukraine, Syria and Iraq.
Key speakers included Vitor Gaspar, Director of the Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF who shared the IMF’s growth outlook and Ewald Nowotny, Governor, of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank and Member of the Governing Council, European Central Bank, who discussed his views on the inflation outlook, central bank balance sheets and policy – and warned our audience not to be over-excited about the ECB’s meeting the following day.
Videos from the event, including some exclusive interviews with participants, will be available shortly. To view photos from the event please click here.
Euromoney Conferences would like to thank all our sponsors, speakers and delegates - without whom the event would not be possible. We look forward to seeing you all again in January 2016 back in Vienna.