Budapest Eurasia Forum 2020 E-Conference

The Budapest Eurasia Forum will be organised again by Magyar Nemzeti Bank, the central bank of Hungary (MNB), in a format of an E-Conference on 27th October 2020. Supporting partners of the Forum include the Shanghai Forum, the Fudan Development Institute and the Singapore FinTech Festival. The E-Conference is the second event of the Budapest Eurasia Forum event series, which begun its journey in 2019. The forum-series reflects to MNB’s efforts towards increasing its involvement in the international dialogue and enhance the professional cooperation among various members of the economic community.

The intensifying cooperation between Europe and Asia, the increasing role of China on the international stage and the resulting economic and geopolitical shift, and the expanding cooperation possibilities among the counties of Eurasia are among the most intriguing questions of our times. The Budapest Eurasia Forum event series intends to examine these topics on a yearly basis and generate a comprehensive professional dialogue for the sake of supporting transcontinental partnerships. Located in the heart of Europe, Hungary is well-positioned to serve as an intellectual hub for experts from various countries and increase its contribution to the cooperation between Europe and Asia. In line with this concept the Budapest Eurasia Forum event series intends to serve as high level professional platform for academics, decision-makers, and business leaders from across Eurasia.

The unprecedented challenges of 2020 highlighted the importance of global solidarity and cooperation, therefore strengthened our belief that the dialogue should continue despite the hurdles caused by the pandemic. As a result, the Budapest Eurasia Forum will be organised in a digital format this year, under the title “Eurasian cooperation in the post-pandemic era” and it is planned to include a high-level opening ceremony, followed by 3 professional panels. The panel topics recall the core areas of the Forum concept, such as geopolitics, multilateral cooperation, finance, economics, innovation, education, and connectivity. The panel participants will discuss how the COVID-19 shapes the geopolitical landscape the multilateral cooperation, the challenges of ensuring long-term economic growth, and the pandemic’s impact on urban life and smart city developments.

This year’s Forum brings to the virtual stage distinguished speakers from across Eurasia such as

• György Matolcsy, Governor, Magyar Nemzeti Bank
• Xiaochuan Zhou, Vice Chairman, Boao Forum for Asia; Former Governor of PBOC
• Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary
• Hongbo Wu, Special Representative of the Chinese Government on European Affairs
• Kyuil Chung, Deputy Governor, Bank of Korea
• Eng Chye Tan, President, National University of Singapore
• Li Jin, Executive Vice President, Fudan University
• Zhimin Chen, Vice President, Fudan University
• Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief FinTech Officer, Monetary Authority of Singapore
• Pierre Heilbronn, Vice President of Policy and Partnerships, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
• Jianduan Jiang, Director General, China Construction Fifth Engineering Division Corp. Ltd., China State Construction and Engineering Corporation
• Vladimir M. Morozov, Vice-President for HR and Associate Professor of Diplomacy, MGIMO University
• Jung Hoon Lee, Chair of Smart City Committee, Seoul Metropolitan Government
• Bruno Lanvin, President, Smart City Observatory
• Danae Kyriakopoulou, Chief Economist and Director of Research, OMFIF
• Mehmet Huseyin Bilgin, Vice President, Eurasia Business and Economics Society
• Leena Ilmola-Sheppard, Senior Scientist, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Further information about the Forum is available on the official website.

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