Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI) held its National Banking Conference, Financing Growth and Entrepreneurship, on Friday 30 October 2015 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dublin. This year’s flagship event brought together the various providers of finance, policy makers and other key stakeholders to consider the financing challenges and opportunities presented by the transition from economic recovery to economic growth.
As investment, growth and job creation feature increasingly for Ireland and other EU economies, the development of new financing instruments and the role of finance from banks and other relevant providers are important considerations. With the focus of EU policy makers on the long-term financing of the European economy through the Juncker Investment Plan and the development of Capital Markets Union, national authorities seek ways to stimulate higher levels of activity by businesses and consumers.
The EU Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Ms. Elzbieta Bienkowska, was joined by a distinguished line-up of speakers from home and abroad to address these issues and discuss them with conference delegates. The conference also afforded participants a valuable opportunity to network with peers from across the banking and wider financial services industry.