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VENUE: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Liverpool, UK

DAY ONE – Monday, 16 June 2014, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Liverpool

08:30

Registration, networking and refreshments

09:30

Opening of the Forum: Welcoming remarks and introduction

Joe Anderson OBE, Mayor of Liverpool

Rudi Guraziu, Chief Executive, IBDE

09:45

Session One:  Setting the global economy back on track for growth and jobs

Chair: Rudi Guraziu, Chief Executive, IBDE

Mark Cliffe, Group Chief Economist, ING Group

James Stewart, Global Chairman, Infrastructure, KPMG

Further speaker tbd

Q & A Session

10:30

Session Two: Going Global - what do exporters and companies need to know? Topics under discussion will include identifying new markets, obstacles faced in terms of obtaining funding; how can trade and export finance drive the international growth, highlighting the government initiatives and sharing the business experiences on the ground.

Chair: Mark Runiewicz, CEO, Trade & Export Finance Limited

Lesley Batchelor , Director General, Institute of Export & International Trade

John Carroll, Managing Director of International, Santander

Q & A Session

11:10

Networking and coffee break

11:30

Session Three: Britain is Open for Business (Sponsored by Welsh Government)

Chair: Simon Allport, Managing Partner, North Region, Ernst & Young - EY

Sir Howard Bernstein, Chief Executive, Manchester City Council

Lord Storey CBE, Co-chair of the Liberal Democrats PPC on Education

John Allan, Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses

Robert Lloyd Griffiths, Wales Director, Institute of Directors

Max Steinberg CBE, Chairman of IFB 2014

Q & A Session

13:00

Networking lunch

14:00

Session Four: Panel on China and India: Chinese industry evolution, currency reforms and significance. China’s effect on the growth amongst neighbours and selected frontier markets and business opportunities in China. India’s potentials of key commodities and resources and the likelihood of reforms to unlock that potential. Business opportunities in key sectors.

Chair: Stephen Kon, Senior Partner and Board Chairman, King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin

Sir Thomas Harris, Vice Chairman, Asia, Standard Chartered Bank

Simon Galpin, Director General, Invest Hong Kong

Rongrong Huo, Head of RMB Business Development, HSBC

Peter Budd, Senior Aviation Business Leader, Arup

Q & A Session

15:30

Networking Coffee Break

16:00

Session Five: Panel on Middle East and Africa: Main growth areas and potential rapid change. What opportunities for international business?

Chair: Sheikh Bilal Khan, UK Catalyst, UKTI

Kevin Ellis, Managing Partner, PwC

Livio Bettoschi, Managing Partner, UK & New Markets, Business Integration Partners - Bip.

Crawford Burden, Head of Transport Transaction Due Diligence, Arup

Q & A Session

17:00

Concluding Remarks for day one

Courtney Fingar, Editor-in-chief, fDi Magazine, Financial Times Group

 

 

DAY TWO – Tuesday, 17 June 2014 -  Crowne Plaza, Liverpool

08:30

Registration, networking and refreshments

09:30

Summary of the day one and introduction of day two

Rudi Guraziu, Chief Executive, IBDE

Max Steinberg CBE, Chairman, IFB 2014

09:45

Keynote Statements:

HE Nikola Gruevski, Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia

10:00

Panel on Europe: Growth in emerging and frontier markets and its impact in Europe. What business opportunities are there as a result of the recent crisis? Opportunities in emerging Europe; the impact of the Ukraine crises in the European FDI and the European energy security.

Chair: Paul Taylor, Regional Director, UK Trade & Investment

HE Zoran Stavreski, Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Finance, Republic of Macedonia

Juergen Maier, Managing Director, UK & Ireland Industry Sector, Siemens

David Thomas MBE, Chairman, COBCOE

Q & A Session

11:00

Networking and coffee break

11:30

Macedonian Investment Forum (Multi Sector): Exploring business and investment opportunities in the Republic of Macedonia. What opportunities for British and international business?

Chair: Courtney Fingar, Editor-in-chief, fDi Magazine, FT Group

HE Nikola Gruevski, Prime Minister, Republic of Macedonia

HE Zoran Stavreski, Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Finance, Republic of Macedonia

Viktor Mizo, CEO, Free Zones Authority, Republic of Macedonia

Q & A Session

13:00

Networking Lunch

14:00

Panel on the USA and Latin America: Examining the main drivers of future jobs and growth as well as challenges that America faces in achieving targeted growth. What opportunities for British and international business in the US and Latin America.

Chair: Rudi Guraziu, Chief Executive, IBDE

Luis Alvarez, Chief Executive Officer, BT Global Services

John Breidenstine, Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs, United States Embassy, London

Further speaker tbc

Q & A Session

15:00

Panel on EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

Chair: Courtney Fingar, Editor-in-chief, fDi Magazine, FT Group

William Bell Sr. Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, United States

Rt Hon John Healey MP, Chairman of APPG on EU-US Trade and Investment

Mike Pullen, Partner, Head of International Trade, DLA Piper

Q & A Session

16:00

Networking coffee break

16:30

Challenges in doing business internationally

Chair: Rudi Guraziu, Chief Executive, IBDE

The Rt Hon The Lord Heseltine CH, UK Deputy Prime Minister (1995-1997)

Dr Sebastian Seelmann-Eggebert, Global Chairman, International Arbitration, Latham & Watkins

Further speaker to be confirmed

Q & A Session

17.30

GEF Concluding remarks:

Sir Michael Rake, Chairman, BT Group

DAY THREE – Wednesday, 18 June 2014 - B2B Meetings only - IFB HUB, No 1 Mann Island

To maximize on the opportunity of meetings with international partners you were looking for, we have reserved day three for one-to-one meetings. The Festival website offers a powerful 'meetings scheduler' tool free of charge that will enable you to arrange meetings with other participants at an offsite location (to be agreed and arranged between both parties). Participants are welcome to use our networking facilities at the Headquarters of the Festival for such meetings.

All IBDE delegates are encouraged to register "free of charge" for the Festival Badge Delegate which will give you free access to the Festival's networking facilities located at the Headquarters building of the IFB 2014.


Program Changes: It is sometimes necessary to change the timing or the content of the programme. The conference organisers will not be liable for any such unavoidable changes.


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