|Chinese Premier meets foreign dignitaries ahead of global summit(07/02/09)|
BEIJING, July 2 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Thursday met with a number of prominent foreign politicians in town for an upcoming think-tank summit in Beijing.
The dignitaries included former President of the European Commission Romano Prodi, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Director-General of World Intellectual Property Organization Francis Gurry, Secretary General of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Supachai Panitchpakdi.
They are scheduled to attend the "Global Think Tank Summit" which will run from Friday to Saturday. The event will gather representatives from more than 100 organizations around the world.
The summit is organized by China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE), a non-governmental research and consulting organization created in this March and headed by former Chinese Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan.
At the summit, attendees are expected to discuss the global economic downturn and ways to facilitate the recovery of the world economy.