This year we had the opportunity to participate at the Sovereign Debt Institute Autumn Meeting, organised by OMFIF (Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum), an independent forum for central banking, economic policy and public investment. Being invited there clearly demonstrates that we’ve become an important player in this sector.
For nearly 20 years, we have been supporting the Hungarian Treasury and Debt Management Agency as their primary IT Solution Provider in building a unique retail government bond distribution infrastructure in Hungary. As a result, Hungary now has the second-highest proportion of retail government bonds in its total debt structure worldwide. In the current macroeconomic environment, the Hungarian retail government bond story is becoming increasingly exciting for many countries.
At the forum Bálint Fischer, Chief Business Development Officer was part of a round table discussion on the development of the retail government bond market. His fellow speakers were Marjan Divjak, Director General, Treasury Directorate from Slovenia, Davide Iacovoni, director general, public debt, ministry of economy and finance from Italy, Samir Ismayilov, Principal, Capital & Financial Markets Development at EBRD and Zoltan Kurali, Chief Executive Officer, Government Debt Management Agency, Hungary.
“It was an inspiring experience to participate in a conversation with European leaders who are key influencers in shaping the continent’s state debt, learning from individuals with such exceptional insight is an extraordinary opportunity. Professional meetings like these are always particularly enjoyable for me, offering a slight return to my original treasury and investment profession. I hope that together with Zoltan Kurali, we were able to bring new valuable perspectives regarding the experiences of building a globally successful retail government bond ecosystem. Thank you for the constructive discussion, and special thanks to Christopher Garnett for the great moderation!” – said Bálint Fischer after the event.