Foreign direct investment remains one of the primary drivers of growth in the region.
Growing competition to attract FDI requires investment promotion agencies become increasingly creative and agile to satisfy investor needs.
Following the presentation with key findings, we take a deeper dive and gather those who are at the frontline of investor relations in order to discuss the findings of our research and share best practice.
(NOTE: Listed above are the session's main speakers: a total of 50 participants will join this session)
22 June Open Programme
Business Leaders Fireside Chat
16.00 - 17.00
After the fall of the Iron Curtain, when emerging European countries began implementing market economy principles, the region was seen as a low-cost manufacturing destination. Fast forward three decades and most of emerging Europe is no longer a synonym for cheap labour. On the contrary, since Eastern European technical skills have traditionally been strong, the industrious and technology-oriented workforce has brought about a surge in entrepreneurship, innovation, technology, IT and research and development in the last decade. Also, years of backwardness caused by half a century of centrally planned economies have ironically helped the region make a leap ahead of their Western European peers in a number of areas. Could emerging Europe become the innovation powerhouse for the ‘Old Continent’?