The national economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges of recovery will be covered by multiple presentations and roundtable sessions during the 58th Itinerant Conference of Economists, the largest annual event of professionals in Hungary. Considering the risks resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic this year’s conference will take place in the digital space via live video streaming on 24-25 September 2020. The presentations of the conference organised by the Hungarian Economic Association (HEA) will be accessible at the dedicated conference website free of charge.

The morning plenary sessions will be streamed on both days (Thursday and Friday), followed by two interactive live panels planned for both afternoons. The opening presentation of the conference will be delivered as usual by György Matolcsy, Governor of the central bank of Hungary. Friday’s first speaker will be Mihály Varga, Minister of Finance. The confirmed plenary speakers include László Domokos, President of the State Audit Office, Tamás Freund, President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and László Parragh, President of the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

On Thursday afternoon, 24 September the bank executives’ roundtable moderated by Barnabás Virág, Deputy Governor of the MNB involving the senior executives of seven financial institutions will discuss the money and capital market situation, followed by a panel of analysts and forecasters. On Friday afternoon competitiveness and innovation will be discussed by the invited experts, followed by a session on current EU events. The participants of the live interactive panels will include, among others Attila Steiner, Minister of State for European Union Affairs; Enikő Győri, Member of the European Parliament; Éva Palócz, CEO of KOPINT-Tárki Zrt., Vice President of the HEA; Péter Balázs, University Professor, former Member of the European Commission, Vice President of the HEA; András Balatoni, Director of Economic Forecast and Analysis, MNB; István Madár, Senior Analyst of, Board Member of the HEA; and Gergely Böszörményi-Nagy, Executive Director of Design Terminal, founder of Brain Bar. The thematic panels will be accessible via a mobile app allowing the members of the audience to join in. To access the scheduled plenary programme of the 58th Itinerant Conference of Economists, please click here.

Pre-recorded panel discussions will be traditionally prepared by several sections of the HEA addressing issues such as employment, agriculture or sports economics. The participants of the roundtable sessions will include  Péter Benő Banai, Minister of State for Public Finances, Vice President of the Public Finance Section of the HEA; László Andor, former Member of the European Commission; Péter Ákos Bod, University Professor, Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Vice President of the HEA; Krisztián Kulcsár, President of the Hungarian Olympic Committee and Zoltán Magyar, two-time Olympic gold medalist gymnast, President of the Hungarian Gymnastics Federation. The video materials will be available at the conference website from 24 September. To access the continuously updated programmes of the discussion sections, please click here.

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