BSTDB co-hosts a Roundtable Discussion “Development Banks: Their Role in the Growth Agenda” with the Greek Ministry for Development

Date:  09-Sep-2011
Venue:  ThessalonikiGreece

On the occasion of the Thessaloniki International Fair, the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank and the Ministry for Development, Competitiveness and Shipping of Greece hosted a Roundtable Discussion “Development Banks: Their Role in the Growth Agenda”.


Minister Chrisohoidis, BSTDB President Kondakov and EIB Vice President Kollatz-Ahnen highlighted the role of multilateral banks in supporting sustainable development in Europe and in the Black Sea region, and discussed the growth challenges facing Greece. Panelists representing national development institutions – Austrian Development Bank, Bulgarian Development Bank, Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development, China Development Bank and KfW of Germany - exchanged views on policy approaches to development finance. The participants debated on how multilateral and national development institutions can improve synergies to help accelerate growth in middle-income countries.


The discussion gathered over 100 participants, including Greek government officials, members of parliament, bankers and businessmen, as well as diplomatic corps and the media.

BSTDB President Andrey Kondakov opening the roundtable
Michalis Chrisohoidis, Minister of Development, Competitiveness and Shipping of Greece
Matthias Kollatz-Ahnen, EIB Vice-President
BSTDB Secretary General Orsalia Kalantzopoulos and Chief Economist of the Greek Ministry of Development Anthony Bartzokas (in the middle) moderating the roundtable discussion with representatives of national development banks (from left to right): Branimir Berković, Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development; Andrea Hagmann, Austrian Development Bank; Assen Yagodin, Bulgarian Development Bank, Ulrike Lassmann, KfW of Germany; and Sun Yougang, China Development Bank
Guests of the roundtable