Sustainability and the economic, national economic and social challenges resulting from the climate change will be in the focus of the annual conference of the 125 year old Hungarian Economic Association (HEA). The 57th Itinerant Conference of Economists taking place at the University of Nyíregyháza on 5-7 September 2019 is expected to attract 800-900 professionals from the Carpathian Basin and the Visegrad countries.  The speakers of the three day conference will include János Áder, President of the Republic of Hungary, György Matolcsy, Governor of the National bank of Hungary and Mihály Varga, Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister.

The largest annual conference of Hungarian economists will return to the Szabolcs county seat after five years. Back then, the conference focused on the 10th anniversary of Hungary’s EU membership: the approximately 500 participants and more than 100 speakers discussed the role of commitment and openness in economic growth. This year the environmental-social sustainability and the fight against climate change will be the recurring subject of the opening and the closing plenary sessions on 5th and 7th September, and the section meetings and presentations to take place in between. The plenary speakers who have already confirmed attendance include János Áder, President of the Republic of Hungary, György Matolcsy, Governor of the MNB, Mihály Varga, Minister of Finance, Andrea Bártfai-Mager, Minister without Portfolio for National Asset Management, István Nagy, Minister of Agriculture, László Domokos, President of the State Audit Office, and Bertrand Bonhomme, Global Director of Michelin Group for Sustainability.

The significance of the conference organized at the University of Nyíregyháza with the involvement of almost 900 attendees is highlighted by prominent participants such as three Government Ministers, three Secretaries of State and three Deputy Secretaries of State, as well as six commercial bank chairman-CEOs, the respective heads of the State Audit Office, the Hungarian Chamber of Agriculture and the National Research, Development and Innovation Office, several large company executives, theatre directors, two academic economists, and two Hungarian Olympic gold medalists.

In the course of the seven full-day section meetings the over 100 speakers will discuss issues such as the sustainability of public finances and the banking system; the experiences of the Bond Funding for Growth Scheme; updates on the introduction of the Instant Payment System; labour shortage as a factor detrimental to competitiveness; the probable impacts of climate change on the agricultural sector; the expected changes to take place in the EU; innovation, AI and robotics; the business environment conditions benefiting startups; sport economics; and the sustainable funding of theatres, among others.

For the detailed programme of the 57th Itinerant Conference of Economists please click here.

Online registration for the conference is underway. This year HEA Members will be able to register at a discount rate!