The Advantage Financial Forum Global Perspectives Growth & Trade, now at its sixth edition, was held on May 12, 2014 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Milano. The Forum focused on the emerging North and East African countries and was divided in three panels.
Panel I, North & East Africa Economic Outlook, addressed the growth and competitiveness perspectives of the region, that is the fastest-growing area in the 2010-2020 decade and is facing a new industrial revolution.
In Panel II, Commerce and Trade, representatives of institutions, businesses and the financial sector discussed the commerce and trade perspectives for Italian companies. At the end, Panel III Global Economic Outlook & Competitiveness focused on the economic and financial perspectives of Europe and the United States.
The Forum has also focused on the Advantage Financial Ecological Footprint report, now at the second edition, with the endorsement of the President of the Italian Republic and under the aegis of the Ministry of the Environment.
Speakers included international economists such as Charles Calomiris (author of the best-selling book Fragile by Design, that was presented during the Forum), Marco Annunziata, Lorenzo Bini Smaghi. Representatives of the African Development Bank, the International Monetary Fund and political and financial institutions of Kenya, Egypt and Lebanon attended the debate, as well as Luigi Marras of the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Italy.