Eurasian Economic Summit to kick off

Eurasian Economic Summit to kick off

ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News
Eurasian Economic Summit to kick off

President of the Marmara Group Foundation Dr. Akkan Suver said that the summit in Istanbul and İzmir in April would mark the bronze anniversary of the summit. Hürriyet photo

The Eurasian Economic Summit, the most prestigious and largest event in the nongovernmental arena in Turkey, is scheduled to be held from April 10-12 2012 in Istanbul and İzmir. The Marmara Group Foundation is organizing the summit, as it has for 15 years.

Dr. Akkan Suver, president of the Marmara Group Foundation, told the Daily News that this was the “bronze” anniversary of the summit, which will be achieved with the İzmir Chamber of Commerce. He continued, “We will discuss in detail the current level of the world in the session on ‘Economics, Ecology and Sustainable Development.’”

Six presidents (Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo and Gagauzia), 20 ministers and nine former presidents are expected to discuss energy, economy and intercultural dialogue. From Turkey, Parliamentary Speaker Cemil Çiçek and Ministers Egemen Bağış, Binali Yıldırım, Taner Yıldız, Fatma Şahin and Ertuğrul Günay will attend.

Leading think tanks such as the Bled Strategic Forum, the China Human Rights Foundation, the Balkan Political Club, the Vienna Economic Forum, the Balkan Peace Club, the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea and the German Foreign Affairs Association will also take part in the meeting.

As part of the summit, notable figures such as Cherie Blair, Antonina Stoyanova, Dora Bakoyannis and the President of the Kosovo Republic H.E. Atifete Jahjaga will debate women’s issues. In Izmir, former and current presidents from Europe, Asia and Africa will discuss “Three Continents and the Sea,” in cooperation with the Izmir Chamber of Commerce.