Almost 300 members of Monaco Economic Board met at the Yacht Club on the evening of Tuesday, September 19, for an unusual business mixer.

Just a few days ago Monaco and the European Union agreed to disagree on formulating an Association Agreement after eight years of talking. Many people in the Principality are happy with the outcome, not least the leaders of the elected National Council, whose President, Mme Brigitte Boccone-Pages was present on Tuesday.

Guillaume Rose, MEB’s Executive Director, opened proceedings by remarking that the Board has grown to 615 member businesses and has a very full and interesting calendar of events and international visits.

Michel Dotta, MEB’s President, said that resilience and solidarity helped the businesses of Monaco recover quickly from the challenges of coronavirus, and the same values will serve the Principality well in the future.

Jean Castellini, Monaco’s former Minister of Finance and Economy, who left office abruptly just a few days ago, was warmly welcomed by the audience who appreciated his hard work, service and commitment over the previous 11 years.

Taking to the podium, he quipped that for many people present this would be the first time they’d seen him without a tie. Mr Castellini said that Monaco’s economy continues to grow and has never been so healthy.

He then quoted, in English, from MacBeth: “All hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter! If you can look into the seeds of time, And say which grain will grow and which will not…”

PHOTO: Michel Dotta, left, listens to Jean Castellini quoting Shakespeare Ian Brodie