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Today vs Tomorrow? NZ-OECD Agenda Released

Today vs Tomorrow?
NZ-OECD Agenda Released

An array of international speakers has been lined up to give their insights into financial capability at the NZ-OECD Global Symposium in Auckland.

The event is being held here for the first time and gives a rare opportunity for New Zealanders to hear from experts who influence policy in countries around the world.

The theme is ‘Today vs Tomorrow?’ and aims to stimulate new ideas, discussions and solutions that shift thinking so today’s demands and financial needs are balanced with achieving sustainable behaviour change.

Retirement Commissioner Diane Maxwell said: “We are looking forward to hosting delegates from more than 40 countries here in New Zealand.

“Many of our delegates and speakers are from markets with a more advanced ageing population than ours, and are working through pension and welfare reform. Some are facing the breakdown of traditional social structures and networks that have historically cared for older generations. All are asking the question ‘what is the role of government versus individual responsibility in providing a good retirement? And how do we prepare our retirees of the future?’

“It's an opportunity to deliver a uniquely Kiwi forum that is fast-paced, insightful and candid.”

The symposium is being jointly hosted on October 12 and 13 by the Commission and the OECD and the draft agenda has just been released (click here to see it).

The keynote speakers are Ida Rademacher, from the Aspen Institute in Washington, and Elsa Fornero, who pushed through austerity measures, including pension reform, as Italy’s former high profile Labour Minister.

Ida is executive director of the Financial Security Program (FSP) at the Aspen Institute, probing the most critical financial challenges facing America’s families.

Her career has been dedicated to researching how policy and regulatory changes in labour and financial markets influence household economic decision-making and opportunity.

She will be discussing how to shift today’s thinking and convince a generation who ‘want it now’ to save.

Elsa served in the Monti technocratic government from 2011-2013. Previous roles have included as vice president of Intesa Sanpaolo bank’s supervisory board.

She is professor of economics at Turin University, where her research interests include the economics of savings, pensions, ageing and retirement.

She will be speaking about the future of retirement savings.

We will also be hearing from international and local speakers about issues including how the finance industry and its regulators could help you talk to your future self; the Fin-Tech revolution; understanding consumer behaviour and promoting positive actions; the specific issues affecting women and money; and success stories from around the globe.

The full list of speakers will be published shortly.


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