DIARY-Political and General News Events from April 7

PUBLISHED: Wed, 07 Apr 2021 11:38:05 GMT
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7 ** PARIS – Togolese President Faure Gnassimbe begins an official visit to France.

** JAKARTA – British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab visits Indonesia and gives a press conference with his counterpart, Indonesian foreign minister Retno Marsudi. ** NEW YORK CITY – Finance ministers and central bankers from the G20 meet virtually on the side-lines of the IMF and World Bank spring meetings.- 0500 GMT. ** CAPE TOWN – South Africa’s health minister Zweli Mkhize and WHO Africa director Matshidiso Moeti address a webinar. Among topics to be discussed are the COVID-19 pandemic and health inequities. – 0800 GMT ** ROME – Italy’s Economy Minister Daniele Franco and Bank of Italy’s governor Ignazio Visco hold news conference after the meeting of the finance officials from the Group of 20 major economies. – 1400 GMT

DELHI/ISLAMABAD/NUR-SULTAN – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit India, Pakistan and Kazakhstan (To April 8).

TRIPOLI – Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has announced that he would visit Libya (to April 7).

BERLIN – German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz gives a virtual news conference as the world’s financial leaders discuss closer cooperation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic during the virtual spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. – 1430 GMT

SEOUL – South Korea holds election for mayors of Seoul and Busan. MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in Moscow.

WASHINGTON DC – IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva and World Bank President David Malpass speak at the IMF / World Bank 2021 Spring meetings.

GLOBAL – World Health Organisation observes World Health Day. – – – – – – – – –

THURSDAY, APRIL 8 ASTANA – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visits Kazakhstan, meets his Kazakh counterpart Mukhtar Tleuberdi.

WASHINGTON DC – IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva, FED Chairman Jerome Powell, and WTO Director General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala speak on the global economy at the IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings.

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW – 10th anniversary of signing a bilateral treaty between Russia and the United States on the Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms, START-2 (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty).

GLOBAL – International Roma Nation Day. – – – – – – – – –

FRIDAY, APRIL 9 GENEVA – Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), to give news conference on the latest developments in the COVID-19 pandemic.

WASHINGTON D.C. – Annual meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and IMF, Spring meetings (to April 11).

SAMOA – Samoan Legislative Assembly election.

– – – – – – – – – SATURDAY, APRIL 10 ** ISTANBUL – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

ALGIERS – French Prime Minister Jean Castex visits Algeria.

SMOLENSK, Russia/CRACOW, Poland – 11th Anniversary of the Smolensk Tragedy to be held in Smolensk, Russia, as well as in Poland.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 11

FRANCE – 10th Anniversary of the French law banning the burqa and niqab.

ABIDJAN – 10th anniversary of the arrest of former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo by supporters of president-elect Alassane Ouattara with the help of French forces, thereby ending the 2010-2011 Ivorian crisis and civil war.

CHILE – Local and constitutional convention elections in Chile.

ECUADOR – Ecuador holds second round of presidential elections for 2021-2025 term. PERU – Peru holds presidential elections. – – – – – – – – –

MONDAY, APRIL 12

** NEW YORK – Economic and Social Council, Annual Economic and Social Council forum on financing for development follow-up including the special high-level meetings of the Council with the World Bank, IMF, WTO and UNCTAD. (To April 15)

CAIRO – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visits Egypt, meets President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.

DUBLIN – EU economics commissioner Paolo Gentiloni speaks at Irish conference – 0900 GMT.

GLOBAL – International Day of Human Space Flight. – – – – – – – – –

TUESDAY, APRIL 13 TEHRAN – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will pay an official visit to Tehran, Iran, at the invitation of his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif. – – – – – – – – –

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14 ANKARA – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to meet his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias in Turkey. BRUSSELS – European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Commissioner for Budget Johannes Hahn give a press conference on Next Generation EU funding strategy.

BRUSSELS – European Commission vice-president Margaritis Schinas gives a press conference on the “EU Agenda to tackle organized crime (2021-2025)” and on a new “EU strategy towards the eradication of trafficking in human beings.” – – – – – – – – –

THURSDAY, APRIL 15

BELFAST/NEW YORK – 108th Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. BRUSSELS – EU General Affairs Council (Cohesion) meeting. – – – – – – – – –

FRIDAY, APRIL 16

WASHINGTON – Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will meet U.S. President Joe Biden.

VATICAN CITY – 94th birthday of Pope Benedict. BRUSSELS – Eurogroup meeting.

BRUSSELS – EU Informal meeting of economic and financial affairs ministers. (To Apr. 17)

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SUNDAY, APRIL 18

CAPE VERDE – Cape Verde holds legislative election. – – – – – – – – –

MONDAY, APRIL 19 PARIS – OECD Economic Survey of Spain.

OTTAWA – Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland will present the first federal budget in two years that will offer the support needed to those struggling during the pandemic, plus a plan to boost growth as it recedes – 2000 GMT.

BRUSSELS – EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting. – – – – – – – – – TUESDAY, APRIL 20

UNITED STATES – 11th anniversary of Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill. BRUSSELS – EU General Affairs Council meeting. – – – – – – – – – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21

LONDON – Queen Elizabeth to celebrate her 95th birthday.

PARIS – 60th anniversary of the first manned mission to space. BRUSSELS – European Commission vice president Valdis Dombrovskis gives a press conference on a communication on a climate change mitigation and adaptation taxonomy. BRUSSELS – European Commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis gives a news conference on the review of the Non-Financial Reporting Directive. BRUSSELS – European Commission digital chief Margrethe Vestager gives a press conference on artificial intelligence and on “A trusted and secure European e-ID.” – – – – – – – – –

THURSDAY, APRIL 22

GLOBAL – Earth Day. PORTUGAL – Informal meeting of energy ministers – – – – – – – – –

FRIDAY, APRIL 23

GLOBAL – U.N. World Book and Copyright Day. BRUSSELS – EU Informal meeting of environment ministers. – – – – – – – – –

SUNDAY, APRIL 25

GERMANY – German state of Turingia (Thueringen) holds state elections.

GLOBAL – World Malaria Day. ALBANIA – Parliament of Albania election. – – – – – – – – –

MONDAY, APRIL 26

GLOBAL – World Immunization Week 2021 (to May 2). NEW DELHI – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be visiting India. It will be his first visit abroad since the UK left the European Union. – – – – – – – – –

TUESDAY, APRIL 27 GENEVA – United Nations calls meeting of Greece, Britain, Turkey and the two rival sides on ethnically partitioned Cyprus to establish whether there is common ground for resumption of peace talks. (To April 29)

BRUSSELS – European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic speaks to press regarding better regulation in the EU – 1000 GMT. BRUSSELS – European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and European Commissioner for Budget Johannes Hahn give a press conference on Next Generation EU funding strategy. BRUSSELS – European Commission vice-president Margrethe Vestager gives a press conference on “Updating the new industrial strategy for Europe.” – – – – – – – – –

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28

PORT ARTHUR, Tasmania – 23rd anniversary of Port Arthur Massacre in Tasmania. – – – – – – – – –

THURSDAY, APRIL 29

LONDON – 10th wedding anniversary of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. – – – – – – – – –

FRIDAY, APRIL 30

DJIBOUTI – President election.

BENIN – Benin holds presidential elections.

CHAD – Chad holds presidential elections. – – – – – – – – –

TUESDAY, MAY 4 BRUSSELS – EU Foreign Affairs Council (Defence) meeting. – – – – – – – – –

THURSDAY, MAY 6

SCOTLAND (PART OF THE UNITED KINGDOM)- Scottish Parliament election. WALES – National Assembly for Wales Election.

– – – – – – – – – SATURDAY, MAY 08 PORTUGAL – Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Portugal for the India-EU summit.

PORTO, Portugal – EU-India summit. – – – – – – – – –

MONDAY, MAY 10

BRUSSELS – EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting. – – – – – – – – –

TUESDAY, MAY 11

BRUSSELS – EU General Affairs Council meeting. – – – – – – – – – MONDAY, MAY 17 BRUSSELS – Euro zone finance ministers meet – 1300 GMT

WELLINGTON – Trade ministers of Asia-Pacific countries meet ahead of the APEC Summit in New Zealand (to May 30)

BRUSSELS – EU Informal General Affairs Council meeting.

BRUSSELS – Eurogroup meeting. – – – – – – – – – TUESDAY, MAY 18

LUCERNE, Switzerland – World Economic Forum holds annual meeting (to May. 21).

BRUSSELS – EU Economic and Financial Affairs Council meeting. – – – – – – – – –

THURSDAY, MAY 20

VIENNA – IMF’s Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva, ECB’s Christine Lagarde address conference on Gender, Money and Finance. (To May 21)

BRUSSELS – EU Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) meeting. – – – – – – – – – FRIDAY, MAY 21 ROME – Italy hosts G20 summit on global health crisis.

PORTUGAL – EU Informal meeting of economic and financial affairs ministers, (To May 22). – – – – – – – – –

SUNDAY, MAY 23

CYPRUS – Cypriot House of Representatives election. – – – – – – – – – TUESDAY, MAY 25

** BRUSSELS – EU Foreign Affairs Council (Development) meeting. – – – – – – – – –

WEDNESDAY, MAY 26

CAYMAN ISLANDS – Cayman Legislative Assembly election. – – – – – – – – –

THURSDAY, MAY 27

** BRUSSELS – EU Informal meeting of foreign affairs ministers – Gymnich

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FRIDAY, MAY 28

** BRUSSELS – EU Informal meeting of defense ministers.

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