Join the Financial Times and Erste Group Bank at an exclusive VIP forum in Prague to discuss what needs to be done to ensure that prosperity is enjoyed at all levels of society in Central and Eastern Europe.
Thirty years after the Iron Curtain was torn down, countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) have transformed themselves into dynamic economies that have integrated into the global community. But while big-picture macroeconomics matters, it is important to understand how the region’s remarkable rise in prosperity is affecting its citizens’ quality of life, health and education.
Significant progress has been made in improving quality of life since the collapse of Communism. But economies in the region now find themselves at a crossroads and must prepare to be more self-sufficient. They need to champion skills development and ensure they attract the right talent for the jobs of the future. As in Western Europe, they must address polarisation of communities, fix the growing skills gap and reduce income inequality and in-work poverty. Populations, particularly those aged 18-39, want policies that give them optimism for the future. And these policies need to be backed by business to ensure long-term success that benefits all stakeholders.
Join us to discuss how these economies are preparing themselves for the transition to a knowledge economy and the policy solutions needed to ensure the region continues to develop the skills required to ensure ongoing prosperity that benefits everyone.
- How do you make sure the high-level tech skills that can already be found in the region are available and usable?
- How do you entice young people to take up opportunities at home rather than abroad?
- Will there still be a safety net for lower skilled people?
- What role should business play in developing the skills of the future?
- What opportunities are there for innovation and collaboration between stakeholders?
- How do you harness the opportunities of the fourth industrial revolution and meet the growing demand for skills, technology and innovation to deliver the jobs of the future?