Innovation, growth and prosperity - Journée de l'économie 2018

General information

Event date:
Event location:
Chambre de Commerce - 7, rue Alcide de Gasperi L-2981 Luxembourg
Ministère de l’économie / FEDIL / Chambre de Commerce

Since 2007, the “Journée de l’Economie” has been organised every year, assembling a community of entrepreneurs, leaders, institutional administrators, politicians and decision-makers from Luxembourg and the Greater Region. This conference presents an opportunity to take stock of the economic situation and contemplate ways to boost the development of businesses in Luxembourg and the Greater Region through open discussions.

Over the years, this conference has come to constitute one of the key events of Luxembourg’s corporate agenda. Now in its twelfth edition, the “Journée de l’Economie” has provided a stage for in-depth discussions about hot topics such as the economic crisis, industrialisation, economic growth and drivers of competitiveness in Luxembourg and the Greater Region.

This year, our annual conference brings together leading names from the worlds of business, academia and politics to discuss and debate the state of the economy and critical issues affecting economic growth globally and in Luxembourg.


Conference moderated by:

Serge Allegrezza, Director General, STATEC and Observatoire de la compétitivité (Observatory for Competitiveness)
François Mousel, Partner, PwC Luxembourg

09:15 – 09:50 Welcome coffee & Registration
09:50 – 10:00 Welcome
Carlo Thelen, Director General, Chamber of Commerce
François Mousel, Partner, PwC Luxembourg
10:00 – 10:40 Quo vadis Europe? Economic outlook in a divided world
Marcel Fratzscher, President, DIW Berlin (German Institute for Economic Research); Professor of Macroeconomics and Finance, Humboldt-University Berlin; Member of the Advisory Council, Ministry of Economy of Germany
10:40 – 11:25 Rethinking the Public Sector: a mission oriented lens
Mariana Mazzucato, Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value and Director of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, University College London (UCL)
11:25 – 11:40 Creating a shared future in a fractured world: what’s the role of business?
John Parkhouse, CEO, PwC Luxembourg
11:40 – 12:00 A sustainable growth for Luxembourg
Etienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Economy
12:00 – 13:30 Networking lunch
13:30 – 15:00 Panel discussion – Limiting Luxembourg’s growth: does that make sense?
Introduced and moderated by Serge Allegrezza, Director General, STATEC and Observatoire de la compétitivité (Observatory for Competitiveness).
And with:

  • Franz Fayot – LSAP
  • Marcel Fratzscher – DIW Berlin
  • Jacques Lanners – Ceratizit
  • Claude Turmes – Dei Greng
  • Serge Wilmes – CSV
  • Marc Wagener – Chambre de Commerce
15:00 – 16:30 Workshops

  • 15:00 – 16:30 – Working session – In collaboration with Fondation IDEA
    Should we really be worried about the population hitting a million?
  • 15:00 – 15:45 – Parallel conference
    How can business put in practice a sustainable growth strategy?



Please register on the dedicated website.



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