Davos Ukrainian Breakfast: NEWS

23.01.2008

More than 100 leading world companies to take part in the Ukrainian Luncheon

Within the framework of World Economic Forum is Davos, "EastOne" investment and consulting company and the Victor Pinchuk Foundation holds a luncheon "Ukraine. What`s next?". This year the main accent is the global challenges Ukraine faces as a part of global economic and geopolitical space.

Lucnheon is held on January, 25th at Morosani Schweizerhof Hotel. The key speakers are President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko, 9th President of The World Bank James Wolfensohn, Director of Institute of International Economy Fred Bergstein, as well as Vice-President and Chief Managing Director of PepsiCo International Michael White.

Among the participants of Lunch-Conference are a co-founder of Microsoft Corporation and President of Vulcan Inc. Paul Allen, President of TNK-BP Robert Dadly, Head of Observation Committee of RENOVA Group of Companies Viktor Vekselberg, Head of the Board of Directors of OJSC "Severstal'" Alexey Mordashov.

More than 100 representatives of the world leading companies, politicians and public leaders from the USA, the Russian Federation, France, Germany, Italy and other countries are to participate in the luncheon. Participation was also confirmed by the representatives of ROTHSCHILD & CIE BANQUE, RENOVA GROUP, ITI Group, Edelman, Ernst & Young AG, Goldman, Sachs & Co., Microsoft Corporation, Damen Shipyards Group, ABN AMRO BANK NV, MERRILL LYNCH, European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, Bombardier Inc., Nestlé SA, TNK-BP Management, Morgan Stanley and Co. International Ltd, Soros Fund Management LLC, INTERROS COMPANY, Société Générale, Heineken NV, Metro Cash & Carry International GmbH, NYSE Group Inc., Deutsche Bank AG, CJSC "Severstal'", UNICREDIT GROUP, Unilever, SIEMENS AG.

Held for three years already luncheon dedicated to issues of economic and political development of Ukraine become the event of tradition within the Davos Forum. Every year the representatives of world business and political elite take part in discussion of problems related to economy, energy preparedness, investment climate and modern political scene of Ukraine.

Speakers of Ukrainian luncheons in the previos years were President of EBRR Jean Lemierre, European Commissioner on Expansion Issues Oli Renn, businessman and philanthropist George Soros, ex-president of Poland Alexander Kvasniewski, the present Head of International Monetary Fund Dominique Strauss-Can, President of Latvia Vaira Vike-Fraiberga. From the Ukrainian side, the Lunch-Conference was attended by Viktor Yanukovitch, Aresiy Yatseniuk, Anatoliy Hritsenko, Nikolai Azarov, Oleg Rybachiuk.

The Victor Pinchuk Foundation hosts a live Internet broadcasting of th luncheon on the Foundation's Web-site. The Internet broadcasting is held on January, 25th by the link: http://pinchukfund.org/ru/media/broadcasting/. Broadcasting is live 13:00 through 15:00 Central European Time (14:00 though 16:00 Kyiv Time).

The Victor Pinchuk Foundation also hosts Davos Philanthropic Roundtable on January, 24th. The event is held in the Conference Hall of DerbyHotel Davos in a free discussion format.

The event aims to speed-up a progress of philanthropy in Ukraine, bring about new philanthropists and social projects within the country. The main topics of Roundtable Discussion are achieving the long-term effects of philanthropic activities, results' estimation, philanthropic organizations and authorities relation, progress of philanthropic activities in the "rising economies" including Central and Western Europe.

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