5th Annual Bertelsmann Foundation-Financial Times Conference

Thu, Apr 18, 2013 8:30am - 4:15pm
Attendance restrictions: 
by invitation only
Washington, DC

System Upgrade: Time for a Global Economic Re-boot
April 18, 2013

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Patrick Moynihan Place entrance
Washington, DC

On Thursday, April 18, 2013, just one day before the start of this year’s World Bank and International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings, the Bertelsmann Foundation is again joining forces with the Financial Times for their 5th annual financial conference. This year’s event will focus on the need for policymakers worldwide to take robust action to ensure a stable international fiscal and financial environment that spurs global economic activity. We will also devote time to the role of innovation in spurring employment and economic growth, and to exploring the potential of a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

The conference takes place against the backdrop of continuing fiscal and economic challenges on both sides of the Atlantic. The 2008 global financial crisis and subsequent recession have given way to anemic growth. In addition, the ongoing struggle to overcome the eurozone crisis has revealed flaws in the European political and economic structures. Meanwhile, the United States continues to struggle with hyper-partisanship and legislative gridlock on many issues key to American competitiveness. The situation has led to concerns about how stymied political processes are acting as a drag on the global economy and keeping businesses from investing and hiring.

As in years past, this event will bring together high-ranking, international representatives of government, business and labor, as well as thought leaders from the think-tank and academic communities, to discuss all these global challenges.

A draft conference agenda can be found here.

Featured speakers include:

Ali Babacan, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic and Financial Affairs, Turkey
Anders Borg, Minister for Finance, Sweden
Mauricio Cárdenas Santamaría, Minister of Finance and Public Credit, Colombia
Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Minister of Finance, The Netherlands and Chairman, Eurogroup
Keith Ellison, US Congressman (D-MN)
Carly Fiorina, Good360 Chairman and former HP CEO
Colleen Hanabusa, US Congresswoman (D-HI)
Pierre Moscovici, Minister of the Economy and Finance, France
Tim Pawlenty, President and CEO, The Financial Services Roundtable and former Governor, Minnesota
Robert Romasco, President, AARP
Gillian Tett, Assistant Editor and Columnist, Financial Times
Paul Volcker, former Chairman of the Board of Governors, US Federal Reserve

Conference participants are also invited to the Bertelsmann Foundation annual spring reception, which is being held the evening prior to the conference, at 7:00pm on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at the National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Streets, NW, Washington, DC.

Please note that reception and conference attendance is by invitation only. For more information, contact info@bfna.org.