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Second Eurasian Economic Forum in Dialogue on ‘Eurasian Integration in a Multipolar World’

May 24, 2023, 2022 (EIRNS)—The Second Eurasian Economic Forum is meeting in Moscow May 24-25 for extensive debate on the subject of “Eurasian Integration in a Multipolar World.” Fifty-four nations are represented and among the topics being discussed is the future of Eurasian integration and the Eurasian Economic Union’s (EAEU) development goals through 2045. President Vladimir Putin addressed the plenary session late this afternoon, as we cover elsewhere. The program for the two-day event is impressive in its depth and in the variety of subjects, with 35 sessions divided into seven thematic tracks, including distinguished international panelists. This includes representatives of the business community, government agencies, international organizations and the mass media.

The EAEU was founded in 2014 and consists of five member states: Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia.

In January, Vladimir Putin addressed the heads of state of the EAEU, proposing to assess implementation of current Strategic Development Guidelines for Eurasian Economic Integration to 2025. He underscored the need to prepare new long-term planning documents this year to define the main vectors of integration cooperation until 2030 and 2045. That is the focus of one of the sessions, to include discussion of a new direction for the EAEU’s strategic development, projects that will increase the share of high-tech exports and the creation of trans-Eurasian corporations, among other subjects.

Andrey Slepnev, Minister of Trade of the Eurasian Economic Commission, said that one of the key discussion topics at the Forum will be the EAEU 2030+ Strategy. He commented in a May 23 press conference that “we are passing an important historical milestone. Global transformation is taking place. We need to navigate through this new structure and to understand Eurasia’s place in it. In addition to our Eurasian Five, the Forum will be attended by a significant number of guests from the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) and other partner countries. One of the key topics will be the discussion of the future strategy at a session with the prime ministers of the Union countries.”

The titles of some of the panels indicate the breadth of the topics to be discussed: Discovering Eurasia; New Industrial Policy: Technological Sovereignty and International Cooperation; International Settlements and Digital Assets; a Eurasia of the Regions; Energy Security and Economic Growth; Eurasia’s New Generation: Young Talent; EAEU-Latin America; A Modern Development Paradigm for the Agricultural Industry: Global Challenges and New Opportunities; Eurasian Integration: Best Practices for Boosting Productivity; Science and Education without Borders; EAEU-Indonesia Business Dialogue. Sergey Glazyev, Minister in charge of Integration and Macroeconomics for the Eurasian Economic Commission, will participate in at least three of the panels.

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