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Top international economist confirmed as ESPO 2016 Conference key note speaker

Top international economist Jeremy Rifkin will be the key note speaker for the European Sea Ports Organisation's annual conference hosted by Dublin Port Company in May 2016.
International Economist Jeremy Rifkin confirmed as key note speaker for Dublin’s ESPO 2016 Conference

The principal architect of the European Union's Third Industrial Revolution long-term economic sustainability plan, Mr. Jeremy Rifkin will give a key note address at ESPO’s annual conference in Dublin.  Mr. Rifkin is the founder and president of The Foundation on Economic Trends.  Author of The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism and nineteen other books on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment, Rifkin has acted as an advisor to the European Union and to heads of state around the world.

Announcing his participation at the Dublin based international conference, ESPO Secretary General, Isabelle Ryckbost said: “We are delighted to welcome Mr Rifkin at our conference. This year’s ESPO conference will seek an answer to the central question: Are European ports moving fast enough? With such a conference theme, we are extremely lucky to have Mr Rifkin with us in Dublin, setting out his vision. It is without saying an additional reason to attend this 13th edition of the ESPO conference”, 

Mr. Rifkin is the principal architect of the European Union's Third Industrial Revolution long-term economic sustainability plan to address the triple challenge of the global economic crisis, energy security, and climate change. The Third Industrial Revolution was formally endorsed by the European Parliament in 2007 and is now being implemented by various agencies within the European Commission as well as in the 28 Member States. He is the President of the TIR Consulting Group LLC, comprised of many of the leading renewable energy companies, electricity transmission companies, construction companies, architectural firms, IT and electronics companies, and transport and logistics companies. His global economic development team is working with cities, regions, and national governments to develop the Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure for a Collaborative Commons and a Third Industrial Revolution.

Jeremy Rifkin acted as an advisor for the past 15 years to the European Union. Mr. Rifkin served as an adviser to President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Prime Minister Jose Socrates of Portugal, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero of Spain, and Prime Minister Janez Janša of Slovenia during their respective European Council Presidencies. He provided guidance on issues related to the economy, climate change, and energy security. He currently advises the European Commission, the European Parliament, and several EU and Asian heads of state.

The 2016 ESPO Conference will look into ways to improve the efficiency of maritime transport and ports from different angles including:

  • How to remove the remaining barriers in maritime transport and how to come to a real internal market for maritime transport?
  • How to set the digital agenda for ports?
  • Big data: what is in for European ports? How can ports benefit from new trade agreements?
  • Could Schengen and Brexit be potential game stoppers?

Delegates can register now on the dedicated conference website