Sochi hosts the second forum of Eurasian integration« Back
For the first time, Russian and foreign experts gathered at the resort in 2016 to discuss the role of civil society and people's diplomacy in the development of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Two years later, changes took place both in the world and inside the SCO itself. About the heart of Eurasia, open to international cooperation, Jana Kuleshova reports.
They are united by the idea of Greater Eurasia. Representatives of 16 countries gathered in Sochi to discuss the prospects for the development and strengthening of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The resort receives international delegations for the second time. The first Sochi forum of Eurasian integration was held in 2016 on the initiative of State Duma deputy Konstantin Zatulin.
We welcome the fact that the venue for the event was chosen by Sochi. Sochi has a lot of experience in holding various events.
ANATOLY PAKHOMOV, THE HEAD OF SOCHI
In a warm and hospitable environment, Russian and foreign scientists, politicians, public figures and businessmen will discuss topical issues of the international agenda within two days.
In the context of the events that are developing before our eyes - there are attacks on Syria, conflicts in the Middle East are continuing - it is more important than ever to find a way to cooperate horizontally with these countries in politics, security, and, naturally, in culture.
KONSTANTIN ZATULIN, RESPONSIBLE SECRETARY OF THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE OF THE SECOND SOCHI FORUM OF EURASIAN INTEGRATION
Since the first meeting on the site of the Sochi Eurasian Integration Forum, the SCO has expanded to the G8 format. It was joined by Pakistan and India. Almost half of the world's population, 30% of world GDP, is the Shanghai organization today.
The territory for cooperation has also become bigger. 3 billion people, $15 trillion of GDP. This is a huge opportunity for this organization and for the region.
YUNTSUAN LEE, PRESIDENT OF THE CHINESE ASSOCIATION FOR STUDYING RUSSIA, EASTERN EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA
But, of course, some problems remain unresolved. They were openly indicated by the participants of the plenary meeting, which opened the forum. Detailed discussions are planned on the sections. Discussions about trust, mutually beneficial cooperation, and non-violence, humanitarian and economic cooperation will be held in the "Shanghai spirit" and in the language of people's diplomacy.