29 October 2019 - 1 November 2019
Policy Program I Western Balkans Conference on "The Western Balkans Between Economic Development and Emigration"
From October 29 to November 1, 2019, the Aspen Institute Germany will host a closed conference in Budva with the support of the German Federal Foreign Office and in cooperation with the Foreign Ministry of Montenegro on “The Western Balkans Between Economic Development and Emigration”. Among the conference participants will be government representatives, Members of Parliament and experts from civil society from the region, Germany and the EU. The aim of this conference is to offer a platform for these high-level participants to discuss central challenges the Western Balkans countries and their partners are facing. The following questions will be in the focus of the discussions: Why are people leaving the WB6 and how can they be convinced to return? How can economic activity and growth be fostered in the Western Balkans? How can attractive jobs be created in a sustainable way? What role can the digital economy play for economic development? How can entrepreneurs and start-ups be better supported? To what extend do underdeveloped networks of critical infrastructure constitute an additional obstacle to regional economic development? What role can the Regional Economic Area play and how can its creation be sped up?