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Heads of State meet to address Peace, Stability and Security in the Western Balkans

August 27, 2014:
100 years after Sarajevo, among others, President Bakir Izetbegovic from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Mr. Gjorge Ivanov, President of Macedonia will join the Homeland and Global Security Forum to take place in Geneva on next October to address the Regional Security issues.
 
The special session dedicated to the Balkans and the World Security will gather high Representatives from the whole South Eastern Europe.
 
On the occasion of this Forum, they will be presented with the PRIX DE LA FONDATION 2014.

Can we stop it ? The fight against Ebola outbreak at the top of the agenda of forthcoming HGSF, next October in Geneva

August 12, 2014:
We decided to add a special session to our Program ! Ebola outbreak has become a terrible reality that challenges Governments and the entire International Community.
 
In cooperation with Fondation Mérieux, the forthcoming Homeland & Global Security Forum to be held in Geneva from October 15 to 17, will gather Ministers, notably Ministers of Health, International Organizations, Pharmaceutical Laboratories as well as Researchers and Experts, to address this challenge of the utmost importance.
 
It will offer a unique platform to discuss about the necessary coordination of means at both regional and international levels to curb Ebola outbreak, prevent its spreading and open the ways of curative therapies and a potential vaccine.

Mr. Ignazio Marino, Mayor of Rome, will join the forthcoming HGSF in Geneva next October 2014

July 31, 2014:
The Forum is pleased to welcome Mr. Ignazio Marino, Mayor of Rome, on the occasion of the forthcoming Homeland & Global Security Forum, to take place in Geneva, October 15 to 17,2014.
 
Mr. Marino is one of the key players of the revival happening in Italy and this is the reason why he will be presented with the Crans Montana Forum’s Gold Medal.

The Club of Ports and the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries

July 15, 2014: The next session of the CLUB OF PORTS to take place in Geneva on next October will be organized in association with : THE ORGANIZATION OF ARAB PETROLEUM EXPORTING COUNTRIES THE ISLAMIC SHIPOWNERS ASSOCIATION THE ARAB MARITIME PETROLEUM TRANSPORT COMPANY in order to address the following issues : MARITIME ACTIVITIES AND GLOBAL SECURITY : THE KEY CONCERN TRANSPORT OF HYDROCARBONS : SECURITY CHALLENGES IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA THE REMAINING ISSUE OF PIRACY

The Crans Montana Forum mourns Edouard Chevardnadze

July 8, 2014:
Edouard Chevardnadze just passed away.
 
Edouard Chevardnadze and Mikhail Gorbachev were the key actors of the collapse of Communism in USSR and the rest of Europe.
Both of them were among the first key Participants of the emerging Crans Montana Forum in 1990 and 1991.
 
Edouard Chevardnadze was Minister of Foreign Affairs of USSR then President of the Republic of Georgia.
He was presented with the Prix de la Fondation and belongs to the History of the Crans Montana Forum

A key Agenda for the October 2014 HGSF in Geneva : the World Global Security and the two hot points, the Sahara and Iraq.

July 4, 2014:
“Making the World Safer: Mission impossible?” is the key question to be addressed on the occasion of the Homeland & Global Security Forum, to take place in Geneva (Switzerland) from October 15 to 17, 2014.
 
As every year, Heads of State and Government, Ministers, International Organizations, Parliaments, Justice & Police Administrations, Intelligence Agencies and Businesses will join this Summit which is the most renowned one for all Security issues applied to Business.

Terror threatening the whole African Continent - on the top of the agenda of the next October Forum in Geneva

July 3, 2014:
A large part of the Programme of the forthcoming Homeland & Global Security Forum to take place in Geneva on October 2014 will be dedicated to the Security challenges in Africa.
 
Africa is becoming a new hub for terrorism.
Can the Sahelo-Saharan Zone become a new Afghanistan ?
 
The whole Continent is under threat and the Sahelo-Saharan Zone situation endangers the stability of Western Africa and directly impacts Europe and Mediterranean.
 
Improving the role of African Leaders in the implementation of Peace.

Geneva, Oct. 16, 2014 : Interactive meeting between Governments and Businesses on Global Security Strategies in Middle East and Africa

July 3, 2014:
On the way to the Qatar Exhibition and in the framework of the annual Global and Security Forum, a private and interactive dinner is organized in Geneva on October 16, 2014 to gather Government Officials and Specialized Businesses to address :  
 
MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA : THE TODAY’S SECURITY MARKETS

Implementing major Security Projects
Site Security, Fire and Electronic Security
Protection of Borders
Security of Oil fields and Strategic buildings

African Women’s Forum : Education & Global Security , a special Programme in association with Empowerment Support Initiative (Nigeria) on next October 2014 in Geneva

July 3, 2014:
On the occasion of the 16th International Summit on Transnational Crime and Homeland & Global Security Forum, to take place in Geneva (Switzerland) from October 15 to 17, 2014, a one-day Programme will be co-organized by the African Women’s Forum and the Empowerment Support Initiative, chaired by  Mrs. Judith Amaechi, First Lady of the Rivers State (Nigeria).
 
It will be dedicated to Education & Global Security and will highlight the key role of Early education, Gender equality and Food security  to prevent conflicts and build future Citizens.

Royal Message from His Majesty King Mohammed VI at the opening of the 25th Annual Session of the Crans Montana Forum

July 2, 2014:
Under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, the 25th Annual Session of the Crans Montana was held in Rabat from June 19 to 22, 2014.
 
At the opening of this exceptional Jubilee, the Royal Message from His Majesty to the Forum, which was of the highest intellectual and political level, has given the guideline of the three days of deliberations.
 
Mr. Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, as the High Representative of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, delivered the Royal Message addressed to the President of the Forum, Amb. Jean-Paul Carteron on June 19, 2014.
 

Special Message from Mr. BAN ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, on the occasion of the 25th Annual Session of the Crans Montana Forum

July 2, 2014:
On the occasion of the Opening Ceremony of the 25th Annual Session of the Crans Montana Forum, Mr. BAN ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, has shown his friendship to the Forum by sending an Official message, delivered to the 700 participants of this exceptional Jubilee.
 

Special Message from Mrs. Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, on the occasion of the 25th Annual Session of the Crans Montana Forum

July 2, 2014:
Among the numerous messages received by the Forum for its 25th Anniversary, we note with great pleasure the one sent by Mrs. Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO.
 
This message was delivered during the Opening Ceremony which took place at the ISESCO headquarters in Rabat.
 

Jean-Claude Juncker, PRIX DE LA FONDATION, new President of the European Commission

June 27, 2014:
The Crans Montana Forum is proud to announce the appointment of Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission.
 
A few years ago, Amb. Jean-Paul Carteron, Chairman and Founder of the Forum presented him with the Prix de la Fondation during a brilliant ceremony, at the Hotel de Ville of Brussels, chaired by HRH Princess Astrid of Belgium.

Energy is a the top of the Agenda of the Crans Montana Forum in Rabat : Sudan will be highly represented

June 11, 2014:
Energy is a the top of the Crans Montana Forum's Agenda for the next 25th annual session to take place in Rabat.
In this framework, the Forum will welcome an important Delegation from Sudan headed by the Chairman of the Sudan Parliament's Oil and Energy Committee, Mr. Omer Adam Rahma, heading a high level Delegation.

Maroc Telecom Partner of the 25th annual session of the Crans Montana Forum

June 9, 2014:
We are proud to welcome Maroc Telecom as one of our main Partners on the occasion of the 25th annual session of the Crans Montana Forum in Rabat.

African Women's Forum together with ISESCO and WIP address the issue of Women in Islamic Society

June 9, 2014:
This is a major event, chaired by Mrs. Bassima Hakkaoui Minister, Solidarity, Women, Family & Social Development of Morocco.
 
Participants of the African Women's Forum will address the following issues :
 
The impact of Women in Parliaments in Islamic Society
The political empowerment of female Parliamentarians in Islamic countries and their growing role in Islamic society
Women in the modern Islamic society

Rabat June 21, 2014 : The African Women's Forum addressing the issue of Supporting Women’s Initiatives in the Sub-Saharan Africa

June 9, 2014:
The African Women's Forum is definitely the only reference as far as the African Women's situation is concerned.
 
On the occasion if its special meeting to take place in Rabat on next June 21, the Forum will address two major issues  :
 
Women in the modern African society
Supporting Women’s Initiatives in the Sub-Saharan Africa
 
and also present, thanks to the participation of its Founder and Chair, Mrs. Amaechi from Port-Harcourt :
 
The Initiatives of ESI Foundation to improve the status of Women

Madagascar Prime Minister Roger Kolo, heading an important delegation, at the Crans Montana Forum in Rabat

June 6, 2014:
Mr. Roger Kolo, Prime Minister of Madagascar, heading a very large delegation, composed of many Ministers and Administration Experts together with representatives from the private sector, will join the 25th annual session of the Crans Montana Forum in Rabat.
 
The new Prime Minister of Madagascar represents a big hope for Africa and the International Community.
 
On the occasion of this Forum, he will be presented with the PRIX DE LA FONDATION, a prestigious award, that has been presented since 1986 to key actors for Peace, Freedom and International Cooperation.

Mrs. Fatima Khouchoua Founding President of Giving Chances presented with the Forum’s Gold Medal during the 25th annual Session in Rabat

June 3, 2014:
Mrs. Fatima Khouchoua, Founding President of the association Giving Chances that supports Educational projects in Morocco will be presented with the Forum’s Gold Medal in the framework of a special session of the African Women’s Forum to take place in Rabat (Morocco) on June 21, 2014.
 
Mrs. Khouchoua was recently presented with the Prize 2014 for the Best Humanitarian Actions in Africa by the British NGO «Women 4 Africa» for her experimental initiatives in encouraging schooling and reading in schools situated in rural areas.

The Prime Minister of Solomon Islands at the Forum : Pacific States becoming key actors of the South-South Cooperation

June 3, 2014:
On the occasion of its 25th annual session, the Crans Montana Forum will host a high level Delegation from Solomon Islands headed by Mr. Gordon Darcy Lilo, Prime Minister.
 
Indeed the Forum, in association with the Initiative OCEANS COMPACT launched by UN Secretary General Mr. BAN ki-moon, is partnering with the UN and UNESCO to address the challenge of Climate change and Sea level rise directly threatening numerous countries and populations in the Pacific Region and in Africa.
 
Solomon Islands are facing this challenge with determination and improve their Infrastructure to address the new issues connected to our changing World. During the Forum, the Port of HONIARA will be awarded with a special Label of Excellence presented by the Club of Ports.

Among the most seductive Business destinations in the SEE, Montenegro will be at the Crans Montana Forum in Rabat

June 2, 2014: The President of the Republic of Montenegro, Mr. Filip Vujanovic will join the forthcoming 25th annual session of the Crans Montana Forum to take place in Rabat on June 19 to 22, 2014. He will be heading a Business Delegation.

Mrs. Judith Amaechi, First Lady of the Rivers State at the Crans Montana Forum in Rabat

June 2, 2014:
The special session of the African Women ´s Forum to take place in Rabat (Morocco) on June 21, 2014 will host, as Guest of Honour, Mrs. Judith Amaechiwife of Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, Nigeria and founder and head of the Empowerment Support Initiative (ESI) which campaigns against HIV/AIDS, advocates the rights of the women and children, and promotes gender equity and Girl-Child education.
 
Mrs. Amaechi launched the Empowerment Support Initiative on 16 October 2008. The NGO provides practical support and advice for women and children, particularly the most disadvantaged. In June 2009, speaking during International Widows Day, Mrs. Amaechi called for review of native laws and customary practices that cause distress to widows, sometimes throwing them into abject poverty. 
 
In 2009, Mrs. Amaechi sponsored a free mass deworming program Rivers State children. She was a strong supporter of the Child Rights Act passed in Rivers state in 2010, aiming to prevent abuse of children. In August 2010 she opened an Information and Communication Technology Farm, which provides free computer training in the holidays to junior and senior secondary school students.
 
Mrs. Judith Amaechi will be presented with the Prix de la Fondation during the Forum.

The President of the Republic of Malta attends the 25th annual session of the Forum in Rabat

May 30, 2014:
Among numerous Heads of State, Prime Ministers and Ministers attending the Crans Montana Forum in Rabat on June 19 to 22, 2014, the participation of Mrs. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of the Republic of Malta will be among the most appreciated.
Mrs. Coleiro Preca represents a new approach of Public affairs management.
Her generosity and humanity are well known and will mark this new era made of so many Economic and Social crisis.
The President of the Republic of Malta will be presented with the PRIX DE LA FONDATION during this Forum.

Africa, towards a Green Economy ? Exceptional meeting of Ministers of Environment in Rabat, chaired by Mrs. Hakima El Haite, Minister of Environment, Morocco

May 27, 2014:
An exceptional meeting of Ministers of Environment will take place in the framework of the Crans Montana Forum in Rabat (Morocco), on June 19 to 22, 2014, chaired by Mrs. Hakima El Haite, Minister of Environment of the Kingdom.
 
Among the confirmed Personalities : Mr. Rachid Ahmed Ibn Fahd, Minister of Environment and Water, United Arab Emirates, Mr. Mor Ngom, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Senegal, Mr. Abdoulaye Idrissa Maïga, Minister of Environment, Water and Sanitation, Mali, Mr. Salif Ouedraogo, Minister of Environment, Burkina Faso, Mrs. Taher El-Chakhchir, Minister of Environment, Jordan, Mr. Rémy Allah Kouadio, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Côte d'Ivoire, Mrs. Leila Rached Iskandar, Minister of Environment, Egypt, Mr. Gianluca Galletti, Minister of Environment, Planning and Preservation of the Sea, Italy, Mr. Mounir Majdoub, Secretary of State in charge of Environment, Tunisia, Mr. Melchior H.N. Wathelet, Secretary of State for Environment, Energy and Mobility, Belgium, Mrs. Kangaka Kotasoya Marie Gemma, Advisor to the Minister of Environment, DR Congo.
 
This Meeting will be organized in cooperation with the Crans Montana Forum of New Leaders for Tomorrow.

The largest national delegation of Women ever welcomed by the Forum ! Mrs. Judith Amaechi, First Lady of the Rivers State (Nigeria) heading a huge Delegation of Women to the Crans Montana Forum

May 26, 2014:
An important Delegation of Nigerian Women headed by Mrs. Judith Amaechi, First Lady of Rivers State, will join the African Women’s Forum special Program to take place in the framework of the 25th Crans Montana Forum's annual session.
 
It will be dedicated to, among others, the impact of Women in the modern African society and the role of Women in Parliaments.
 
Mrs. Judith Amaechi, Founder of the Foundation Empowerment Support Initiative will present the achievements of her Organization in Nigeria, accompanied by an impressive delegation of more than 40 Nigerian Women, active in Politics, Business and NGOs.
 
On this very occasion, Mrs. Judith Amaechi will be presented with the Prix de la Fondation for her fight for Gender equality and Children's education and to highlight the Crans Montana Forum’s support to the 234 Nigerian girls abducted and their suffering mothers.

Mr. Gordon Darcy Lilo Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands to join the Rabat Forum - The Port of Honiara awarded by the Club of Ports

May 26, 2014:
Mr. Gordon Darcy Lilo, Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands will attend the 25th annual session of the Crans Montana Forum to take place in Rabat (Morocco) on June 19 to 22, 2014.
 
On this occasion,
 
- the Prime Minister will be presented with the PRIX DE LA FONDATION 2014
- the Port of Honiara, now second most important Port of its Region, will be awarded by the Club of Ports

The Burkina Faso, Guest Country of the Crans Montana Forum to take place on next June in Rabat

May 22, 2014:
The President of the Faso, Mr. Blaise Compaoré will head an important Delegation from Burkina Faso on the occasion of the 25th annual session of the Crans Montana Forum to take place in Rabat, June 19 to 22, 2014.
 
This delegation will gather numerous  top Government Officials, including: Mr. Lucien Marie Noël Bembamba, Minister of Economy & Finance, Mr. Arthur P. Kafando, Minister of Industry & Trade, Mr. Mahama Zoungrana, Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Baba Hama, Minister of Tourism, Mr. Jean Coulidiati, Minister of Economic Development and Mr. Yacouba Barry, Minister of Housing and Urban Planning.
 
Manykey Business Decision makers will accompany the Official delegation, representing the most promising sectors of the Burkinabe Economy : Agro-food, Energy, Metallurgy, Building, Telecoms, Real Estate, etc.
 
Two bilateral specialized meetings are already featured in the Program in order to allow Businesses from the Faso and Morocco to strengthen their cooperation in the framework of the Forum.

Discover the exceptional potential of Burundi in Food Industry and Energy

May 14, 2014:
Mr. Pierre Nkurunziza President of the Republic of Burundi will attend the Crans Montana Forum in Rabat, heading an important Delegation of Government Officials and Businesses. Burundi is the today's destination as far as - among others - Agriculture, Food Industry and Energy are concerned. The potential is unlimited and this opportunity is really exceptional. President Pierre Nkurunziza will be presented with the PRIX DE LA FONDATION during the Rabat Forum.

Mr. Abdullah Abdullah, Prix de la Fondation is heading elections in Afghanistan !

April 24, 2014:
 

PRIX DE LA FONDATION 2014 : THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY'S NOMINATIONS

April 18, 2014:
The Board of the Crans Montana Forum has started to publish the nominations for the PRIX DE LA FONDATION 2014 to be presented on the occasion of the 25th annual session to take place in Rabat (Morocco). The Recipients who will be awarded are : Mrs. Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, President of the Republic of Malta, Mr. Blaise Compaoré President of the Republic of Burkina Faso, Mr. Pierre Nkurunziza, President of the Republic of Burundi, Mr. Gordon Darcy Lilo Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, Mr. Roger Kolo, Prime Minister of Madagascar, Mr. Abdekwahad Radi President of the Interparliamentary Union, Mr. Abbas Al Naqi Secretary General of the Organisation of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries, Mrs. Judith Amaechi First Lady of the Rivers State (Nigeria) and Mr. Jean Lassalle MP at the French National Assembly

The Prix de la Fondation 2014 awarded to the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries

April 18, 2014:
Mr. Abbas A. Al-Naqi Secretary General of the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) will join the session dedicated to Energy of the forthcoming Crans Montana Forum to take place in Rabat on next June 2014.
On this very occasion, he will be presented, jointly with OAPEC, with the PRIX DE LA FONDATION 2014.

The Mediterranean is gathering in Rabat on the occasion of the 25th Crans Montana Forum

April 15, 2014:
Numerous high level Delegations are confirming their participation to the 25th annual session of the Crans Montana Forum to take place in Rabat (Morocco) on June 19 to 22, 2014 and show their interest in meeting with Government Officials and Businesses from Africa, Central Asia and the Arab World.
Already confirmed : Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Palestine, Greece, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Romania, Bulgaria etc...
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The Crans Montana Forum's 25th session will address a key issue : the Tourism Industry with a Special meeting of the Ministers of Tourism and main actors of the sector.

April 3, 2014:
On the occasion of the 25th annual session of the Crans Montana Forum to take place in Rabat (Morocco) on June 19 to 22, 2014, a special meeting of Ministers of Tourism will take place to address the following issues related to Africa and new Economies around the world :
 
Tourism is the engine of Economic Development and Regional Integration
Tourism Industry is impacting all national Economic sectors
Tourism is the fastest way for securing financial return on Investment
Implementing a Regional Cooperation
Attracting Foreign Investment and key actors of the sector
The role of Islamic Finance

Ministers of Economy and Finance, Governors of Central banks and Banking and Financial Institutions meet in Rabat on June 19 to 22 on the occasion of the 25th annual Crans Montana Forum

April 3, 2014:
Ministers of Economy and Finance, Governors of Central banks and Banking and Financial Institutions will meet in Rabat on June 19 to 22 on the occasion of the 25th annual Crans Montana Forum to address a number of key issues :
 
How will the African Banking Industry look like in the coming years?
Africa needs a strong and sustainable Banking & Financial Sectors
Time for an increased international Cooperation has come
Encouraging innovation within African Banks and Financial Institutions :
the impressive and growing role of Morocco in this process
 

First Club of Ports LABELS FOR EXCELLENCE awarded !

March 17, 2014:
By decision of the Club of Ports’ Strategic Committee, the Crans Montana Forum is pleased to announce that the first Club of Ports' Labels for Excellence will be awarded to :
 
BEST PORT OF THE YEAR
Tanger Med, Morocco
 
BEST SHIPPERS' COUNCIL
Angola National Shippers' Council
 
BEST REGIONAL MARITIME PORT
Port of Casablanca, Morocco
 
BEST REGIONAL CONTAINER TERMINAL
Port of Luanda, Angola
 
The Labels for Excellence are an Official Recognition of (1) outstanding achievements, (2) efforts and (3) initiatives in the development and the management of the Maritime Industry, commitment towards Excellence, outstanding leadership, reliability as well as quality of services, innovation and customer relation management.
 
The Labels will be presented on the occasion of the occasion of an Official ceremony to take place on March 21 in Brussels (Belgium) in the framework of the forthcoming Crans Montana Forum on Africa & South-South Cooperation, March 19 to 22, 2014.

Mrs. Antoinette Sassou-Nguesso First Lady of the Republic Congo joins the Founding Session of the African Women's Forum

March 16, 2014:
Mrs. Antoinette Sassou-Nguesso First Lady of the Republic Congo will seat on the Panel of the Founding Session of the African Women's Forum to take place in Brussels on March 21 and 22, 2014. Mrs. Irina Bokova Director General of UNESCO and Mr. Abdelaziz Altwaijri Director General of ISESCO will welcome her as the keynote Speaker of the Official Opening Session.
Mrs. Antoinette Sassou-Nguesso will head an important Delegation of Women and Dignitaries from the Republic of Congo.
On this occasion, the First Lady will be presented with the Forum's Gold Medal by HRH Prince Jean de Luxembourg.

Mr. José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, presented with the PRIX DE LA FONDATION during the Crans Montana Forum on the South-South Cooperation and Africa on March 19, 2014

March 14, 2014:
The Board of the Crans Montana Forum has published the names of the Recipients of the PRIX DE LA FONDATION 2014 : Mr. José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, Mr. LI yong Director General of UNIDO and Mr. Jean Lassalle, MP at the National Assembly of France.
Mr Barroso will be presented with the Award in Brussels on March 19, 2014.

The Libya Africa Investment Portfolio at the Forum on South-South Cooperation and Africa

March 7, 2014:
The Libya Africa Investment Portfolio (LAP), part of the Libyan Investment Authority, will join the March 2014 Program of the Crans Montana Forum on South-South Cooperation and Africa.
 
It is an excellent opportunity to get in touch with the most important Sovereign Fund in Africa, working to create sustainable financial returns and build  a new Business framework, clusters of expertise and new Industry.

The 16th annual session of the Summit on Transnational Crime to take place in Geneva (Switzerland) on October 15 to 18, 2014

February 27, 2014:
SAVE THE DATE !
 
More information to be published soon !
Get in touch at info@montana30.org

An important delegation from Mauritania, Chair of the African Union, at the March 2014 Forum

February 25, 2014:
Mauritania will be represented at the Forum on South-South Cooperation by an important delegation led by Mr. Mohamed El Hacen EL Hadj, Speaker of the Senate, who will be presented on this occasion with the Crans Montana Forum’s Gold Medal.
 
Mauritania currently holds the Presidency of the African Union and its Government’s achievements regarding its global integration are an example for many Countries.

On June 19 to 22, 2014 the 25th annual session of the Crans Montana Forum in Rabat will address the issue of the New Markets

February 25, 2014:
The Crans Montana Forum is proud to present its 25th annual session to take place in Rabat (Morocco). This Jubilee is dedicated to HEADING TO THE SOUTH-SOUTH, NOT ONLY A STRATEGY BUT A NECESSITY !
 
For the first time, a Forum of this level will put together high level decision makers from key Regions which are not connected easily between them : Africa, Mediterranean, South Caucasus, Arab States & GCC, Central Asia, Turkish speaking countries and Central & Eastern Europe
 
Since 1990, this yearly event brings together Heads of State and Government, Ministers, International Organizations, MPs and Businesses from around the World. The Program will focus, among others, on the following topics:
-The Mediterranean: Security, Transport, Energy, Cooperation – is there an Arab Summer after the Spring? Improving Economic Relations with Central and Eastern Europe
-Morocco: the driving force in the South Mediterranean, a Center of gravity for the South-South Cooperation and the gateway to Sub-Saharan Africa
-The role of Muslim Countries in the World’s Economic Recovery, the African Economic Integration and Globalization
-New prospects for Business and Investment : Middle-East and Africa, South Caucasus, Central Asia and Turkish speaking countries
-Special session of the Club of Ports : the Maritime Industry -connecting the World to the Mediterranean- the strategic role of Morocco
-Special Programmes of the Crans Montana African Women’s Forum and New Leaders for Tomorrow

First Club of Ports LABEL FOR EXCELLENCE awarded to the Angola National Shippers’ Council

February 5, 2014:
By decision of the Club of Ports’ Strategic Committee, the Crans Montana Forum is pleased to announce that the first Club of Ports' Label for Excellence is awarded to the Angola National Shippers’ Council.
 
This Label is an official recognition, and even more an encouragement to the Angola National Shippers’ Council's outstanding efforts in the coordination and development of international trade and shipping operations, and its commitment to foster an attractive Business environment in one of the most dynamic Economy in Africa.
 
Mr. Francisco Agostinho Itembo, Director General of the Angola National Shippers’ Council, will be presented with this Label for Excellence on the occasion of the next Club of Ports' Special Programme to take in Brussels (Belgium) in the framework of the forthcoming Crans Montana Forum on Africa & South-South Cooperation, March 19 to 22, 2014.
 
An important delegation of Angolan key decision-makers in the Maritime field will join the event.

The Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP) and Geneva Call, new Partners of the Crans Montana African Women's Forum !

January 13, 2014:
Mrs. Silvana Koch-Mehrin, MEP and Founder of the Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP) and Mrs. Elizabeth Decrey-Warner, Founder of Geneva Call will partner with the Crans Montana African Women's Forum on the occasion of its Founding Session to take place in Brussels on March 21 and 22, 2014 !

The Crans Montana African Women's Forum Founding session in Brussels will be organized in full cooperation with UNESCO

January 9, 2014:
The Crans Montana African Women's Forum Founding session in Brussels will be organized in full cooperation with UNESCO and an adapted program will be published soon.
Mrs Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO and Chair of the Honorary Committee of the Crans Montana African Women's Forum will attend the event.

The 25th annual session of the Crans Montana Forum will take place in Rabat (Morocco) on June 19 to 22, 2014, hosted by and in association with ISESCO in its Headquarters

December 22, 2013:
An impressive Program will be proposed, dedicated to the Mediterranean, the key and always growing international role of Morocco in Africa and some important aspects of the South-South Cooperation.
South Mediterranean States must now plug to the new markets : South Caucasus, Central Asia and Turkish speaking countries, the new destination for Business and Investment.
In addition to a Focus on an invited State, a special session of the Club of Ports, an extraordinary meeting of the New Leaders for Tomorrow and a dedicated activity of the Crans Montana African Women’s Forum will be organized.

Africa Communication policies must also head to Germany ! The March 2014 Crans Montana Forum will host a high level session to assess and improve African Governments' Communications strategies

December 19, 2013:
Too much money have been wasted !
 
African Governments require and definitely deserve high level Professionals and Specialists in order to improve their Communication policies.
 
The World has changed ! It is time to work on the real targets : Germany and other key Countries in the EU .
 
The March 2014 Crans Montana Forum on South-South Cooperation and Africa will host a dedicated session to assess and improve African Governments' Communications strategies.
 
On this occasion, the Crans Montana is delighted to announce a partnership with Bohnen Kallmorgen & Partner, a most prestigious Company based in Berlin, Brussels, London, Roma, Madrid, Warsaw, Vienna and New-York City.
 
On next March 2014, African Government Officials will meet these Experts in the framework of the Forum and have the opportunity of discussing about the situation as far as they are concerned.

The Crans Montana Forum presents the PRIX DE LA FONDATION 2014 to French MP Jean Lassalle : the courage to face the truth

December 17, 2013:
Upon the proposition of Amb. Jean-Paul Carteron, Crans Montana Forum ‘s Chairman and Founder, the Board of the Foundation decided to award to Mr. Jean Lasalle, Member of Parliament, French National Assembly, with the Prix de la Fondation 2014.
 
Jean Lasalle embodies a new way of doing politics turned towards increased proximity between the elected representative and the citizen and better consideration of his daily concerns. Last April, Mr. Jean Lasalle has thus decided to start a long march (8 months and several thousands of kilometers) travelling along France’s roads and lanes to meet all those looking for an interlocutor to confide in. And great crowds came to him.
 
The Prix de la Fondation will be presented to Mr. Jean Lasalle on the occasion of the forthcoming Crans Montana Forum dedicated to South-South Cooperation to take place in Brussels (Belgium) from March 19 to 22, 2014.

Mrs. Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO chairs the Honorary Committee of the Crans Montana African Women's Forum and Mr. Abdelaziz Altwaijri Director General of ISESCO is the Vice-Chair.

December 17, 2013:
That is a major news !
 
Mrs. Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO has accepted to chair the Advisory Board of the Crans Montana African Women's Forum. The support of such a respected and influential Lady is the most important support that our new Organization could expect.
 
Mr. Abdelaziz Altwaijri, Director General of ISESCO is now the Vice-Chair of the Committee. Since more than 10 years Mr. Altwaijri has chaired the Crans Montana Forum's activities dedicated to the role of Women in the modern societies and Africa.

ENERGY & SECURITY IN AFRICA : Nigeria welcomes the first Crans Montana Forum Homeland & Global Security Forum in Africa

December 3, 2013:
For the first time in its history, the Crans Montana Forum is organizing an exceptional session of the CMF Homeland & Global Security Forum in Africa, to take place in Port-Harcourt (Nigeria).
 
Nigeria, a major destination in Africa for business and foreign investment, is challenged by numerous and complex security threats. With a strong oil Industry, Rivers State is one of the most dynamic States in Nigeria, and promotes a safe and secure environment for Business investment.
 
Key global issues such as Energy supply routes Security, Fight against Terrorism & Piracy will be tackled during this unique event.
 
The CMF Homeland & Global Security Forum is a multidimensional platform which brings together keys actors from the public and private sector, members of government, International and Regional Organizations as well as experts.

Huguette Labelle, Chair of Transparency International joins the Honorary Committee of the Crans Montana African Women's Forum

November 26, 2013:
Mrs. Huguette Labelle, chairperson of Transparency International at the World level, joining the Board of the Crans Montana African Women's Forum is a most significant issue.
If time has come for Women in Africa, time has come also for Women to join the fight against corruption and Economic Crime ! For years Mrs. Labelle has been showing the way.

Speakers and MPs from African Parliaments are the special Guests of the Crans Montana African Women's Forum in Brussels next March 2014

November 25, 2013:
On the occasion of its Founding meeting, the Crans Montana African Women's Forum is organizing a special session dedicated to African Women and Parliaments and the potential influence of African Parliaments on the status of Women.
Speakers of Parliaments and MPs not only from Africa but from all around the World are invited to join this key event.

Angola at the High-Level Panel on Mining Industry, next Nov. 15, 2013

November 13, 2013:
Angolese Minister for Geology, Mines and Industry, Mr. Francisco Queiróz, will head an important delegation of ministerial and business actors to the next High-Level Panel on the Challenges of the Mining Industry to take place in Brussels (Belgium) on Nov. 15, 2013.
 
Angola has among the largest and most diversified mining resources of Africa and this sector has great economic potential for the country and region.

The Centrafrican Republic at the High Level Panel on Mining Industry, next Nov. 15,2013

November 3, 2013:
The Prime Minister of the Centrafrican Republic, Mr. Nicolas Tiangaye heading an important ministerial Delegation will attend the High Level Panel on Mining Industry organized by the Crans Montana Forum in Brussels on Nov. 15, 2013.
The Crans Montana Forum is implementing a lot of efforts to help this country to address all of its challenges.

Mwana Africa, Partner of the Crans Montana Forum on the occasion of the Nov.15 High Level Panel on Mining Industry

October 31, 2013:
The Crans Montana Forum welcomes Mwana Africa as the Partner of the High Level Panel
to take place on Nov. 15 2013 on the New Challenges of the Mining Industry.
Mwana Africa PLC is a pan-African, multi-commodity resources company focused on the
production, development and exploration of gold, nickel, copper and diamonds.

Mrs. Irina Bokova re-elected by UNESCO Executive Board in the most impressive way for the post of Director-General !

October 4, 2013:
The 58 members of UNESCO’s Executive Board nominated Irina Bokova  (Bulgaria) for the position of Director-General.
 
After the first round (!) of voting, the Board’s Chairperson, Ambassador Alissandra Cummins (Barbados), announced the outcome of the vote.  “Having  obtained a majority of  votes recorded” (39 votes on 58) she said “Mrs. Irina Bokova has been nominated  for a second term as Director-General of UNESCO. I am delighted to extend my congratulations to Mrs. Bokova".
 
On 12 November, the nomination will be submitted for approval to the General Conference, which brings together representatives of the Organization’s 195 Member States.
 
Mrs. Irina Bokova was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1952. She was first elected UNESCO Director-General in October 2009, and is the first woman to have held the post.
 
Prior to October 2009, Mrs Bokova served as Bulgaria’s Ambassador to France and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO. A career diplomat and member of the Parliament of the Republic of Bulgaria, she has served as Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The Crans Montana Forum is launching its 21st Century Initiative : THE CRANS MONTANA AFRICAN WOMEN'S FORUM

October 1, 2013:
This exceptional new Forum will gather for the first time in march 2014 under the auspices of the Crans Montana Forum.
 
It provides a dedicated platform to African Women as they need and deserve a new and necessary visibility.
Indeed their role has always been and will be more and more a key one in Africa.
 
It provides also African Women with  an exceptional opportunity of discussion and sharing of Experience
It will implement  national and regional activities in Africa
Women and men from Africa and around the World are most welcome
 
Get more by contacting info(a)montana30.org
 

The Crans Montana Forum is proud to partner with IFC - International Finance Corporation - World Bank Group

September 27, 2013:
 
 
The Crans Montana Forum welcomes its new partnership with IFC - International Finance Corporation - World Bank Group - for its global activities  !
IFC will obviously join the next meeting to take place in in Brussels on October 18,2013

The Crans Montana Forum is helping Governments for implementing their Communication strategies : too much money has been wasted up to now !

September 26, 2013:
On March 22, 2014, a special one-day High Level Panel to take place in Brussels will gather the best international Experts in the field of Communication. They will be at the Forum to meet with Ministers and senior Governments Officials in a private atmosphere. The Crans Montana Forum will put the real questions and propose the true solutions. Governments must stop losing their funds but address this crucial issue in a professional and reliable framework. See the preliminary Program in the Event section of this website.

H.E. Haji Allahshükür Hummat Pashazade, Sheikh ul-Islam and Grand Mufti of the Caucasus will be the guest of UNESCO and ISESCO at the Crans Montana Forum on next October in Brussels

September 23, 2013:
The forthcoming Crans Montana Forum to take place in Brussels on October 16 to 19 will host H.E. Haji Allahshükür Hummat Pashazade, Sheikh ul-Islam and Grand Mufti of the Caucasus which includes his native Azerbaijan, Georgia, Dagestan, Kabardino-Balkaria, Ingushetia, Chechnya, Karachay–Cherkessia, and Adygea in the Russian Federation. Allahshükür Pashazade also chairs the Religious Council of the Caucasus and is a member of the Board of the World Islamic Congress. He was elected co-chair of CIS Interreligious Council in 2004.

Competition has started : THE CLUB OF PORTS AWARDS AFRICAN PORTS WITH A LABEL OF EXCELLENCE in the management of the Maritime Industry

September 8, 2013:

The Club of Ports Label for Excellence aims at being awarded to key actors in the Maritime Industry all over the World. The Club of Ports will launch this activity within the African Maritime Industry.

 

The Label is an Official Recognition of (1) outstanding achievements, (2) efforts and (3) initiatives in the development and the management of the Maritime Industry, commitment towards Excellence, outstanding leadership as well as quality of services, innovation, customer relation, management and reliability.

 

1
A Label Committee established in the framework of the Club of Ports, is responsible for nominating winners and monitoring the Label on a yearly basis.
2
Any stakeholder of the global maritime community may propose a Port, a Company or a Maritime Authority for the Label
3
Nominations are announced by the Club of Ports
4
Presentation Ceremonies are organized in a framework pre-agreed with the Recipient
5
The management of the Recipients’ official list is placed under the responsibility of the Club of Ports
 
17 LABELS OF EXCELLENCE WILL BE AWARDED STARTING 2014 :
 
PORT OF THE YEAR
BEST REGIONAL SEAPORT
BEST REGIONAL CONTAINER TERMINAL
BEST REGIONAL CONTAINER OPERATOR
BEST REGIONAL SEAPORT FOR DYNAMIC INVESTMENT
BEST REGIONAL SEAPORT FOR ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION AND GREEN INITIATIVES
BEST REGIONAL SEAPORT FOR SAFETY AND RESPONSE CAPABILITIES
BEST REGIONAL SEAPORT FOR SOCIAL INITIATIVES
BEST REGIONAL SEAPORT FOR THE USE OF IT SYSTEMS
BEST REGIONAL SEAPORT FOR QUALITY OF EQUIPMENT
BEST REGIONAL SEAPORT FOR LEVEL OF SERVICE
BEST REGIONAL SEAPORT FOR RELIABILITY
BEST CONTAINER SHIPPING LINE
BEST CARGO SHIPPING LINE
BEST FREIGHT FORWARDER
BEST LOGISTICS PROVIDER
BEST TRADE-FINANCE BANK FOR SHIPPING INDUSTRY

Diaspora & Development, High-level Conference under the patronage of Mr. Cristian David, Minister of Romanians abroad

September 3, 2013:
Whereas migration inside EU has been amplified by the increased mobility of workforce generating multidimensional implications and new responsibilities for receiving Societies, the Crans Montana Forum organizes in Brussels (Belgium) a High-level Conference dedicated to :
 
Diaspora & Development
Thursday, February 20th, 2014
 

Placed under the patronage of Mr. Cristian David, Minister of Romanians abroad, this event will bring together Government Officials, High level Representatives of International & Regional Organizations, Professors of Universities and Businesses to analyse the migration phenomenon from various perspectives and explore the ways of seizing the new opportunities arising from these challenges.

Greenland : a huge and developing Oil & Mining potential

September 2, 2013:
For the first time, Mr. Vittus Qujaukitsoq, Minister of Finance and Interior of Greenland will lead a delegation to the forthcoming Crans Montana Forum next October 2013.
 
Greenland represents a strong mining and oil potential. Its coastal waters are said to hold oil reserves equivalent to more than half of existing oil reserves in the North Sea. Global Warming will facilitate access to these resources. The US Geological Survey estimates that Greenland’s oil reserves amount to half of the reserves of Saudi Arabia.
 
This would represent approximately 10% of known global reserves. Gas reserves are also known to be important although they are yet to be assessed precisely. The American Group Alcoa is currently considering the implementation of a major aluminum factory on the west coast. This factory could employ 5000 persons for construction works and create around 700 jobs. The expected investment will amount to 3 billion euros. Expected commissioning date is 2014.

OECD commends the achievements of the Crans Montana Forum

August 27, 2013:
In an official letter dated August 13, 2013 and addressed to the Chairman of the Crans Montana Forum, Amb. Jean-Paul Carteron, the OECD top management writes :
"(the Crans Montana) Forum is a very relevant platform for exchange of perspectives and strenghtening of synergies on important topics. Enhancing global security and good governance are indeed essential factors towards a sustainable global recovery in a post-crisis World"

The Minister of Defence of Somalia, Mr. Abdulhakim Mohamud Faqi, joins the October 2013 Crans Montana Forum

July 10, 2013:
The Crans Montana Forum welcomes Mr. Abdulhakim Mohamud Faqi, Minister of Defence on the occasion of the Extraordinary Session and International Summit on Transnational Crime to take place next October 2013 in Brussels (Belgium).
His participation is crucial as Somalia is playing a key role in the fight against Maritime Piracy, which is threatening International Trade and Global Security.
The Special meeting of the Crans Montana Forum Club of Ports dedicated to Piracy and the Maritime Transport industry will take place on October 18.

Our Founder, Amb. Jean-Paul Carteron awarded by the International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies

May 31, 2013:

On Thursday, 13 June 2013 at 19.00, the International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES) held a special ceremony at Bled, where it presented its prestigious Award to HE Ambassador Jean-Paul Carteron, Chairman and Founder of Crans Montana Forum and Recipient of the National Order of Freedom of Slovenia.

 

Were also presented :

 

- HE Željko Komšić, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina

- HE Guido Westerwelle, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany -

- HE Nabil El Araby, Secretary General of the Arab League

- Mr. Hannes Swoboda, Member of the European Parliament, Chair of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament

 

Awards were presented by the President of the IFIMES International Institute Mr. Stjepan Mesić, Former President of the Republic of Croatia Mr. Budimir Lončar, Vice-President of the Advisory Board, Mr. Zoran Živković, Member of the Advisory Board, Mrs. Jadranka Kosor Former Prime Minister of Croatia and Mr. Bakhatyar Aljaf.

 

In the opening address President of the Council of the Institute Dr. Craig T. Smith stressed the importance of such awards because they enable organisations such as IFIMES to show that they appreciate the activities and efforts of individuals to create better conditions for dialogue and life for all of us. With their work the laureates have proven that even in difficult times it is possible to find compromises and solutions for a better tomorrow. This is especially important for the Balkan and Middle East regions, which are also covered by the IFIMES International Institute. Those regions occupy a special position in the world map and their role will be even more important in the future.

 

In his speech Director of the IFIMES Institute Zijad Bećirović noted that in this world there are certain individuals whose work and acts have inspired many others and who stand out because of their strong dedication. It is therefore appropriate to honour them, present them awards and show them our respect and gratitude for everything they have done for their fellow citizens, their country, the region, the world and for the better future of us all.

 

Besides the Institute's management the ceremony was attended by numerous personalities from the political, business and public life from Slovenia as well as the Balkan and Middle East countries. Numerous inisters from the Slovenian Government attended together with most of the Ambassadors accredited to Ljubljana.

 

Mr. Groce Gligorov Special Representative of HM the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam attended also the ceremony in order to congratulate Amb. J-P. Carteron.

 

The award ceremony was followed by the reception in the honour of the laureates.

 

Ljubljana, 13 June 2013

PRIX DE LA FONDATION 2013 = nominations

April 25, 2013:
The Fondation du Forum Universale awards with the PRIX DE LA FONDATION 2013 :
Mrs. Sizakele Zuma, First Lady of the Republic of South Africa, Mr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, Executive Governor of Niger State, Nigeria and Mr. Abdelkader Messahel, Minister of Communication of Algeria

Africa, the Financial crisis in Europe and its impact on the new Economies

April 17, 2013:
Africa is the most concerned Continent as far as the Financial - and Economic - crisis in Europe is impacting the new Economies. How to react and adapt the Cooperation policies ? How to preserve the World Integration process which started in Africa ? These issues will be at the top of the Crans Montana Forum Agenda to take place in Brussels.

Islam and the World affairs : the ways to implement Peace in our modern Societies

April 17, 2013:
The Crans Montana Forum in Brussels (October 16 to 19,2013) will host an important meeting of Religious Leaders and key stackholders of the Civil society, organized in full cooperation with UNESCO and ISESCO, dedicated to
 
The issues : Gender Equality, Dignity, Respect and Right to Education
The challenge : improving the Peaceful and Structuring Role of Religions
The necessity : Ethical Corporate policies and Community Investment

Today's Disaster Prevention & Management : meeting of Emergency Situations Specialized Bodies !

April 11, 2013:
While recent decades have seen an alarming increase in the frequency of disaster occurrences and the magnitude of their social, economic and environmental impact, a Special Session of the forthcoming Crans Montana Forum in Brussels (Belgium) will be dedicated to : “Strengthening Disaster Risk Management Capacities : the Increasing Role of Emergency Situations Specialized Bodies”.
 
Ministers of Emergency Situations, Interior, Defence & Security, Specialised Organizations and Businesses will gather to share experience and knowledge in order to shape sustainable strategies and practices.
 

The Club of Ports' special session : Focus on Piracy !

April 10, 2013:
The next Club of Ports Meeting to take place in Brussels (Belgium) on October 18, 2013, will be dedicated to
 
THE MARITIME TRANSPORT INDUSTRY AND PIRACY
HORN OF AFRICA AND GULF OF GUINEA
 
 

Today's African Development means Global Security : the key stakeholders meet at the Crans Montana Forum in Brussels on 6 to 9 March, 2013

February 21, 2013:
The Impact of the Sahelo-Saharan crisis on African Security, Economy,  and Political Stability, the ways Nigeria is improving its ability to prevent and fight threats against Peace will be at the top of the Agenda on March 8, 2013 in Brussels.
 
Key stakeholders will join these important debates among them : Mr. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Speaker of the National Assembly, Nigeria, Mr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Executive Governor of Rivers State, Nigeria, Mr. Jean-Louis Bruguière, Judge and Expert in International Terror Affairs, Mr. Charles Koffi Diby, Minister of State & Minister of Foreign Affairs, Côte d’Ivoire, Mr. Amadou Boubacar Cisse, Minister of State for Planning, Spatial planning and Community Development, Niger, Mr. Abdelkader Messahel, Minister for Maghreb and African Affairs, Algeria, Mr. Pierre Vimont, Executive Secretary General of the European External Action Service and Mr. Cheikh Modibo Diarra, Former Prime Minister of Mali.

ENERGY & SECURITY IN AFRICA : Port-Harcourt welcomes the first CMF Homeland & Security Forum in Africa

February 19, 2013:
For the first time in its history and upon the invitation of Mr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Executive Governor of the Rivers State Government, Crans Montana Forum organizes an exceptional session of the CMF Homeland & Security Forum in Port-Harcourt.
 
Nigeria, major destination in Africa for business and foreign investment, is challenged by numerous and complex Security concerns. Energy supply routes Security, Fight against Terrorism & Piracy are on the top of both Nigerian and Global agenda.
 
With a strong oil Industry, Rivers State is one of the most dynamic States in Nigeria, promoting a safe and secure environment for Business investment.
 
Being a multi-dimensional platform, the Homeland & Global Security Forum brings together the World’s Public and Private sectors, Governments, International Organizations, Civil Society and Businesses.

Annual session 2014 ! Save the date !

January 31, 2013:
Due to the Ramadan, the 2014 Crans Montana Forum annual session will take place on June 19 to 22, 2014. That is one week earlier than every year in the past.

CMF on Africa and the South-South Cooperation : special Forum's Gold Medal Promotion

January 11, 2013:
On the occasion of the Crans Montana Forum on Africa and the South-South Cooperation to take place in Brussels, March 6 to 9, 2013 the Board of the Foundation, chaired by Amb. Jean-Paul Carteron, will award with the Forum's Gold Medal :
Mrs. Sizakele Zuma, First Lady of the Republic of South Africa, Mr. Samuel Manetoali, Minister of Culture & Tourism, Solomon Islands, Mr. Hassan Sylla Bakari, Minister of Information & Communications, Chad, Mr. Dakuku Adol Peterside, MP & Chairman, Committee on Petroleum - Down Stream, Nigeria, Mr. Vasileios Koronakis, Ambassador at Large, Special Envoy for South-Eastern Europe, Greece and Mr. Constantinos Shiacolas, CEO of Joannou & Paraskevaides Group, Greece

Masoud Barzani, President of the Kurdish Regional Government of Iraq joins the CMF March 2013 in Brussels

January 10, 2013:
The Crans Montana Forum on Africa and the South-South Cooperation to take place in Brussels on March 2013 will host Mr. Masoud Barzani, President of the Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq and historical leader of the Kurdish Liberation Movement. The Kurdistan Region is an emerging market offering excellent opportunities not only in oil & gas  but also in agriculture, banking, communication, construction, education & training, healthcare, and tourism.

Important delegation at the Brussels Forum : the key role of P.R. of China in the World Integration of Africa

January 10, 2013:
Our Founder, Amb. Jean-Paul Carteron is delighted to announce a delegation from the P.R. of China which will join the Crans Montana Forum on Africa and the South-South Cooperation next March 2013. This delegation will be headed by Mr. Shaye Lu, Director General for African Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development joins the March 2013 Crans Montana Forum on Africa & the South-South Cooperation

January 10, 2013:
The Crans Montana Forum on Africa & the South-South Cooperation to take place in Brussels (Belgium) March 6 to 9, 2013 is honored to welcome Mr. Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development - ADFD -. Our Chairman Amb. Jean-Paul Carteron will be soon in Abu Dhabi to greet Mr. Al Suwaidi and prepare the participation of the Fund in the Forum's proceedings.

The Crans Montana Forum welcomes its 80.000th Participant !

December 3, 2012:
Before the end of 2012, the Crans Montana Forum registered its 80.000th Participants since its very first meeting a long time ago when it was founded by Jean-Paul Carteron, Prince Liechtenstein and a number of high caliber personalities ! Only top VIPs are taken in account : Heads of State and Government, Ministers, MPs, International Organizations and key Businesses.

The Pacific Ocean and climate change : the Crans Montana Forum hosts a high level delegation from Solomon Islands on the occasion of the Crans Montana Forum in Brussels

November 14, 2012:
The 7th Crans Montana Forum on African and South-South Cooperation will host a Delegation from the Solomon Islands.
Indeed the Forum, in association with the Initiative OCEANS COMPACT of Mr. BAN Ki-moon UN Secretary General, is directly partnering with the UN and UNESCO to address the challenge of Climate change and Sea level rise threatening numerous countries and populations, in the Pacific Region but also around the World.
The Delegation will be headed by Mr. Manuel Manetoali Minister of Culture and Tourism.

The Crans Montana Forum, Partner of the 2013 ICTs International Fair in N’Djamena (Chad)

November 7, 2012:
Access to New Information Technologies is a vital condition to growth and social progress in Africa, as well as to the Continent’s integration within Global Economy.
 
Aware of these challenges, the Forum has decided to collaborate to the First Information and Communication Technologies Fair to be held in  N'Djamena (Chad) from April 26 to 28, 2013.
 
This exceptional Fair will be held under the High Patronage of the President of the Republic of Chad, in partnership with the Professional Chadian Network of Information Technologies and Telecommunications (REPTIT).
 
For any information or registration write to info(a)montana30.org

Poverty & Child Malnutrition : a Special Programme of the Crans Montana Women’s Forum

November 5, 2012:
On the occasion of the forthcoming Crans Montana Forum on Africa to take place in Brussels (Belgium), March 6 to 9, 2013, a Crans Montana Women’s Forum Special Programme will be dedicated to “Fighting Poverty and the issue of Malnutrition”
 
Whilst more than 100 million children under 5 suffer from underweight and every year, malnutrition causes the death of more than 2.5 million of them, many countries, notably in Africa, are facing a deterioration due to the conflicts, their instability or various political deadlocks.
 
Government Officials, political authorities, technical and financial stakeholders, national, regional and international Organisations, NGOs and the private sector are invited to combine their efforts and find the means to prevent these daily disasters.
 
First Ladies are particularly welcome since, as Spouses of Heads of State and Government, they play a key role in shaping and implementing policies in the fight against poverty and hunger.
 
On this occasion, the Crans Montana Forum will launch a major World initiative against Child Malnutrition.

An important Delegation from Nigeria and the Rivers State to join the Security Forum in Geneva

October 13, 2012:
Nigeria, one of the key destinations in Africa for business and foreign investment, is challenged by numerous and complex Security concerns. Energy supply routes Security, Fight against Terrorism & Piracy are on the top of the Nigerian agenda. On the occasion of the HGSF in Geneva, the Forum welcomes an important delegation of Official Representatives & Businesses from Nigeria. Among them, Mr. Zainab Ibrahim Kuchi, Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Tele Ikuru, Dep. Governor of the Rivers State, Mr. Fredrick Owotorufa, General Manager of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. In addition,  Mrs. Judith O. Amaechi, Spouse of the Executive Governor of Rivers State and Mrs. Hajiya Salamatu Tanko Al-Makura, Spouse of the Executive Governor of Nasarawa State, will join the important session devoted to the leading role of Women in Peace-building, as Special Guests.

The PRIX DE LA FONDATION 2012 awarded to President Rupiah Bwezani Banda

October 9, 2012:
President Rupiah Bwezani Banda was the 4th President of the Republic of Zambia (2008 to 2011). His contribution to the stabilization of Democracy and the Economic development of Zambia was crucial at the moment the World entered in a major Economic crisis. Since leaving office, President Banda has continued his lifelong commitment to democracy by leading the Carter Foundation observer mission in the 2012 DR Congo election. President Banda also lead an observer mission to Lesotho and will lead an election observer mission in Sierra Leone later this year. President Banda is currently the President in Residence at the University of Boston, and seats as a Member of the Club de Madrid.

Prime Minister of Gabon, Mr. Raymong Ndong Sima, will head a national delegation to Geneva

September 24, 2012:
On the occasion of the Homeland & Global Security Forum to take place in Geneva, October 17 to 20, 2012, Mr. Raymong Ndong Sima, Prime Minister of Gabon, will head a national delegation, including Government Officials and Businesses. As a major oil producing Country, Gabon has a long experience to share on how to fight the threats affecting Energy Supply routes Security, including Security of exploration and drilling sites, Transportation and Shipping routes.

Mr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Executive Governor of Rivers State – Nigeria, amongst the Guests of Honor in Geneva

September 24, 2012:
The Executive Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, will be amongst the Guests of Honor of the forthcoming International Summit on Transnational Crime to take place in Geneva, October 17 to 20, 2012. With a strong oil Industry, Rivers State is one of the most dynamic States in Nigeria, offering a huge potential for economic development. The Governor will address Participants on existing Business investment opportunities in Port-Harcourt and Rivers States’ key achievements as far as Global Security is concerned. On the occasion of the Official Award Ceremony, Governor Amaechi will be presented with the PRIX DE LA FONDATION 2012.

OFFICIAL: MOWCA's Member States, at the level of the Council of Ministers, decide to join officially the Club of Ports' meeting in Geneva

September 19, 2012:
On the occasion of the Extraordinary Session of the Ministers’ Board from the Maritime Organisation of West and Central Africa (MOWCA) held in Kinshasa on September 1st 2012, the Strategic Partnership established between MOWCA and the Crans Montana Forum for the development of the Club of African Ports was definitely approved.
 
MOWCA’s Member States are officially invited to participate in the activities organised by the Club of African Ports and more generally the Crans Montana Forum (Decision n°2/SEB/12).
 
The Club of Ports is a unique community which aims to promote the Maritime Industry in Africa through increased regional and international cooperation as well as the stimulation of Foreign Investments.
 
The next Club meeting, mostly dedicated to Security issues, will be organized in the framework  of the International Summit on Transnational Crime on October 20, 2012 in Geneva (Switzerland).

The President of the African Union, Mr. Boni Yayi joins the Homeland & Security Forum in Geneva

September 12, 2012:
The President of the Republic of Benin, President of the African Union, will attend the forthcoming Homeland and Security Forum to take place in Geneva, October 17 to 20, 2012. His participation is crucial when the World Security is threatened by the last developments in the Sahelo-Saharan zone. President Yayi, on this special occasion, will be presented with the PRIX DE LA FONDATION during a ceremony organized in the framework of the Forum.

Cheick Modibo Diarra, Prime Minister of Mali joins the October Forum in Geneva

September 10, 2012:
Cheick Modibo Diarra, Prime Minister of Mali will be among the Guests of Honour of the forthcoming Homeland and Global Security Forum to take place in Geneva, October 17 to 20, 2012. He will address the Participants on the current situation in his country and the region. During the closing session of the Forum he will be presented with the PRIX DE LA FONDATION 2012.

Joint CMF-UNESCO-ISESCO extraordinary meeting : the Role of Women and First Ladies in promoting Peace around the World and in Africa

August 24, 2012:
The  forthcoming Crans Montana’s Homeland & Global Security Forum to take place in Geneva (Switzerland), October 17 to 20, 2012 will host a High Level Panel organised by the Crans Montana Forum, UNESCO and ISESCO. This Panel will be devoted to the “Key Role of Women and First Ladies in promoting Peace around the World and in Africa”
 
First Ladies and all active Women from Governments and Specialized Organisations who are acting for Democracy and Peace in their country are invited on this occasion.

The forthcoming Homeland & Security Forum is addressing issues of the most crucial importance for the whole World ! President V. Putin from Russia represented.

August 24, 2012:
The forthcoming Homeland & Global Security Forum to take place in Geneva, October 17 to 20 2012, will host an exceptional guest, Ambassador Alexandre Zmeevsky, Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for the fight against Terrorism and Crime. He and the Russian Delegation will help in deepening our knowledge of the new Security policies implemented by Russia around the World.

Geneva, Oct. 2012 : Special meeting of the FINANCIAL INTELLIGENCE UNITS & ANTI-CORRUPTION AGENCIES : FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION, TRANSPARENCY, GOVERNANCE & GLOBAL SECURITY

August 24, 2012:
The new generations expect an Impartial State and a real fight against Corruption - The transnational Criminal Organizations are often linked to the Corruption of Government Authorities - The fight against money laundering is a first step - The Africa Global Security is linked to these concerns – See the Program in the framework of the 14th International Summit on Transnational Crime

The Crans Montana Forum, together with the United Nations and UNESCO, is henceforth committed to the protection of those populations threatened by the deterioration of the marine environment

August 13, 2012:
Press release (Press Office) – Yeosu (South Korea) August 12, 2012 - Following the discussions which took place in Yeosu between the Chairman of the Forum, Amb. Jean-Paul Carteron, Mr. BAN Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations and Mrs. Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, the Crans Montana Forum is committing itself and encouraging Governments, the private business sector and the civil society to become individually and globally involved to restore health to oceans and fisheries production systems in order to maintain quality of life and support strategies of development and prosperity.
 
This should particularly include relief efforts towards the populations who are directly threatened, notably in the State of Tuvalu, whose Prime Minister, Mr. Willy Telavi participated at these discussions.
 
Four major objectives are considered :
 
1
Protecting populations and improving the health of oceans
 
2
Limiting the vulnerability of those States concerned
 
3
Protecting, restoring and maintaining the environmental quality of oceans, natural resources and restoring full production capacity
 
4
Improving by all means the global knowledge of the oceans and the conditions of their sustainable management

The Crans Montana Forum invites the Financial Intelligence Units and the Anti-Corruption Agencies to gather on the occasion of the forthcoming Homeland & Global Security Forum in Geneva October 18 to 20, 2012

August 13, 2012:
Indeed, the Crans Montana Forum invites the Financial Intelligence Units and the Anti-Corruption Agencies from Africa and the Middle-East but also from Europe and around the World to gather in Geneva in order to address the most crucial issues and today's challenges they must face.
These concerns are directly linked to the fight against Corruption and Money laundering in the framework of proactive Transparency and Good Governance but also appear to be a basic requirement for the prevention and the fight against terrorism which will be the main topic of the Forum.

The Crans Montana Forum in Baku : a tremendous success !

July 18, 2012:
The 23rd annual session of the Crans Montana Forum took place in Baku (Azerbaijan) hosted by the President of Azerbaijan and his Government.
 
More than 750 Delegates, including numerous Heads of State and Government, attended this extraordinary event devoted to the South-South Cooperation and the role of Azerbaijan in the new World of today being shaped. The success was enormous !
 
All Participants were impressed in discovering what is actually achieved in this Country and the very many Business contacts are promising important developments for the future.
 
Read what Melanie Veness, CEO of the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business in Afrique du Sud wrote to us :
 
I have just returned from Baku, Azerbeijan, having attended the 2012 Crans Montana Forum. I must admit, that prior to having received an invitation to attend this years forum, I had not heard of it. The list of presenters was impressive, including various heads of state, and the subject matter of the presentations under the theme: "Addressing a Changing World", seemed engaging, I took the opportunity to learn what I could. 
 
Firstly, I must say, that if making international connections at the highest level is something that you wish to achieve, then the forum is definitely the place to do it. Several Presidents made presentations alongside the "who's-who" in the oil world (including H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, the Crown Prince of Fujairah Emirate, United Arab Emirates). I met and befriended several Members of Parliament from around the world, influential business people involved in the energy sector and even a Crown Prince! The success of the forum lies not in the fact that people at this level attend, but that, on the whole, they are eager to engage. 
 
The opening session addressed our changing world, and considering the subject matter, it seemed fitting that the forum took place in Baku. I was told that, not long ago, Baku was a rather dilapidated place, with oil spillages in several places. So much oil leaked out, that the place smelt strongly of it. Now, the city is a magical metropolis, boasting modern buildings on wide boulevards, a renovated old city and five star hotels on every corner. There is barely a whiff of oil in the air.  It far exceeded any expectations that I might have had, and we were told that most of the development that we observed has taken place over the last decade. Cranes can still be seen all over the city. 
 
Azerbaijan lays claim to having the highest economic growth rate for the past several years. Their economy has trebled in eight years, and unemployment is around five percent. It is an oil rich country, but what is remarkable about what they have achieved, is that they have utilised the proceeds from their natural resources to  improve Azerbaijan for the people, and their people are benefiting. By saying this, I am in no way advocating nationalisation. What I am saying, is that we do have an abundance of natural resources, and we should see the benefits on the ground. 
 
When asked to explain what lies behind the country's success, the President, Mr. Ilham Aliyev, attributed the growth to educating the citizens ("turning black gold into human gold"), a significant investment in information technology, putting the right people in key positions, and creating a favourable business environment. We know that these are  critical issues for South Africa to address. We hear it over and over again, but seeing the results in Azerbaijan was very powerful. 
 
There were several other interesting sessions, including one on developing an effective regional transportation system, several on energy efficiency and energy renewables, a further session on cyber warfare and one on women's rights. 
 
This was a gathering of powerful and influential people brought together to establish stronger relationships and to seek sustainable solutions for global challenges. There were also a number of inspiring people, passionate advocates for change, like Mrs. Frida Allaghi from Libya who spoke passionately about Libya's liberation. 
 
But the person who made the strongest impression on me, is a  French Member of Parliament named Jean Lassalle. Some years ago, a large corporate in his constituency made the decision to relocate their business.  Jean Lassalle did everything he could to stop them from leaving, finally resorting to a hunger strike. It lasted forty one days. He was very close to death when the Chief Executive agreed that the company would stay. Now that is serious commitment!

Amb. Jean-Paul Carteron joins the Advisory Board of the International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies

July 3, 2012:
By decision of June 19, 2012 our Chairman & Founder Jean-Paul Carteron has been appointed as member of the Advisory Board of the International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies in Ljubljana (Slovenia). President Stjepan Mesić (PRIX DE LA FONDATION) from Croatia is the Honorary President of the Institute.

Croatian Businesses join the Crans Montana Forum in Baku

June 19, 2012:
Mr. Stjepan Mesic, former President of the Republic of Croatia will attend the Baku Forum, heading a delegation of Croatian Businesses. Indeed Croatia which is the next EU Member State represents a strong and dynamic Economy and is looking to improve its ties with Azerbaijan.

Impressive delegation from Romania at the Baku Forum

June 14, 2012:
Mr. Ion Iliescu, former President of Romania will be among the Guests of Honour of the 23rd Crans Montana Forum in Baku. He will head an impressive delegation of Businesses who will meet their counterparts from Azerbaijan in order to improve the Economic ties between the two countries.

Minister George Saitoti passed away... A great and very old friend of the Crans Montana Forum is leaving us.

June 10, 2012:
Professor George Saitoti, Minister of the Government of Kenya was killed when a police helicopter crashed into a forest just outside the capital and burst into flames. He was among the oldest friends of the Crans Montana Forum... Recently he was presented with the Forum's Gold Medal. The Crans Montana Forum's Board and its President Amb. Jean-Paul Carteron would like to express to the Government of Kenya and Minister Saitoti's family their most sincere condolences and heartful compassion on this so sad occasion. They wish them endurance and God's protection.
 
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Algeria, the most important Energy Power of the Mediterranean and SONATRACH at the Crans Montana Forum

June 8, 2012:
The Crans Montana Forum in Baku welcomes an important delegation from the Algerian Energy sector headed by Mr. Abdelhamid ZERGUINE Chairman of Sonatrach and Mr. Boualem M'RAKACH President of the Confédération Algérienne du Patronat, including Mr. Abdelkader TAIEB-EZZRAIMI Chairman & CEO of Group SIM SPA, Mr. Mohamed FECHKEUR Chairman of Red Med Group and numerous Industrialists.

The lastest independent State will join the Baku Crans Montana Forum : welcome to the Rep. of South Sudan !

June 8, 2012:
Mr. Nhial Deng Nhial, Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation of South-Sudan will be in Baku for the 23rd Crans Montana Forum, heading a delegation of the 193rd UN Member State and a very important Oil country.

Top Government Officials from around the World converge on Baku

June 7, 2012:
Among the confirmed Participants (in addition to those mentioned in the other news) : Mr. Gjorge Ivanov President of the FY Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Issoufou Mahamadou President of the Republic of Niger, Mr. Mikheil Saakashvili President of the Republic of Georgia, Mr. Filip Vujanovic President of the Republic of Montenegro, Mr. Juan Carlos Varela Rodriguez Vice-President of the Republic of Panama, H.R.H. Prince Jean of Luxembourg, Mr. Ion Iliescu Former President of Romania, Mr. Pascal Couchepin Former President of the Swiss Confederation, Mr. Stjepan Mesic Former President of the Republic of Croatia, Mr. Raila Amollo Odinga Prime Minister of Kenya, Mr. Rowsch N.Shaways Dep. Prime Minister of Iraq, Mr. José Maria Beneyto Perez Vice-President, Parliamentary Assembly, Council of Europe, Mr. Hage Geingob Former Prime Minister, Namibia, Mrs. Rachida Dati Member, European Parliament, Mr. Abdelaziz Othman Altwaijri Director General, ISESCO, Mr. Mohamed-El Aziz Ben Achour Director General, ALECSO, Mr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas Secretary General, African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States...
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Nigeria and the South-South Cooperation : the Rivers State in Baku

June 7, 2012:
Nigeria is one of the most important actors of the South-South Cooperation. Mr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Governor of Rivers State will attend the Crans Montana Forum in Baku. Rivers State has one of the largest economies in Nigeria, mainly because of its crude oil. The State has two major refineries, two major seaports, airports, and various industrial estates spread across the state, particularly in the State capital.

NATO joins the Club of African Ports`Strategic Committee

June 6, 2012:
The Crans Montana Forum's Club of African Ports, among its missions, implements a number of activities linked to the fight against crime and terror in the field of Maritime Transport and Ports Security. It is therefore an honor to receive an official message from NATO announcing its decision to seat on the Strategic Committee of the Club, represented by Mr. Jamie Shea Dep. Assistant Secretary General.

Iraq represented at a very high level at the Crans Montana Forum in Baku

June 5, 2012:
Mr. Rowsch N.Shaways,  Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq will head an important Official and Private Sector Delegation to the Crans Montana Forum in Baku.

Azerbaijan : African delegations visit the new center of gravitation of the South-South Cooperation

June 4, 2012:
The 23rd annual session of the Crans Montana Forum is an exceptional opportunity for African States to improve their connections with Azerbaijan. Numerous delegations from most African States will attend, among them Heads of State, Prime Ministers and top related Government decisions makers : Mr. Issoufou Mahamadou President of the Republic of Niger, Mr. Raila Amollo Odinga Prime Minister of Kenya, Mr. Hage Geingob Former Prime Minister and Minister of Trade, Namibia, Mr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas Secretary General, African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, Mrs. Aissata Issoufou Mahmadou First Lady of Niger, Mrs. Bassima Hakkaoui Minister, Solidarity, Woman, Family & Social Development, Morocco, Mrs. Mémia Benna  Zayani Minister of Environment, Tunisia, Mr. Nestor Razafindroriaka, Minister of Energy, Madagascar, Mrs. Hannah Tetteh Minister of Trade and Industry, Ghana, Mr. Mallam Isa Yuguda Executive Governor, Bauchi State, Nigeria, Mr. Esmel Emmanuel Essis Director General, CEPICI, Côte d'Ivoire, Mr. Fuad Hamed Aye Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Djibouti etc...
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An important Delegation from the Swiss Confederation will join the Crans Montana Forum in Baku

May 30, 2012:
Azerbaijan is becoming one of the most important Institutional Investors in Switzerland specially in the Energy Sector. The 23rd yearly session of the Crans Montana Forum to take place soon in Baku will host an important Swiss delegation including Mrs. Sabine Ulmann-Shaban Swiss Ambassador to Baku, Mr. Pascal Couchepin former President of the Swiss Confederation, Mr. Felix Ruppen Speaker of the Parliament of Wallis, Mr. Walter Steinmann Director of the Federal Office of Energy, Mr. Philippe Rubod Crans-Montana's Head of Tourism etc...
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The new Club of African Ports now expanding its activities in a very spectacular way ! Strategic alliance with MOWCA

May 5, 2012:
A strategic agreement has been signed between the Maritime Organization of West and Central Africa (MOWCA) and the Crans Montana Forum in the framework of the Club of African Ports. This unique Club aims to promote Africa’s Maritime Sector through the development of International Cooperation and stimulation of Foreign Investments and thus position Africa as a key platform for Global Maritime Industry. It gathers key actors of global maritime transport. MOWCA’s Secretary General, Mr. Alain Michel Luvambano, has been appointed President of the Club’s Strategic Committee. The Strategic Committeee is responsible for ensuring the overall coherence of the actions undertaken and maintaining the necessary connections on the continent. Among the members of the Strategic Committee: Mr. Serigne Thiam Diop, Secretary General of the Union of African Shippers Council (UCCA/UASC), Mr. Jamie P. Shea, Deputy Assistant Secretary General, NATO.

The Crans Montana Forum is honoured to welcome H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of the Fujairah Emirate, one of the most important and dynamic Energy actors in the Middle East

April 25, 2012:
Indeed the Habshan–Fujairah oil pipeline, also known as Abu Dhabi Crude Oil Pipeline (ADCOP), is an oil pipeline in the United Arab Emirates. It starts from the Habshan onshore field in Abu Dhabi and runs to Fujairah. The 48-inch pipeline is 220 miles long, of which 8.7 miles is an offshore section. It passes east of Abu Dhabi city, through Sweihan and west of Al Ain. The pipeline has a capacity of 1.5 million barrels per day. It was designed by WorleyParsons. Construction was managed by ILF Consulting Engineers and carried out by China Petroleum Engineering and Construction Corporation. The pipeline is designated to supply the refinery in Fujairah as also the Fujairah export terminal. The oil tanks in Fujairah were constracted by Italy's Belleli Energy SpA. An integrated electrical system for the pipeline was designed and supplied by ABB. Pipes were supplied by Sumitomo, Salzgitter AG and Jindal Saw. The technical assurance, risk and safety, asset management and industrial inspection were done by Germanischer Lloyd. The pipeline cost US$3.3 billion.

Baku - June 2012 : the 23rd Crans Montana Forum will definitely be an outstanding event ! Numerous Heads of State and Government, Ministers and Businesses from around the World will gather in Baku, center of the World for a few days !

April 11, 2012:
The 23rd Crans Montana Forum in Baku will definitely be an outstanding event ! Numerous Heads of State and Government, Ministers and Businesses from Europe (Western and Eastern), Central Asia, America, Africa, the Arab world and Far-East will attend the 23rd annual session of the Crans Montana Forum in Azerbaijan. Among these dignitaries, the Forum is delighted to welcome Mr. Saeb Erakat Chief Palestinian Negociator. Indeed, a long time ago, in April 1994, the Chairman of the Crans Montana Forum, Amb. Jean-Paul Carteron gathered in Bucharest (Romania) President Yasser Arafat and Minister Shimon Peres. This difficult but successful meeting helped to resuming a Peace Process which was already seriously threatened. The Crans Montana Forum has always been involved in the process of finding and supporting solutions for the Peace in Palestine. Today the Forum is also involved in numerous difficult situations in the World.

October 2012, 17 to 20 : Homeland and Global Security Forum : the Sahelo-Saharan Zone, its Security challenges and their impact on Africa, the Mediterranean and Europe

March 29, 2012:
The next Homeland and Global Security Forum organized by the Crans Montana Forum will take place in Geneva (Switzerland) on October 17 to 20, 2012.
Key topics :
- Political stability and Security challenges in the Sahelo-Saharan Zone
- the mismanagement of the Libyan crisis
- the issue of Borders Security in Africa
- Security in the Maghreb and the Mediterranean at the very moment of the" Arab Winter"
- Focus on the Security of African Ports and Maritime Transport (in association with the Club of African Ports)
- Security challenges in Nigeria, Mali, Sudan and Central Africa
More information : please contact info@cmf.ch

The Crans Montana Forum on Africa is the leading World event on the African Integration : new dates for 2013 !

March 22, 2012:
The Crans Montana Forum on Africa which took place in Brussels March 7 to 10, 2012 was a huge success. More than 600 Participants, most of them from Africa attended this extraordinary gathering. No other Forum around the World can claim to such success and achievements ! This Forum just closed its doors but we already secured the dates for 2013 as most of the Delegates ask us to register their participation for the next one ! Therefore we announce the next Crans Montana Forum on Africa to take place on March 6 to 9, 2013 in Brussels (Belgium).

Key African First Ladies converge on the Crans Montana Forum on Africa

March 2, 2012:
The forthcoming Crans Montana Forum on Africa, in association with ISESCO, will host numerous top Women from around the World to address the issue of Women's Rights. Among them Mrs. Mariama Mana Sanha First Lady of Guinea-Bissau, Mrs. Hadja Djéné Kaba Condé First Lady of Guinea, Mrs. Aissata Issoufou Mahamadou First Lady of Niger, Mrs. Hajia Amina Sambo Spouse of the Vice-President of Nigeria, Mrs. Chantal Muzito Ngalula Spouse of the Prime Minister of the DR Congo etc.

Welcome to the 54th African State : Important Delegation from the Republic of South Sudan

February 29, 2012:
Mr. Nhial Deng Nhial Minister for Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation, Mr. Costi Manibe Ngai Minister for Finance and Economic Planning and Mr. Garang Diing Akuong Minister for Commerce will join the forthcoming Crans Montana Forum on Africa to present the Economic potential of the latest independent State of Africa.

Special Promotion of the PRIX DE LA FONDATION on the occasion of the Crans Montana Forum on Africa

February 16, 2012:
The Board of the Fondation du Forum Universale has decided to award the PRIX DE LA FONDATION 2012 to (1) the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, (2) Mr. Raila Amollo Odinga Prime Minister of Kenya, (3) Mrs. Aissata Issoufou Mahamadou First Lady of the Republic of Niger, (4) Mr. Malam Bacai Sanhá Late President of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau (posthumously) and (5) Mr. Kalaa Mpinga CEO of Mwana Africa. The Ceremony will take place in Brussels on March 9. 2012.

IF, DURING 27 YEARS, YOU NEVER HEARD ABOUT THE CRANS MONTANA FORUM...

January 30, 2012:
If, during 27 years of activity, you never heard about the Crans Montana Forum, that is the evidence that our policy is working well. So far... read the Chairman's letter !
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Mr. Anouar Malek resigned as an Arab League Observer - he will attend the March 2012 Forum to present the current situation in Syria

January 27, 2012:
The Crans Montana Forum is committed to a more humane and impartial state of the World. So far the Forum has invited Mr. Anouar Malek, an Algerian journalist, member of the mission of the Arab League appointed to observe the situation in Syria. He will address the Forum on the reasons of his resignation and make a presentation on the real and current situation in this country.

ACCOR Group at the Forum : Tourism Industry is the easiest and fastest way to create employment and growth in Africa

January 24, 2012:
Crans Montana Forum on Africa, March 2012 : ACCOR Group will participate, represented by Mr. Abderahman Belgat, Head of its African Department. Indeed from the Northern to the Southern parts of Africa, Tourism is the easiest and fastest way to create employment and growth as well as to bring foreign currencies to the national Economies. An interactive special session will gather Ministers of Economy and Tourism around the World leading Group's Representatives.

General O. Andrew Azazi at the March 2012 Forum : Nigeria is facing the most challenging national security problems

January 18, 2012:
The Gold Medal is the Crans Montana Forum’s highest honor presented to high level and exceptional personalities in recognition of their actions in favor of a more humane world.  This year’s recipient is General O. Andrew Azazi, Nigeria’s current National Security Adviser, former Chief of Defence Staff, and former Chief of Army Staff.  He is being presented the Gold Medal for his lifelong contributions to security and stability in Africa and his recent accomplishments in transforming Nigeria’s national security infrastructure to more effectively address emerging and contemporary problems in the area of national security. Nigeria is facing some of the most challenging national security problems globally and General Azazi’s humane and comprehensive approach is a model for other countries to follow

The "Club of African Ports" , the necessary international integration of African Ports

January 12, 2012:
On the occasion of the forthcoming South-South Cooperation Crans Montana Forum to take place in Brussels, March 7-10, 2012, the Forum launches a new and exceptional initiative  : the « CMF Club of African Ports ».

Whilst international trade is affected by the world economic crisis, African Ports position themselves as new hubs for international Maritime transport and Economy.

This “Club” aims at offering a unique platform of networking and debates to support Trade development policies in the Continent.

It will gather for the first time next March 2012 :

- Major Ports and Maritime Authorities’ key decision-makers
- African Government Officials and Regional & International Organizations in charge of Maritime Transport

Obviously, (1) Representatives from other major ports worldwide, which are the natural partners of Africa and (2) major international companies specialized in logistics and maritime transport are most welcome to attend.

President Kiro Gligorov, PRIX DE LA FONDATION, passed away...

January 5, 2012:
The first President of the independent Macedonia, Kiro Gligorov was one of the most important leaders of the Socialist Yugoslavia before to become the President of Macedonia. On September 1999, at the end of his second mandate, he is 82 and the Guinness Book considers he is the oldest political leader in the World. He obtained the independence of his country without any fight. On November 17, 1991 the Constitution is adopted. Mr. Jean-Paul Carteron, Chairman of the Crans Montana Forum is proud to have been associated by President Gligorov to the preliminary consultations. Macedonia becomes the 181st Member State of the UN on April 8, 1993. On October 3, 1995, President Gligorov is the victim of a terror blast as he is on his way to the Airport to join a Crans Montana Forum in Malta. In April 1994 President Iliescu and the Chairman of the Crans Montana Forum present President Gligorov with the PRIX DE LA FONDATION in Bucharest.

The Crans Montana Forum and President Herman van Rompuy honoured with the Prize "FREEDOM" of the International Peace Center Sarajevo

December 15, 2011:
On December 10. 2011 the International Peace Center Sarajevo awarded the Crans Montana Forum and some other international personalities among them Mr. Herman van Rompuy President of the European Council with its Prize "Freedom".

Mr. Didier Reynders, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium

December 7, 2011:
The Crans Montana Forum is proud to learn about the appointment of Mr. Didier Reynders as Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Belgium. Mr. Reynders is one of the Crans Montana Forum's closest friends since years and has been presented with the PRIX DE LA FONDATION.

Ministers of Energy, Economy and Infrastructure from around the World will meet in Baku (June 2012) and shape Tomorrow's Energy Agenda !

November 30, 2011:
On the occasion of the 23rd annual session of the Crans Montana Forum to take place in Baku (Azerbaijan) on June 2012 under the chair of President Ilham Aliyev, the Forum invites the Ministers of Energy, Economy and Infrastructure from all countries around the World to join the most impressive gathering of this kind. The aim is to shape the Energy Agenda of tomorrow.

For the first time, Anti-Corruption Agencies from around the World meet at the Crans Montana Forum on Africa with the participation of TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL on March 8, 2012

November 30, 2011:
The forthcoming Crans Montana Forum on Africa invites Anti-corruption Agencies from around the World to attend a special meeting organized with Transparency International and devoted to "Implementing Transparency in the management of Natural Resources" in Brussels (Belgium) on March 8, 2012
 
Headlines:
 
  1. the lack of good Governance in many countries which are  rich in oil, gas and minerals, generates conflicts and encourage corruption
  2. no Economic development, growth nor poverty reduction are possible without a fair natural resources' management
  3. good Governance in Emerging countries is possible only if the Industrialized ones follow and implement the same policy
  4. one must improve Governance in resource-rich countries thanks to the verification and full publication of company payments and government revenues especially from oil, gas and mining industry
  5. a partnership governments - companies - investors - international organisations is the basic requirement

The Crans Montana Forum opened the African markets to the Romanian Industry

November 29, 2011:
Press Release
Date: 23-11-2011
Media : ACTMEDIA, Romanian News Agency 
 
"Romanian companies considering expansion of cooperation with African ones 
As many as 20 Romanian companies are considering extending cooperation, based on state guarantees, with African companies, in the exploitation of underground natural resources, in agriculture, energy, chemistry, telecommunications, within an economic mission to West Africa, according to a release of the National Association of Exporters and Importers of Romania (ANEIR) and of Eximbank.
The Mission is conducted at the initiative of Tender group of companies, and areas of interest for Romanian companies are also design and constructions, industrial equipment, tourism, professional training, pharmaceutical industry. According to the quoted source, meetings will be organized with local authority representatives, with business people from Senegal, Guinea and Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde and Gambia, occasions to convene cooperation terms between state companies and private companies in African countries with partner companies in Romania.
The new action carried out in partnership by ANEIR and Eximbank is part of the series started in 2011, in the framework of the Romanian-Arab-African cooperation promoted on the occasion of the Crans Montana Forum in Brussels, in February 2011 (...).
Through all these actions, along with other initiatives supported by the Export Council of Romania, the plans are to increase economic exchanges between Romania and the non-EU countries, which encompass far less than 30 percent of Romania's international trade."
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Brussels - March 2012 : 6th annual Crans Montana Forum on Africa : the Crossroads of the South-South Cooperation

November 26, 2011:
Since 2004, the Crans Montana Forum has been organizing a yearly and very successful Political and Economic Forum devoted to Africa and the Arab World in the framework of the new international economic relations based on the South-South Cooperation (South America, Africa, Arab States and Far East).
This yearly Forum will take place in Brussels (Belgium) at the beginning of March 2012, gathering top level decision makers from Governments and the Private sector from around the World, aims to address the challenges of the African Integration, its new role on the International stage, the new South-South synergies of common development, the issues of natural resources and growth.

The International Defence and Security Community is meeting in Geneva from November 16 to 19, 2011!

November 12, 2011:
More than 300 Participants representing over 100 countries and Organisations will be gathering in Geneva on the occasion of the 13th International Summit on Transnational Crime !
Among them are over twenty specialised Ministers, as well as Representatives of numerous Justice and Police Administrations, Intelligence Agencies and International Organisations.
As Maritime transport security is on the top of the agenda, some of Africa’s most important Ports are represented and will meet the most renowned Experts from the defence and security sectors representing world-leading companies.

EADS and CASSIDIAN (an EADS Company) join the Homeland & Global Security Forum in Geneva, November 16 to 19, 2011

November 2, 2011:
The Crans Montana Forum  is delighted to confirm the participation of the best and most renowned Experts of EADS and CASSIDIAN (its subsidiary) who will join the Sessions of the forthcoming Homeland and Global Security Forum in Geneva (Switzerland) November 16 to 19, 2011.
EADS is a World Leader in Security and our Delegates will find an exceptional interest in getting acquainted with its Representatives.

Official visit of Jean-Paul Carteron to Montenegro

October 5, 2011:
On October 3 and 4, 2011, our Executive Chairman, Amb. Jean-Paul Carteron paid an official visit to Montenegro. He had extensive talks with the highest authorities including Mr. Filip Vujanovic President of the Republic, Mr. Igor Luksic Prime Minister and Mr. Srdan Milic, Chairman of the Socialist People's Party and Leader of the Opposition.

Energy agreement between Azerbaijan & Bulgaria at the Crans Montana Forum

October 3, 2011:
The Crans Montana Forum, in total discretion and far from the spotlights, is proud to have contributed for 27 years to strengthening the Economic Cooperation between numerous Countries.
Recently, in Brussels, the Crans Montana Forum patronized an important meeting between Mr. Traicho Traiko, Minister of Economy & Energy of Bulgaria and Mr. Natiq Aliyev, Minister of Energy & Industry of Azerbaijan.
During this meeting both countries decided on a gas supply cooperation agreement. Azeri State Oil & Gas Company SOCAR and Bulgaria’s Bulgartransgaz are now discussing the final details related to this contract (news published according to the wish of both Parties)

Security of Energy Infrastructure : the Côte d'Ivoire will join the Global Security Forum with an impressive delegation

September 26, 2011:
One of the key topics of the forthcoming Homeland and Global Security Forum to take place in Geneva next November 2011 is the Security of Energy Infrastructure around the World. PETROCI, the national Oil Company of Côte d'Ivoire is among the Partners of the Forum. Côte d'Ivoire will be represented by an impressive delegation headed by Mr. Charles  Diby Koffi Minister of Economy and Finance, Mr. Adama Toungara  Minister of Mining, Oil and Energy and Mr. Daniel Gnangni, Managing Director of PETROCI .

The UN join the Homeland and Security Forum in Geneva (Switzerland)

September 22, 2011:
On the occasion of the 13th International Summit on Transnational Crime and Homeland and Security Forum to take place in Geneva in November 2011, the UNITED NATIONS will take an active part in the proceedings. We are proud to welcome Mr. Kasper Ege, Associate Political Officer at the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force Office (CTITF) in the UN Department of Political Affairs.

Founding a “NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF VALUES” - Extraordinary Meeting in Geneva

September 14, 2011:
In the framework of 13th International Summit on Transnational Crime, an Extraordinary Meeting devoted to the Good Governance will take place in Geneva (Switzerland), November 17, 2011. The World Leader OBERTHUR Technologies and its Experts will address the audience on the following topic : THE "NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF VALUES" OR IMPROVING THE IMAGE AND REPUTATION OF A COUNTRY THANKS TO THE SECURIZATION OF ITS FINANCIAL INCOME AND MEANS OF PAYMENT.
This meeting is of the highest interest for Ministers of Finance, Governors of Central Banks and their Experts, but not only. Indeed, these issues are relevant for each Ministries and Governmental Agencies since Good Governance is an ambition requiring the involvement of the whole Administration.

Security at Sea : Special Programme on the occasion of 2011 Summit on Transnational Crime in Geneva (Switzerland)

September 2, 2011:
A Special Programme dedicated to Maritime Security will take place November 18-19 in the framework of the forthcoming Summit in Geneva, with the participation of the most renowned Experts representing the world's leading Security companies, including EADS and its subsidiary CASSIDIAN.
The maritime dimension today is more strategic than ever: 90% of good transportation is made by sea - the increase of the traffic - the protection of maritime borders against globalised clandestine immigration - the insecurity of certain seas because of piracy - all kind trafficking  or illegal fishery are the powerful driving factors, the root causes, of the very recent development - since the beginning of this decade - of the maritime security market.
Maritime security missions are sovereign duties of State, and still today remain mainly a national exclusive right - Globalisation made possible the development of new opportunities, along with new threats, across and through those large spaces -States will therefore increasingly open to a more global and highly integrated way of addressing it, incorporating their national achievements and peculiarities.
Following the general trend of security issues, maritime security issues span civil and military scopes - the search for appropriate solutions requires both civil and military expertise, expertise that can only be provided by large multidisciplinary companies - combining spatial, aerial and surface means, in a global but modular response, is the only way to provide customized solutions to each State's specific constraints.

After 26 years, adapting the Crans Montana Forum's motto : COMMITTED TO A MORE HUMANE AND IMPARTIAL WORLD.

August 31, 2011:
Since the very beginning of their activities, the Fondation du Forum Universale and the Crans Montana Forum adopted the following motto " Committed to a more humane World". This motto made the Forum unique as anyone else thought only of profit and finance. Indeed experience has showned that the humane dimension is the most important in our today's World. The ones who kept and keep ignoring the humane aspect of the World affairs are today intellectualy located in a new "Coblence" as the royalists were during the French Revolution ! They have no credibility and no future.
A new momentum recently occurred : the Revolution which started in the Arab World at the beginning of the year 2011. It is not only an Arab Spring but a World Revolution, driven by the young generations, which will impact every Country around the World at a degree or an other ! It is not a May 68 as the "Coblence Residents" thought for a while, it is a Tsunami !
Globally the young generations are looking and will fight for an impartial State, the end of the corruption and a fair management of Public affairs. So far, following a proposal of its Chairman, Amb. Jean-Paul Carteron, the Board of the Forum decided that, starting in 2011, the new motto of the Crans Montana Forum will be COMMITTED TO A MORE HUMANE AND IMPARTIAL WORLD.

Statement by the Crans Montana Forum on the arrest of Yulia Tymoshenko in Ukraine

August 26, 2011:
On behalf of the Fondation du Forum's Board, Amb. Jean-Paul Carteron, Chairman of the Crans Montana Forum made today the following statement: "We are extremely concerned by reports of events in Pechersk District Court, culminating in the arrest of Yulia Tymoshenko, former Prime Minister and Leader of the Batkivschyna Party. The Crans Montana Forum and its constituents underline the need for fair, transparent and independent legal processes to avoid any perception of a policy of selective justice. These events are therefore a cause for concern about the state of the rule of law in Ukraine. The Crans Montana Forum which has been continuously working since 1989 for the implementation of Democracy in Eastern Europe reiterates its concerns about the high standards which are expected from a country aspiring to political association with the EU".

June 2012 ! Join the 23rd annual Crans Montana Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan on "WHICH ENERGY FOR WHICH WORLD" ?

July 8, 2011:
From June 27 to July 1st, 2012, on the invitation of President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan, the 23rd annual session of the Crans Montana Forum will take place in Baku (Azerbaijan) to address the topic WHICH ENERGY FOR WHICH WORLD ? Our Founder and Chairman Amb. Jean-Paul Carteron was in Azerbaijan last week to sign the official agreement with the President's Administration. More in the few weeks to come on this website.

Working for a better World and taking advantage of the today's most important Industrial Market : Energy Access and Security + Renewables

July 8, 2011:
The Crans Montana Forum will organize its yearly African session in Brussels (Belgium) March 7 to 10, 2012 dedicated to the World Economic Integration of Africa with an important focus on Energy Security and Renewables. This event will host the World majors in Energy and Renewable Energy. The Programme will include a number of Corporate and Technical Presentations in order for the African Governments to get more acquainted with the last technologies.

The Bulgarian Government commends the Crans Montana Forum's key role in Energy Cooperation

July 7, 2011:
On June 23, 2011, a special session on Energy Cooperation took place in Brussels, organized by the Crans Montana Forum. Our Chairman, Amb. Jean-Paul Carteron received today an official letter from  Mr. Peter Poptchev, Bulgarian Ambassador at Large for Energy Security and Coordinator for EU Nabucco Project quoting "this year's Forum has contributed to the cause of the Nabucco Gas Pipeline Project more than most energy conferences on the topic in the past 12 months".

Iraq at the June 2011 Crans Montana Forum : an important Delegation will be taking part !

June 19, 2011:
Iraq is getting out of its problems and will be soon and again "the" Regional Power. Numerous opportunities for Business and Foreign Investment are available and we are pleased to welcome, on the occasion of the June 2011 Forum in Brussels, a huge Delegation (Officials and Private Sector) headed by Mr. Rowsch Nouri Shaways Deputy Prime Minister and including key Business Decision makers, among them :  Mr. Sabah Allawi, Chairman of the Board of the Trans Iraq Bank,  Mr. Al Jiboori Founding Member of Dar Al-Kaiser General Contracting & Commercial Agency, Mr. Abdul Raheem Founding Member of the Shemesh Group Oil Services etc.
  A working lunchA        A working lunch "Iraq" is scheduled on June 24.

The Arab Spring and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

June 16, 2011:
On the occasion of the June 2011 Crans Montana Forum, H.R.H Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud, Chairman of the King Faisal Center for Islamic Studies and Research will address the Forum on the wind of change which started in June 2011.

Commissioner Günther Oettinger at the Crans Montana Forum

June 15, 2011:
Energy is really the major today's concern for Europe and the rest of the World. European Commissioner Günther Oettinger will attend the official opening session of the 22nd annual Crans Montana Forum to welcome Mr. Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan, and his delegation.

Algiers – General assembly of the Civil Society's stakeholders : the National Economic and Social Council invites the Crans Montana Forum as Guest of Honour

June 14, 2011:
June 14, 2011 : Our Chairman and Founder, Amb. Jean-Paul Carteron is the Guest of Honour of Mr. Mohamed Seghir Babès, President of the CNES, on the occasion of the General State of Civil Society taking place under the High Patronage of Mr. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of the Republic.
Next week, Mr. Babès will lead an important Delegation of Businesses on the occasion of the 22nd Annual Session of the Forum, to take place in Brussels (Belgium) from June 22 to 25, 2011. Algeria’s most important Groups, including Sonatrach, will be attending.
 

Council on World Public Affairs : August 18 to 21, 2011 - annual meeting in Crans-Montana (Switzerland)

June 12, 2011:
August 18 to 21, 2011 : the Council on World Public Affairs will gather in Crans-Montana (Switzerland) as every year. The number of Participants is limited to 40 ! Registration is now urgent. Please proceed sending a message to info@cmf.ch

More than 600 Participants ! : the World is gathering in Brussels !

June 9, 2011:
More than 600 Participants from 100 countries and Organizations will gather in Brussels on the occasion of the forthcoming and 22nd Crans Montana Forum, June 2011.

Yamoussoukro - May 21,2011 - Inauguration of the President of Côte d'Ivoire

May 23, 2011:
Mr. Jean-Paul Carteron, President and Founder of the Crans Montana Forum was invited as a Special Guest on the occasion of the inauguration of the President of Côte d'Ivoire in Yamoussoukro. Mr Carteron had private talks with Mr. Alassane Ouattara, Mr. Denis Sassou-Nguesso President of Congo, Mr. Mahamadou Issoufou President of Niger, Mr. Blaise Compaoré President of Faso, Mr. Bédié Former President of Côte d'Ivoire, Mr. Raila Odinga Prime Minister of Kenya and Mr. Lansana Kouyate Former Prime Minister of Guinea.

Ruud Lubbers invites our Founder and Chairman, Amb. Jean-Paul Carteron to join the Berlin World Culture Festival

May 16, 2011:
On July 2 and 3, 2011, our Chairman, Amb. Jean-Paul Carteron will join the World Culture Festival to take place in Berlin (Germany) on the personal invitation of Prof. Ruud Lubbers former Prime Minister of Netherlands and Co-founder of the Earth Charter Initiative. On this occasion, Mr. Carteron will be the Guest of Honor of the Festival and the Keynote Speaker of the World Forum on Ethics in Business to take place also during this major event. 

The Securization of Public Income and Payments : meeting of Ministers of Finance and Governors of Central Bank

May 4, 2011:
On the occasion of the 22nd yearly session of the Crans Montana Forum, an extraordinary meeting of Ministers of Finance and Governors of Central Banks will be organized on June 24, 2011 in Brussels. OBERTHUR Technologies and its Experts will address the audience on the following topic : THE "NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF VALUES" OR IMPROVING THE IMAGE AND REPUTATION OF A COUNTRY THANKS TO THE SECURIZATION OF ITS FINANCIAL INCOME AND MEANS OF PAYMENT : BANKNOTES AND DOCUMENTS FOR A FAIR MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Azerbaijan, our 2011 Guest Country : an impressive industrial development - a key destination for Business and Foreign Investment

April 21, 2011:
Azerbaijan is considered as the most important success in its Region as far as Economic Development, Social and Political Progress are concerned. An important and high level delegation from Baku will attend the Forum to address many issues including Energy and Food Industry. The delegation will include : Mr. Elmar Mammadyarov Minister of Foreign affairs, Mr. Natig Aliyev Minister of Industry and Energy, Mr. Ali Abbasov Minister of Communications and Information Technologies, Mr. Huseyngulu Baghirov Minister of Ecology and Natural resources, Mr. Abulfas Garayev Minister of Culture, Mr. Azad Rahimov Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Shahmar Movsumov Executive Director of the State Oil Fund, Mr. Elshad Nasirov Vice-President of the State Oil Company, Mr. Jahangir Hajiyev Chairman of the International Bank.  
 

Azerbaijan has led CIS countries in terms of GDP growth and other indices for some years. The country has immense potential for generic market development due to favorable natural conditions, a good investment climate and State policies concentrated on intensively supporting non-oil sector development. According to UN forecasts, Azerbaijan will continue leading the CIS in 2010 as the Country enjoying the most dynamic Economic development. GDP growth hit 6.1% in Azerbaijan in 2009 on the backdrop of a slumping GDP in the CIS as a whole. Azerbaijan was admitted as the number-one reformer among 181 countries, according to the World Bank Doing Business Report 2009.

 
The Azerbaijan Investment Company and the EBRD invested 5.400.000 $ in the Dairy industry. The project's cost is of 12.000.000 $ including the development of a new factory and milk-processing facility and the reconstruction of an older plant. Plans include putting into operation a white salt production factory. Its output is 60,000 tons annually. A major Company recently spent 40.000.000 Euro on constructing a new farm, a package production factory and an ice-cream production factory. The Azerbaijan Investment Company is investing $15 million in poultry farming. Capital investment permit the reconstruction of 14 farms and the installation of modern equipment.

Mr. Tahar Ben Jelloun at the annual Forum

April 14, 2011:
Mr. Tahar Benjelloun, Psychologist and Writer will attend the annual Crans Montana Forum (Brussels - June 22 to 25, 2011). He will chair some key debates related to the current changes in the Arab World.

Condolences of the Crans Montana Forum's President and Board to the President of Côte d'Ivoire and the People of Côte d'Ivoire

April 4, 2011:

Chairman Jean-Paul Carteron and the Board of the Crans Montana Forum would like to express to the President of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire and the First Lady, Mr. and Mrs. A. Ouattara their sincere condolences and heartful compassion on these most horrible circumstances which plunge into mourning the whole Country. The price for Democracy is too high and paid with blood and tears ! We wish them endurance and God's protection.  gO  gOD

PRIX DE LA FONDATION 2011 : Annual Forum's Promotion

March 30, 2011:
By special decision on March 30, 2011, the Board of the Crans Montana Forum awarded with the PRIX DE LA FONDATION 2011 :
- Mr. Alassane Ouattara President of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire
- H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Founder of International Association for Human Values
- Mr. Adrian Nastase Former Prime Minister of Romania
- Mr. Philippe Maystadt President of the European Investment Bank
- Mr. Tahar Benjelloun Psychologist & Writer
- Mr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas Former Executive Director of ECOWAS and Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States
- Mr. Richard Holbrooke Ambassador of the United States of America (posthumously)
The Award Ceremony will take place during the 22nd annual Crans Montana Forum in Brussels (Belgium), June 22 to 25, 2011.

22nd annual meeting of June 2011 : a major Revolution has started - what will be the tomorrow's World ?

February 25, 2011:
The World was trying to get out of a major Economic and Financial crisis. The related challenges were perceived as historical and the most important ones that Governments and Companies had ever to face ! But it was definitely a short term view… Since the very first days of 2011 a very strong wind is blowing on the World, starting with the Middle East and Africa. Indeed we must admit that we are facing a Revolution but a new type of Revolution; a Revolution made by the young generations suffering from the perverse impact of globalization, the mismanagement of public affairs and an absence of political alternation. It will be a major change for the World and no Country will escape to some degree. Will Governments have the will, the moral legitimacy and the means of addressing such challenges ? Will the international Private sector adapt its Business development models in order to establish a more ethical and equitable World ?  The June 2011 annual Crans Montana Forum will be an open debate between Government Officials, International Organizations and Businesses, trying to shape what our World could be tomorrow…
The World was trying to get out of a major Economic and Financial crisis. The related challenges were perceived as historical and the most important ones that Governments and Companies had ever to face ! But it was definitely a short term view… Since the very first days of 2011 a very strong wind is blowing on the World, starting with the Middle East and Africa. Indeed we must admit that we are facing a Revolution but a new type of Revolution; a Revolution made by the young generations suffering from the perverse impact of globalization, the mismanagement of public affairs and an absence of political alternation. It will be a major change for the World and no Country will escape to some degree. Will Governments have the will, the moral legitimacy and the means of addressing such challenges ? Will the international Private sector adapt its Business development models in order to establish a more ethical and equitable World ?  The June 2011 annual Crans Montana Forum will be an open debate between Government Officials, International Organizations and Businesses, trying to shape what our World could be tomorrow…
 

2011 Meeting of the Crans Montana Forum in Crans-Montana (Switzerland) - Council on World Public Affairs

January 27, 2011:
The next meeting of the Crans Montana Forum High Level Panel, Council on World Public Affairs, will take place, as usual, in Crans-Montana (Switzerland), August 18 to 21, 2011. The number of Participants is limited to 40 ! More information contacting info@cmf.ch

South-South Cooperation Forum : Special Nominations - PRIX DE LA FONDATION 2011

January 23, 2011:
Will be presented with the PRIX DE LA FONDATION 2011 :
 
- Mrs. Dominique Ouattara, First Lady of Côte d'Ivoire
 
- Mrs. Emine Erdogan, Spouse of the Turkish Prime Minister
 
- Mr. Rayla A. Odinga, Prime Minister of Kenya. Mr. Odinga is a key actor of the Kenyan Democratic stabilization and a brilliant international negotiator despite the difficulties to find the ways of Peace and Justice
 
- Mr. Hamid Temmar, Minister of Prospective and Statistics, People's Democratic Republic of Algeria
  
- Mr. George Forrest, Chairman & Founder of George Forrest International SA will be also presented with the PRIX DE LA FONDATION 2011 during the South-South Crans Montana Forum to take place in Brussels (Belgium) February 16 to 19, 2011. Mr. Forrest is indeed one of the major Businesses operating in Africa who fights for transparency, a fair management of natural resources and the implementation of Ethics in Business.
 
Mr. Didier Reynders, Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Belgium will chair the Official Ceremony.

Mrs. Alassane Ouattara, First Lady of the Ivory Coast will be the Guest of Honour of the South-South Cooperation Forum

January 12, 2011:
Mrs. Allasane Ouattara, First Lady of the Ivory Coast will be among the Guests of Honour of the forthcoming South-South Cooperation Forum to take place in Brussels (Belgium) Feb. 16 to 19, 2011. On this very occasion, she will be presented with the PRIX DE LA FONDATION.

Mr. Iyad Allawi, Guest of Honor of the February 2011 Arab-African Crans Montana Forum in Brussels.

December 22, 2010:
Mr. Iyad Allawi, Al-Iraqiyya Leader & Head of the National Council for Strategic Policies of Iraq, will be Guest of Honor of the February 2011 Arab-African Crans Montana Forum in Brussels.
 

Mr. Allawi will be heading an Iraqi delegation composed of Officials and Business Leaders. This will be a great opportunity for our Participants to learn more about the new business opportunities in Iraq.

Matching Romania’s Services supply for optimal use of traditional and renewable Energy resources with the Business demand in the Arab-African Region.

December 16, 2010:
On February 17, 2011 an extraordinary Programme will take place in the framework of the South-South Cooperation Forum to take place in Brussels (Belgium) with the cooperation of the Romanian National Association of Exporters and Importers (ANEIR) and the Export Import Bank of Romania (EximBank SA). Numerous Businesses from Romania will attend. A presentation of the Romanian Energy Sector will be organized.

A great man left us... Richard Holbrooke passed away and we will miss him !

December 15, 2010:
Ambassador Richard Holbrooke left us... Without notice as everything in his life ! The Crans Montana Forum will miss him. He used to attend our Forums, especially when he was in charge of the Balkans issue. Our Chairman & Founder Amb. Jean-Paul Carteron worked with him to reach this key international accord - see on picture on our homepage -. Indeed the same year, the Forum organized a special meeting in Malta, gathering all Heads of State duly concerned by Bosnia-Herzegovina. Later the two men met again in Cyprus as Richard Holbrooke was the Special Presidential Emissary in charge of the Island. On the occasion of the 22nd yearly session of the Crans Montana Forum in June 2011, Amb. R. Holbrooke will be posthumously awarded with the PRIX DE LA FONDATION.
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Strategic alliance between the Crans Montana Forum, the Romanian National Association of Exporters and Importers and the Export Import Bank of Romania

November 25, 2010:
On November 16, 2010 an important "Accord de Partenariat" has been signed between the Romanian National Association of Exporters and Importers (ANEIR) and the Export Import Bank of Romania (EximBank SA) on one hand and the Crans Montana Forum on the other hand. This strategic alliance aims to promote the Romanian Industry around the World thanks to the huge potential of the Crans Montana Forum's activities. Ask for more at info@cmf.ch
Official visit to the United Arab Emirates

Official visit to the United Arab Emirates

November 23, 2010:
Our Chairman & Founder Amb. Jean-Paul Carteron paid an official visit to Abu Dhabi. On this very occasion he awarded H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces with the Crans Montana Forum's Gold Medal. He was also invited to award the Winner of the 2010 Abu Dhabi Judo Grand Prix with the gold Medal at the end of the competition - see featured photos -

OFID and CMF address the topic ENERGY POVERTY - a key issue for Peace, Stability and Development - Can Industry lead the necessary change ?

November 9, 2010:
On April 28 and 29, 2011 the Crans Montana Forum and OFID organize, at the headquarters of OFID in Vienna a High Level Panel - by invitation only and limited to 70 persons (the world’s CEOs of Energy  leading companies, Heads of Government, Ministers, key Members of Parliament and Representatives of International Organizations)-. The aim of the Panel is, among others, to demonstrate that market based solutions and PPPs work and help in implementing sustainable solutions, find the ways of implementing a close cooperation, in a climate of confidence, between Governments and the Private sector, exchange with Governments on the development of sustainable Business models to be applied to rural Energy production and distribution, boost effective Investment in Energy activities by adapting the schemes to limited private investment and involving local entrepreneurs and communities

Launching the forthcoming and 22nd yearly Crans Montana Forum to take place in Brussels June 22 to 25, 2011

November 8, 2010:
Launching the forthcoming and 22nd yearly Crans Montana Forum to take place in Brussels June 22 to 25, 2011, our Chairman and Founder, Amb. Jean-Paul Carteron stated : " The World is trying to get out of a major Economic and Financial crisis. The today's challenges are historical and the most important ones that Governments and Companies had ever to face ! Will we take advantage of the past disasters for shaping a better Business Environment ? Will Governments have the will and the means of addressing such a challenge ? Will the international Private sector adapt its Business development policies in order to establish a safer, fair et stronger Economy ? How will the European Union address the challenges of a definitely emerging Africa and of an increased and new role of South America and the Arab Finance ?"

Crans Montana Forum and ISESCO propose a jointly organized Extraordinary Forum in Rabat (Morocco) on the new Business models and the Islamic Countries' Economies

November 3, 2010:
March 28 to 31, 2011 in Rabat (Morocco) at the Headquarters of ISESCO will take place an extraordinary Forum co-organized by the Crans Montana Forum and ISESCO on TOWARDS NEW BUSINESS MODELS BASED ON ETHICS & ECONOMIC INTELLIGENCE - THE ISLAMIC FINANCE AND THE WORLD AFTER THE FINANCIAL CRISIS - INCREASING THE INTERNATIONAL ROLE OF ISLAMIC WORLD’S BUSINESS. This meeting, taking place at the highest level of Government Officials and Business will be organized in a very limited and restricted framework.

Prime Minister Viktor Stepanovitch Tchernomyrdine passed away...

November 3, 2010:
Mr. Viktor Stepanovitch Tchernomyrdine just passed away. He was a old and good friend of the Crans Montana Forum since 1992 ! We considered him as one the Founders of our Organization. On the occasion of his visit to the Forum in Switzerland, he was presented with the Prix de la Fondation by Mr. Jean-Pascal Delamuraz President of the Swiss Confederation.

Extraordinary High Level Panel in Brussels : The Tourism Industry and the Terror Threat - Assessment and Action Plan

November 2, 2010:

On Feb. 19, 2011 in Brussels (Belgium), the Crans Montana-Institute is organizing an extraordinary Meeting placed under the authority of Mr. Jean-Louis Bruguière Judge specialized in the Fight against Terrorism (1976-2007) and EU  Representative for the Fight against Financing Terrorism  - TFTP (2008-2010) with the participation of a team of key World Experts from various Intelligence, Police and Justice Administrations to address the topic : The Tourism Industry and the Terror Threat - Assessment and Action Plan. Ask for more at info@cmf.ch

Delegations from around the World attended the 12th International Summit on Transnational Crime in Geneva, Oct. 27 to 30, 2010

October 18, 2010:
More than 130 Countries and International Organizations attended the 12th International Summit on Transnational Crime which took place in Geneva, Oct. 27 to 30, 2010.  ! !