Ukraine to Host Regional Summit of the World Economic Forum
KYIV, Ukraine, January 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
Kyiv plans to host the regional Europe and Central Asia summit within the framework of
the World Economic Forum (WEF). The summit will address the promotion of gradual economic
growth. Such statement was made by the President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych during his
meeting with the Executive Chairman of the WEF, Klaus Schwab.
The summit will search for ways to increase competitiveness and a dynamic, flexible
mechanism for challenge response, said President Yanukovych. WEF regional summits are the
meetings of regional decision-makers, business leaders, and representatives of civil
society. They come together to discuss specific issues of a given region, enabling
advancement in regional development. East Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America,
and Europe have held regional WEF meetings.
In the last two years Ukraine has increased efforts to attract international forums
and conferences. Besides Europe’s major sports event UEFA EURO 2012, co-hosted by Ukraine
in June 2012, the country also organized the 64th World Newspaper Congress. Coupled with
the 19th World Editors Forum, the congress took place in September 2012. Organized by the
Executive Committee of the World Association of Newspapers and Publishers, the event
attracted nearly 1,000 representatives of the world’s leading media from more than 90
countries. In 2012, the agenda of the annual congress included discussions of digital
challenges for media, profitability, the future of the industry as a whole and newspaper
operations in particular.
Ukraine itself is home to a major international conference – Yalta European Strategy
Annual Meeting. Since 2004, the event has brought together heads of states and governments
including, among others, British politicians Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, Polish leaders
Bronislaw Komorowski and Aleksander Kwasniewski, the 42nd President of the U.S. Bill
Clinton, as well as current Israeli President, Nobel Prizewinner Shimon Peres and former
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder.
Another local initiative of regional scale is the international investor conference
IDCEE. In October 2012, the Ukrainian capital received the conference for the second time.
The event focuses on internet technologies and innovations. A startup fair, held at the
conference in 2012, featured 150 projects. Some 50 international speakers addressed more
than 2,000 participants.
SOURCE Worldwide News Ukraine