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EEF 2021 to Discuss Development of the Greater Eurasian Partnership

21 July 2021
Формирование Большого Евразийского партнерства обсудят на ВЭФ-2021

Creation of the Greater Eurasian Partnership will become a topic for discussion at international events of the 6th Eastern Economic Forum that will be held in Vladivostok on 2–4 September.

The initiative to develop such partnership was previously put forward by Russian President Vladimir Putin, and it was supported by all states of the Eurasian Economic Union.

The process of Greater Eurasian Partnership development has already been launched in the form of integration processes, creation of new free trade zones, improvement of transport infrastructure, and development of the digital economy. Yet obstacles to achieving equal mutually beneficial cooperation remain: from insufficient coordination of national development strategies to lack of information and trust. At the same time, all participants are interested in a fast economic recovery and strengthening of infrastructure connectivity.

“The Eastern Economic Forum is an important platform for the development of long-term fruitful cooperation between Russia and Asia-Pacific countries. That said, the Forum business programme also focuses on the development of integration processes in Greater Eurasia, primarily in economy and trade. In this respect, the Far East is a strategic macroregion. I am certain that key participants from different countries will contribute to a high-quality discussion and finding specific solutions to achieve common goals related to the development of the Greater Eurasian Partnership,” noted Anton Kobyakov, Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation and Executive Secretary of the Eastern Economic Forum Organizing Committee.

Participants of the Eastern Economic Forum session will discuss the following questions: Will the economies, entrepreneurs and residents of Eurasian countries benefit from such partnership? Can transport and economic corridors become the backbone of Greater Eurasia? Is the prospect of creating a Greater Eurasian energy space realistic? What can the future of the financial dimension of Greater Eurasia look like? Can digitalization be a driving force for linking national development strategies? The discussion will be attended by recognized experts from Russia and Eurasian countries.

The EEF 2021 business programme includes four key tracks: ‘The New Economy: What Changes and What Stays the Same’, ‘The Far East: New Challenges and Opportunities’, ‘Our Shared Responsibility in a Changing World’ and ‘Youth EEF’. Among the international events are the following business dialogues: Russia–ASEAN, Russia–South Korea, Russia–China, Russia–India, Russia–Europa. Also, there will be the APEC Conference on Cooperation in Higher Education in Asia-Pacific Region and the International conference dedicated to the centenary of diplomatic relations between Russia and Mongolia.