Blair, Villaraigosa to participate in Beverly Hills conference

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(Photo credit: Milken Institute Global Conference)

(Photo credit: Milken Institute Global Conference)

BEVERLY HILLS (CNS) – The three-day Milken Institute Global Conference begins today in Beverly Hills, with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Magic Johnson and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa among the participants.

Blair and Kagame will be part of a panel discussion on foreign direct investment, with topics including quality governance, regulatory challenges, transparency and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, according to organizers.

On Wednesday, Blair, now the Quartet representative to the Middle East, representing the United States, United Nations, Russia and the European Union, will join Kagame and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates in a panel titled “Investing in African Prosperity,” and be interviewed by Michael Milken, the one-time junk bond king now chairman of the Milken Institute, the organizers of the conference at The Beverly Hilton.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., will be on a panel titled “The Promise of the Bioscience Century,” which will examine how to speed and fund bioscience and how its participants can work together more effectively. He will also join Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., in being interviewed by Milken.

Johnson, who was diagnosed in 1991 with the virus that causes AIDS, will join AIDS researcher Dr. David Ho in discussing advances in the efforts against AIDS.

Villaraigosa, in Washington, D.C. late last week and Sunday for a series of meetings and events, will be among the panelists discussing “Immigration Strategy for the Borderless Economy,” joining News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch, Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, and Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo.

Additionally, Ken Rutkowski, host of Business Rockstars on KFWB, will also moderate a panel on Monday at 3:30 p.m. called, “Inventing the Impossible.”

The conference runs through Wednesday.

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