UK-Montenegro Investment Forum, April 2010

On Wednesday 14th of April, 2010, the First UK-Montenegro Investment Forum took place at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

The event, hosted jointly with the Embassy of Montenegro and the EBRD, was attended by, over 130 delegates. The Montenegrin government was represented by a high-level delegation led by HE Prime Minister Milo Đukanović, and included Hon Dr Igor Lukšić, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, several other cabinet ministers, as well as key investors from the UK and Europe and major businesses already established in Montenegro. The President of EBRD, Mr Thomas Mirow opened the event which included keynote presentations from the World Bank and the UNDP.

10.00am – 10.30am
Registration and refreshments

10.30am – 10.45am
Opening of the Forum – ‘Investing in Montenegro’, welcome and introduction from President of EBRD, Mr Thomas Mirow and HE Prime
Minister Milo Đukanović

10.45am - 12.15pm
Setting the scene – Investing in Montenegro
Chair – Mr Atam Sandhu, CEO, Developing Markets Associates
• Hon Dr Igor Lukšić, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance
• Dr Petar Ivanović, Chief Executive Officer, Montenegrin Investment Promotion Agency (MIPA)
• Victor Restis, Owner, Adriatic Properties
30 minute Q & A session

12.15pm - 1.15pm
Networking lunch (possible sponsor lunch slot)

1.15pm - 2.45pm
Investing in Infrastructure and Energy
Chair – HE Kate Knight-Sands, British Ambassador to Montenegro
• Hon Dr Andrija Lompar, Minister of Maritime Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunication
• Mr Alexander Avanessov, UN Resident Coordinator & UNDP Resident Representative, UNDP Renewable energy programmes in Montenegro
• Predrag Drecun, Chief Executive, Prva Banka
30 minute Q & A session

2.45pm - 3.15pm
Refreshments break

3.15pm - 4.45pm
Investing in key businesses
Chair – Mr Claudio Viezzoli, EBRD Director, West Balkans
• Hon Predrag Nenezić, Minister of Tourism and Environmental Protection
• Mr Jan-Peter Olters, Country Office Manager, World Bank
• Oliver Corlette, Director, Porto Montenegro
• Charlie Hughes, Chairman, Smart Future
• Julien Renaud-Perret, Senior Vice President international Destinations, Orascom Development
30 minute Q & A Session

4.45pm – 5.00pm
Closing remarks: HE Dr Dragiša Burzan, Montenegrin Ambassador to the UK, and Mr Peter Reiniger, Managing Director, Central and South Eastern Europe, EBRD

5.00pm - 6.00pm
Networking reception