Friday, March 1, 2013

World Economic Forum comes to Myanmar in June

Friday, 01 March 2013 14:50 Rosie Gogan-Keogh

The 22nd World Economic Forum on East Asia will be hosted in Naypyitaw in June under the theme of “Courageous Transformation for Inclusion and Integration”.

Sushant Palakurthi Rao, Senior Director, Head of Asia, World Economic Forum, is captured during the World Economic Forum on East Asia in Bangkok, Thailand, June 1, 2012. (Photo: World Economic Forum)

Speaking at a conference to mark the opening of media accreditation for the event at Yangon's Traders Hotel, Sushent Palakurthi Rao, head of Asia for the World Economic Forum, said “The summit is on one hand about Myanmar, but also about the integration of Myanmar as a member of ASEAN and as a future chair of ASEAN.”

The event will see 1,000 of the world's leading business leaders, academics and social policy makers come Myanmar to discuss job creation, social opportunities and entrepreneurship in the region.

When asked by Mizzima about the timeliness of hosting this summit in the light of ongoing ethnic conflicts in Myanmar, Palakurthi Rao said that “We also will touch upon these sorts of issues.”

He said that there would be over 15 councils taking part who would be discussing topics, such as ethnic conflicts, throughout the event.

The summit will take place from June 5-7. A Young Global Leaders Annual Summit will also run from June 2-7 where 300 young global leaders from around the world from more than 60 countries will gather for a series of debates and seminars in Yangon.

Additional reporting by Victoria Bruce.
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