Mikhail Gorbachev is to speak at the NPRA Luncheon, it was announced in an email update to members from NPRA on Monday.
He will give the keynote address at the International Petrochemical Luncheon on Tuesday 31 March 2009 in San Antonio, Texas.
In his biographical notes, the NPRA programme says:
Mikhail Gorbachev served as leader of
the Soviet Union from 1985-1991. He is
world-renowned and admired for streamlining
and decentralizing the oppressive
system he inherited. In an effort to secure
relations with the West, Gorbachev
signed two broad disarmament pacts,
and ended Communist rule in Eastern
Europe. He taught the world two new
words: perestroika (governmental
restructuring) and glasnost (political
openness). As a result of his extraordinary
achievements, Gorbachev was the
recipient of the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize,
the Orders of Lenin, the Red Banner of
Labor, and the Badge of Honor.