Prime Minister of Kosovo Hashim Thaci to Give Keynote Address at JHU SAIS Transatlantic Economic Forum

The Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) will hold a three-day conference, “Transatlantic Economic Forum: Building Bridges Across the Mediterranean” on Monday, June 10 from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesday, June 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The conference, hosted by the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations, will bring together economic leaders from the public and private sectors in North America, Europe and North Africa with senior government officials from the Southeast European region to discuss economic challenges and business opportunities. The forum also will highlight an emerging partnership for growth arising from the Arab Spring among the EU, U.S. and North Africa.
Hashim Thaci, prime minister of Kosovo, will give the conference’s keynote address on “Opportunities Beyond Normalization Between Kosovo and Serbia” on Wednesday, June 11 at 11 a.m. Mohamed Yousef Almagariaf, former president of the General National Congress of Libya; Jeanne Shaheen (via video), Democratic senator from New Hampshire and chair of the Senate Foreign Relations’ Subcommittee on European Affairs; Robert Aderholt, Republican congressman from Alabama and a member of the House Subcommittee on Homeland Security; M. Rifat Hisarciklioğlu, president of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey; and Miriam E. Sapiro, acting U.S. trade representative, will give remarks on Monday, June 10. Experts from academia, government, foreign ministries, international organizations and private sector will speak at the following sessions:
Monday, June 10
7 p.m.           Program includes various remarks, including welcome by SAIS Dean Vali R. Nasr.
Tuesday, June 11
10 a.m.         Panel 1: “Transatlantic Cooperation: Benefits for All”
11:30 a.m.    Presentation of Business Opportunities in the Private and Public Sectors                
2 p.m.           Panel 2: “Investment Opportunities in North Africa”
Wednesday, June 12
9 a.m.           Panel 3: “Legislation and Business: Creating a Viable Economic Environment”
11 a.m.         Keynote address by Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci
2 p.m.           Panel 4: “Stability, Peace, Democracy: Pillars for Prosperity”
For a complete agenda, go to
SAIS also will host a live webcast of the sessions on Wednesday, June 12 available at
The conference, which is free and open to the public, is hosted in partnership with the America-Bosnia Foundation.
The sessions on Monday, June 10 and Wednesday, June 12 will be held in the Kenney Auditorium of the school’s Nitze Building, located at 1740 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. The session on Tuesday, June 11 will be held in Room 500 of the school’s Bernstein-Offit Building, located at 1717 Massachusetts Ave., N.W. Members of the public should RSVP to CTR at
Media who want to cover the conference should contact Felisa Neuringer Klubes in the SAIS Communications Office at 202.663.5626 or

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
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