Christian Cardona will participate 29th Economic Forum in Krynica

Christian Cardona – the Minister for Economy, Investments and Small Businesses of the Republic of Malta will be yet another highly anticipated guest of the 29th Economic Forum in Krynica. Under Minister Cardona’s term – between 2013 and 2018 Maltese economy has been growing with a speed exceeding 7% annualy. This speed has put Malta in the forefront of the EU’s fastest growing economies together with it norther V4 members – Poland and Slovakia.

Christian Cardona will take part in the Plenary Session of the Forum entitled: ‘Europe In the Face of Global Rivalry’. Amongst his fellow panelists will be equally significant persons including: Jerzy Kwiecinski, Minister of Investment and Economic Development of Poland, Stefan Radu Oprea, Minister of Business Environment, Trade and Entrepreneurship of Romania, Peter Szijjarto, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade from Hungary, Luca Jahier, the President of European Economic and Social Committee from Italy and last but certainly not least Thomas Lubeck, Regional Manager for Central and South East Europe at the International Finance Corporation from the USA. The discussion will explore the possible scenarios for which the EU should brace for as the rivalry between USA and China enters yet another, intensive level. China is undoubtedly an emerging superpower now; the US is the incumbent. In his meaningful book entitled “Destined For War”, Graham Allison of Harvard claims that the clash is inevitable. European countries share some of America’s concerns about China, but take a more nuanced view of the China challenge. In the coming years they will have to decide whether to side with the US in this new strategic stand-off or chart their own course.

Dr. Christian Cardona has been Malta’s Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses since 2013. He is also a Member of the Maltese Parliament since 1996. He is an active member of the Labour Party and a Deputy Leader for Party Affairs for the Party as from June 2013. Minister Cardona graduated as Notary Public and Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta. He furthered his studies in International Maritime Law at the United Nations International Maritime Organisation where he obtained a first Class master’s degree in Shipping Law. Dr. Cardona is the author of the thesis entitled ‘United Nations Commission on International Trade Law – A Maltese Perspective’.