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Marbella Economic Forum and "Thank you losers!"
Posted by Ciska Peters , November 12 at 13:56
The circumstances of the fully booked meeting, organized by the Marbella Dutch Business Club, were held, could be compared with the turbulent situation in the financial world. Threatening clouds packed together above Gran Hotel Melia Don Pepe, the waves were beating the beaches and a stormy wind was hitting the branches of trees and palms against the windows of the venue. Times were severe this weekend at the Costa.

We were invited at the table of Marianne de Wit from head sponsor ABN-AMRO Private Banking together with Gerard ten Velden ex-ceo Sony, Bert Riemslag ex-vp Pepsi Europe Int. and Ferdinand Fransen ex-ceo Arke. Fortunately the team of Ciska Peters Events not yet ex but very “alive and kicking”, but of course this was also the case for everyone at our table. Ex or not.

The financial crisis was not quite the theme of this forum, this was the “Million note 2008” of the Dutch government, but it was inevitable that the accent was moving towards this actual worldwide problem. The MDBC had got some interesting speakers behind the table. The chairman of the day Cees van Leeuwen, ex secretary of state Media & Culture presided the forum with Ferdinand Grapperhaus ex secretary of state Finance, “Como” van Hellenberg Hubar ambassador from the Netherlands, Han de Jong Fortis (!), Aad Veerman NS (National Railway) and Charly Aptroot 2nd Chamber VVD. On the spot he deserved our preference vote at the next elections.

It turned out to be a fascinating afternoon with stimulus discussions between the audience and the panel. With the final conclusion that nobody knows how things must continue and meanwhile the confidence in and between banks must return. For the moment this will be hard because when we returned home we saw at the funny site “Geen Stijl” an advertisement of the nice Iceland Bank Icesave with the text “Thank you losers!”
Originally posted 11-10-2008

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