3rd NBP-MNB Conference
Structural Changes in Central European Economies During and After the Covid Pandemic
Warsaw, 1 October 2021
The 3rd conference of Narodowy Bank Polski (NBP) and the Magyar Nemzeti Bank (MNB) was held on 1 October 2021 under the title Structural Changes in Central European Economies During and After the COVID Pandemic. The conference was attended by high-ranking representatives of international financial institutions, foreign central banks, leading academic centres, diplomatic corps, public administration and commercial banks. The event had a hybrid character – some people attended in person, while others had the opportunity to follow the live broadcast via the Internet. The conference was opened by Prof. Adam Glapiński, Governor of NBP, and György Matolcsy, Governor of the MNB. The keynote address was delivered by Mr Mathias Cormann, Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
The main objective of this year’s conference was to discuss the structural changes in Central Europe in the wake of the pandemic. The participants of the first panel discussion, moderated by András Balatoni, Director of the MNB Economic Analysis Department, presented expert forecasts on changes in the economy after the COVID pandemic, while the participants of the second panel, moderated by Jacek Kotłowski, Deputy Director of the NBP’s Economic Analysis Department, indicated the key factors on which the economic forecasts for Central Europe for the future depend. The panellists particularly focused on the chances of achieving sustainable medium-term economic growth in Central Europe and its potential threats.