Charming U.S. Investors With The Sound Of Finance

From April 11 to April 16, 2019, Austrian Federal Minister of Finance Hartwig Löger journeyed to the United States to engage in diplomatic meetings and promote Austrian businesses.

The trip culminated in a conference in New York City, jointly organized by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance and the Austrian Chamber of Commerce. The conference was titled “Austria – The Sound of Finance” and was dedicated to advance U.S. investments in Austria. It provided an opportunity to network with more than 25 CEOs and CFOs as well as Investor Relation Officers of Austria’s leading stock listed companies. The distinguished speakers included the Austrian Federal Minister of Finance himself, as well as Margarete Schramböck, Austrian Federal Minister of Digital and Economic Affairs, Ewald Nowotny, Governor of the Austrian National Bank, Hikmet Ersek, CEO Western Union and Austrian Honorary Consul in Denver, and Bruce C. Kasman, Chief Economist at J.P. Morgan Chase. The conference drew several dozen investors and every company present had several one-on-one meetings with potential investors.

Pictured from right: Christoph Boschan, CEO at Vienna Stock Exchange, Finance Minister Hartwig Löger, and Secretary General of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber Karlheinz Kopf (c) BMF/Melicharek

Pictured from right: Christoph Boschan, CEO at Vienna Stock Exchange, Finance Minister Hartwig Löger, and Secretary General of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber Karlheinz Kopf (c) BMF/Melicharek

Governor of the Austrian National Bank Ewald Nowotny with Austrian Trade Commissioner Michael Friedl

Governor of the Austrian National Bank Ewald Nowotny with Austrian Trade Commissioner Michael Friedl

Austrian Federal Minister of Digital and Economic Affairs Margarete Schramböck (pictured with Finance Minister Löger) welcomes the conference attendees

Austrian Federal Minister of Digital and Economic Affairs Margarete Schramböck (pictured with Finance Minister Löger) welcomes the conference attendees

Prior to their engagements in New York City, Federal Minister Löger accompanied by Ewald Nowotny, Governor of the Austrian National Bank, visited the nation’s capital and participated in the annual Spring Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). On this occasion, Federal Minister Löger and Governor Nowotny met with Poul Thomsen, Director of the IMF’s European Department, as well as with Jeffrey Franks, IMF’s Mission Chief for Austria.

At the World Bank Federal Minister Löger attended the Development Committee meeting as chair of the Austrian constituency group and had the opportunity to talk to Kristalina Georgieva, interim President of the World Bank, as well as Cyril Muller and Axel van Trotsenburg, both Vice Presidents of the World Bank.

Kristalina Georgieva, the interim President of the World Bank, leads the way to the bilateral with Austrian Finance Minister Hartwig Löger (c) World Bank

Kristalina Georgieva, the interim President of the World Bank, leads the way to the bilateral with Austrian Finance Minister Hartwig Löger (c) World Bank

While in Washington, D.C., Federal Minister Löger also held a bilateral meeting with U.S. Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin. Aside from discussing recent international trade tensions, they were also addressing new taxation measures regarding the digital economy which Austria is planning to implement.

Austrian Finance Minister Hartwig Löger with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (c) U.S. Department of the Treasury Photographer

Austrian Finance Minister Hartwig Löger with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin
(c) U.S. Department of the Treasury Photographer

All photos from “The Sound of Finance” conference (c) Austrian Trade Commission New York office, more from this event on flickr