The fifth edition of the Delphi Economic Forum, appropriately titled “The Day After” will take place online on June 9-12, after its annual meeting in the conventional form was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The four-day conference had been set to take place from March 5-8; however, the COVID-19 outbreak forced the organizers to postpone. Subsequently, due to the unprecedented pandemic events, the themes to be discussed at the Forum also changed.
The fifth Delphi Economic Forum will focus on the challenges that the coronavirus pandemic has generated and its worldwide impact. Just like in previous years, top Greek and EU officials will participate in the forum.
The President of the Hellenic Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, will deliver the opening address on Tuesday at 12:30 pm. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will engage in a conversation with Scottish historian Niall Ferguson on Thursday at 5:15 pm.
Five EU commissioners and four current and former European heads of state will participate, along with officials from the US administration, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, and others. Overall, more than 200 guest speakers from Greece and abroad will participate in the conference.
The main themes to be discussed in the fifth Delphi Economic Forum are the following:
– Health and the unprecedented challenges the whole world has faced with the COVID-19 outbreak; the national health system in the post-COVID-19 era; the digitalization of the health sector; preparations for a possible second COVID-19 wave in Greece and in Europe; and issues regarding treatments and vaccines for the new coronavirus.
– The geopolitical developments after the pandemic and in particular the new EU policies; the priorities of the German EU presidency; the ways in which the pandemic is changing the world; the global trade crisis; geopolitical developments in the wider southeastern Mediterranean region; and the gradual integration of the Balkan countries in the EU.
– The acceleration of the digital transformation in Greece and the role of technology in the state’s modernization, in combating unemployment through improving digital skills and dual education, and in the evolution of competitive growth.
– The steps for fast economic recovery in Greece in the areas of investment, development projects, infrastructure, energy, education, and agriculture.
More than thirty discussions will take place on the above themes with the participation of major political and business figures from Greece and the entire world.
The Forum also will be available to watch online, at delphiforum.gr.