The World Ahead 2024 Sofia Gala Dinner
Over 250 attendees took part at The World Ahead 2024: Sofia Gala Dinner, part of the The World Ahead Gala Dinner series, organized by the Economist. What is more, almost 15 000 viewers from 10 different countries joined the livestreaming online.
Economist World Ahead 2024 Sofia Gala Dinner once again delivered fresh, robust, and action-oriented insights through an in-depth conversation with key international policymakers. The award-winning World Ahead Gala dinner series is where The Economist and invited luminaries share their bold, candid, and enlightening predictions for the year ahead with C-suite executives, high-profile entrepreneurs, and intellectually curious readers of The Economist.
Here are key takes from the event and its main speakers:
- Alasdair Ross, The Economist’s countries editor, set the tone for the conference by presenting The Economist’s forecast for 2024. Projections indicate a global growth rate of approximately 2.2%, a significant improvement from the previous year, driven largely by the Asia-Pacific region.
- The country’s priorities for 2024 with an emphasis on dialogue and continuity were outlined by Mariya Gabriel, Bulgaria’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs. Bulgaria aims to maintain its role as a reliable regional partner and is committed to ensuring political stability, she said, and affirmed her government’s intention to continue its support for Ukraine, mentioning that joining the Schengen is a key step toward enhancing security and sustainability within the Schengen space.
- Saša Marković, general manager of Coca-Cola HBC Bulgaria, focused on his company’s commitment to sustainability. Coca-Cola’s focus is on solutions aligned with green goals, targeting a significant reduction in emissions across the supply chain by 2040 and aiming to collect and recycle all packaging globally by 2030.
- Demian Pintos, general manager of Philip Morris Bulgaria, referred to a need to recognize and attract Bulgarian talent from abroad who are eager to repatriate. Focusing on sustainability, the company’s primary goal is to transition people away from cigarettes, with alternative solutions provided for those who do not wish to quit entirely.
- Tsvetanka Mintcheva, CEO and chairperson of the management board at UniCredit Bulbank, talked about the pivotal role of banks in driving sustainable development, outlining several reasons why banks and the financial sector are crucial for sustainable development. The role of banks now extends beyond financing, requiring an understanding of customers’ businesses to advise on transitioning to a green economy, she said.
- Jesus Caballero, CEO of Sofia Airport, outlined the company’s ambitious project aimed at decarbonising the airport by 2036, which is financially supported by UniCredit and other banks and reflects a substantial investment of almost 70 million euros.
The World Ahead Gala Dinner series is where The Economist and invited luminaries share their bold, candid, sometimes shocking—and always entertaining—predictions for the year ahead.
The upcoming Economist World Ahead 2024 Sofia Gala Dinner will again deliver fresh, robust, and action-oriented insights through an in-depth conversation with key international policymakers. The award-winning World Ahead Gala dinner series is where The Economist and invited luminaries share their bold, candid, and enlightening predictions for the year ahead with C-suite executives, high-profile entrepreneurs, and intellectually curious readers of The Economist.
AmCham Bulgaria is among the supporting organizations of The Economist Impact – The World Ahead 2024 Sofia Gala Dinner
We encourage you to book your corporate table early for an evening of unique intelligence, networking, and entertainment, with the promo AmChamCorpTable.
AmCham members can use the promo AmChamMember and should personally register online to receive the barcode required for entrance.
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