Development of Regional Co-Operation within the BRICS+ Countries discussed in the Format of the Conference

16/10/2023 12:17

On October 10, 2023, the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly, as a partner of the V International Municipal Forum BRICS+ and at the invitation of the organizer - the BRICS+ Business Communications Support Foundation, was presented at the Conference “Development of regional cooperation within the BRICS+ countries”. Svetlana Smirnova, First Deputy Secretary General - Head of the General Secretariat of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly, worked on the presidium.

The event was co-organized by the Russian Foreign Trade Academy of the Ministry of economic development of the Russian Federation; it provided a platform for multilateral dialogue.

Before the start of the event, the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly and the BRICS Plus Business Communications Support Foundation signed a Cooperation Agreement in a solemn atmosphere. The subject of the Agreement is the establishment of cooperation between organizations in order to provide support and assistance in organizing the annual business Forum “International Municipal Forum of the BRICS+ Countries”.

The organizers of the Conference prepared thematic round tables, which included negotiations between representatives of Russian regions and 53 foreign embassies located in Russia in B2B and B2G formats.

Representatives of the countries included in the association spoke at the event in order to discuss the possibilities of strengthening cooperation in the BRICS+ format. Representatives of the BRICS countries, who will become full members of the association on January 1, 2024 (representatives of the Embassies of Egypt, Argentina and the UAE), took part and spoke at the meeting.

Head of Rossotrudnichestvo Evgeny Primakov sent a welcoming speech to the organizers and participants, emphasizing the importance of such discussions.

Separately, the Foundation held a presentation of the V International Municipal Forum BRICS+, which will take place on November 9–10. The anniversary event will take place in St. Petersburg and will bring together more than 7,000 participants, including at least 1,500 foreign delegates. The forum is aimed at building effective and high-quality communication between cities and municipalities of states that are committed to a constructive dialogue with the Russian Federation.

The Eurasian Peoples' Assembly prepares to hold three venues within the Forum, which will be dedicated to economic and youth cooperation, and the development of municipal territories in the countries of Eurasia.

As the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the V BRICS+ IMF noted, the Moscow conference became one of the key events in preparation for the upcoming Forum, where partners and co-organizers were able to discuss the agenda of business sessions and round tables that were of interest to them.

“We are glad that there is serious excitement among foreign partners who are already forming delegations to the Forum,” notes Mikhail Cherepanov, focusing on the implementation of the BRICS+ IMF as a high-quality and effective platform for interaction between municipalities of the association’s countries.

First Deputy Secretary General - Head of the General Secretariat of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly Svetlana Smirnova, on behalf of the Secretary General of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly Andrei Belianinov, conveyed warm words of greeting to the organizers and participants of the Conference "Development of regional cooperation within the BRICS+ alliance". The expert emphasized that these days the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly in Belgorod is holding the III International Forum “Truth and Morality - a Strategic Resource of Public Diplomacy”, which brought together about 100 foreign participants from 40 countries to discuss the role of public diplomacy. The forum opened at the site of the Belgorod State Technological University named after V.G. Shukhov.

“Today we are discussing issues of regional cooperation in the BRICS Plus format. Civil society institutions have a major role to play in this. We are convinced that today, through the tools of public diplomacy it is possible to effectively strengthen the bonds of friendship and cooperation between different countries,” noted Svetlana Smirnova. The Speaker also stressed that the interest in cooperation with the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly on the part of non-governmental organizations is growing every year.

“This suggests that people, no matter what country they live in, want to live in friendship and harmony. Through the tools of public diplomacy, it is possible and necessary to strengthen cooperation not only in the humanitarian and social spheres, but also in the business sphere. But we attach special importance to supporting youth," stressed the Deputy Secretary-General of the Assembly.

The Eurasian Peoples' Assembly expresses gratitude to the BRICS+ Business Communications Support Foundation for hosting the conference. The event took place at a high level.