The Financial Services Council (FSC) annual conference goes live tomorrow (Tuesday October 13) in the first politically charged morning of a three-day online event.
After the second-wave Auckland COVID cluster dashed hopes for the planned September live-in-person conference, the FSC rescheduled the program for October 13-15 in a digital format only.
Slated originally for the week leading up to the September 15 vote, the now-online FSC event has retained the political tension after the election itself was COVID-ly delayed until October 17.
First-up on Tuesday morning, current Finance Minister Grant Robertson squares off with opposition rival, Paul Goldsmith, to debate how NZ should respond to the most fiscally interesting times in recent history.
The ministerial theme continues early in day two with Commerce Minister Kris Faafoi and counterpart National spokesperson, Andrew Bayly, setting “out their views on culture and conduct and the commerce portfolio”, according to the FSC program.
Green Party co-leader, James Shaw, rounds off the cross-party talks, putting an environmental spin on proceedings in a day three keynote – again an early morning conference kickstarter.
Aside from the politics, the FSC conference will feature the usual array of industry-focused workshops – covering insurance, investment, KiwiSaver and regulation – as well as alternative fare from headline speakers including new Stuff chief, Sinead Boucher, and leading NZ microbiologist, Dr Siouxsie Wiles.
Round three of the FSC ‘Financial Resilience Index’ also gets an airing during proceedings. The FSC index, first launched in May this year, offers an ongoing quantitative and qualitative insight on the financial behaviour of New Zealanders based on research from Australian-headquartered firm, CoreData.
Andrew Inwood, CoreData founder, will digitally present the latest findings during the FSC show.
In a release last month, FSC chief, Richard Klipin, said speakers at the “flagship” event will “tackle the key issues in the lead up to New Zealand’s first pandemic election and outlining our future beyond COVID-19”.
Tickets for the cloud-based FSC event are available here.