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CEE is a region at a cross roads – strategic choices made now will determine future growth

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CEE is a region at a cross roads – strategic choices made now will determine future growth

  • CEE is thriving: as a single country, it would be the 38th most prosperous in the world; however, it ranks only 44th in terms of economic openness
  • Demographic decline, continued brain drain and disruptive technological changes pose challenges to future growth 
  • Three different zones of prosperity have emerged - the Baltic ‘entrepreneurial sea’, the central “industrial hinterlands”, and a southeast “food hub” - each with a distinctly different path in future 
  • To foster further prosperity, CEE countries must look beyond existing partners and technologies to either integrate or invent, or best of all, do both
  • Prosperity has to be home grown, depending on a range of competitive small and medium businesses
  • The digital and information age puts “creative adaptation” at the heart of business and government transformation

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