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Official IFB 2014 Review. Click here to watch the short film.


The International Festival for Business (IFB) is supported and funded by the UK Government. The IFB 2014 took place in Liverpool during June and July and hosted over 400 events and 75.000 business delegates from over 80 countries. Given the festival's huge success the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rt Hon George Osborne, on 3 July 2014, announced that the government has committed the funding for a re-run of IFB in 2016 in Liverpool. IBDE is proud to have been the Official International Partner of the IFB 2014. We look forward to the opportunities at the IFB 2016.


 

 

On 2-3 July 2014, IBDE organised its extremely successful 5th International Banking and Finance Forum, in Liverpool as part of the official programme of the IFB 2014. The event attracted more than 20 senior industry executive speakers and 180 delegates.

 

PHOTOS AVAILABLE HERE

FORUM BROCHURE


Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson OBE, opening the Global Economic Forum at the International Festival for Business 2014.

On 16-18 June 2014, IBDE organised a highly successful Global Economic Forum 2014 in Liverpool as part of the official Programme of the IFB 2014. The conference attendees listen from over 30 distinguished decision-makers and from the world of politics and business from across the world. 

VIEW EVENT PHOTOS HERE

DOWNLOAD THE IBDE EVENTS CALENDAR  AT THE IFB 2014


 
 

4th International Banking and Finance Forum - Thomson Reuters, London, 13 February 2014

On 13 February 2014, IBDE organised the 4th International Banking and Finance Forum – Restoring Confidence, Credibility and Growth. The forum was kindly hosted by Thomson Reuters in Canary Wharf, London.

The Forum was extremely successful. It assembled some excellent speakers, including  John Griffith-Jones, Chairman of the new FCA, David Craig, President of Financial & Risk, Thomson Reuters, Martin Gilbert, CEO of Aberdeen Asset Management, Rt Hon Pat McFadden of the Treasury Select Committee, Cyrus Ardalan, Vice Chairman of Barclays, Andy Baldwin, Managing Partner at EY, Philip Wood QC of Allen & Overy etc. and around 150 delegates from across the financial industry, government agencies, academia, and civil society to provide constructive informed input on the banking reforms in the quest for improving conduct and standards - key to restoring confidence and trust in financial services and in exploring the impact of financial regulation on long-term investment. Brochure here. View Photos here

We are pleased to welcome you to attend our 5th International Banking and Finance Forum, to take place on 2-3 July 2014 in Liverpool as part of the official programme of the International Festival for Business 2014. Registration to attend the above events is now available online.

 

 
   
The European Energy Forum - London, 16 January 2014

On 16 January 2014, IBDE organised The European Energy Forum, kindly hosted by the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS) at Great Hall, King’s College London. The Forum explored some of the key challenges facing the future of European energy security and infrastructure as well as the business and investment opportunities in this sector.

Download the keynote speech by The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, Minister of State for Business and Energy

Read the forum summary here

View the Forum's BROCHURE here and PHOTOS here.

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The First Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership Forum - London, 12 December 2013

On 12 Dec 2012, IBDE organised the First Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership Forum – Exploring Benefits and Pitfalls of the EU-US Trade Agreement. The Forum was kindly hosted by the European Commission Representation in the UK.

The Forum was a great success. It assembled some excellent speakers and around 130 delegates from across the industries, embassies, government agencies, academia, and civil society, to discuss the benefits and pitfalls of TTIP and what this proposed major trade agreement would mean for the US and EU economies (the UK included). IBDE is pleased to be working with industry practitioners, policymakers and other stakeholders and will strive to make its modest contribution to this debate.

Download the keynote speech delivered by Sir Mike Rake, President of CBI and Chairman of BT Group

Click here to view Forum's photos

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3rd International Banking and Finance Forum - London, 19 November 2014

On 19 November 2013 IBDE organised its 3rd International Banking and Finance Forum – Restoring Confidence in Financial Services, kindly hosted by Clifford Chance. The forum provided an opportunity to explore the progress made and challenges remaining in order to restore trust and confidence in the industry as well as to discuss the importance of achieving sensible regulatory reforms in the financial services to ensure that the confidence in banking and finance sector lending will be restored in support of the much needed economic growth.

The forum assembled some excellent speakers including the Minister of Finance of Lithuania and over 200 delegates from across the financial industry, government agencies, academia, and civil society to provide constructive informed input on the banking reforms in the quest for improving conduct and standards - key to restoring confidence and trust in financial services. IBDE in partnership with industry practitioners, policymakers, regulators and other stakeholders will strive to make its modest contribution to this process.

Click here to view Forum's Brochure

Click here to view Forum's Photos

The forthcoming 4th International Banking and Finance Forum will take place on 13 February 2014 at Thomson Reuters in London. Sponsorship, speaking and exhibition opportunities are available for this event. For more information contact
events (at) ibde.org

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Financing recovery: the impact of financial regulation on long-term investment

The Mansion House, London, 31 October 2013 - Download the Summary Here


The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor Alderman Roger Gifford and the Chief Executive of IBDE, Rudi Guraziu hosted a High-Level Roundtable Meeting on “Financing the recovery: the impact of financial regulation on long-term investment” on 31 October at the Mansion House, in London.

In the second of a series of  "the City - London Embassies Meetings", senior business leaders from the financial industry and senior diplomats converged to discuss the impact of financial regulation on long term investment and the improvements that could be implemented into this infrastructure.

The summary of the meeting is available for download here.



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Inward investment and access to finance: Challenges for recovery

The Mansion House, London, 15 October 2013

The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor Alderman Roger Gifford and the Chief Executive of IBDE, Rudi Guraziu hosted a High-Level Meeting on “inward investment and access to finance: challenges to recovery” on 15 October at the Mansion House, in London.  The meeting was attended by heads of mission and other senior representatives of EU and business leaders.

 

Mark Tilden, Partner and Head of UK Practice, Ares & Co provided an excellent presentation on Alternative Finance for SMEs and Mid-Market Companies - a Report commissioned by TheCityUK.


These high-level meetings in this series provide an excellent platform to discuss inward investment regulatory environment, access to finance and the impact of financial regulation on long-term investment and challenges for the European economic recovery. For more details visit IBDE events


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More than 170 participants attended the 2nd International Forum on Responsible Banking and Finance organised, on 24 June, by the International Business and Diplomatic Exchange (IBDE) at Cass Business School, in London. View photos here

Speakers included MEPs, MPs and the most senior industry leaders.

The conference was divided into three sessions, the opening session exploring the Lithuanian EU Presidency priorities, the first session on responsible banking and finance and the way forward, and the second examining the subject of best practices in banking and corporate governance. Inevitably, these two latter areas are not independent and the discussion switched between the two throughout the conference. As well as the main speakers, there were also some challenging questions raised from the floor.

The second forum in this series developed some interesting questions to be examined further in future forums as well as across the financial sector at large. The key word throughout the event was “customer”, popping up regularly during both panels. Read the summary of the event and more

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7th EU-Balkans Discussion Group Luncheon - Residence of the Turkish Ambassador, London, 21 Nov '12


Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey, His Excellency Mr Ahmet Unal Cevikoz, and the Chief Executive of IBDE, Mr Rudi Guraziu hosted the 7th luncheon for the EU-Balkans Discussion Group at the Residence of the Ambassador of Turkey in London on 21 November. Photos of the meeting


The luncheon was attended by the Ambassadors and other senior representatives of EU-Balkans, European Commission, Republic of Turkey Prime Ministry, European Investment Bank, London Stock Exchange, HSBC, EBRD, Morgan Stanley, UBS, E&Y, Clifford Chance, Mott MacDonald, Baker & McKenzie, EiU, BBC, LAD, UEA etc.

 

These high-level meetings in this series with speakers including most successful investors in the region serve as an excellent platform to identify investment opportunities in Southeast Europe with a particular focus on infrastructure, energy, mining, ICT, Financial & professional Services and the possibility of enhancing PPP opportunities in the region. In addition, they serve as an excellent platform to further enhance the regional political and economic cooperation in Southeast Europe.


Download the PDF Summary of the meeting.

Download ENKA's presentation

Download the speech of the Ambassador of Turkey to the UK, HE Mr Unal Cevikoz


 

9th Vienna Economic Forum - Vienna - 18 -19 Nov. 2012


IBDE's CEO, Rudi Guraziu, delivered a statement at the Official Opening of the 9th Vienna Economic Forum


18-19 November 2012 at Palais Niederosterreich, Vienna, Austria.

 

Download speech here

 

 
   

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These high-level meetings with speakers including most successful investors in the region serve as an excellent platform to identify and promote investment opportunities in South East Europe (SEE) with a particular focus on infrastructure, energy, ICT, Financial & Professional Services and the possibility of enhancing PPP opportunities in the region. In addition, they serve as an excellent platform to further enhance the regional political and economic cooperation in SEE. If you are an investor or are looking to invest in SEE please get involved. To find out more please contact us.