OBIC Conference 2019

The V4 in East Asia and East Asia in the V4:
Present Economic and Political Relations between the Visegrad Four Countries and East Asia

May 2-3, 2019, 
Budapest, Hungary

The Oriental Business and Innovation Center organized its third international conference.

2 days
4 sections and 11 panels. 
56 presenters from 16 countries. 
But one goal: sharing knowledge through discussion. 

On 2-3rd May 2019 OBIC successfully organized its third, scientific OBIC Conference titled "The V4 in East Asia and East Asia in the V4: Present Economic and Political Relations between the Visegrad Four Countries and East Asia". During the two days, guests could listen to various, engaging topics ranging from geopolitics to intercultural relations, and from trade to FDI between East Asian and V4 countries.
At the end of the first day, participants could enjoy a lively dance performance by the Hungarian HUNKUN team,

while on the second day - to mark the closing of the conference - OBIC welcomed its presenters for a dinner with river cruise on the Danube.

Thank you all for coming and hope to see you again next year!

(For pictures, please scroll down!)


For further information on the conference, please visit the conference website.

Topic of the Conference

The year 2019 is a special year in the diplomatic relations between China and the Visegrad 4 countries since both Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia established their diplomatic relations with China in 1949. (Since the Czech Republic inherited the treaty, Slovakia had to (re)establish these relations after becoming independent.) These common anniversaries are outstanding occasions to celebrate these relations and look at the crucial milestones of the development of relations between the Visegrad 4 countries and China. It is similarly important to explore the state of economic and political relations with Japan and South Korea in the ever-shifting political and economic environment that started to take shape in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis (2008-2009) and it was very much influenced by the pro-globalization policies of China and the inward-looking approach of the Trump-administration.

The aim of this conference is to shed light on how the different economic and political factors determine the East-Asian countries' relations with the Central European region, in particular the V4s and analyze the responses of relevant economic and political players of the region to recent changes in East Asia. Obviously, in recent years, the political and economic ties have strengthened between the two regions; the One Belt and One Road Initiative, the 16+1 transregional cooperation framework started to offer ample opportunities to develop economic and political relations.

Since the Budapest Business School, University of Applied Sciences focuses on applied sciences in its research agenda, the OBIC Conference would mainly invite papers focusing on the following topics and arrange the panels according to them.

Panel themes:

1. A Central European Interpretation of the One Belt and One Road Initiative
2. The 16+1 Transregional Framework
3. Asian Firms in Central Europe
4. EU Relations with East Asian countries
5. Trade with East Asia
6. Investments in East Asia and from East Asia
7. Intercultural Issues in the Business Sphere