Driven by necessity or by opportunity? Prospects of the Lithuanian business in the global markets
  • 20 October 2022
  • Vilnius Town Hall (Didžioji str. 31, Vilnius, Lithuania)
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About ANNUAL ECONOMIC FORUM’22

Annual Economic Forum is one of the largest international events of the business community in Lithuania. It brings together business, science, and political leaders to discuss global economic and political trends and to jointly look for possible solutions to the most pressing problems in Europe and Lithuania.

Recent geopolitical changes, the military aggression of Russia in Ukraine and the threat of war in Europe, the energy crisis, sanctions against Russia and Belarus – the consequences of all this are forcing Lithuanian businesses to rethink export, import, and investment strategies, transport and logistics directions. During this critical period, the European Union’s foreign trade policy and its measures, which can contribute to the development of export markets and the protection of markets from unfair trade, subsidies, and investments, are of particular importance for Lithuanian businesses.

 

This Annual Economic Forum is dedicated to business and its future issues, EU trade policy in a new geopolitical context and Lithuania’s foreign economic policy strategy following a significant change in international trade conditions. This year, we will pay special attention to the foreign economic policy strategy and economic diplomacy of our state Lithuania, because, after leaving the markets of China, Belarus, and Russia, through the joint efforts of business and state institutions, we must move as quickly as possible to a new stage of market diversification and strive for the fastest possible entrenchment in them.

More information
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  • 2019 The New Impetus for Industry. Vision 2030
  • 2018 Key of Innovation Breakthrough and Productivity: Synergy between Science and Industry
Speakers
  • Valdis DOMBROVSKIS
    Executive Vice-President, European Commission
    HIGH LEVEL OPENING SESSION
  • Bernd LANGE
    Member of the European Parliament, Chair of Committee on International Trade
    SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER
  • Fredrik PERSSON
    President, BusinessEurope
    HIGH LEVEL OPENING SESSION
  • Luisa SANTOS
    Deputy Director General, BusinessEurope
    NEW GEOPOLITICAL CONTEXT AND EU TRADE POLICY
  • Kurt Douglas VOLKER
    former United States Ambassador to NATO; former US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations
    HIGH LEVEL OPENING SESSION
  • Yulia SVYRYDENKO
    First Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, Minister of Economy of Ukraine
    HIGH LEVEL OPENING SESSION
  • Aušrinė ARMONAITĖ
    Minister of Economy and Innovation of Lithuania
    ON-STAGE CONVERSATION
  • Malte LOHAN
    Director General, ORGALIM, Europe’s technology industries
    NEW GEOPOLITICAL CONTEXT AND EU TRADE POLICY
  • Marta BLANCO
    Vice-chair of Trade Committee, Business at OECD, President, CEOE International, Spain
    NATIONAL FOREIGN ECONOMIC POLICIES AND EXPORT PROMOTION UNDER NEW GEOPOLITICAL CONDITIONS
  • Bertil Egger BECK
    Senior European Affairs Adviser, DI - Confederation of Danish Industry, Brussels office
    NEW GEOPOLITICAL CONTEXT AND EU TRADE POLICY
  • David Michael SCHJERLUND
    Trade Council’s Director for Export, Innovation and Government and Public Affairs, Denmark
    NATIONAL FOREIGN ECONOMIC POLICIES AND EXPORT PROMOTION UNDER NEW GEOPOLITICAL CONDITIONS
  • Romualda STRAGIENĖ
    Director, Innovation Agency Lithuania
    NATIONAL FOREIGN ECONOMIC POLICIES AND EXPORT PROMOTION UNDER NEW GEOPOLITICAL CONDITIONS
  • Mantas GUDAS
    Vice-president, Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists; Chairman of the board, UAB Metalistas Group
    NEW GEOPOLITICAL CONTEXT AND EU TRADE POLICY
  • Andrius PRANCKEVIČIUS
    Deputy Chairman of the Board, “Linas Agro Group”
    NATIONAL FOREIGN ECONOMIC POLICIES AND EXPORT PROMOTION UNDER NEW GEOPOLITICAL CONDITIONS
Agenda
Moderator: Aidas Puklevičius, Forum language: English with simultaneous translation
  • 09:00 to 09:30 a.m.  
    Registration and welcoming coffee
  • 09:30 to 09:50 a.m.  
    Welcome address
    • Ms. Viktorija ČMILYTĖ-NIELSEN, Speaker of the Seimas
    • Mr. Vidmantas JANULEVIČIUS, President, Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists
  • 09:50 to 11:00 a.m.  
    Opening session
    • Mr. Valdis DOMBROVSKIS, Executive Vice-President, European Commission
    • Mr. Kurt Douglas VOLKER, former United States Ambassador to NATO; former US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations
    • Ms. Yulia SVYRYDENKO, First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy, Ukraine
    • Mr. Fredrik PERSSON, President, BusinessEurope
  • 11:00 to 11:20 a.m.  
    Coffee break
  • 11:20 to 11:35 a.m.  
    On-stage conversation
    On-stage conversation with a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania
  • 11:35 a.m. to 13:05 p.m.  
    Panel discussion I
    New geopolitical context and EU trade policy
    • Discussion:
    • Ms. Luisa SANTOS, Deputy Director General, BusinessEurope
    • Mr. Malte LOHAN, Director General, ORGALIM, Europe’s technology industries
    • Mr. Bertil Egger BECK, Senior European Affairs Adviser, DI - Confederation of Danish Industry, Brussels office
    • Mr. Mantas GUDAS, Vice-president, Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists; Chairman of the board, UAB Metalistas Group
  • 13:05 to 13:50 p.m.  
    Lunch break
  • 13:50 to 14:05 p.m.  
    On-stage conversation
    On-stage conversation with Ms. Aušrinė ARMONAITĖ, Minister of Economy and Innovation of Lithuania
  • 14:05 to 15:35 p.m.  
    Panel discussion II
    National foreign economic policies and export promotion under new geopolitical conditions
    • Keynote speech: Mr. David Michael SCHJERLUND, Trade Council’s Director for Export, Innovation and Government and Public Affairs, Denmark
    • Discussion:
    • Ms. Romualda STRAGIENĖ, Director, Innovation Agency Lithuania
    • Mr. Andrius PRANCKEVIČIUS, Deputy Chairman of the Board, “Linas Agro Group”
    • Ms. Marta BLANCO, Vice-chair of Trade Committee, Business at OECD, President, CEOE International, Spain
  • 15:35 p.m.  
    Special guest speaker
    Mr. Bernd LANGE, Member of the European Parliament, Chair of Committee on International Trade
Event venue:
Vilnius Town Hall
Didžioji str. 31, Vilnius, Lithuania