SVETI STEFAN, Montenegro — A landmark event to be held in Sveti Stefan, Montenegro, on October 19 and 20 will celebrate and showcase the benefits of migration, while raising money to help rebuild Barbuda and Dominica
The Global Citizen Forum, the brainchild of the president of Arton Capital, Armand Arton, offers an exclusive opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with global leaders, industry visionaries, entrepreneurs and celebrities.
Prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, along with one of the country’s special economic envoys, actor and philanthropist Robert de Niro, will be speaking at the event.
“We live in a world that, despite the developments of the past few decades, appears to be shrinking. Europe is getting smaller with the exit of Britain; America is threatening to build a wall along its southern border and through rhetoric if nothing else, is becoming less welcoming to immigrants. Refugees are fleeing war, climate change and just the hope of a better future for themselves and their families and discovering that the road is hard and the welcome uncertain. Settled populations are expressing dissatisfaction and distrust of their own institutions.
“From my own personal experience, where my family for three generations has experienced all kinds of migration – from refugees to economic migration – I have built a business helping empower economic citizenship. We help investors overcome the one thing that nobody can control: the place of their birth. Their investment helps governments redistribute money to real estate projects, infrastructure and social causes, along the way bringing some of the best minds and human capital to their countries,” Arton explained.
He said he launched the Global Citizen Forum to give a more balanced view of migration and its opportunities, along with the benefits of global citizenship. Over the course of two days, participants will learn about the global challenges facing the world today and cultivate the relationships that can lead to answers.
The list of speakers who will discuss this year’s theme: Global Citizenship in the Age of Uncertainty includes:
Duško Marković, Prime Minister of Montenegro
Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda
Robert de Niro, Actor and Philanthropist
Irina Bokova, Director General, Unesco (via video)
Cherie Blair, Barrister and Activist
Nouriel Roubini, Chairman and CEO of Roubini Macro Associates
Robin Sharma, Author and Leadership Expert
Wyclef Jean, Grammy Award Winning Musician
Ret. Gen. Wesley K. Clark, Former Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, NATO
Hamish Hamilton, Director of the Oscars and the Olympics
Noella Musunka, Model and Founder of the Malaika Foundation
All the proceeds from this year’s forum will be donated to Barbuda and Dominica to help with the rebuilding of the islands so badly devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.