President of the Republic of Lithuania

The President will go to Davos

2019-01-22

Tuesday, January 22, Vilnius – Tomorrow, 23 January, President Dalia Grybauskaitė is leaving for Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos. This forum is an annual global informal top level meeting held for the 49th time which attracts over 3000 political, global business, science and innovation leaders.

The topic of this year’s forum is Globalization 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Austrian, Irish, Italian, Dutch, Swiss and other state leaders as well as UN Secretary General António Guterres, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde will take part in various debates of the forum.

The President will attend a meeting of world economic leaders which will focus on cyber security matters this year and is entitled Keeping Trust in Cyberspace. State leaders and heads of major global companies will discuss how to future-proof the cyber space – which would contribute to the welfare and security of states and society bearing developing globalization in mind.

Lithuania is rightly referred to as cyber security leader in the global context. Having successfully amended the existing legislation and adopted all the necessary new laws, consolidated its cyber capacities, Lithuania climbed up to the first position on the National Cyber Security Index and is now considered the safest state in the world in cyber space.

The President will also take part in a debate initiated by the influential US daily The New York Times on women’s leadership – Female Leadership at the Tipping Point. The aim of this debate is to draw attention of the public around the globe to the fact that the situation of women both in politics and business is improving not fast enough. Even the opposite trends were observed – the number of women managers in 500 largest and most successful global businesses went down by 25 percent over the past year. President Dalia Grybauskaitė, Michele Bachelet, former President of Chile and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister as well as business and culture activists will discuss the possibilities of changing the situation and ensuring that female leadership improves in all walks of life at a more equal pace.

The President is also expected to attend other debates on international security and the future of the EU hosted at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Various bilateral conversations are planned with foreign heads of state. A meeting with representatives of the largest and most advanced scientific research lab in the world – the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN – regarding the establishment of two scientific incubators in Vilnius and Kaunas is also included in the President’s agenda.

Investment opportunities in Lithuania will be discussed during different meetings with representatives of global businesses. The President will make a couple of interviews with the international media – global TV channel CNBC and largest news agencies, such as Reuters and DPA, as well as other media outlets.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2019.01.22 11:56

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