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Bilateral program of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš at the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York.

On 22 - 27 September 2019, Czech delegation led by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš attended the UN General Assembly in New York. Apart from the UN related agenda, Prime Minister’s rich bilateral program focused on cooperation in science, research and innovation. In addition to Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and his wife Monika, the Czech delegation also included Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Trade Karel Havlíček and Minister of the Environment Richard Brabec. Minister of Foreign Affairs Tomáš Petříček was also present in New York for UN related meetings.
 

On the first day of the New York program, delegation led by the Prime Minister attended the opening of the Climate Summit hosted by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, during which Czech Prime Minister Babiš briefly met British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Subsequently, the Czech Prime Minister gave a keynote speech at the prestigious Concordia Summit at which he presented a Czech innovation strategy aimed at multiplying the pace of national digitization, building intelligent infrastructure and boosting investment in research and development in the Czech Republic. The delegation also visited the premises where CzechInvest operates the CzechAccelerator project - an acceleration program for Czech IT and technology startups in New York. The Prime Minister also met Microsoft President Brad Smith who expressed Microsoft's potential interest in participating at building the AI Center of Excellence. The first day of the program was concluded with a dinner with US investors in the Czech Republic organized by the U. S. Chamber of Commerce.

On 24 September 2019, the Prime Minister attended the opening of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly and the subsequent SDG summit focused on implementing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and 17 Sustainable Development Goals. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš also held bilateral meetings with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Armenian Prime Minister Nikola Pashinjan. In the evening the Prime Minister and his wife Monika attended the reception for heads of national delegations organized by US President Donald Trump.

Wednesday's program began with a breakfast with current and potential US investors in the Czech Republic organized by ACEBA. Subsequently, the Czech Prime Minister spoke at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum, where he attended a panel on pension systems related topics togehter with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and European Commissioner Pierre Moscovici. This was followed by a bilateral meeting of the Prime Minister with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Czech Prime Minister again speaking at the UN on the second day of the SDG summit. In the afternoon, the Prime Minister met with UN Secretary General António Guterres on, among others, the subject of UN reform and the Czech Republic's participation in peacekeeping operations in Africa. On Wednesday evening, Andrej Babiš gave national speech at the UN General Assembly Forum.

Thursday's program began with a visit at Boston’s MIT (the Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Here Andrej Babiš visited the MIT Plasma Science Fusion Center (also attended by the director of the Plasma Physics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences Radomír Pánek) and met with MIT.nano director Vladimir Bulović. They discussed ​​research and development of nanotechnologies or the possibility of including Czech laboratory instruments among the equipment of new MIT.nano laboratories. Over the subsequent work lunch prepared by the AIM International Business Council, the Prime Minister's delegation met with Massachusetts based potential investors. The Boston program culminated in a meeting with representatives of Thermo Fisher Scientific Labs, a biotechnology company that is one of several successful investors in the Czech Republic. Subsequently, the delegation moved to the GE Global Research Center in Schenectady, where the Prime Minister discussed with General Electric representatives the possibilities of deepening the existing rich cooperation (not only in the aerospace sector) with the Czech Republic.

On the last day of the program of the Czech delegation, the Prime Minister met James Jeffrey, US Special Representative for Syria and Special Envoy for the fight against ISIS, and Walid Muallem, Syrian Foreign Minister, with whom he addressed the current situation in Syria. The delegation subsequently visited the memorial to the victims of the attacks on 11 September 2001, where the Prime Minister honored the memory of two victims with Czech roots.

Deputy Prime Minister Karel Havlíček's separate program during his stay in New York included, among others, a meeting with US Secretary of State K. Krach, meeting with Cornell Tech representatives on the topics of technology transfer, and the presentation of NuScale Power's modular nuclear reactors.

 

Karel Smékal, Head of Trade and Economic Section

Tereza Martínková, intern

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