The Prime Minister of Britain, David Cameron, is to attend a behind-closed-doors meeting of global business leaders, politicians, and academics that critics say is too secretive. Number 10 Downing Street--which is the British equivalent to the US White House--said the prime minister had been invited to the Bilderberg meeting in Hertfordshire in his role as head of the government hosting it. Other politicians listed as attending are Ken Clarke, George Osborne, Lord Mandelson, Ed Balls, and Lady Williams, plus the former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, the prime minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte, the former US commander in Afghanistan and former CIA director General Petraeus. The list also includes business and banking leaders like Google boss Eric Schmidt, Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos, Goldman Sachs International chairman Peter Sutherland, and former Barclays chairman Marcus Agius.
Downing Street confirmed Cameron's attendance on Friday, saying he would "participate in a discussion around domestic and global economic issues. He feels it is an opportunity to discuss economic issues with senior ministers, businesspeople and academics." The Bilderberg group says that topics to be discussed at its 2013 meeting include economic growth, cyber warfare, medical research trends, Middle East developments and EU politics.