October 27, 2017
Neumünster Abbey Cultural Exchange Center, Luxembourg

08.00- 09.00 Registration of participants
09.00- 09.30 Opening ceremony:

Welcoming speech by Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov
Welcoming speech by European Commissioner Johannes Hahn
Welcoming speech by the Secretary of State for the Economy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Francine Closener
Welcoming speech by Vice-President and Member of the Management Committee of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Alexander Stubb 
Welcoming speech by Executive Director of the German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations Michael Harms

Lawrence Meredith, Director for Neighbourhood East in the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), European Commission

    09.30-10.30 Plenary Session:  
Speech by Deputy Foreign Minister Evgenij Shestakov “Belarus and EU closer together for better connectivity in a Wider Europe”
Speech by Deputy Minister of Economy Pavel Utiupin “Investment potential of the Republic of Belarus”
Speech by Deputy Chairman of the Board of the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus Dmitry Kalechits “The banking system of Belarus today and tomorrow”
Speech by First Deputy Finance Minister of the Republic of Belarus Maksim Yermolovich “Liberalization of the financial legislation of Belarus as the main task today”
Speech by Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organization Alan Wm. Wolff "The value of Belarus' accession to the WTO"
Speech by Director of Economic Affairs at the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce Marc Wagener "The Luxembourg economy in a nutshell"

Lawrence Meredith, Director for Neighbourhood East in the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), European Commission
10.30-11.00 Ceremony of signing agreements
11.00-11.30 Coffee break


(13.00 -13.30 – coffee break)

Panel discussion within 4 panels:  

Panel 1: Finance
Panel discussion on designated topics 
- EU-Belarus investment  cooperation 
- European Investment Bank – start of activities in Belarus
- Terms and prospects of the securities market development of the Republic of Belarus
- Potential of the stock market of the Republic of Belarus in the context of attracting foreign investment  
- Development of digital technologies in the banking system of the Republic of Belarus
- Development of the banking sector of the Republic of Belarus  
- Why Luxembourg? How could Luxembourg become a financial capital  
- Investment potential in the field of transport infrastructure development in Belarus. Presentation of priority projects for possible financing using the funds of European financial institutions
- Formation of the common financial market of the EEA countries and opportunities for foreign investors

Paul Mousel, Founding Partner, Arendt&Medernach

- Dmitry Kalechits,  Deputy Chairman of the Board of the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus
- Maksim Yermolovich, First Deputy Minister of Finance of the Republic of Belarus
- Lawrence Meredith, Director for Neighbourhood East in the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), European Commission
- Alexander Pivovarsky, Head of the Representative Office of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in the Republic of Belarus
- Natalia Alexandrovich, Head of the Department of the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Belarus
Camille Thommes, Director General of Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry  
- Rapaille Lionel, Head of Division Public Sector Lending Operations in EU Neighboring Countries, European Investment Bank
- Jochen Anton-Boicuk,  Group Head of Export Finance CEE/CIS, Commerzbank AG

Panel 2: Transcontinental transport and logistics corridors: formation and digitalization

- Belarus is a reliable transport and logistics partner on the Eurasian continent
- EAEU customs code: new opportunities for busines
- Great Stone Industrial Park is a pearl of the Silk Road Economic Belt 
- Through Great Stone Industrial Park to ports of Western Europe and back 
-Сoncept of Digital Transport and Trade Corridors and coordinated development of transport and digital -infrastructure within the framework of the One Belt, One Road initiative
- Role of EBRD (including the Foundation for the Preparation of Infrastructure Projects) in the development of transport and logistics infrastructure
- Presentation of the M10 motorway reconstruction project on the PPP principles  
- Logistics infrastructure Bremino Group as part of the all-European commodity circulation system: West-East and North-South

Filip Vandenbroele, Honorary Consul of Belgium in Belarus 
- Aleksei Avramenko, First Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Belarus
- Sébastien Ditleblanc, Bilateral Trade Coordinator Belarus and Eastern Partnership, DG TRADE, European Commission
- Vladimir Orlovsky, First Deputy Chairman of the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Belarus  
- Hu Zheng, China Merchants Group Director, General Representative of the China Merchants Group in Central Asia and the Baltic
- Frank Geerkens, Аmbassador of the Port of Antwerp 
- Matthew Jordan-Tank, Head of Infrastructure Policy and Project Preparation, EBRD
- Erich Staake, Chairman of Board of Directors,  President of Duisburger Hafen AG  
Vasili Dementey, Director of Bremino Group LLC
- Valery Virkovsky,Coordinator of EU4Digital: eTrade/eLogistics Network in the Eastern Partnership

Panel 3. 

Belarus: The Silicon Valley of Eastern Europe

Panel discussion on designated topics 

- Belarus as a Primary Location for Outsourcing & Captives in EMEA
- The Secret of Belarus’ Tech Boom
- IT Human Resources: Belarus as the Hub of Technical Expertise and Talent
- Belarusian IT Outsourcing and Program Engineering Expertise for Luxembourg Banking Sector
- Investment Opportunities in Belarus’ IT Industry
- M&A in Belarus’ IT Industry: Facebook, Google…Who Will Be Next?
- Belarus as the Digital Bridge Between the EU and Asia  

Kiryl Domnitch/ EY Minsk, Manager

- Alexander Martinkevich, Deputy Director of the HTP
- Pavel Chagoiko, EPAM Systems, Belarus, General Manager
- Alexey Demichev, Itransition, CEO
- Ongan Mordeniz, Entrepreneur, Co-founder PIQ
- Sergey Kravchenko, SYSTEM TECHNOLOGIES, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer 
- Uladzimir Anishchanka, SoftClub, Chief Science Officer
- Szymon Lewandowski, Legal/Policy Officer, Data Policy and Innovation Unit, DG CONNECT, European Commission 

Panel 4: Industrial and innovative
Panel discussion on designated topics  

- Great Stone Industrial Park – new opportunities for doing business 
- Potential of China-Belarus Investment Fund for the development of high-tech projects in Great Stone Industrial Park
- Use of the FEZ mechanism for the development of international investment and innovation activities 
- Regional integration at the EU-BY border: the potential of Grodno region and Grodnoinvest FEZ
- Presentation of innovative investment projects in the real sector of the economy
- Stadler Rail - Strategical Expansion in Belarus

-James Wilson, Director of Belarus-EU Business Council                     

Alexander Yaroshenko, Head of the Administration of Great Stone Industrial Park
- Sergey Tkachenko, Head of Grodnoinvest Free Economic Zone Administration
- Mikhail Dashuk, Deputy Director of the National Agency of Investment and Privatization of the Republic of Belarus
Yang Hong, General Director of China-Belarus Industrial Fund 
- Philipp Brunner, CEO Stadler Minsk
- Andrei Biryukov, Chairman of the Board of Directors AMB-Holding

    15.00 – 17.00
Working dinner 

The organizers of the Belarusian-European Economic Forum “Belarus. Invest in tomorrow” are the National Agency of Investment and Privatization, the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in the Kingdom of Belgium, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Belarus.