At a press conference held in Beijing on Sept 2,3, 2009, the World Economic Forum announced the key participants and programme of its Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2009 ("Summer Davos" in Asia) which will take place in Dalian on 10-12 September. The Meeting which is hosted in partnership with the government of the People's Republic of China represented by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) will focus on "Relaunching Growth", and will welcome more than 1,300 participants from 86 countries.
Given China's critical importance in the global recovery process, the Forum is working closely with the NDRC to ensure that the Meeting in Dalian will play a major role in restoring confidence and reviving growth, and contribute to the ongoing efforts of key institutions involved in global cooperation, such as the G20.
This recovery will be spearheaded by a new generation of leaders – the New Champions – and the World Economic Forum is bringing them together at its "Summer Davos". In addition, China will be a significant driver in bringing the world economy out of its present recession and into recovery. The Meeting in Dalian will bring together industry, government and experts to debate and define the course needed to relaunch growth.
"This year's Annual Meeting of the New Champions will focus on tangible business priorities to transform and revitalize the global economy in a sustainable manner," said Jeremy Jurgens, Senior Director at the World Economic Forum and Head of the Annual Meeting of the New Champions and Community of Global Growth Companies. "The Global Growth Companies at this year's "Summer Davos" are at the forefront of demonstrating how entrepreneurship, innovation and technology can relaunch growth."
"Being given the opportunity to host the ‘Summer Davos' for the second time in Dalian not only reflects the full confidence of the World Economic Forum in Dalian, but also shows how the city is becoming more influential internationally, with all the facilities and infrastructure to stage such large-scale global conferences. The ‘Summer Davos' will have a significant impact on creating the confidence to overcome the financial crisis and also demonstrate that Dalian is a centre of international cooperation", said Li Wancai, Acting Mayor of Dalian.
"The ‘Summer Davos' in Asia will be held at a crucial time of global economic recovery. Premier Wen Jiabao will attend the opening plenary and deliver a special speech. At this event, China will present the achievements of the Chinese government in coping with the global financial crisis and safeguarding steady economic growth, as well as plans for next steps. On this global platform, China will also demonstrate its positive attitude, willingness to contribute to the stability of the global economy, and China's grand goal for peaceful, harmonious and collaborative development in the world," said Li Bin, Deputy Director-General, Department of Foreign Affairs, National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), People's Republic of China.
A select group of business leaders from the World Economic Forum's Partner and Members who have extensive international experience in building global businesses will act as Mentors at the meeting. They include Timothy P. Flynn, Chairman, KPMG International, USA; Klaus Kleinfeld, President and Chief Executive Officer, Alcoa, USA; James T. Riady, Chief Executive Officer, Lippo Group, Indonesia; James J. Shiro, Group Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Group Management Board, Zurich Financial Services, Switzerland; Sir Martin Sorrell, Group Chief Executive, WPP, United Kingdom; Tarek Sultan Al Essa, Chairman and Managing Director, Agility, Kuwait; Ben J. Verwaayen, Chief Executive Officer, Alcatel-Lucent, France; and John Zhao, Chief Executive Officer, Hony Capital, People's Republic of China.Other leading political and business leaders taking part in the meeting include Wan Gang, Minister of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China; Kang Duk-Soo, Chairman of the Board, STX Corporation Co., Republic of Korea; Yvo De Boer, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Bonn; Hiromasa Yonekura, Chairman, Sumitomo Chemical Company, Japan; Shi Zhengrong, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Suntech Power Holdings Co., People's Republic of China; Nikhil Meswani, Executive Director, Reliance Industries, India; Yoshihiko Miyauchi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Orix Corporation, Japan; Nikola Gruevski, Prime Minister of FYR Macedonia; Hoang Trung Hai, Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam; Lady Barbara Judge
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