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Join us for a transformative one-day event, aimed at redefining the landscape of Government Relations and Advocacy!

Date: 14th March 2024

Location: Bay Atlantic University, Washington, DC

Event Focus:

The VIII INTERNATIONAL GR FORUM 2024 is a gathering of the brightest minds in the field of Government Relations, Lobbying, and Advocacy. Our mission is threefold:

– Explore Leading Practices: Engage in deep discussions on cutting-edge trends and evolving practices in lobbying and advocacy.

– Global Knowledge Exchange: Facilitate the exchange of valuable insights and experiences among experts from across the globe.

– Promote Ethical Excellence: Champion ethical standards and professionalism in government relations and advocacy work.

Agenda:

  • 08:30 AM – 09:00 AM: Registration and Welcome Coffee
  • 09:00 AM – 09:15 AM: Conference Opening and Welcome Remarks
  • 09:15 AM – 10:00 AM: Panel 1 – Navigating the Future: General Trends in the Lobbying Profession

In this panel discussion, experts and stakeholders will convene to explore and analyze the complex landscape of the lobbying profession. The discussion will encompass a comprehensive examination of the key trends that are currently shaping the industry, including regulatory policies, emerging advocacy strategies, evolving public perceptions, and advancements in technology that influence how lobbying efforts are conducted and perceived. Moreover, the panelists will provide insightful updates on the latest developments within the lobbying market with recent legislative changes, notable shifts in lobbying strategies, updates on influential stakeholders and interest groups, or the impact of global events on lobbying activities.

  • 09:55 AM – 10:00 AM: Q&A
  • 10:00 AM – 10:40 AM: Panel 2 – Advocacy Unveiled: Insights from Lobbying in the United States

In this panel discussion, we will delve into the intricate world of lobbying, focusing specifically on the best practices and strategies employed by influential professionals within the United States. The discussion aims to shed light on the methods, techniques, and approaches that have proven effective in navigating the complex dynamics of lobbying in the U.S. political landscape. Throughout the session, attendees can expect to gain valuable insights into various aspects of lobbying, including relationship-building with policymakers, crafting persuasive messaging, coalition-building, regulatory compliance, and the use of technology and data analytics to inform advocacy efforts.

  • 10:40 AM – 11:20 AM: Panel 3 – Shaping the Future: Lobbying and Advocacy in Latin America

In this panel discussion, we will delve into the intricate world of lobbying, focusing specifically on the best practices and strategies employed by influential professionals within the countries of Latin America. The discussion aims to shed light on the methods, techniques, and approaches that have proven effective in navigating the complex dynamics of lobbying in the U.S. political landscape. Throughout the session, attendees can expect to gain valuable insights into various aspects of lobbying, including relationship-building with policymakers, crafting persuasive messaging, coalition-building, regulatory compliance, and the use of technology and data analytics to inform advocacy efforts.

  • 11:20 AM – 11:30 AM: Coffee Break
  • 11:30 AM – 12:10 PM: Panel 4 – Across the Border: Lobbying and Advocacy Experience in Canada

Canada, as one of the largest economies globally, holds a significant position in the international economic landscape. With a diverse range of industries, abundant natural resources, and a stable political environment, Canada’s economy is robust and influential on the global stage. Moreover, Canada boasts one of the most dynamic lobbying markets worldwide. The practice of lobbying, which involves influencing governmental decisions and policies, is pervasive across various sectors in Canadian society. Lobbying efforts are undertaken by a wide array of entities, including corporations, industry associations, non-profit organizations, and advocacy groups, all seeking to shape legislation, regulations, and public policies in their favor.

  • 12:10 PM – 12:50 PM: Panel 5 – Navigating the European Union: Lobbying and Advocacy Experience

In this panel discussion, we will delve into the intricate world of lobbying, focusing specifically on the best practices and strategies employed by influential professionals within the European Union. The discussion aims to shed light on the methods, techniques, and approaches that have proven effective in navigating the complex dynamics of lobbying in the U.S. political landscape. Throughout the session, attendees can expect to gain valuable insights into various aspects of lobbying, including relationship-building with policymakers, crafting persuasive messaging, coalition-building, regulatory compliance, and the use of technology and data analytics to inform advocacy efforts.

  • 12:50 PM – 01:30 PM: Panel 6 – Bridging East and West: Insights from Lobbying in Eastern Europe

In this panel discussion, we will delve into the intricate world of lobbying, focusing specifically on the best practices and strategies employed by influential professionals within the countries of Eastern Europe. The discussion aims to shed light on the methods, techniques, and approaches that have proven effective in navigating the complex dynamics of lobbying in the Eastern Europe political landscape.

  • 01:30 PM – 02:30 PM: Lunch Break
  • 02:30 PM – 03:10 PM: Panel 7 – Unlocking Central Asia and Asia: Lobbying and Advocacy Experience in the Region

In this panel discussion, we will delve into the intricate world of lobbying, focusing specifically on the best practices and strategies employed by influential professionals within the countries of Central Asia. The discussion aims to shed light on the methods, techniques, and approaches that have proven effective in navigating the complex dynamics of lobbying in the Central Asian political landscape.

  • 03:10 PM – 03:50 PM: Panel 8 – Lobbying Across Industries:

This panel will examine practical lobbying cases across various industries. From healthcare and technology to finance and energy, lobbying plays a critical role in shaping policies, regulations, and legislative outcomes that impact businesses and society at large.

  • 03:50 PM – 04:30 PM: Panel 9 – Advocacy

This panel will explore the intricacies of advocacy and the art of running effective advocacy campaigns. In today’s dynamic and ever-changing social and political landscape, advocacy has become a vital tool for driving change, influencing policy decisions, and amplifying voices on important issues.

  • 04:30 PM – 05:10 PM: Panel 10 – Artificial intelligence and technology in the work of lobbyists

This panel discussion will delve into how artificial intelligence, data analytics, and other cutting-edge technologies are revolutionizing the practice of lobbying. From predictive analytics and sentiment analysis to automated outreach and virtual advocacy platforms, technology is reshaping how lobbyists identify opportunities, engage stakeholders, and drive impact in today’s complex policy environment.

  • 05:10 PM – 05:50 PM: Panel 10 – The Road to Elections: Implications for the Lobbying Profession in the United States

In November 2024, as the United States gears up for its presidential elections, our panel aims to provide a comprehensive exploration of this pivotal political event. With the eyes of the nation and the world upon the electoral process, it is essential to delve deeply into the dynamics, implications, and key questions surrounding the elections. During our panel discussion, we will navigate through various intriguing questions that arise within the context of the presidential elections, including costs of elections, lobbyist engagement, voter dynamics and electoral trends, and campaign massaging.

  • 05:50 PM – 06:00 PM: Closing Remarks and Conference Conclusion
  • 06:00 PM: Networking Reception and Opportunity to Forge Connections with Global Experts

Organizers:

This groundbreaking event is presented by the INTERNATIONAL GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION, in collaboration with SIC Group and the Institute for Democracy and Development “PolitA.”

Registration:

Seize this remarkable opportunity to be part of a transformative event that will shape the future of government relations and advocacy. Register today and join us at the 8 INTERNATIONAL GR-FORUM 2024!

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