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Gorshenin Institute to hold X National Expert Forum (registration)

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In partnership with

The Representation of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Ukraine and Belarus,

Maksym Stepanov, chairman of the Odesa Regional State Administration


X National Expert Forum

18 October 2018

Odesa, Bristol Hotel, 15 Pushkinska St.

11:00 - 12:00 – Registration of participants and guests

12:00 - 12:10 – Opening ceremony

12:10 - 13:20 – Discussion panel I: FORMULA OF PEACE FOR UKRAINE

Points for discussion:

- Effective scenarios to restore the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity

- Security challenges in the context of the pre-election year

- Prospects for the situation in Donbas: a peacekeeping mission, alternatives to the Minsk format, steps towards reintegration

- International coalition of support for Ukraine: opportunities and prospects

- Hybrid threats in today’s world: effective countering techniques

- Approaches to addressing the humanitarian crisis in Donbas


· Oleksandr LYTVYNENKO, Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine,

· Alexander HUG, Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine,

· Jean-Baptiste JEANGÈNE-VILMER, Director of the Institute for Strategic Research (IRSEM), French Ministry of Defence (Paris),

· Itzhak ILAN, Deputy Director of the Israeli Security Agency (“Shin-Bet”) in 2010-2011,

· Simon WEISS, Research Associate at Friedrich Ebert Foundation Regional Office for Cooperation and Peace in Europe (Vienna, Austria)

PANEL MODERATOR: Marcel RÖTHIG, Director, the Representation of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Ukraine and Belarus

13:20 - 14:00 – Break, drinks and buffet. Communication on the sidelines.

14:00 - 15:20 – Discussion panel II: UKRAINE AS EUROPE’S INVESTMENT HUB

Points for discussion:

- Ukraine in the context of global economic challenges

- Investment as a factor of regional development

- Decentralization reform as a factor of regional investment appeal

- Innovation management and innovative approaches in economy

- Labour migration as a challenge to the country’s investment appeal

- Window of opportunity: how much time Ukraine has to modernize its economy


· Hennadyiy ZUBKO, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, Minister of Regional Development, Construction and Utility Services of Ukraine,

· Maksym STEPANOV, Chairman of the Odesa Regional State Administration,

· Isabelle DUMONT, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of France to Ukraine,

· LEE YANG-GOO, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea to Ukraine,

· Ivan MIKLOS, Head of the Strategic Advisory Group for Supporting Ukrainian Reforms (SAGSUR)

PANEL MODERATOR: Sonya KOSHKINA, editor in chief at LB.UA

15:20 - 15:35 – Coffee break and informal communication

15:35 - 16:45 – Discussion panel III: UKRAINE IN INTERNATIONAL DIMENSION 

Points for discussion:

- Foreign policy challenges of Ukraine during the pre-election year

- International agenda for Ukraine: how the world is changing and what Ukraine should do

- Progress in key reforms in Ukraine and its assessment by the international community

- The EU’s Ukraine policy and Ukraine’s path to the EU. Major factors

- How and why have Ukraine’s relations with the member states evolved, especially with the Central European countries?


· Pavlo KLIMKIN, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine,

· Heorhiy LOHVYNSKYY, Member of Ukrainian Parliament, Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (2017-2018),

· Annika WEIDEMANN,Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine,

· Ihor SMESHKO, Adviser to the President of Ukraine, former Head of the Intelligence Committee under the President of Ukraine,

· Susan STEWART, Senior Associate at German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Berlin)

PANEL MODERATOR: Dmytro OSTROUSHKO, director of international programmes at Gorshenin Institute

16:45 - 17:00 – Closing of the formal part of the Х National Expert Forum


Partners: VOSTOK BANK, Allseeds

General media partner:

General TV partner: NewsOne

Media partners: RBC, Glavcom, Delovaya Stolitsa, Obozrevatel, Mist-Dnipro,, 7Channel.Odesa

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