[caption id="attachment_27308" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo: Charly Gallo/DC[/caption]
Minister of State, Serge Telle, accompanied by members of the Government, extended his New Year greetings to the editors of the main local and regional media on Monday, December 15 at the Yacht Club's Sunrise Deck.
Mr Telle made reference to the elections to the National Council, due to take place in February, took stock of the Government's central policies and the priorities for the coming year.
The Minister of State, in the company of Minister of Finance Jean Castellini, Minister of Environment Marie-Pierre Gramaglia and Minister of Interior Gilles Tonelli, also spoke of his commitment to the work of the media: “I believe more than ever in the need of the press at a time when, like you, I know that everywhere the press is criticised and its need disputed.”
He also touched on the other major challenge faced by established media, the business model turned upside down by the arrival of social networks.
“I want to tell you how much I am convinced of the importance of your mission and the desire for excellence that drives you.”
[caption id="attachment_27226" align="alignnone" width="640"] Matrice-Smart City Monaco hackathon. Photo: DC[/caption]
Looking towards the future, the Prince's Government has entered into a partnership with Matrice, an entrepreneurship program at School 42 in Paris, with the goal of developing a Smart City in Monaco.
During this first season, after a 15-day immersion in the Principality, thirty students from several countries thought about ways to enrich the tourism experience in Monaco through new technologies.
The same group met up again at 42 for a hackathon, to generate ideas and concepts, which were then presented yesterday to a multidisciplinary jury, chaired by Serge Telle, Minister of State.
The students whose proposals have been selected by the jury now have 9 months to refine their projects, then create their own startup to implement them and participate in the construction of a Smart City in Monaco.
[caption id="attachment_27387" align="alignnone" width="640"] MEB in Moscow presentation by the Consul of Monaco in Russia, Igor Yurgens. Photo: Twitter MonacoEconomicBoard[/caption]
The Monaco Economic Board (MEB), which held a three-day economic mission to Moscow on October 4, is hosting a working breakfast on Friday, February 9, on the topic of doing business in Russia.
The speaker will be Igor Yurgens, the Consul of Monaco in Moscow, an entrepreneur and Vice-President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP).
Exceptionally qualified to lead the event, Mr Yurgens will help Monaco’s entrepreneurs and investors to better understand a country that is 30 times the size of France. After his address, Mr Yurgens will answer questions.
According to the European Parliament, Igor Yurgens graduated with a degree in economics from Moscow State University in 1974, when he began working in various positions with the international departments of the Professional Unions Central Council of the USSR and the UNESCO Secretariat.
From 1992 to 1997, he was the First Deputy Chairman of the CIS Trade Union Confederation. He later served as Co-Chairman of the Foundation for the Development of Parliamentarism in Russia (1997-1998). In 1998 he became President of the All-Russian Insurance Association (1998-2002).
Other positions held in recent years include Chairman of the Financial Markets Committee of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (2000-2009), member of Public Chamber of the Russian Federation (2007-2009) and First Vice President of the investment bank Renaissance Capital (2005-2010).
Mr Yurgens has served on the Board of Directors of numerous commercial and nonprofit organisations, including the EastWest Institute, OGK-4, National Association of Securities Market Participants (NAUFOR), New Eurasia Foundation and Sandvik – MKTC.
He is a professor at the Higher School of Economics, where he regularly holds seminars on the Particularities of Government-Business Relations in Russia. Under the editorship of Igor Yurgens, a Risk Management textbook was published in 2003.
The MEB breakfast is being held in close collaboration with HE Mireille Pettiti, Monaco's Ambassador to Russia, who organised MEB’s fall mission to Russia with Mr Yurgens.
Participants will be welcomed at the Salon Théâtre of Hôtel Métropole from 8:15 am, and Mr Yurgens will start his presentation at 8:30 am. Those interested in attending should contact the MEB at +377 97 98 68 68 before February 2. Places are limited.