X Eurasian Economic Forum in Verona expands to include more countries and companies
A press conference was held on 6 October 2017 at the Rossiya Segodnya International Multimedia Press Centre on the theme ‘Greater Eurasia as a driving force in the current international geopolitical and economic context’. The press conference focused on preparations in the run-up to the X Eurasian Economic Forum in Verona and was attended by Member of the Board (Minister) for Integration and Macroeconomics of the Eurasian Economic Commission Tatyana Valovaya and President of Conoscere Eurasia Professor Antonio Fallico.
The Forum, which is celebrating its tenth year, will take place at the Palazzo della Gran Guardia in Verona (Italy) on 19–20 October 2017. It was announced at the press conference that the event’s agenda would focus on key issues in the economic development of a Greater Eurasia, including cooperation between the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union, development in the fields of energy, finance, transport and infrastructure, interregional cooperation, and information and digital technologies. The X Eurasian Economic Forum in Verona is being organized by Italian non-commercial organization Conoscere Eurasia, the Roscongress Foundation, and the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
“The Verona event is one of the key platforms where we can come together with our European colleagues to discuss the challenges and threats facing us and reach agreements to cooperate. This year, the Forum is anticipating a significant expansion in its geographical coverage – for the first time, in particular, our Greek colleagues will be represented, and there will be a detailed dialogue about new areas for cooperation: in the digital economy and in innovation”, Tatyana Valovaya noted.
“We are expecting a large number of representative delegations, both from Russian and Italian businesses, led by senior executives and leaders of business circles from a number of other countries that have not previously taken part in the event. The Forum will be attended by representatives of Greece, France, China, South Korea, Latin America, specifically Venezuela, and other countries”, said Antonio Fallico.
The organizers intend that the Forum should become not only an effective platform for dialogue between nations, but also assist in the forging of new business and investment links.
“Since sanctions were introduced, trade between Europe, Russia, and the Eurasian Economic Union as a whole has decreased significantly. Nonetheless, it can still be said that over the last 9–10 months have witnessed a revival in trade turnover ranging from 25–30% depending on the country. We are keen to see business diplomacy develop even more actively. We are anticipating a lot of investors at the Verona Forum. And this means that, in spite of the present sanctions, they are prepared to consider investing in projects in Russia and other Eurasian Economic Union countries”, Antonio Fallico added.
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