The Economic Perspectives of Central Europe

When: Mar 16th, 2012
Where: Prague

Event overview

The Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business is pleased to invite its partners and community members to an exclusive discussion between two exceptional economists: Marek Belka, President, National Bank of Poland and Miroslav Singer, Governor, Czech National Bank. The discussion will be facilitated by Luděk Niedermayer, Director of Consulting, Deloitte Czech Republic.

Poland and the Czech Republic are two key economies of the post-communist Central Europe. Both have, so far, shown relative resilience vis-à-vis the ongoing world economic slowdown and the European debt crisis. However, as with other EU economies, their future seems uncertain. Thus, what is the economic outlook of Central Europe? Are there any specificities in comparison with the wider EU economic future? What are the main mid- and long-term challenges for the Czech Republic and Poland? What are the main opportunities? Is there any long term vision of where the Polish economy should be in 20 or even 50 years? Is there any such vision in the Czech Republic? What economic strategies should the two countries be implementing in the long term? These questions and many more issues should be discussed.

This unique event will be held in the Hotel BOSCOLO Prague, on Friday, March 16, 2012.

Delivered on 3 continents, the Katz School‘s EMBA Worldwide program provides students with the opportunity to study global business issues and network with colleagues from across the world, preparing business professionals for leadership roles on a global scale. Both of the discussion’s special speakers are members of the school's Board of Advisors for Europe. Their academic backgrounds, combined with their forefront roles in past transitional processes, give them a truly complex and in-depth understanding of the region. You will have the opportunity to take part in the open discussion, address questions to Belka and Singer, and network with Katz's students, alumni, members of the Board of Advisors-Europe, business partners, and leading members of the business community.

Keynote speakers

Ivana Goossen

Laurie J. Kirsch

Luděk Niedermayer


Marek Belka

Miroslav Singer

Miroslav Singer was appointed a member of the CNB Bank Board and Vice-Governor in February 2005. The President appointed him CNB Governor for a term of six years with effect from 1 July 2010.  In 2001, Miroslav Singer joined PricewaterhouseCoopers Czech Republic as Director of the services to businesses group. He was Chief Economist at Expandia Finance from 1995, Managing Director of Expandia Investment Company in 1998–1999 and Managing Director of Expandia Holding in 2000–2001.  From 1993, he also worked as a researcher and lecturer, and later as Deputy Director for Research, at the Economics Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and the Centre for Economic Research and Graduate Education at Charles University. Miroslav Singer has lectured on preparatory mathematical analysis, statistics, advanced econometrics and labour economics and now lectures on information economics and published articles in the daily and professional press.

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