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Medvedev to take part in Davos session over G-20 problems, meet with colleagues

January 24, 2013, 3:47 UTC+3

The participants might discuss not only the general issues of the current condition of the Russian and global economies, but also concrete cooperation plans

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DAVOS, January 24 (Itar-Tass) — Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who is attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, will participate in a session over G-20 problems, meet with investors at lunch and have bilateral meetings with his colleagues.

The premier's working day will begin earlier than 9 o'clock, local time, with a working lunch with foreign investors under the theme "world economy slowdown: challenges and opportunities," arranged by VTB Capital. The participants might discuss not only the general issues of the current condition of the Russian and global economies, but also concrete cooperation plans. For example, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich stated ahead of the forum that Medvedev was planning to present a number of large investment projects in Davos. One of such projects is "Russian Networks" to be run by the FSK managing company and the MRSK holding. Infrastructure projects to develop Russia’s southern region, the Far East, as well as the towns that will host World Football Championship 2018 games might also be of interest to investors.

The premier's working program includes a special session devoted to the G-20. Dmitry Medvedev will present his vision of Russia's priorities in the G-20, because it holds the G-20 presidency this year. "Medvedev was at the origin of the establishment of the G-20; he has a large experience of work in this format," Dvorkovich noted, "also, Davos colleagues have long asked us to elaborate on our vision."

In Medvedev's opinion, the G-20's work is becoming more effective. He said he could recall the skepticism that reigned in the hall in the condition of the gravest economic crisis, yet the G-20 was set up and it played its role. It consolidated the positions of very different countries; it was done in time, otherwise the consequences would have been different, Medvedev said in an interview to Bloomberg television

On Thursday, Medvedev plans to meet with the World Economic Forum's international media council. It was set up in 2006 and comprises 100 most influential representatives of the world media community. The main objective of the Council is to study global problems and prospects for developing the mass media with the view of improving the quality of information distribution in the society. The premier's meeting with media council members will be held in camera.

Medvedev is expected to hold bilateral meetings with colleagues on the sidelines of the forum. His meetings with the British prime minister and Swiss president are expected. "Other meetings are possible," Dvorkovch said.

Medvedev participated in the World Economic Forum in 2007, when he was first deputy prime minister, and in 2011, when he travelled to Switzerland in the capacity of president.

The WEF's 43rd session will last until January 27. It is held under the motto Resilient Dynamism. Taking part in it are 2,500 representatives of government bodies, business elites and public organizations from 100 countries, including 45 heads of states and prime ministers.


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