Aspen Economic Opportunities & Financing the Economy Program
The program sets out to create a community comprising multiple stakeholders from the public, private, and non-governmental sectors.
The program sets out to create a community comprising multiple stakeholders from the public, private, and non-governmental sectors, with the aim of identifying the key constraints and untapped opportunities facing the existing economic, investment, and development model of Romania and formulating public policy recommendations regarding investment prioritization, public and private resources mobilization and complex projects implementation capacity. To achieve this, the program addresses three major topics:
- Identifying a wider range of viable financing sources for large infrastructure projects
- Setting priorities for public & private resources for key infrastructure projects capable of unleashing the country’s potential
- Identifying policy solutions with a positive effect on reversing rising inequality, closing economic disparities among subgroups, reduce poverty and revive growth in lagging regions within country, thus enhancing economic mobility for all.
The program was launched in September 2017 with a workshop at the Romanian National Bank and continued with a Working Breakfast organized on the margins of Bucharest Forum 2017, on the topic of European Investment Climate and Policies. In January 2018, AIR organized at the Ministry of Public Finance a workshop on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) best practices, in light of debates on the new PPP law. Furthermore, in 2018, several thematic workshops will be organized on the major topics identified by the Program stakeholders. By applying the Aspen method, the program aims to integrate and prioritize valuable contributions from various stakeholders and generate policy recommendations which will be assembled in a White Paper, with recommendations concerning the domestic Core and Periphery challenges.
The program community is animated by the valuable intellectual contributions of renowned academics like Cornel Ban and Clara Volintiru.