World Economic Forum on East Asia to focus on Asian leadership

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The upcoming 19th World Economic Forum (WEF) on East Asia will be under the theme "Rethinking Asia' s Leadership Role," organizers said here at a press conference on Thursday.

The conference, running from June 6 to 7 in Vietnam's southern Ho Chi Minh City, will attract more than 400 leaders from politics, business, academia and civil society from over 50 countries and regions, according to the press conference jointly held by WEF and Vietnamese Foreign Ministry.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will deliver a keynote speech at the opening ceremony. The ceremony will witness the presence of foreign leaders including Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Lao Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh, Myanmar Prime Minister, U Thein Sein and Vice Chairwoman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Wang Zhizhen.

The opening ceremony will be chaired by Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of World Economic Forum.

"The East Asia conference is a regional event of WEF except annual Davos," said Susant Palakurthi Rao, Head of Asia for World Economic Forum at the press conference.

"Asia is rebounding very quickly from the financial crisis and undoubtedly has a head-start on the global economy recovery. By holding the World Economic Forum on East Asia in Vietnam, we will be in a country that exemplifies the dynamism of this region," said Rao.

Source: Xinhua


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