Majlind Lazimi, to moderate Panel at Mediterranean Tourism Forum
Date: June 10, 2022
Majlind Lazimi, MD of Horwath HTL, Albania to moderate a panel session at the 2022 Mediterranean Tourism Forum, taking place in Malta from 13 to 15 June 2022.
The session is a Master Class “INVEST, FINANCE & RE-INVENT”
The Covid-19 crisis, war, climate change, and global inflation are causing political, economic, and social disruptions which are in turn fundamentally changing the traditional context for decision-making. Indeed, the inconsistencies, inadequacies, and contradictions of multiple systems –from health and finance to energy and education – are more exposed than ever amidst a global context of concern for lives, livelihoods, and the planet. Leaders today are finding themselves at a historic crossroads, managing short-term pressures against medium-and long-term uncertainties. A closer analysis of the current situation however reveals a unique window of opportunity to shape the recovery. This Masterclass will therefore focus on innovation and investment by offering solid strategic insights concerning investment attraction and promotion for tourism development. Aligned with the United Nations’ vision to transform the financial system towards sustainable development, and leverage opportunities to increase scalable sustainable investments, this Masterclass will address matters on how best to attract Foreign Direct Investment, how to enhance sustainable financing strategies for local impact and ways to seize the potential of innovation, technology and digitalization to provide equitable finance.
Introduction: Dr Taleb Rifai, Former Secretary-General UNWTO, MTF Senator (Jordan)
KEYNOTE (15 mins) – REIMAGING INCENTIVES TO ATTRACT FDI TO TOURISM DESTINATIONS AND TO REPOSITION THE INDUSTRY AS A MAIN DRIVER OF ECONOMIC GROWTH – Kenneth Farrugia Chief Retail Banking Officer, Bank of Valletta
PANEL DISCUSSION: Moderated by Majlind Lazimi, Managing Partner Horwath HTL (Albania)
Ibrahim Ayoub, CEO International Tourism & Investment (Mauritius)
Demetris Spanos Managing, Director of HVS Athens at HVS International (Greece)
Carmen Palomino del Castillo, EU Funds expert CEO&FOUNDER Zirka InnoTech (Spain)
Ivan Cornet, Managing Partner, Real Estate and Urban Infrastructure Latitude Five (UK)
John Wilkinson, Partner Farrer & Co (UK)
Besnik Leskaj, CEO, Blessed Investments (Albania)
Conclusion (10 mins): George Maltezos Senior Banker Property & Tourism EBRD