Promoting Economic Literacy: Highlights from the #EconLIT2023 Conference

We are excited to announce the successful conclusion of the #EconLIT2023 conference, which brought together over 100 participants from various backgrounds, including universities, ministries, municipalities, businesses, business accelerators, NGOs, and media. The conference marked the launch of the Economic Literacy Program, a collaborative effort between the Liberal Alternative Institute and the Economic Fundamentals Initiative, which aims to enhance economic literacy and understanding among individuals and communities.


The conference featured keynote addresses from the Rector of Southeast European University, Academic Abdylmenaf Bexheti, and the Minister of Economy, Kreshnik Bektesh, who provided their valuable insights and perspectives, and expressed their support for the programme.


The opening speech by Orhan Ceka, Executive Director of LAI, set the tone for the conference, emphasizing the importance of economic literacy for individuals and societies. The panel discussions featured experts from different sectors, including institutions, academia, and business development centers, who shared their experiences and knowledge on various topics related to economic education. The first session featured Director Festim Halili from the Fund for Innovation and Technology Development, Gani Ramadani from the National Bank of RNM, and Arben Halili from the Economic Chamber of Northwest Macedonia. The second session included Rector Izet Zeqiri from University Mother Theresa Skopje, Dean Liza Alili Sulejmani from International Balkan University, Dean Merita Zulfiu Alili from SEE, and Vicedean Bardhyl Dauti from University of Tetovo. The third session was composed of Nebi Jusufi from ESA, Evzi Hani from GIZ North Macedonia, Besir Dernjani from Albiz Foundation, and Avni Arifi from Business Innovation Center.


We would like to express our gratitude to the moderators of the sessions, Enisa Bajrami from LAI, Artina Zeqiri from Democracy Lab, and Rita Behadini from CEO Mollekuqja, who skillfully led the discussions and kept the conversation engaging and insightful.


The conference marked an important milestone in promoting economic literacy and development in North Macedonia, providing a platform for experts and stakeholders to share their experiences, insights, and best practices. We would like to express our appreciation to all the participants who contributed to the success of the conference, and we look forward to continued collaboration and exchange of ideas in the future.