The 22nd Central and Eastern European Forum took place in Vienna on 17-18 January 2017 bringing together over 1,000 issuers, investors and policy makers from the region and beyond. For the 22nd year in a row, the Euromoney CEE Forum has set the financial agenda for the months ahead, dealing with a persistently challenging geopolitical situation.
Once again we were delighted to welcome the Austrian Minister of Finance H.E. Hans Jorg Schelling and Ewald Nowotny the Governor of the National Bank of Austria and Member of the ECB’s Governing Council who delivered the opening keynote speeches. This year the Forum also featured a series of fantastic live one-on-one keynote interviews with:
H.E. Agnes Hornung, Minister of State for Financial Policy Affairs, Hungary
H.E. Zdravko Maric, Minister of Finance, Government of Croatia
H.E. Kiril Minoski, Minister of Finance, Government of Macedonia
H.E. Dusan Vujovic, Minister of Finance, Government of Serbia
This was followed by a discussion on the capital markets financing of sovereigns in the region. The borrowing plans of the governments of Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia and Lithuania were all discussed by their chief representatives which was directly followed by parallel discussions on M&A/restructuring and a fixed income investor viewpoint. This year we held brand new special sessions looking at infrastructure finance and funding corporates in CEE. Our regular sponsored roundtables also focussed on individual countries and topics offering investors a unique opportunity to meet and discuss with policy and deal makers.
On the second day we were joined by nine Central Bankers from the region who took part in parallel discussions on monetary policy. These were directly followed by sessions looking at private equity and the growing internationalisation of Renminbi featuring the Hungarian Debt Management Agency (AKK) and the Public Debt Department of Poland’s Ministry of Finance. The second day closed with an excellent economic outlook panel discussion looking forward to the year ahead. Live audience polling indicated that 68% of respondents feared politics, populism and rule of law posed the greatest threat to regional growth in 2017. However the majority of those who took part presented a positive outlook for growth overall in the year ahead.
Often described as one of the best networking events for anyone with an interest in Central and Eastern Europe, it will continue to be the first event in the calendar helping to set the financial agenda for the year ahead.
Euromoney Conferences would like to would like to thank all of our sponsors, speakers and participants for their support and for making the 2017 CEE Forum such a resounding success. We look forward to returning to Vienna in January 2018.