IBC entering a new normal era – La Rentrée 2020 and beyond…
Dear IBC members and Friends,
We hope and trust that you and your loved ones are doing well, staying healthy and keeping safe during this unprecedented global health crisis.
As we left you on this page in June 2020, we were optimistic and looking forward to seeing our IBC members and sharing our usual annual IBC get-togethers with some new events with you. Unfortunately, across Europe and in Luxembourg, we remain in a pandemic situation. In Luxembourg, the COVID-19 sanitary measures and safety recommendations are revised on an ongoing basis, making it nearly impossible to predict what the situation will be like from this second wave that is currently hitting the country, in this last quarter of 2020 and beyond, from January 2021 going forward.
As we reflect on this challenging year for us all, we are reminded of the intent and commitment of the IBC Luxembourg to:
- Continue to bring value to our distinct members with a dedicated platform and endeavours that connect and bring together leading senior executives of the Luxembourg financial centre.
- Share activities through our recognised yearly IBC events alongside providing interesting subject matters with leading industry figures in regular get-togethers, be their physical or virtual.
The IBC has not been sitting on its laurels over the last few months and have endeavoured to adjust as best as possible to the “new normal” introduced by the covid-19 safety measures. In between some summer breaks by our IBC Board members and its office associate, the IBC AGM 2020 was held on the 14th of July 2020, without our typical BBQ get together at the Golf Grand Ducal and our keynote speaker, Minister François Bausch. As per the new norm for events these days, the IBC AGM 2020 was held via Visio conference, and well attended by 25 participants.
After nearly a year of many adaptations to our personal and professional lives, we are closing out year 2020 and heading into a new normal era. The value of the IBC community is its dedication to connect and encourage the IBC discussion platform in sharing common interests and subject matters. In this view, the IBC Board Members are engaged to ensure that we provide our members, not only our usual yearly events, but also, some new IBC events, in line with the interim virtual world we must adapt to from now until we can meet again in the near future.
Although we had planned the usual IBC events for the remainder of 2020 and the infamous IBC Ski weekend in January 2021, the IBC Board had to take some difficult decisions to cancel some of these events in 2020, notably to resume the planned Ski event 2021 in 2022.
Obviously, we are not pleased with these decisions as they arise, that are taken on a case by case basis, as the covid-19 safety measures evolve. The most important is that we do not want to risk the health of our members in such an uncertain situation, affecting us all.
Indeed, it can prove very difficult to respect all precautionary measures during certain events, where the aim is to meet, share a nice moment, over a key topic, a hobby and sport (golf, ski, cars, and family events, and more) or a nice meal, and have fun together!
Although we are now in second wave of the Luxembourg COVID-19 confinement period, it still provides for certain possibilities to hold some events this year.
It also gives great us opportunities to reignite the IBC 2020/2021 events planned to date, to also look into other communication sharing medium, in order to enhance how best we continue to foster interaction and provide value to our members in this new normal context.
IBC Communication going forward
Our role is to continue to bring value to our distinct members with a dedicated platform and endeavours that connect and bring together leading senior executives of the Luxembourg financial centre. In this view, there are a few activities that we are currently putting in place over the next few weeks, such as:
- LinkedIn Group – the International Bankers Club Luxembourg is live and open to all since 1 November 2020! a dedicated platform to share industry topics and market trends, providing interesting subject matters with leading industry figures in our regular communication and sharing of important industry-wide events
Even though this is a challenging time for all of us, the IBC is moving forward. We look forward to seeing as many as possible at our upcoming events, be they virtual or in person, in 2020 and the kick-off to 2021 in January 2021.
Watch this space!
In meantime, your views are very important to us, as to how best we can support our IBC members in the new normal. Please feel free to provide us with your feedback and observations via our IBC contact details indicated below and/or one of the board members you know personally.
Please, stay well and stay healthy, together we will overcome this second wave.
With our very best wishes until we meet again.
The Board of IBC Luxembourg
Tel +352 691541403