The 'Acting Local, Winning Global 2014: The World is not Flat' conference
On 15 May 2014, representatives of the Department of Investors and Business Service took part in an annual event under the name 'Acting Local, Winning Global 2014 .The World is not Flat'. This is the fourth conference organized by ASPIRE, which is a Polish association of IT & business process services providers, seated in Krakow. The conference 'The World is not Flat. Why place matters and what it means for us' is to answer the question why some cities stand out from the crowd and what they need to do to keep attracting talented people and business investors.
The leaders of the modern services sector met at the Sheraton Hotel in Krakow to talk about mutual relations between global and local factors determining the industry development. The issues discussed included economic situation in Ukraine as well as throughout the European Union or potential alliances with other cities such as Dublin and Luxembourg. Yves Mersch, a member of the European Central Bank's Executive Board, was the conference main speaker.
Commenting on the second day of the event, Andrew Hallam said: 'In order for Central- and Eastern-European cities to continue to develop, move up the ladder of values and, on top of that, stop being simply cheap locations, they must expand the scale of operation and the range of opportunities offered'.
The event was held under the honorary patronage of the following institutions: Mayor of the City of Krakow, Marshal of Małopolskie Province and the Rector of the Jagiellonian University. Support for the conference was provided by Szczecin and other cities, including Poznań and Bydgoszcz. Forbes magazine is the event main media partner.