Aspen Institute Romania organized Bucharest Forum-Keystone Projects Investment
Aspen Institute Romania organized Bucharest Forum-Keystone Projects initiative dovetails with Romania long term economic and territorial development strategy, centered on designing concrete measures and projects that support the capacity of urban centers to generate growth and competitiveness.
Bucharest Forum / Keystone Projects toom place today 31 March at JW Marriott hotel Bucharest.The edition enjoyed the participation of over 150 attendants and 30 speakers, such as: Victor Grigorescu, Minister of Energy; Anca Dragu, Minister of Public Finance; Dragos Pislaru, state consultant, Prime Minister office; Sorana Baciu, State Secretary, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Business Environment; Mircea Geoana, President of Aspen Institute; Vasile Iuga, Partner, PwC; Florin Pogonaru, President, The Businessmen Romanian Association; Bogdan Chiritoiu, President, Competition Council; Daniela Lulache, General Manager, Nuclearelectrica; Petru Ion Vaduva, General Manager Transgaz; Geoff Clarke, Regional Director, AECOM; Dorin Pena, General Manager, Cisco Romania; Stefan Baciu, Sales Leader, Advanced Analytics&BI, IBM; Marcel Ionescu-Heroiu, senior specialist urban development, World Bank; Matteo Patrone, country manager Romania, EBRD; Ion Sturza, President, Fribourg Capital; Mircea Enache, President, EMI Systems and Director of Ion Mincu Excellence Center; Razvan Iorgu, General Manager, CBRE; Mihai Danila, investment banker.
The current initiative integrates urban and territorial management, health and sustainability and key interconnection projects in Bucharest and surrounding areas, setting to ensure a balance between economic, urban planning, environmental, financing and cultural policy requirements. Current challenges require innovative and functioning public-private partnerships, able to deliver state-of-the-art waste reuse solutions, intelligent space management tools, as well as improved operational process management devices for public infrastructure systems.
The Bucharest Forum-Keystone Projects serves to put to work smart business and financial solutions, integrated data management systems, complex analytic tool kits by providing optimal data use cycle choices for urban managers, including modular and reuse potential data, improved waste disposal procedures and facilitating flexible urban planning mechanisms. Connected digital systems in energy, intelligent traffic management and street lighting, infrastructure management, waste treatment, environment and healthcare (hospital management and use of wireless medical devices to mention only two focus areas), increase resource productivity, supporting domestic water use, lower pollution and smart urban mobility. The initiative is important also as regards implications on the reconfiguration of the legislative and fiscal frameworks relevant for improving decision-making processes.
Bucharest Forum is the public events platform of the Aspen Institute Romania, focusing on the needs of economic and strategy policy decision makers in the region between the Adriatic, Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. Thus, Bucharest Forum becomes one of the most relevant regional spaces for high level debate, enjoying key support from the Romanian Government, the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Romanian Parliament, significant representatives of industries, media, think tanks and governmental bodies in Romania, the region and across the Trans-Atlantic space.
Bucharest plays therefore a major role together with like-minded public-private platforms like the Economic Forum in Krynica Poland, the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum or the newly established Astana Economic Forum. For the 2013 edition we have as guests some of the leading experts in the region, Europe and the US. They represent governments, academic and research institutions as well as corporations and companies that together define the strategic and investment framework for the region. The level of conversation will be unparalleled and to some degree counterbalances the relative lack of attention the region sees today, with internal and out of the region crisis shaping global agendas.