- The Washington Times - Monday, April 13, 2009

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors to Washington this week include:


— Raisa Bohatyryova, secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.

— Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of the Green Belt Movement, which is dedicated to planting trees in Kenya. She addresses the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

— Soli Ozel of Bilgi University in Istanbul and Arzuhan Dogan Yalcindag, chairman of the Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association. They address the Brookings Institution on U.S.-Turkey relations.

— C.J. Chen, former foreign minister of Taiwan, who discusses U.S.-Taiwan relations in a forum at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. Tuesday

— U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; Haitian Prime Minister Michele Duvivier Pierre-Louis, Finance Minister Daniel Dorsainvil and Planning and External Cooperation Minister Jean-Max Bellerive; Beverly Oda, Canada’s minister for international cooperation; and Rama Yade, France’s secretary of state for foreign affairs. They participate in an international donors’ conference for Haiti hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank.

— Shivinder Mohan Singh, managing director of Fortis Healthcare Ltd. in India, who participates in the sixth annual World Health Care Congress.


— Dr. Michael S. Chen, vice president and chief financial officer for the Bureau of National Health Insurance in Taiwan. He holds a 3 p.m. news conference at the National Press Club to discuss Taiwan’s experience with national health insurance.

— Hassan Abbas, a former police chief in Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province and former deputy director of investigations at Pakistan’s National Accountability Bureau; Arif Jamal, a Pakistani scholar and author of “Shadow War: the Untold Story of Jihad in Kashmir”; Andrew McGregor, director of Aberfoyle International Security in Toronto; Haroon Rashid, acting editor for the British Broadcasting Corp. in Pakistan; and Mariam Abou Zahab, a Pakistan specialist with the Center for International Studies and Research in Paris. They participate in a Jamestown Foundation conference on Pakistan’s restive border regions.

— Reshma Lohia, director of Lohia’s Little Angels private school for poor students in India. She participates in a Cato Institute forum on education for the poor.

— Muhammad Yunus, founder and managing director of Bangladesh’s Grameen Bank and Grameen Health and winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. He addresses the sixth annual World Health Care Congress.


— Kwame Sundaram Jomo, assistant secretary-general for economic development at the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs. He discusses globalization and democracy in India and Malaysia in a panel discussion at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at George Washington University.

— Will Cavendish, director for health and well-being at Britain’s Department of Health; and Michael Thick, chief clinical officer of Britain’s National Health Service. They address the sixth annual World Health Care Congress.

— Jan-Martin Witte, executive director of the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin. He discusses how to strengthen world markets through “global energy governance” at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

— Michael D. Kirby, a former justice of the High Court of Australia, who delivers the annual Hart Memorial Lecture at Georgetown Law School.


— President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia, who launches her new book, “This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa’s First Woman President,” at a reception at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

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