Yushchenko leaves for Davos on three-day visit
To take part in the World Economic Forum
President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko leaves today on three-day visit for Davos (the Swiss Confederation) to take part in the annual session of the World Economic Forum.
According to the press service of the President, 14 heads of states confirmed their participation in the Forum. In particular, they represent Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Colombia, Switzerland, Pakistan, Israel, Lithuania, UAE, Nigeria and Philippines. The Prime Ministers of France, Denmark, the Netherlands, Malaysia, Turkey, Egypt, Hungary and Iraq are also about to take part in the measure. It is planned that leaders of almost all international organizations, especially commercial and economic ones, will be take part in the Forum. Among them are leaders of EBRD, the World Bank, the European Central Bank and IMF.
The President of Ukraine will hold a range of bilateral meetings during his visit.
Victor Yushcheno is due to meet with U.S State Secretary of USA Condoleezza Rice, to discuss the communication map of the bilateral relations, the calendar of bilateral contacts for 2008, and Ukraine`s joining the NATO Membership Action Plan.
V. Yushchenko is about to discuss with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev the energy issue, particularly, the Energy Forum, which is to take place in May 2008 in Kyiv.
The President of Ukraine will also meet with President of Nigeria Umaru Musa Yar`Adua and President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai, Prime Minister of Malaysia A. Ahmad Badawi. The sides will discuss issues concerning economic and trade cooperation, bilateral relations, and other issues.
The President of Ukraine is also about to meet with leaders of international organizations, particularly, President of EBRD Jean Lemierre, Director General of WTO Pascal Lamy, executive general manager of New York Stock Exchange D. Niederauer. The President of Ukraine will also meet with leader of the Conservative Party of Great Britain David Cameron.
Moreover, V. Yushchenko will take part in the special session “Ukrainian Lunch in Davos”.
The President will hold a number of news conferences in the course of the visit.