Board of Governors' Opening Session

The EBRD was honoured to welcome His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein who inaugurated the first EBRD Annual Meeting in the southern and eastern Mediterranean region with a keynote speech.

Mr Imad Najib Fakhoury, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation for Jordan and Chair of the Board of Governors, also addressed the audience. Mr Suma Chakrabarti, EBRD President, also delivered a speech.

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The Future of Work: Addressing Tomorrow's Skills and Jobs Challenges, including an address from Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah 

Globalisation, technological progress, demographic changes – our fast-paced world creates opportunities and challenges for employees, businesses and policy-makers. What will our professional lives look like in the future? 

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Regional Economic Prospects (REP) Press Briefing 

Chief Economist Sergei Guriev and Artur Radziwill, EBRD Director, Country Economics and Policy, presented the latest macroeconomic forecast for the EBRD regions. The report provided an overview of economic growth prospects and analyse future challenges. 

Southern and Eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) Region, Press Briefing

Janet Heckman, the EBRD Managing Director for the SEMED region and Heike Harmgart, the EBRD Director for the eastern Mediterranean countries provided a summary of the Bank’s investments and activities across the region which includes, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia and west Bank and Gaza. They were joined by the head of offices of Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia as well as the regional economist.

An Exceptional Growth Story in the European Cable and Media Industry
United Group Session 

A direct insight into a fascinating success story about achieving success in a part of the world where building a large and thriving company such as United Group was a huge challenge, especially the process of creating business across borders in a region recently going through a war and about overcoming the challenge of attracting investments.

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President's Press Conference 

EBRD President Suma Chakrabarti informed the media about the meeting of the Board of Governors, the Bank’s highest decision-making authority. The President presented a summary and field questions from media representatives.

Jordan: Fostering Investment, Trade and Innovation Throughout the Region and Beyond 

Jordan has always been a unique country for turning challenges into opportunities; bridging three continents and being a regional and global hub for business, trade and investments. It may be small, but is rich in terms of its strategic assets and as a gateway for regional and world trade and business. Jordan constantly seeks to extend what such a gateway can provide Jordanians and their partners.

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Fintech - Opportunity or Threat? 

Financial Technology is growing rapidly and will disrupt and fundamentally change the financial sector in the years to come. The FinTech panel highlighted the impact of disruptive technology on the financial sector. This includes threats to the banking industry and the opportunities it creates to increase access to capital for SMEs and investors. 

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