The British Chamber of Commerce is pleased to invite you to an Evening Business Forum on Wednesday 13 November 2013 at 18.00 at the Sofitel, Kirchberg.
Panellists: Georges Bock (Managing Partner at KPMG) will moderate the panel discussion. Robert Dennewald (President of FEDIL and CEO Chaux de Contern) Nigel Fielding (CEO HSBC) Jeannot Krecké (Former Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade) Jean-Paul Zens (Director of Media and Communication Services at the Ministry of State)
2014 promises to be a defining year for the future of Luxembourg. There will be a new government, a change to Banking secrecy, an impending change in the VAT laws and the European parliament elections. All of this in the context of an increasingly competitive market and a European economy struggling to break out of recession. Luxembourg has always been adept at reinventing its business priorities and focus to maintain growth. This ability has helped it to weather the recession better than most of its European neighbors. However, there are clear areas of concern; a labor force that is one of the most expensive in Europe, a growing imbalance of jobs between ‘blue collar’ and ‘white collar’, soaring property prices driving young Luxembourgers out of the country and an unsustainable growth in public sector employment. Clearly the new government will have a challenge to balance sustainable growth with fundamental reform over the coming year and into the future. Therefore, we have assembled a highly respected panel of business leaders to discuss the challenges for 2014 and the key issues the new government will need to focus on.
To lead into the panel discussion, KPMG will present the results of the autumn 2013 edition of the Luxembourg Business Compass, a joint survey performed by the Luxemburger Wort and KPMG. Now in its 5th year, the survey focuses on how business leaders expect the Luxembourg economy to develop over a 6 and 12 months horizon, along with their expectations and plans for their own companies. In this edition, these recurring topics are supplemented by questions on staff retention and recruitment, fair taxation, VAT and, last but not least, a question on the 3 political issues that business leaders consider to be the most pressing.
This event is generously sponsored by Lombard International Assurance S.A.
The evening will begin at 18.00 with registration. The conference is scheduled to begin at 18.30 followed by a Q & A session with the audience. To close the evening drinks and a buffet dinatoire will be provided and, as always, the opportunity to meet and discuss with your fellow Chamber Members. The event is expected to end around 21.30.
If you wish to attend please complete the registration form below to confirm your reservation or contact the Chamber Secretariat by e-mail: email@example.com by Friday 8th November.
The cost of attending this event is: Sustaining Members, €40; Business & Individual Members, €50 and Non-Members, €70.
PLEASE NOTE THAT CANCELLATIONS MUST BE MADE NO LATER THAN FRIDAY 8TH NOVEMBER 2013. WHERE NO WRITTEN CANCELLATION IS RECEIVED WE WILL HAVE TO INVOICE FOR THE COST OF THE EVENT.