2021 Virtual Economy Summit
Join us at our 2-day Wales Economy Summit as we hear from experts on the issues facing Wales’ economy in a post-Covid-19 world.
Q&A with the Minister for Economy
We are delighted to be joined by Vaughan Gething MS, Minister for Economy, who will share his reflections on the Welsh economy as we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, including a discussion on decarbonisation, digitisation and ‘Levelling Up’.
‘Levelling Up’ in Wales
Following the launch of a short IWA paper summarising our reflections, findings from engagement with stakeholders and a series of recommendations on the ‘Levelling Up’ agenda in Wales, we will be hosting a panel discussion where we will hear from experts in a range of fields who will address themes including:
- Reflections on ‘Levelling Up’ and the changing economic development geography
- Economic policy at a local level – are local authorities and civil society organisations prepared for the new reality? What is the vision for local economic development across Wales?
- Growth and inclusivity in economic development – what is the UK Government’s position on this debate, and how might they use ‘Levelling Up’ to promote that position?
How to decarbonise the everyday economy?
Decarbonisation will require overhauling every sector of the economy, not just those at the technological frontier. But there is evidence that many firms in foundational sectors like care, utilities and construction find it hard to adopt new processes and technologies, and are often ignored by innovation policy.
In this session, we will discuss the actions that policy makers can take in order to encourage the reduction of emissions without disrupting the provision of everyday essentials, by focusing on finance, research & development and skills.
Additionally, following the launch of two of our Foundational Economy reports, looking at business support and the impact of regulation , this panel discussion will also include a short presentation of third paper in the series, focusing on innovation and skills.
What will COP26 mean for the post-Covid-19 green economic recovery in Wales?
This session will build on our Re-energising Wales 2 report. It will be a reactive session focussing on the outcomes of COP26.
The event, kindly supported by the Wales Co-operative Centre, will take place on Remo.
You will have the opportunity to submit questions and comments to the panellists during the sessions.
The Summit will also provide opportunities for networking throughout both days.
Please note: tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.