WEF Middle East  10:55-12:45 GMT  18-MAY-2008  NE

Date Shot: 18-MAY-2008
Location: SHARM EL-SHEIK
Country: EGYPT
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Dopesheet: US President George W. Bush will be among 12 heads of state and government welcomed by President Mubarak at the opening session of the World Economic Forum in Sharm El Sheikh on 18 May. Bush is due to speak at 1200 GMT. The meeting, held in partnership with the Government of Egypt, will have as its theme 'Learning from the Future.' As well as holding talks with President Mubarak, President Bush will also have meetings with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, King Abdullah Ibn Al Hussein of Jordan and Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.
- CHWEF Live cover of the opening in NE 1055-1215 GMT
- Note: CHWEF Live cover also in WF 1100-1245 GMT
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Further information: President George W. Bush will be among 12 heads of state and government welcomed by President Mubarak at the opening session of the World Economic Forum in Sharm El Sheikh on 18 May. More than 1,500 participants, including key heads of state and government, ministers, leading business figures and leaders from civil society and the media will take part in the meeting, it was announced today. At a joint press conference of the World Economic Forum and the Ministry of Trade and Industry of Egypt in Cairo, details of the meeting were released. The meeting in Sharm El Sheikh, from 18 to 20 May, will welcome leaders from more than 55 countries taking part. As well as holding talks with President Mubarak, President Bush will also have meetings with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and H.M. King Abdullah Ibn Al Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. President Bush will fly to Egypt after visits to Saudi Arabia and to Israel.

The meeting in Sharm El Sheikh, held in partnership with the Government of Egypt, will have as its theme Learning from the Future. A key pillar of the programme focuses on a series of futuristic scenarios that explore the impact of long-term global trends on the Middle East. It is designed to highlight the actions that need to be taken today to meet the challenges and opportunities for the region in the next 20 years. A second pillar will feature reinvented session formats that leverage collaboration, networking and interaction between global leaders. Participants will enjoy enhanced opportunities to interact directly with those excelling in their fields, gaining insight and forging partnerships through an exchange of ideas and practical experience. Sessions will also cover some of the latest ?hot topics? in the headlines, such as food prices and sovereign wealth funds, and examine the exciting investment opportunities in the less well-known emerging economies of the region.

The Co-Chairs of the meeting are: Khalid Abdulla-Janahi, Chairman, Shamil Bank of Bahrain, Bahrain; Mohammed Alshaya, Executive Chairman, Alshaya Group, Kuwait; H.R.H. The Duke of York, UK Special Representative for International Trade and Investment; Yuriko Koike, Member of the House of Representatives, National Diet of Japan; Paul Rice, President and Chief Executive Officer, TransFair, USA; Social Entrepreneur; and Jimmy Wales, Founder and Chair Emeritus, Wikia, USA; Young Global Leader.

Led by a strong delegation from Egypt headed by President Muhammad Hosni Mubarak and the First Lady of Egypt Suzanne Mubarak, Prime Minister Ahmed Mahmoud Nazif, Minister of Trade and Industry Rachid M. Rachid and Minister of Finance Youssuf Boutros-Ghali along with several other key cabinet members will participate. Heads of state or government who have already confirmed their participation are President George W. Bush of the United States of America; H.M. King Abdullah Ibn Al Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; President Nursultan A. Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan; Prime Minister Salam Fayyad of the Palestinian National Authority; H.H. Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar; H.H. Sheikh Nasser Mohammed Al Ahmad Al Sabah, Prime Minister of Kuwait; President Valdis Zatlers of Latvia; President Danilo Türk of Slovenia; and Shimon Peres, President of Israel.

Other prominent figures include: Tony Blair, Middle East Quartet Envoy, United Nations, New York; Mohamed M. ElBaradei, Director-General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna; Peter Mandelson, Commissioner, Trade, European Commission, Brussels; Amre Moussa, Secretary-General, League of Arab States, Cairo; Gamal H. Mubarak, Assistant Secretary-General and Head, Policy Secretariat, National Democratic Party (NDP), Egypt; Barham Salih, Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq; Tzipi Livni, Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel; Josette Sheeran; Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Rome; Achim Steiner; Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Nairobi; Alexander Saltanov, Special Envoy of the Russian Foreign Minister for Middle East and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation; Abdullah Ahmed Zainal Alireza, Minister of Commerce and Industry of Saudi Arabia; Pascal Lamy, Director-General of World Trade Organization (WTO), Geneva; Ali Babacan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chief Negotiator of Turkey; Mohamed Bin Dhaen Al Hamli, Minister of Energy of the United Arab Emirates; Susan Schwab, US Trade Representative; and Robert B. Zoellick, President of the World Bank, Washington DC. Please click here for Abridged List of Participants.

Further information on the event, click here: http:⁄⁄www.weforum.org⁄middleeast.

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Id Item: 381356
Tx_Time: 10:55 - 12:45   Tx_Date: 18-MAY-2008  Status: TRS

Origin: ZZEBU  Origin City: GNVE

Item type: NE