Fostering economic development, with Japan's help
Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo
Language: The speech will be in English and Q & A will be in Albanian with English interpretation.
Hashim Thaci declared Kosovo's independence on Feb. 17, 2008, shortly after being elected the first prime minister of the new republic in the aftermath of Yugoslavia's disintegration.
He is now guiding his budding democracy and seeking to foster economic development; his mission to Tokyo is a key part of achieving that objective.
Thaci will come to the club after holding talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on bilateral issues and global challenges, such as the Ukraine crisis. Japan was one of the first countries to recognize his nation soon after the declaration of independence and established diplomatic relations one year later.
A national day reception at a Tokyo hotel in February was attended by Sadako Ogata, former U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and president of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, Justice Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki and New Komeito leader Natsuo Yamaguchi, underscoring Japan's close ties with Kosovo.
A graduate of the University of Pristina, 45-year-old Thaci helped found the Kosovo Liberation Army and later studied history and political science at the University of Zurich.
He was elected prime minister in January 2008 after his Democratic Party of Kosovo was victorious in the 2007 parliamentary elections. He declared the independence of Kosovo in the National Assembly on Feb. 17.
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