"Rencontres économiques" in Aix-en-Provence: What if work were the solution?

From 3 to 5 July, 200 participants from around thirty countries will meet in Aix-en-Provence for an important economic conference organised by the Cercle des économistes

Naturally, the usual figures will be in attendance (Pascal Lamy, Pierre Moscovici, Érik Orsenna, Jacques Attali, Hubert Védrine, Jean-Claude Trichet, etc). Economists from prestigious institutions (such as the Ecole Polytechnique, the Sorbonne, Harvard, MIT, Stanford, etc.) will be there, as well as some of the most important business leaders (Carlos Ghosn, Renault; Jean-Domenica Senard, Michelin; Gérard Mestrallet, Engie; Jean-Bernard Lévy, EDF, etc.). Political decision-makers, including the Ministers for the Economy, Finance and Employment, Emmanuel Macron, Michel Sapin and François Rebsamen will also attend the meetings.  Established in 2001 by 30 French economists and academics, the "Rencontres" have become an important event, bringing together all sides of society.  Often referred to as the "Provencal Davos" they are "free and open to all.  It's where we put economics at the heart of the public debate, where economics meets art thanks to the partnership with the Festival d'Art Lyrique", explains Marion Joubert, spokesperson for the event.

This year the Cercle has chosen "What if work were the solution?" as its topic, with 6 large debates and 24 smaller sessions. The discussions on 3 July will take stock of the current world of work.  One of the debates on 4 July will see Laurent Berger (CFDT) and Pierre Gattaz (MEDEF) go head-to-head with their ideas.  A dozen different sessions will cover topics such as challenges for innovation and issues related to training, etc., before closing by looking ahead to the business of tomorrow.  The last day will be devoted to measures that could be taken to increase enjoyment in the workplace and by the traditional closing statement.  Students will likewise actively participate in the event, thanks to the "Let students have a say" competition.


Newsletter N°10