WASHINGTON, D.C. - You are invited to attend the first "UKRAINIAN ID" Economic and Humanitarian International Forum.  The 'Ukrainian ID" Forum will combine economic policy with humanitarian topics, such as culture, human security, civil society. This first year the Forum will begin with the "Ukrainian ID" Forum's work program on Saturday, July 7th, and the "Doba Shevchenka" cultural festival program also on Saturday, July 7, in Kaniv.

The Forum is named “Ukrainian ID”, where "ID" represents "international dialogue", "internal dialogue", "identification" and "identity" - emphasizing the inherent correlation between economic and humanitarian development of the State and communities, and demonstrating to business stakeholders that investing in humanitarian development could be a lucrative win-win interaction with local communities, http://ukr-id.com/en.

The city of Kaniv, located in the Cherkasy region (130 km from Kyiv) was chosen as the "Ukrainian ID" Forum’s venue because it is a geographical and spiritual center of Ukraine, historically linked with the main national cultural brand and the symbol of the country - Taras Shevchenko. For tens of millions Ukrainians, living in Ukraine and all over the world, Kaniv is an instantly recognizable heart of Shevchenko-land, a “place of power” (mistce syly).

The "Ukrainian ID" Forum, http://ukr-id.com/en, will be held in conjunction with the cultural Festival “Doba Shevchenka” (“Shevchenko Day”), http://shevafest.net. This multidisciplinary Festival will be held in a new format for Ukraine: 24 hours of non-stop music, theater, cinema, literature, performances and visual arts. The main goal of the Festival is to revitalize and expand Kaniv as a cultural and tourist destination, rich both in historical and modern cultural content.

The "Ukrainian ID" Forum will be held annually, uniting opinion leaders in the areas of economy, business, politics, culture and civil society in order to generate fundamental changes in Ukraine. 


(1) ECONOMY ID – Economic Policy and Investment

- At the edge of epochs: changes in the global economic paradigm
- Innovative economy: institutional and investment challenges
- Profit “above all”: ecology of the new conscience of mega-industries and agricultural businesses

(2) COMMUNITY ID - Challenges and Opportunities of Decentralization: From Metropolises to Local Communities

- World metropolises: trends in management and development
- Balancing interests of executive powers and communities
- Shifting accents: tourist industry development as a global priority for the economy

(3) HUMAN SECURITY ID - Democracy as Human Capital Enhancement


- Ensuring human rights as a basis for social development
- Gender equality: hidden dividends
- Ensuring equal access to opportunities for individual development and personal fulfillment: human rights and responsibilities

(4) CULTURE ID - "Weight" of Cultural Capital


- Culture as a domain of national security
- Is it possible to decentralize culture? Role of the State: priorities and risks
- Cultural tourism: world experience and Ukrainian realities

(4) TECHNOLOGY ID - Advancing the frontier of possibilities


- Modern technologies to curb inequalities for personal development
- Robotization: a challenge for labor market
- Is Ukraine an exporter of innovations or an “intellectual raw material”?

1.  John Herbst (former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, director, Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center)
2.  Natalie Jaresko (Executive Director, Financial Oversight & Management Board for Puerto Rico)
3.  Dmytro Bondarenko (CEO, “LIGA” Group)
4.  Ulana Suprun, Acting Minster of Health
5.  Christopher Dickey (World news editor, The Daily Beast)
6.  Anna Nemtsova (Correspondent , The Daily Beast, Newsweek)
7.  Kadie Ward (Senior advisor, PLEDDG project)
8.  Diane Francis (Editor-At-Large, National Post)
9.  Yurii Tkachenko (Governor of Cherkasy region)
10.  Roman Waschuk (Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine)
11.  Yevhen Nyshchuk (Minister of Culture of Ukraine, (TBC)
12.  Vladyslav Troyitsky (Director, founder of “Dakh Theater” & GogolFest),
13.  Ivan Malkovych (Publisher, founder & CEO of A-ba-ba-ga-la-ma-ga publishing house)
14.  Costa Vayenas (Senior Government Advisor, Pro Civis)
15.  Daniel Bilak, Director, UkraineInvest; Chief, Intestment Advisor to the Prime Minister of Ukraine
16.  Volodymyr Omelian (Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine)
17.  James Brooke (Founder, Ukraine Business News)
18.  Thomas Brunner (Managing Partner of AgroPlus2006)
19.  Luc Jacobs (Ambassador of Belgium to Ukraine)

REGISTRATION:  for additional infomation go to: http://ukr-id.com/en; for registration go to: https://ukr-id.com/en/registration/; and for Doba Shevchenaka Festival, go to http://shevafest.net.
The official hotel of the Kaniv Forum is the Fairmont Grand Hotel in Kyiv.  There is a large discount at the Fairmont for Forum registrants, https://www.fairmont.com/kyiv

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT:  Olga Kyrylova, kyrylova@ukr-hdf.org

U.S.-UKRAINE BUSINESS COUNCIL (USUBC) NOTE:  The U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC), www.USUBC.org, Washington, D.C., is a major sponsor of the "UKRAINIAN ID" Forum.  USUBC is represented on the Organizating Committee of the Forum by Dr. Irina Paliashvili, President, RULG-Ukrainian Legal Group and by Morgan Williams, President, USUBC.  Irina is a long-standing member of the USUBC Executive Committee and Chair of the USUBC Legal Working Group; http://www.usubc.org/site/u-s-ukraine-business-council-usubc-executive-committee.  


Combining Economic Policy and Humanitarian Issues and the "DOBA SHEVCHENKA" Festival

Kaniv, Ukraine, Sat, July 7, 2018; http://ukr-id.com/en.


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