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'2017 Economic Outlook', by Professor F. Xavier Mena

31/01/2017 (dd/mm/yyyy) | Tarragona

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The ESADE Alumni Tarragona Club invites you to a Refresher Programme workshop, ''2017 Economic Outlook. A year of uncertainty: The Trump administration, Brexit and China'', by Francesc Xavier Mena, Chair of Economics at Ramon Llull University and Professor at ESADE.

The year 2017 is forecast to be one of the most uncertain economic scenarios of recent years thanks to three huge risks.

Firstly, the Trump Administration intends to reconsider several multilateral trade agreements (TPP, NAFTA, TTIP), reduce taxes in general, trigger a vast amount of infrastructure investment, shake up the energy sector and its relationship with the Federal Reserve, and overhaul the visas needed to enter the USA. Secondly, the United Kingdom will invoke article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and start negotiating its exit from the European Union. And thirdly, there is an increasing danger of the Chinese economy imploding after the 2015-16 adjustment.

The fallout of these three factors on the global value chain of companies and their impact on professionals may both be considerable.



F. Xavier Mena

Chair of Economics at Ramon Llull University. Doctor and Bachelor of Economics. Degree in Law. Professor at ESADE, where he has been head of the Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting, director of the DAF Programs (MSc) and visiting professor at several business schools and universities including CEIBS, Shanghai. Former president of the Jesuit Xavier Foundation. Former researcher (FPI) at the Directorate General of Science Policy. Former member of the Community of European Management Schools Evaluation Committee, member of the Editorial Board of academic journals, member of the Group of Industrial Competitiveness Experts, member of the Board of Governors of the College of Economists, member of Eurostat, co-director of the EU “Phare” Programs in eastern countries, and president of the International Conference on the Indo-European Economic Relationship (New Delhi, India).

In the professional field, he has been the director of Consultur (Editur group), economist in the Directorate General of Economic Programming and economist in Banco Sabadell’s Department of Systems and Control. Adviser to the private equity firm Ardian Investment (London, Paris) and member of various boards of directors. He has been a consultant and carried out projects commissioned by international organisations and companies in a total of 48 countries, in such diverse industries as energy, tourism, infrastructure, finance and social services.

In the public sector, he was formerly the minister of Enterprise and Employment in the Government of Catalonia (2010-12). President of the public agency for business competitiveness, ACCIÓ. President of the telecommunication and IT centre, CTTI. President of the energy institute, ICAEN. President of the tourism agency, ACT. President of the trade, crafts and fashion consortium, CCAM. President of the public employment service, SOC.



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