The Berlin International Economics Congress 2014

"Global Trends in Creative Economies: Green Industries, Education, Entrepreneurship and Tourism as Drivers of Sustainable Economic Growth"

Berlin; March 5th - 7th, 2014
Held Parallel to the Berlin International Tourism Trade Fair (ITB)


The onset of the global financial crisis has prompted the emergence of creative economies as an attractive and potentially viable alternative to classical growth strategies. Promising to generate sustainable economic growth through the creation of jobs and the innovation of trade, creative industries can simultaneously occupy a central role in promoting and maintaining cultural diversity, social inclusion and environmental sustainability. The effects are thus two-fold, delivering both economic and socio-cultural benefits.

The components of creative economies, such as green industries, new media, performing arts, heritage, design and creative services are beginning to form an integral part of the global economy, allowing for the exploration of innovative resources, which are accessible to developing and developed countries alike. Creative industries are also redefining different sectors, such as the education system and the tourism industry. This is reflected, for example, in the on-going shift from traditional leisure-based tourism to more dynamic forms, such as cultural, educational and ecological tourism. This diversification of the tourism sector enriches the local, regional and the international economy through its use of creative goods and services and represents an alternative to the domestic, goods-based economy.

The Berlin International Economics Congress 2014 will explore and analyze the myriad of opportunities offered by the nurturing of creative industries. The Congress will also examine the integration of Cultural Diplomacy tools into the creation and implementation of joint strategies of sustainable economic development.

Conference Speakers & Delegates

Speakers & Delegates during the conferences will include among others leading politicians and economists, senior diplomats, leading governmental officials, senior academics, renowned authors, journalists, and representatives from the private sector. These speakers will include a large number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board. To learn more about the ICD Advisory Board, please click here.

Speakers & Delegates for the Congress include:
President Francesco Rutelli
Former Deputy Prime Minister of Italy
Hon. Dirk Niebel
Former German Minister for Economic Cooperation & Development
Minister Dato' Seri Mohamed
Minister of Tourism and Culture of Malaysia
The Hon. Dora Bakoyannis
Former Foreign Minister of Greece
Hon. Maxime Verhagen
Former Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs
Rashed Al Baloushi
Chief Executive of Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange
Hon. George Papaconstantinou
Former Minister of Finance of Greece
Minister Tsedevdamba Oyungerel
Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Mongolia
Minister Alain St. Ange
Minister of Tourism of the Seychelles
Dr. Stefan Kaufmann (MdB)
Member of the German Parliament
Deputy Minister Branimir Botev
Deputy Minister of Economy and Energy of Bulgaria
Hon. Fanny Palli-Petralia
Former Minister of Tourism Development of Greece

Conference Agenda

The Berlin International Economics Congress is one of the world leading global conferences combining the fields of International Economics, Nation Branding and International Relations with an interdisciplinary and multinational program. The Congress will take place over 4 days and will analyze global trends in creative economies whilst exploring the potential for green industries, education, entrepreneurship and tourism to be used as drivers of sustainable economic growth. The congress will also emphasize the role of cultural diplomacy in the fields of corporate social responsibility, economic bridges, global governance and nation branding with an international outlook.

The four-day international congress will consist of lectures and seminars held by international politicians and various experts in the economic, academic and marketing fields, as well as panel discussions, workshops, interactive sessions and social activities.

The Conference will focus in particular on the following issues:
  • Creative Industries in the Context of Globalization
  • Global Trends in Creative Economies
  • Engaging Developing Countries in the Creative Economy for Sustainable Development
  • Contemporary Trends in Green Industries, Education, and the Tourism Sectors
  • Green Industries, Education and Tourism as Tools for Sustainable Economic Growth
  • The Role of Cultural Diplomacy in Culture-based Economic Development

Conference Participants »

Participation in the conference is open to governmental & diplomatic officials, academics, artists, journalists, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, young professionals and students as well as other interested individuals from across the world.

Certificate of Attendance - All conference participants will be awarded an official certificate of attendance upon completion of the program, which will provide details of the speakers who took part and the topics discussed. Each certificate will be signed by members of the Conference Committee.

If you would like to reserve a position and participate in the conference, please click on the link below and fill out the online application form:

Conference Locations »

Based in Berlin, the conference will be hosted at a number of important political, historic, and cultural locations across the city.

Participant Papers »

The Conference Committee encourages academic research and analysis of issues related to the goals of the Conference. The Conference Committee would therefore like to welcome the participants of the conference to submit a paper they would like to be considered for presentation at the conference as well as being included in the proposal document that will be issued following the conference and will be sent to all governments and leaders of the international community worldwide.

Sustainable Network »

During the program participants will have a number of opportunities to network with one another, with the speakers, and with ICD Advisory Board Members and partners. Conference participants will become part of the ICD Alumni, a growing international network of people of diverse interests and backgrounds from around the world who share a commitment to intercultural exchange. Members of the ICD Alumni Group will benefit from the following opportunities: Alumni online forum, Advisory Board Networking, ICD support for individual Leadership Initiatives, free access to all ICD research, videos and photos as well as other event documentation. Participants will be able to remain in touch with each other through the ICD Networks. (more »)