Belarusian Economic Forum (BEF) in Warsaw

MARCH 19, 2020
SGH WARSAW SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS

Belarusian Economic Forum (BEF) in Warsaw

In 2020 CASE Belarus launches the Belarusian Economic Forum (BEF) in Warsaw – an annual platform for discussion on the Belarusian economy and business together with influential economists and top-managers from Belarus, Poland and the region.

BEF aims to become the largest annual conference outside of Belarus devoted to the Belarusian economy. With this we look at improving the quality and increasing the number of professional networks between Belarus and Poland, contributing to greater openness of the Belarusian economy and hence supporting the economic transition in Belarus.

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    Thursday, 19 March 2020, 12.00 – 18.00
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    SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Niepodległości 128, building C, Aula I
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    Language: English
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    Registration fee: Free of charge
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Agenda

11:30-12:00    Registration & welcome coffee

12:00-12:20    Official opening

  • Aleś Alachnovič (Vice-president, CASE Belarus)
  • Jacek Prokop (Vice Rector for International Relations, SGH)
  • Władimir Czuszew (Ambassador of Belarus) or Aleksandr Czesnowski (Minister-Counseller for Trade) 

12:20-12:40    Opening address

  • Bartłomiej Lewandowski (Head, Department for International Trade, Ministry of Economic Development of Poland)
  • Aleksandr Chervyakov, PhD (Minister of Economics of Belarus) (tbc)

12:40-13:00    Keynote speech: Key lessons from Transition Report 

  • Artur Radziwiłł, PhD (Director for Country Economics and Policy, EBRD)

13:00-14:30    Panel 1: Exploring potential of the Belarusian economy

  • Moderator: Aleś Alachnovič (Vice-president, CASE Belarus)
  • Dimitar Bogov (Regional Lead Economist for Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, EBRD)
  • Alex Kremer (Country Manager for Belarus, World Bank)
  • Daniel Krutzinna (Independent Director, Development Bank of Belarus)
  • Simon Savšek (Lead Economist on Belarus, European Investment Bank)

14:30-15:30    Lunch

15:30-15:50    Keynote speech: How to develop the stock exchange in Belarus

  • Marek Dietl, PhD (CEO, Warsaw Stock Exchange)

15:50-17:20    Panel 2: Belarus as an investment destination

  • Moderator: Olga Makurkina (Senior Specialist, Citibank Europe)
  • Jacek Chwedoruk (Head of Poland, Rothschild & Co)
  • Kiryl Domnitch (Senior Manager, EY Belarus)
  • Marcin Nowacki (Vice-President, Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers)
  • Roman Osipov (Managing Partner, UNITER Investment Company)

17:20-17:30    Closing remarks

  • Sierž Naŭrodski (President, CASE Belarus)

18:00-22:00    Afterparty (Świetlica Wolności, Nowy Świat 6/1)

*The agenda may change depending on the availability of speakers

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Speakers (confirmed)

Official opening & Closing remarks
Aleś Alachnovič
Aleś Alachnovič
Vice-President, CASE Belarus
Jacek Prokop
Jacek Prokop
Vice Rector for International Relations, SGH
Bartłomiej Lewandowski
Bartłomiej Lewandowski
Head, Department for International Trade, Ministry of Economic Development of Poland
Sierz Naurodski
Sierž Naŭrodski
President, CASE Belarus
Keynote speakers
Marek Dietl
Marek Dietl
CEO, Warsaw Stock Exchange
Artur Radziwiłł, PhD
Artur Radziwiłł, PhD
Director for Country Economics and Policy, EBRD
Economic panel
Dimitar Bogov
Dimitar Bogov
Regional Lead Economist for Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, EBRD
Alex Kremer
Alex Kremer
Country Manager for Belarus, World Bank
Daniel Krutzinna
Daniel Krutzinna
Independent Director, Development Bank of Belarus
Simon Savsek
Simon Savšek
Lead Economist on Belarus, European Investment Bank
Aleś Alachnovič
Aleś Alachnovič
Vice-President, CASE Belarus
Business panel
Jacek Chwedoruk
Jacek Chwedoruk
Head of Poland, Rothschild & Co
Kiryl Domnitch
Kiryl Domnitch
Senior Manager, EY Belarus
Marcin Nowacki
Marcin Nowacki
Vice-President, Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers
Roman Osipov
Roman Osipov
Managing Partner, UNITER Investment Company
Olga Makurkina
Olga Makurkina
Senior Specialist, Citibank Europe
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Organiser

CASE Belarus
  • CASE Belarus is a non-governmental, non-profit and non-partisan think tank established in 2007 in Warsaw, focused solely on Belarus
  • Our mission is to boost market reforms in Belarus by providing constructive policy solutions and performing objective economic analysis in order to improve socio-economic well-being of the Belarusian society
  • CASE Belarus is proud to be a part of CASE Network
  • Among others, CASE Belarus has been the co-organiser of Kastryčnicki Economic Forum (KEF) – the largest annual economic conference in Belarus
Organising team
  • Aleś Alachnovič – Coordinator
  • Olga Makurkina – Deputy Coordinator
  • Alina Baihuzhakava – Communication Officer
  • Yaŭhien Cichanovič – Logistics Officer
  • Karalina Saŭka – Administrative Officer
  • Ryhor Astapenia – Consultant
  • Dzmitry Babicki – Consultant
  • Sierž Naŭrodski – Consultant
  • Magdalena Olechnowicz – Marketing Consultant
  • Yanina Bykoŭskaja – Graphic Designer
  • Viktar Michalčenkaŭ – Webmaster
Belarusian Economic Forum (BEF) in Warsaw
Belarusian Economic Forum (BEF)

Partners

GPW
GPW
CASE
CASE
ZPP
ZPP
Fundacja Pagi
Fundacja Pagi
ISES
ISES
SKN FM
SKN FM
Center for New Ideas
Center for New Ideas
Biełaruski Dom
Biełaruski Dom
Belarusian Economic Forum (BEF)

Patronage

Honorary patronage
SGH
SGH
UW
UW
PW
PW
ALK
ALK
Vistula
Vistula
PBIHP
PBIHP
Media patronage
Dzziennik Gazeta Prawna
DGP
Forsal
Forsal.pl
Dziennik.pl
Dziennik.pl
Naviny.by
Naviny.by
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Belarusians in Poland

The second largest group of foreigners in Poland:

  • 7.3k Belarusians studied in Poland in the 2018/2019 academic year (9.3% of all foreign students), incl. 3.1k first-year students (13.5% of all first-year foreign students in Poland)
  • 25.6k of Belarusians have a long-term permit to live in Poland (over 6% of all long-term permits in Poland, as of Jan 1, 2020)
  • But the number of legal employees from Belarus is even higher – 42.8k of Belarusians were insured at the Social Insurance Institution (ZUS), as of Jan 1, 2020

The number of Belarusians in Poland is growing rapidly over the recent years.

Belarusian students in Poland
Belarusians with a long-term permit in Poland
Belarusian employees registered at ZUS
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