Shimon Peres Takes Part in Foundation for Effective Governance Launch in Kiev

NEW YORK, and KIEV, Ukraine, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Foundation for Effective Governance is proud to announce that Israeli President Shimon Peres attended and spoke, via satellite video conference, at the Foundation's launch this past December. During his speech, President Peres commented on the similarities between Ukraine and Israel and expressed faith in the budding relationship.

President Peres said, "I am speaking to you, while a few moments ago your President left my office, he has had here a very warm reception and I am so glad that the relations between Ukraine and Israel are warming up, becoming deeper, more meaningful, and richer. It is important for us and I hope it is important for you. We are renewing our future."

The Foundation for Effective Governance, founded in 2007 by Ukrainian philanthropist and entrepreneur Rinat Akhmetov, will contribute to economic growth, and will foster discussion of the important issues facing Ukrainians every day; from the economy to international competitiveness and establishing a democratic government. The only organization of its kind in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, the Foundation for Effective Governance will work to improve the quality of life for every citizen in Ukraine.

Natalia Izosimova, Managing Director Foundation for Effective Governance said, "When we were at the first stages of developing the mission and the philosophy of the Fund, we met with many highly respected and well known people from all over the world. We were extremely delighted to get such great response and understanding. Among the first people was the current President of Israel -- Mr. Shimon Peres. And it is with great pleasure that we have an opportunity to listen and watch his video-congratulations."

About The Foundation for Effective Governance

In 2007, Rinat Akhmetov founded The Foundation for Effective Governance (FEG) to support the long-term economic development of Ukraine. On December 6, 2007, FEG launched in Kiev with a goal to improve the standard of living of each Ukrainian citizen. Akhmetov's stated aim is to develop and implement long-term projects and programs which encourage economic growth in Ukraine. In order to reach these goals the Foundation will attract leading Ukrainian and international experts with proven experience, strong expertise, and excellent reputations to work on its programs. The Board of Trustees ensures the Foundation's independence and that it works to its mission and principles by taking an active part in building the Foundation's strategy, selecting programs, as well as assessing the Foundation's performance. Among its board members are former U.S. Senator Lincoln Chafee, former Canadian Prime Minister, Kim Campbell and former president of the National Bank of Hungary, Gyorgy Suranyi.

For further information please call 212-999-5585 or +380 44 501 41 07.

Source: The Foundation for Effective Governance

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