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World Economic Forum to host Asia Roundtable in Singapore
21/4/2005 17:02

The World Economic Forum (WEF) will host its Asia Roundtable in Singapore on April 28-29, WEF Asia Director Lee Howell said on Thursday.
With the theme "Tilting the global balance: the strategic implications of Asia's growth," the meeting will address critical issues concerning the region's increasing global economic and political influence.
"The goal of the roundtable is a frank exchange on both the challenges and opportunities that will be the focus of the coming months," Howell noted.
Topics to be discussed during the event include the business impact of the geopolitics of Asia, the impact of China and India on Asian competitiveness and future growth, the future supply of key natural resources and its impact on regional relations, as well as the prospects for Asia's financial integration.
A delegation of political and business leaders from the Middle East led by King Abdullah II of Jordan will join the discussion on the growing trade and investment ties between the Middle East and Asia in the roundtable, according to Lee.
More than 250 leaders from business, government, civil society and the media from 34 countries will attend the meeting, among whom are prominent figures like Peter Mandelson, trade commissioner of the European Commission, and Mongolian Prime Minister Tsakhiagiyn Elbegdorj.
Singapore Economic Development Board is WEF's partner in hosting the roundtable.