Members Rendezvous: MEB announces packed programme to mark 20th anniversary
At the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel in front of 330 stakeholders in the Principality’s thriving economy, MEB Chairman Michel Dotta outlined key events for 2019 as the Monaco Economic Board celebrates its 20th anniversary. He also announced an expansion of its coordination role in the promotion of Monaco abroad, reinforced by the arrival of Guillaume Rose as Executive Director.
A privileged networking opportunity for businesses, this first Members Rendezvous for 2019 was an opportunity for Michel Dotta to report back on the past year.
Some 50 operations were organised in Monaco and abroad, one a week as in 2017. A highlight was the Trade Mission to Beijing alongside public and public-private entities accompanying the Sovereign Prince’s official visit to China. It was a very successful trip, in part due to the inauguration of the Grimaldi Forum’s Princes and Princesses of Monaco exhibition in the Forbidden City. Another landmark occasion was in Dubai where the MEB made the most of an event organised by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. A meeting with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce was a chance for members who made the trip to meet business leaders whose companies represent nearly 90% of the country’s GDP.
A full calendar in 2019 includes three Trade Missions: New Delhi (2-6 February), Vienna (13-15 May) and Bucharest (5-7 November). Targeted promotional operations involving Monegasque companies are also scheduled in Madrid, Frankfurt and Rostov-sur-le-Don in Russia. Meanwhile, Monaco Invest continues its prospecting operations to London, Switzerland, Belgium, and the Dubai and Singapore boat shows. In the Principality, members can look forward to a programme of topical conferences with renowned economists such as Julien Marcilly (COFACE) and Ludovic Subran (Euler Hermes/Allianz), and expand their networks when the MEB hosts foreign delegations.
The focus will be on the Monaco Economic Board’s 20th anniversary that will be officially celebrated after the AGM on 21 March, an opportunity to outline the association’s future.
Since 2016, at the request of Minister of State H.E. Mr Serge Telle, the MEB has been charged with coordinating actions by public and public-private entities involved in promoting Monaco abroad. Results have been very positive, leading the Government to expand the MEB’s scope for coordination, as of 21 March, to optimise these events be they business, scientific, environmental or cultural. Heading this mission will be Guillaume Rose who joins the MEB as Executive Director. A revamped strategy that is bound to create even more opportunities for MEB members.