Berlin Economic Forum 2023

"Sustainable Business & Responsible Investments"

(Berlin; March 6th - 10th, 2023)


Tuesday, March 7th 2023
Location: ICD House of Arts and Culture
12:30 – 13:00 Registration, Coffee, Tea & Refreshments
13:00 – 13:05 Welcome Words / Mark Donfried
13:05 – 14:00  "Conducting business in Africa: Understanding the Risks”.
(Presentation & Discussions/ Q&A)
Tarun Chopra
(CEO and President at Clements Worldwide, a global insurance brokerage specializing in cross border business)
14:00 – 14:45  "Europe – Asia Center: Bridging Gaps between Social, Cultural, Business and Political Spheres in Europe and Asia-Pacific"
(Presentation & Discussions/ Q&A)
Piet Steel
(Chairman of the Board, Europe – Asia Center)
14:45 – 15:00 Short break
15:00 – 16:00 "Country Presentation: Kyrgyzstan"
(Presentation & Discussions/ Q&A)
Samat Shatmanov
(Deputy Minister, Director of the Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Culture, Information, Sports and Youth Policy of the Kyrgyz Republic)
Kairat Itibaev
(Vice-President of the Tourism Development Support Fund in the Kyrgyz Republic)
Representative of Kyrgyz Association of Travel Companies (KATO)
16:00 – 19:00  "Country Presentation: Nepal"
(Keynote Speeches, Cultural Performances & Dinner Reception)
Ram Kaji Khadka
(Ambassador of Nepal to Germany)
Nepali Tourism Delegation to the ITB
Wednesday, March 8th 2023
Location: ICD House of Arts and Culture
12:30 – 13:00   Registration, Coffee, Tea & Refreshments
13:00 – 14:00 

"The Role of Economic Cooperation and Investment in Strengthening International Security, and Enhancing Strategic Relations between Iraq and the Global Community"
(Presentation & Discussions/ Q&A)

Shakhwan Abdullah Ahmad Dalawi
(Vice President of the Iraqi Federal Parliament; Deputy Speaker of the Iraqi Federal Parliament)

14:00 – 15:00

The Aftermath of the Russian War Against Ukraine
(Keynote Speech /Q&A)

Dirk Niebel
(Former German Minister for Economic Cooperation & Development)

15:00 – 17:00 

"Country Presentation: Malawi"
(Presentation & Discussions/ Q&A)

Vera Kamtukule
(Minister of Tourism of Malawi)

Derek Lakudzala
(The Deputy Ambassador of Malawi to Germany)

Followed by Reception

17:00 – 18:00 

"Managing and Protecting Biodiversity & Making Sustainable Investments in Madagascar"
(Presentation & Discussions/ Q&A)

Joël Randriamandranto
(Minister of Tourism of Madagascar)

18:00 – 19:30 

"Country Presentation: Malaysia"
A Cultural Evening with Reception on
With a keynote address by the Honourable Minister of Culture,
Creative Industry and Performing Arts of Sarawak

(Minister of Culture of Malaysia)

Adina Kamarudin
(Ambassador of Malaysia to Berlin)

Creative Industry and Performing Arts of Sarawak
Sarawak Tourism Board

With Cultural Performances & Evening Reception

Thursday, March 9th 2023
Location: ICD House of Arts and Culture
12:30 – 13:00   Registration, Coffee, Tea & Refreshments
13:00 – 14:00

"Survive, recover and thrive: The Struggles for Resilience of Ukrainian Businesses during Wartime"
(Presentation & Discussions/ Q&A)

Alyona Shevtsova
(The CEO of LEO International Payment System and a Chairman of IBOX Bank, Ukraine)

Yevhen Berezovskiy
(Managing partner of the company, advisor to the chairman of the board at IBOX BANK)

14:00 – 14:45 

"Sustainable Economic Investments and Progress in the German and Indian Context"
(Presentation & Discussions/ Q&A)

Vivek Arunachalam
(Hon. Economic Advisor with the World Trade Centre, Navi Mumbai, India; Lecturer on International Business, Strategy and Innovations and Entrepreneurship)

14:45 – 15:00  Short Break
15:00 – 16:00

"Uganda, the Investment Destination, Your Choice of Business"
(Presentation & Discussions/ Q&A)

Stephen Mubiru
(Ambassador, Uganda Embassy to Berlin)

16:00 – 19:00 

"Country Presentation: Zimbabwe"
(Keynote Speeches, Presentation, Panel Discussions & Cultural Event)

Alice Mashingaidze
(Ambassador of Zimbabwe to

Nqobizitha Mangaliso Ndlovu
(Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism & Hospitality Industry of Zimbabwe)

Godfrey Koti
(Head Corporate Affairs Zimbabwe Tourism Authority)

T.  Musonza
(Chief Director, Tourism and Hospitality Management)

Followed by Reception

Friday, March 10th 2023
Location: ICD House of Arts and Culture
09:30 – 10:00  Registration
10:00 – 11:00

"Economic Recovery and Challenges faced by Small States"
(Presentation & Discussions/ Q&A)

Abdulla Shahid
(Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives)

11:00 – 11:30  Coffee Reception & Interview with Abdulla Shahid
11:30 – 12:00

"The Economic Challenges in Yemen, and the Economic War waged by Houthi on the Yemeni People”
(Presentation & Discussions/ Q&A)

Yahya Abdulrahman Al-Eryani
(Charge d'affaires, Embassy of Yemen to Germany)

12:00 – 12:30

"Socio-Political Conflicts in Africa and The Role of Superpowers: The Case of Cameroon"
(Presentation & Discussions/ Q&A)


12:30 – 13:00

"Is Africa a Pawn in China’s growing Hegemony and Economic Intervention"
(Presentation & Discussions/ Q&A)

Oluwafikayomi David Olanbiwoninu


Conclusion of the Program