The automotive industry has undergone tremendous changes in recent years. At the heart of the industry's transformation, the advance of electric vehicles (EVs), is the growing production of EV batteries. Like any new technological wave, this one will produce winners and losers. We can witness a similar trend in other sectors where changes are all connected to new technologies, the rise of artificial intelligence and robots are changing the structure of the world economy.

Looking at the shifts in the industry, comparative and competitive advantages seem to favor Asian companies' certain sectors. In particular, the sudden advance of Chinese companies in the technological transformation is one of the most important recent trends, therefore it is no surprise that Asian investors dominate not only Hungary, but also the Central European region.

The most important question for the region and Hungary is how we can adapt to the new economic and technological environment.

At the conference, new questions are to be discussed in detail:

- how will the rise of new technologies change the structure of the world economy?

- what does the advance of new technologies mean for the region's economy?

- what are the policy options for Central European countries?

- where can investments be attracted from?

- how can Central European countries manage the diversification of players in the face of growing geopolitical tensions?

- what is Hungary's relative position in the competition for foreign investment in this industry?

- what particular technologies does the technological revolution rely on?

Joseph Schumpeter once wrote, "Economic progress in capitalist society, means turmoil." The technological revolution is a relevant question but in our case, the geopolitical interests of countries also play a crucial role in the development of industry, which makes it more complicated for Central European countries to continue diversifying their economies in terms of capital, investment and technology, so the access tp these technologies is also about the economic and political future of these countries.

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The host of the conference: the Mathias Corvinus Collegium


9.00-9.15 a.m. Opening Speeches

Mr. Péter Lánczi (Deputy Director General, MCC)

Dr. Csaba Moldicz (Head of the School of International Relations, MCC)

Keynote speech (9.15 a.m.-9.45 a.m.):

Ms. Spica A. Tutuhatunewa, Director of the Center of Policy Strategy for America and Europe region: Geopolitics and technology development

Geopolitics and technology development (9.45 a.m. - 10.45 a.m.)

1. Dr. Xu Peng, Associate Professor, East China University of Political Science and Law

2. Dr. Habil. László Csicsmann, Professor, Corvinus University

3. Dr. Tianjiao Jiang, Associate Professor, Fudan Development Institute, Fudan University

4. Ms. Spica A. Tutuhatunewa, Director of the Center of Policy Strategy for America and Europe region

Moderator: Dr. Csaba Moldicz (Head of the School of International Relations, MCC)

Coffee break (10.45 a.m. -11.00 a.m.)

In the age of new luddites? Disruption or development? (11.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.)

1. Mr. Deepak Ohri, Founder and CEO of lebua Hotels and Resorts

2. Prof. Dr. Youmin Xi, Executive President, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool

3. Dr. Xu Yao, Associate Professor, Fudan Development Institute, Fudan University

4. Dr. Gábor Nyáry, Researcher, Ludovika University of Public Service

Moderator: Ms. Klementina Kozma (Researcher of the Center for Geopolitics, MCC)

12.00 p.m. –1.15 p.m. Lunch Break

Regional development in automotive industry (1.15 p.m. - 2.15 p.m.)

1. Prof. Dr. Bruno Perez Almansi, Professor, National University of General San Martín

2. Dr. Martin Schroeder, Associate Professor, Ritsumeikan University

3. Dr. Stéphane Heim, Associate Professor, Kyoto University

4. Prof. Dr. Sándor Gyula Nagy, Professor, Corvinus University

Moderator: Mr. Adam Tenczer (Researcher of the Center for International Economy, MCC)

Digitalization and small businesses (2.15 p.m. - 3.15 p.m.)

1. Prof. Dr. Yuehong Xu, School of Management, Minzu University of China, Beijing

2. Dr. Rajmund Kiss, Head of the Centre for Diplomacy, MCC

3. Prof. Dr. Mariana Nicolae, Professor, Emerita, Bucharest University of Economic Studies

4. Mr. Szilárd Boros, Hungarian Export Promotion Agency, Senior economic and trade analyst

Moderator: Dr. Patrik Szeghő (Researcher of the Center for Geopolitics, MCC)

3.15–3.45 p.m. Coffee Break

Electrical cars: a global outlook (3.45. p.m. – 4.45 p.m.)

1. Prof. Dr. Kaoru Natsuda. Professor, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

2. Dr. Ngo Di Lan, Researcher, Institute for Foreign Policy and Strategic Studies, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (DAV)

3. Dr. Kriengkrai Techakanont, Associate Professor, Thammasat University

4. Dr. László Csonka, Associate Professor, Budapest Business University

Moderator: Mr. Gábor Szentesi (PhD Candidate, University of Pannonia)

- Venue: Budapest, Kosztolányi Dezső tér 2, 1113

Venue: Budapest, Tas vezér utca 3-7. 2023. November 21

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