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Practices and cases from companies and business associations


Practices and cases from companies and business associations

Experts in business and advocacy gathered for one of the panel discussions on IGAPA GR Forums 2023 on March 6th to share their insights on successful practices and cases from companies and business associations. The panel covered a variety of topics ranging from G2G and B2B relations to lobbying practices in Arab and African countries.

The topics were discussed by Prince Taylor, a deputy Director, VA Center for Development and Civic Engagement at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Catherine Keren Petersen, a Board Member of US Ukrainian Activists, Brian M. Abrams, Vice President of Governmental Relations at the EOP Group, Inc., and Mark Plavetic, executive Officer and Public Liaison for the National Federation of Croatian Americans Cultural Foundation. 

One of the key topics discussed was the construction of specialized associations. Experts shared their experiences of building and managing associations in various industries, and the challenges they faced during the process. They also emphasized the importance of collaboration and networking among associations to achieve common goals.

The participants of the GR Forum

Another important topic of discussion was the methods of dialogue with supervisory structures of the European Union, including the European Parliament and the European Commission. Panelists emphasized the importance of maintaining an open dialogue and building relationships with key decision-makers in these institutions to advance the interests of businesses.

In addition, panelists shared their experiences of dialogue with international organizations, including the United Nations and NATO. They discussed the challenges and opportunities of working with these organizations, and the importance of understanding their policies and  priorities.

The panel also touched on the topic of lobbying practices in Arab and African countries, including the regulation and practices involved in the process. Panelists shared their experiences of working in these regions, and the importance of understanding local cultures and customs when engaging with government officials and decision-makers.

It should be noted that IGAPA, the main organizer of VII International GR Forum,

is the leading international association for public affairs professionals. The mission of The International Government Affairs Professionals Association is to advance the field of public affairs and to provide members with the executive education, expertise and research they need to succeed while maintaining the highest ethical standards. The members have direct experience in corporate and association public affairs management, lobbying, digital advocacy, global public affairs, corporate responsibility, PACs and campaign finance, crisis communication and a host of related functions. Also each year the Association hosts more than 10 conferences, seminars, webinars, forums and social events for public affairs professionals, including The International GR-Forum. 

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