Participants of 9th Yalta Annual Meeting to discuss future of Russia during interactive lunch

Participants of 9th Yalta Annual Meeting to discuss future of Russia during interactive lunch
13 September 2012

With the support of Sberbank, an interactive lunch “The Future of Russia” will take place on Saturday, September 15, as part of the 9th Yalta Annual Meeting organized by the Yalta European Strategy (YES) in partnership with the Victor Pinchuk Foundation.

During the lunch, participants of the YES Annual Meeting will have an opportunity to hear Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of Sberbank Herman Gref, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Arkadiy Dvorkovich, Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation (2000-2011) Alexei Kudrin, rector of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration Vladimir Mau, Chief Editor and Director General of "Nezavisimaya Gazeta" Konstantin Remchukov and Head of Economics Expert Department at the Office of the President of the Russian Federation Ksenia Yudaeva.

The panelists will discuss three topics from a list that has been prepared beforehand and divided into three parts by theme: main domestic challenges facing Russia within a decade, main challenges for Russia's foreign policy and main challenges for Russia’s economic growth. Each topic will be chosen by audience members by vote, using interactive remotes.

The 9th Yalta Annual Meeting entitled “Ukraine and the World: Addressing Tomorrow’s Challenges Together” will take place in Yalta at the Livadia Palace, Ukraine, from 13-16 September 2012. More than 200 leaders from politics, business and society representing more than 20 countries will discuss major global challenges and their impact on Europe, Ukraine and the world.

The President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and the Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan will open the plenary part of the 9th YES Annual Meeting on September 14. The two leaders will discuss critical issues affecting the development of Ukraine and Turkey, as well as the future of a “Wider Europe” in the 21st century. Aleksander Kwasniewski, President of Poland (1995-2005) and Chairman of the Board of YES, will moderate the discourse.

The overarching topic of the 9th Yalta Annual Meeting will be the key transformations that are already shaping the future of the world. Forum sessions will focus on the future of the world economy, on a new world order and its security, and on possible models for the development of capitalism. Special attention will be paid to the role of innovation and leadership in transforming the economy and society. Other topics for discussion include the future of the European Union, energy issues and the internal and external challenges facing Ukraine.

This year’s Yalta Annual Meeting will welcome, among others, Robert Zoellick, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Condoleezza Rice, Gordon Brown, Alexei Kudrin, Alec Ross, Eric Lander, Kairat Kelimbetov, Carl Bildt, Javier Solana.

At the plenary discussions of the 9th YES Annual Meeting, Ukraine will be represented by the Prime Minister Mykola Azarov; the First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Valeriy Khoroshkovsky; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Social Policy Serhiy Tihipko; Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko; Minister of Energy of Ukraine Yuriy Boyko; Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Kostyantyn Gryshchenko; Secretary of the National Defence and Security Council of Ukraine Andriy Klyuev.

Chrystia Freeland, Global Editor-at-Large at Thomson Reuters will moderate discussions.

The 9th Yalta Annual Meeting will be streamed live on in Ukrainian and on and in English.

The official Twitter of the 9th Yalta Annual Meeting: @yes_ukraine
Hash tag: #yalta2012

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Kersti Kaljulaid
Kersti Kaljulaid
President of Estonia , 15th YES Annual Meeting, 2018
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