Latvian central bank will hold centenary conference in November

The Latvian central bank, Latvijas Banka (LB) has announced plans to host an international economic conference with the participation of European financial sector leaders to mark its centenary.

The conference, titled "Sustainability and Money: Shaping the Economy of the Future" will take place on November 3, in the year marking its centenary.

The conference will include the participation of President of the European Central Bank (ECB) Christine Lagarde, Executive Vice President of the European Commission Valdis Dombrovskis, Member of the ECB's Governing Council and Governor of Banque de France François Villeroy de Galhau, Member of the ECB's Executive Board Frank Elderson, Member of the ECB's Governing Council and Governor of Latvijas Banka Mārtiņš Kazāks, Governor of Sveriges Riksbank Stefan Ingves and others. The opening address to the conference will be delivered by President of the Republic of Latvia Egils Levits.

The conference will comprise three panel discussions. The introductory panel "A Bridge over Troubled Waters" will compare the crises of 2008 and 2020, and will involve Lagarde, Dombrovskis and Kazāks.

The next panel discussion "Shadowed by Carbon" will look at the issues of moving towards a green economy, changes in society and the contribution of the financial sector to the process. The final panel discussion "Future of Money" will discuss the evolution of cryptocurrencies, decentralised financial services, the role of private companies in fostering technological innovation and the creation of "private money", various types of money and their development.

"Sustainability and Money: Shaping the Economy of the Future" will be held at the National Library of Latvia, at Mūkusalas iela 3, Riga. The conference will begin at 9.30 a.m., whereas registration will start at 8.45 a.m. A live broadcast of the conference will be available on macroeconomics.lv. Questions to international and Latvian experts can be addressed via sli.do platform, code #LBconference.

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