BOG 2018: Governors Enjoy Symposium on Economy and the Media
This year’s Geopolitical Symposium featured a fascinating panel of global experts who spoke on a range of timely topics. The speakers at the event, entitled “Key Political and Economic Trends and the Evolving Role of the Media,” were CNN business anchor Richard Quest; 2018 Honorary Doctors Dr. Karnit Flug, Governor of the Bank of Israel; HE Luis Alberto Lacalle de Herrera, former President of Uruguay; and Dr. Ilana Dayan-Orbach, a veteran Israeli journalist.
Dr. Flug led with a discussion of Israel’s leadership in innovation, and the urgent need for better education for the entire population in order to sustain this advantage.
Lacalle de Herrera spoke about China as an economic and diplomatic game-changer in the global realm.
Dr. Dayan-Orbach highlighted the importance of freedom of speech, specifically threats to democracy coming from world leaders who manipulate and taunt the media for populist motives. She said that the second phase of Zionism must focus on ensuring democracy and freedom of expression.
On a similar note, Quest spoke about the need to remain objective in the age of social media and fake news. “When it comes to opinions in the newsroom, you leave them with your hat and coat at the door,” he said. “You need to report the facts.”
The overflow crowd was captivated and engaged throughout the event. Toward the end, panelists responded to questions from the audience.
Chairman of the Board of Governors Prof. Jacob A. Frenkel moderated the Symposium, which was held in the Raya and Josef Jaglom Auditorium.