18th World Economic Forum on East Asia Opens this Week in Korea

(PresseBox) ( Seoul, Republic of Korea, )
- Over 350 participants to discuss East Asia's political and economic agenda
- Meeting to focus on the "Implications of the Global Economic Crisis for East Asia"
- General public invited to shape the debate via YouTube
- More information on the meeting available at: http://www.weforum.org/eastasia2009

Close to 400 of Asia's leading decision-makers from business, government, academia and civil society from over 35 countries will participate in the 18th World Economic Forum on East Asia, which opens in Seoul, Republic of Korea, this week. The list of participants and programme were announced at a press conference today. Held in partnership with the Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) and the Korea International Trade Association (KITA), the meeting will take place on 18-19 June 2009.

The theme of the meeting is "Implications of the Global Economic Crisis for East Asia" and the programme is designed to facilitate steps towards greater international and regional cooperation in rising to the challenges of the new economic landscape. The programme has four thematic pillars: Leadership in Turbulent Times; Global Risks; Sustainable and Green Growth; and Future Competitiveness. Click here for an overview of the programme.

With the participation of President Lee Myung-Bak of the Republic of Korea and Han Seung-Soo, Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea, the World Economic Forum on East Asia will be an opportunity to discuss the expanding G20 leadership role of South Korea, as the country assumes the G20 chairmanship in 2010. Other public figures taking part in the event include Hoang Trung Hai, Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam; Troels Lund Poulsen, Minister of Environment of Denmark; Rajat M. Nag, Managing Director-General, Asian Development Bank, Manila; Lim Hwee Hua, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister of Singapore; and Kiat Sittheeamorn, Trade Representative of Thailand.

"Asia will play a pivotal role in reviving the global economy, but the world's decision-makers will need to consider the new growth models which will define Asia's future growth," said Sushant Palakurthi Rao, Director, Head of Asia, World Economic Forum. "Coming a few months ahead of South Korea assuming the G20 chairmanship, the meeting is a unique opportunity for leaders from the region to give input on the priorities for the global economy going forward."

The Co-Chairs of the meeting reflect the international character of the business participants: Azman Mokhtar, Managing Director, Khazanah Nasional, Malaysia; Cho Suck-Rai, Chairman, Federation of Korean Industries (FKI), Republic of Korea; Peter Sands, Group Chief Executive Officer, Standard Chartered Bank, United Kingdom; and Tarek Sultan Al Essa, Chairman and Managing Director, Agility, Kuwait. Click here for interviews with the Co-Chairs.

A list of participants is available here.

The World Economic Forum has launched the "Davos Debates in East Asia" on YouTube, inviting the general public to share their thoughts and engage in a public discussion with global leaders. The "Davos Debates" is a video channel on YouTube dedicated to public debate. YouTubers are encouraged to vote in a poll and answer the following question with a video reply: "Will geopolitical conflicts outweigh the economic crisis in East Asia?" The videos submitted by the YouTube community will become part of the discussions at the meeting in Seoul.

Note to Editors:

For information on the meeting, please visit the Forum's website: http://www.weforum.org/eastasia2009
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Session Summaries from the World Economic Forum on East Asia: http://www.weforum.org/eastasia2009/summaries (as of 18 June)
In-depth interviews with key participants: http://www.weforum.org/eastasia2009/interviews
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