The second Sochi Eurasian Integration Forum. Second day

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The second Sochi Eurasian Integration Forum. Second day 20.04.2018 14:02



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.

Representatives of 16 countries gathered in Sochi to discuss the prospects for the development and strengthening of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

Anatoly Pakhomov, the head of Sochi: "We welcome the fact that the venue for the event was chosen by Sochi. Sochi has a lot of experience in holding various events".

The Russian and foreign scientists, politicians, public figures and businessmen discussed topical issues of the international agenda within two days.

Konstantin Zatulin, Executive Secretary of the Organizing Committee of the Second Sochi Eurasian Integration Forum: "In the context of the events that are developing before our eyes - there are attacks on Syria, conflicts in the Middle East continue, it is more important than ever to find a way to cooperate horizontally with these countries in politics and in safety, and, naturally, in culture".

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.

Yongquan Li, president of the Chinese Association for the Study of Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia: "The territory for cooperation has also become larger. 3 billion people, $15 trillion of GDP. These are great opportunities for this organization and for the region".

But, of course, some problems remain unresolved. They were openly indicated by the participants of the plenary meeting, which opened the forum. Detailed discussions were held on the sections. Discussions about trust, mutually beneficial cooperation, humanitarian and economic cooperation were held in the "Shanghai spirit" and in the language of people's diplomacy.