Russia’s invasion to Ukraine, a cataclysmic geopolitical event which has thrown the whole world in turmoil, even more so in neighbouring regions like SE Europe. Top ranking diplomats and foreign affairs Ministers discuss the impact of the war in Ukraine on national and regional level and assess future scenarios Artemis Malo, Deputy Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Republic of Albania H.E. Cyrille Baumgartner, Ambassador of France to the Republic of North Macedonia H.E. Andrea Silvestri, Italian Ambassador to the Republic of North Macedonia H.E. Sophia Philippidou, Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic to the Republic of North Macedonia H.E. Ami Larsson Jain, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden to the Republic of North Macedonia
Chair: Sanja Vasik, Journalist
The EU - Western Balkans Summit in Tirana in December, a high-level meeting to be held in the region for the first time, was greeted with cautious optimism by proponents of EU accession: a sign that the region remains a top EU priority and the long-frozen process could finally be revived. In this high-level panel we aim to dissect key takeaways from the Summit and project their impact for the future of the region
Olivér Várhelyi, Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, European Commission Bojan Marichikj, Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, Republic of North Macedonia Martin Dvořák, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic H.E. David John Geer, Ambassador of the EU to the Republic of North Macedonia
Chair: Ilina Mangova, Deputy Director, International Republican Institute
The Russian aggression in Ukraine has accentuated the importance of energy security and autonomy for Europe and the West. How can SE Europe and the Western Balkans leverage their geostrategic position to contribute to the target of shedding dependence from Russian oil and natural gas. What is the state of play of current pipeline projects?
Statements: Hristina Odzaklieska, Dep. Minister of Environment & Physical Planning, Republic of North Macedonia Getoar Mjeku, Deputy minister of economy, Republic of Kosovo Razmena Cekic Durovic, State Secretary, Ministry of Economy, Republic of North Macedonia Discussants: Olin Wethington, CEO, Wethington International LLC Nikola Delev, Acting Director 'Strategic Planning and Development', Bulgartransgaz Manos Manousakis, Chairman and CEO, IPTO Ioannis Kirkinezis, Director, Business Development & Country Manager, Albania Bajram Rexhepi, Executive Director, NER Skopje Fernando Kalligas, Corporate Affairs, ESG & Communications Division Director, DESFA
Chair: Zlatko Cherepnalkoski, Director for Business Development & Strategy, EDS AD
A well - connected region is a region that can aspire to growth and stability. This panel discussion brings together leading experts and public officials to assess how major infrastructure projects in the Western Balkans bring the region closer to a robust economic and political cooperation.
Blagoj Bochvarski, Minister of Transport & Communications, Republic of North Macedonia Branko Greganovic, President of the Management board, NLB Bank Skopje Nikola Ljushev, CEO, Makedonski Telekom Athanasios Liagkos, Executive Chairman of the BoD & Managing Director, ThPA S.A. – Port of Thessaloniki Andi Aranitasi, Head of North Macedonia, EBRD Alessandro de Concini, Country Manager North Macedonia, European Investment Bank
Chair: Veton Qoku, , Partner, Karanovic & Partners
Against one of humanity’s most critical challenges of the last decades, it’s women - from academia, business, politics and science - that are heading the global push for sustainable development. In this segment, we hear from women pioneers and leaders as they share their experiences and ask whether gender has a role in mainstreaming their efforts.
Danela Arsovska, Mayor of Skopje Hristina Spasevska, Vice Rector, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje Marta Naumovska-Grnarova, General Manager, Zavar Company, Zavar Design Aida Nani, Managing Partner, STAG Consult, Tirana
Chair: Tonia Gogou, General Manager, V&O, Greece
Foreign investment is a key factor to North Macedonia’s growth prospects, contributing in sectors as diverse as renewables, automotives and software. How is North Macedonia managing to remain successful in the midst of a challenging economic environment? How is the country planning for the future? What is the case for the Region?
Jovan Despotovski, CEO, Technological Industrial Development Zones of North Macedonia Denald George Tafani, Chairman, Hellenic Business Association in Albania Magdalena Soljakova, Senior Country Officer for North Macedonia, IFC
Chair: Arlind Zeqiri, Managing Partner at LANSKY, GANZGER, ZEQIRI + partner Skopje
From the pandemic to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, the beginning of this decade has seen unexpected events put a dent to the fragile economies of the Western Balkans and a strain to the public finances of the region’s countries. In this panel discussion, top finance officials of North Macedonia explain how the country has made a robust return to growth and how it plans to maintain it in the midst of global political uncertainty.
Fatmir Besimi, Minister of Finance, Republic of North Macedonia Ana Mitreska, Vice Governor, Central Bank of North Macedonia Zoran Jovanovski, Vice President, Economic Chamber of Commerce of North Macedonia Bekim Emini, Director, Invest North Macedonia
Chair: Mirce Jovanovski, Journalist
Digital transformation in both the private and public sectors have been long deemed necessary for countries to keep pace with and fully take advantage of technological developments and ultimately spur future growth. In this segment we explore the transformation experiences of Greece and North Macedonia and what other countries in the region could learn from this process.
Aleksandar Bajdevski, Deputy Minister, Information Society & Administration, Republic of North Macedonia Aleksandar Stamboliev, CEO, Business Accelerator UKIM Gogo Rafajlovski, Operational Director, SEEU Tech Park Boro Jakimovski, Dean of Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering – Skopje Vasko Kronevski, CEO, Nextsense
Chair: Ivan Chorbev, Professor, University of Skopje