The 2013 Concordia Summit attracted a handful of government leaders and business executives from all around the world to talk about “the instrumental role of public-private partnerships in tackling the global crisis of youth unemployment.” The mission of the summit and the Concordia organization which organizes the annual event is to help promote public-private partnerships.
The event started at the New York Stock Exchange on September 27th, where guests had the opportunity to see Concordia Founders Nick Logothetis and Mathew Swift ring the closing bell together with the President of Peru Ollanta Humala. A few minutes later, President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili gave a speech on his country’s path of success.
Co-founders Nick Logothetis and Matthew Swift gave the opening remarks early morning on September 28th at the Grand Hyatt where the breakout sessions and conference took place.
“Equipping young people with what they need to do great things. And then giving them the belief to build a better tomorrow. I cannot think of a better description of empowerment.”
Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy spoke on the role of young Egyptians in starting the 2011 January and 2013 June revolutions and their active participation in drafting the nation’s political, economic and social future.
Finally, Concordia unveiled the results of the 2013 Index, a composite rating tool covering 17 emerging and growing markets and a series of case studies exploring youth opportunity in Egypt, Colombia and Vietnam.
During the lunch session Cindy McCain and Dikembe Mutombo talked about conflict zones and their involvement in improving living conditions there.
Finally, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves explained how his country managed to become a technology hub while Concordia summit’s closing remarks were delivered by Saudi Arabian Prince Abdul-Aziz bin Talal bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud.
“We believe in the transformative power of public-private partnerships and believe they can be used to create meaningful employment for youth in high-growth sectors,” said Concordia co-founder Nick Logothetis, who also noted that Concordia plans to hold a smaller event in Greece.
Former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, Chairman of JP Morgan International Dr. Jacob A. Frenkel, Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer and CEO of DOW Andrew Liveris were among the speakers of the event.