Forum President George Anderson (left) and Forum Chairman and former president of Switzerland Dr. Arnold Koller (right) recently met with Canadian Intergovernmental Affairs minister JosÃ©e Verner (centre). Photo courtesy of Government of Canada Privy Council Office.
Dr. Arnold Koller, the chairman of the Forum of Federations and a former President of Switzerland, was in Ottawa recently to meet with Canadian government officials and to attend other Forum functions.
Dr. Koller and Forum President George Anderson held meetings with JosÃ©e Verner, the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, and with Steven Fletcher, the Minister of State for Democratic Reform.
The purpose of the meetings was to discuss the Forum’s accomplishments and its future plans.
Werner Thut, the Forum’s Vice-President, joined Dr. Koller for discussions with Beverley J. Oda, the Minister of International Cooperation and Keith Fountain, Director of Policy for the Canadian International Development Agency. Forum board member Ravi Dhingra, of India, attended a meeting with Dr. Koller and Len Edwards, Canada’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Dr. Koller was also recognized in the Speaker’s Gallery during Question Period at the Canadian House of Commons on Feb. 26.
His visit to Canada took place from Feb. 25 Feb. 27, 2009, during which he also chaired the Forum’s semi-annual board meeting and attended committee meetings.