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Russia’s 1st Deputy PM Shuvalov to lead Russian delegation to Davos World Economic Forum

January 21, 2015, 2:24 UTC+3 DAVOS

The 2015 forum will be attended by more than 2,500 delegates, including more than 200 state officials from various countries

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DAVOS, January 21. /TASS/. Russia’s First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov will take part in the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, a spokesman for Shuvalov’s secretariat told TASS on Tuesday.

The 2015 forum will be attended by more than 2,500 delegates, including more than 200 state officials from various countries. Taking part in the forum will be US Secretary of State John Kerry, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande. The Russian delegation will be led by First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, who will arrive in Davos on January 23.

Shuvalov will attend an event organized by Russia’s Sberbank and take part in the forum’s Russian session, his spokesman said. “Apart from that, he will meet with foreign businessmen and will sign, on behalf of the prime minister. a framework agreement of partnership between Russia and the United Nations Development Programme,” the spokesman added.

The Russian delegation will also include Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich and Minister of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukayev.

“Dvorkovich will take part in three sessions, one of which will be dedicated to the global market’s volatility as a new economic norm. The deputy prime minister will also take part in discussions on energy problems and on a new economic architecture of the Eurasian continent. Also, he will meet with foreign partners,” Dvorkovich’s press secretary, Aliya Samigullina, told TASS.

Russian official and businessmen have been taking part in the Davos World Economic Forum since 1987. Vladimir Putin visited Davos in 2009, when he was Russia’s Prime Minister. In 2014, the Russian delegation to the forum was led by Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich.

Founded in 1971, the World Economic Forum is annually held in Switzerland’s Davos. Heads of state and top executives of the world’s leading corporations meet here to discuss topical political and economic problems. On the backdrop of geopolitical conflict and the economic crisis, this year’s forum will be dedicated to measures of rebuilding trust.

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