Swedish companies are invited to attend the EBRD Business Forum at the Twenty First Annual Meeting which will take place in London on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 May, 2012.
The EBRD is a publicly owned international financial institution owned by 65 countries, mainly European. EBRD supports countries in transition to democracy and market economics by financing projects contributing to these goals and works in many countries, from central Europe to central Asia. At the request of shareholder governments, the EBRD is now also preparing to expand operations into certain countries of the southern and eastern Mediterranean region. Investing primarily in private sector clients whose needs cannot be fully met by the market, the Bank promotes entrepreneurship and fosters transition towards open market economies in countries that are committed to democratic principles.
This year’s Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors (the ministers who represent the Bank’s shareholders) will take place at EBRD Headquarters in London. In conjunction with this gathering, the Bank will organize a Business Forum. This will comprise an intensive two-day programme of high-level business panels, individual country investment outlook sessions, and other events designed to promote discussion about the business climate and investment opportunities in the region where the Bank operates.
The overall theme of the Business Forum will be Managing in Turbulent Times. The Forum will consider the important issues and investment prospects in the current EBRD countries of operations. In addition, the Forum will address the many challenges and opportunities in the Bank’s expanding southern and eastern Mediterranean region of operations (particularly in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia).
The Annual Meeting is expected to attract well over one thousand international participants, including high-level government officials, leading financial and corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and representatives of civil society and the media. The Meeting will be an occasion for senior representatives of Swedish companies to meet participants from both the public and private sectors, civil society and the media and to develop business opportunities and potentially valuable new contacts from across our region of operations and other shareholder countries.