15 OCTOBER 2009

The forum will feature Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister Hryhoriy Nemyria, Minister of Economy Bohdan Danylyshyn, high level US government officials, top executives from international lending institutions and economic experts on Ukraine.

Major speakers participating from Kyiv, via Live TV Link, will be Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, economic experts, and executives from the IMF, World Bank, EBRD and other financial institutions.

The objective of the Forum is to bring together international and Ukrainian experts to present and discuss the financial and economic crisis that hit Ukraine in the fall of 2008 and continues today - what caused it, why it hit Ukraine's economy and currency so hard, what has been done to deal with the crisis, what needs to be done in the next few months and what needs to be implemented over the next year to rapidly accelerate Ukraine's economic growth and development.

The following major issues will be covered by the Forum's speakers and panelists:
  • Why the international liquidity crisis affected Ukraine more than other emerging economies.
  • Ukraine’s main vulnerabilities to the financial crisis in 2008.
  • Why the local currency depreciated more than the currencies of other countries.
  • Why the real sector, including GDP and exports, declined so dramatically.
  • What measures taken by the Ukrainian authorities to deal with the crisis were adequate and what measures were inadequate.
  • Measures that the country could undertake to avoid deepening the crisis during the Presidential election period and until a new government is in place.
  • Measures that the country should undertake in the medium term to accelerate economic development.
- Freedon Forum Entrence -
Knight Conference Center
555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Washington, DC Participants:
Participants in the Forum in Washington, DC will include: (1) Hrygoriy Nemyria, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, (2) Bohdan Danylyshyn, Minister of Economy of Ukraine; (3) Michael Bleyzer, Managing Partner, President & CEO, SigmaBleyzer; (4) William Taylor, Vice President, Peace & Stability Operations, United States Institute of Peace (USIP), former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine; (5) Dr. Edilberto Segura, Chairman of the Board, The Bleyzer Foundation (TBF); (6) William Miller, Senior Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine; (7) Chris Wilson, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Europe and the Middle East, U.S. Office of the Special Trade Representative (USTR), and (8) Ambassador John E. Herbst, Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, U.S. Department of State, Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine.

Additional participants on the Forum program in Washington, D.C., will include: (9) Ariel Cohen, Senior Research Fellow, The Kathryn and Shelby Cullom David Institute for International Studies, The Heritage Foundation; (10) Ihor A. Shumylo, Executive Director, Economic Issues, Member of the Management Board, National Bank of Ukraine; (11) George Logush, Vice President, Kraft Foods, Area Director: Ukraine, Eastern Europe, Central Asia; (12) Jorge Zukoski, President, American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine; (13) Jock Mendoza-Wilson, Director of International & Investor Relations, Systems Capital Management (SCM); (14) Dr. Irina Paliashvili, President and Senior Counsel, RULG-Ukrainian Legal Group; (15) Olexandra Kuzhel, Head of the Ukrainian State Committee for Regulatory Policy and Entrepreneurship and others.
Kyiv, Ukraine Participants:
Participants in the Forum in Kyiv, Ukraine will include: (1) Yuliya Tymoshenko, Prime Minister, Ukraine; (2) Martin Raiser, Country Director, The World Bank; (3) Ceyla Pazarbasioglu, Head of the IMF Mission, International Monetary Fund (IMF); (4) Andre Kuusvek, Country Director, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD); (5) Ambassador Jose Manuel Pinto Teixeira, Head of the EC Delegation to Ukraine; (6) Valery Geets, Head of Economic Analysis and Forecasting, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, and (7) Oleg Ustenko, Executive Director, The Bleyzer Foundation (TBF).
08.15 AM
09.00 AM
09.15 AM - 10.45 AM
10.45 AM - 12.15 PM
12.15 PM - 01.00 PM
01.00 PM - 03.00 PM
- 08.00 - 10.00 PM KYIV
03.00 PM - 04.00 PM
04.00 PM
Registration & Coffee
Welcome Remarks
Keynote Speakers
Panel Experts
Lunch Break
Live Link between Kyiv & Washington

Business & Investment Panel
Forum Closes
Ministry of Economy of Ukraine
Embassy of Ukraine to the United States
U.S.-Ukraine Business Council
Ukrainian Foreign Investment Agency
The Bleyzer Foundation
U.S.-Ukraine Business Council Foundation
Attendance at the First Annual International Forum on the Economic Development of Ukraine is by invitation only. All invited attendees must be registered in advance. Registrations are still being accepted. Please register today. If you know of someone that would like to be invited please have them contact USUBC immediately at usubc@usubc.org. There is no registration fee for the reception. You must bring a photo ID with you to the Forum at the Newseum on Thursday, October 15th.