WASHINGTON, DC: 18 April 2013: The Financial Times joins forces today with the Bertelsmann Foundation for its 5th annual financial conference, “System Upgrade: Time for a global economic re-boot”. This year’s event will focus on the need for policymakers worldwide to take robust action to ensure a stable international fiscal and financial environment to spur global economic activity and growth.

Topics to be discussed include:

- State of the US economy

- Jobs, growth and innovation

- A trans-Atlantic compact

- Global financial governance

- The eurozone crisis

As in years past, the event will bring together high-ranking, international representatives of government, business and labor, as well as thought leaders from the think-tank and academic communities, to discuss global challenges. Featured speakers include:

- Ali Babacan, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic and Financial Affairs,Turkey

- Anders Borg, Minister forFinance,Sweden

- Mauricio Cárdenas Santamaría, Minister of Finance and PublicCredit,Colombia

- Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Minister of Finance, TheNetherlands and Chairman, Eurogroup

- Keith Ellison, US Congressman (D-MN)

- Carly Fiorina, Good360 Chairman and former HP CEO

- Colleen Hanabusa, US Congresswoman (D-HI)

- Robin Harding, US Economics Editor, Financial Times

- Ed Luce, Chief Washington Commentator, Financial Times

- Pierre Moscovici, Minister of the Economy andFinance,France

- Tim Pawlenty, President and CEO, The Financial Services Roundtable and former Governor,Minnesota

- Robert Romasco, President, AARP

- Gillian Tett, Assistant Editor and Columnist, Financial Times

- Paul Volcker, former Chairman of the Board of Governors, US Federal Reserve

You can live stream the conference from 8:30am-4:30pm EST at http://www.bfna.org/ and follow the conversation on Twitter at #bertelsmannfdn. Video will also be available after the conference.

Visit here for the full agenda.

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