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Conference KEF-2017: Foundations of the future will take place on November 2-3, 2017 in Minsk

Kastryčnicky Ekanamičny Forum “Foundations of the Future” will take place on November 2-3, 2017 in Dipservice Hall. Conference KEF-2017 seeks answers that would help to lay foundations of the future and close the gap between policies and practice.

The first day shapes the global context: trends in the global economy, shifts in values and their impact on policies, and prospects of Russia as the most important neighbor and economic partner of Belarus.

The second day opens discussion on the directions of the two fundamental reforms: legal and educational. Belarusian legal system fit the previous economic model of the country, and its serious revision is required, taking into account changes that have already happened and that have not yet come to pass. Regarding the educational reform, KEF-2017 focuses on the secondary education that prepares kids for the lifetime learning in the arising knowledge based society.

The conference is summarized by the discussion panel on ‘Minsk Consensus’. It is an attempt to re-think – taking into account the contemporary global challenges – approaches and principles of other consensuses (Washington, Beijing, Post-Washington) in a country that seeks to reconcile in its model of development different ideologies, not questioning the value of its national sovereignty.

Some of the Conference speakers:

  • Prof. Ning Zhu, professor at the Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, a faculty fellow at the Yale University International Center for Finance

  •  Dr. Natalia Zubarevich, Professor at the Moscow State University, Director of the Regional Program at the Independent Institute for Social Policy

  • Dr. Sergei Glazyev, Advisor to the President of Russia, Full Member of Russian Academy of Science

  • Dr. Birgit Grundmann, former State Secretary of the German Federal Ministry of Justice, Attorney at Law

  • Artur Radziwill, Director for Country Economics and Policy, EBRD, former Deputy Minister of Finance of Polish Republic

Conference is organized within the project “Development of Kastryčnicky Economic Forum platform for open dialogue on economic reforms alternatives for Belarus for more efficient and inclusive civic participation in economic decision-making at national and local levels” funded by the European Union and co-funded by the Embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, International Monetary Fund, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), World bank and U.S. Agency for International Development. 

Project is financed by the European Union