PANEL 1. FINANCE: Recipe of sustainable finance
What kind of innovative solutions could ensure the prospect of a more efficient, accessible and less vulnerable financial system? There are plenty of green digital solutions and initiatives that could address challenges of the financial system nowadays. The ongoing energy transition, inflation, economic crises, the digital and green megatrends all call for changes in the financial system, therefore the panel would look for the recipe of a sustainable and stable financial system. The panelists would share their thoughts and experiences how new innovations and technologies can promote sustainability but keep up with the digital transformation as well.
PANEL 2. GEOPOLITICS: Geopolitics in technology
In the past years, the global power competition has had a deep impact on the global technology market, with a special effect on the chip manufacturing and other high-tech sectors. The panel would focus on where Eurasian nations are in this technological transition, what they could do to catch up in the tech-race and how their decisions are affected by their geopolitical objectives? The high-technology is reshaping our future and the business environment, but how high-tech is shaped by geopolitics?
PANEL 3. TECHNOLOGY, CONNECTIVITY AND INFRASTRUCTURE: On the way to full digitization and technological singularity
Digitalization, which serves as the centre of technological development, can open a new era for humanity. Through its economic implementations and core effects, it can provide new tools for all layers of society, this is especially useful for governments in connection with the creation of the e-government or e-administration. It can be said without dispute that it takes a pioneering role in accelerating the green transition and stabilizing sustainability. However, it is worth examining several factors: what its catalysts and challenges are, what concrete examples of cooperation there are and needed at the international level to develop it. In addition, the panel would explore when the road to the technological singularity can really accelerate, when technology will be able to develop itself and react in real time to social and environmental events without external intervention.
PANEL 4. ECONOMY: Scaling up new economic sectors
This panel will focus on how key economic sectors can step on the path of sustainable growth. There are also several new emerging sectors, mostly technology-enabled industries, that are becoming the driving force of economic growth on national and regional levels as well. During this panel, participants could share their best practises and experiences how private and public actors can nurture these sectors and contribute to a prosperous and profitable transition in the regional economies.
PANEL 5. MULTILATERAL COOPERATION: The role of multilateral institutions in the transition to standardised ESG principles and guidelines
As a consequence of the pandemic, climate change and social inequalities, it is becoming more and more urgent for market players to achieve development in a more sustainable manner. However, the differing ESG principles across companies and regions create a complicated and contradictory environment for corporate actors which thereby hinders their growth. According to experts, multilateral institutions and development banks can play a key role in encouraging a sustainable transition and thus harmonisation of various ESG guidelines and rules through international cooperation.
PANEL 6. EDUCATION AND CULTURE: Transition through education: How to design the future of work and education now?
How is technological advancement changing the labour market? What are the most important skills needed for the future? The panel would explore how these skills can be nurtured within and outside the higher education system. The panelists would discuss the characteristics of the education and training systems that can provide the in-demand skills and knowledge for the future of work and how educational institutions and employers can be improved to achieve this.
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