A photo: Valery CHUMAKOV
The jubilee XV Verona Eurasian Economic Forum, which took place this year in Baku, has ended. For two days in the main hall of the Baku Congress Center, more than 60 speakers made presentations in 8 thematic and 5 special sessions. Among the main speakers:
– President of the Foundation for International Cooperation, ex-President of the European Commission and ex-Prime Minister of Italy Romano Prodi;
– Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Alexei Overchuk,
– Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan Shahin Mustafayev
– First Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Andrey Beloussov
– Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Italy Sergey Razov
– Minister of Economic Development of Russia Maxim Reshetnikov,
– Minister of Economy of Azerbaijan Mikhail Jabbarov,
– President of the Association “Know Eurasia” Professor Antonio Fallico.
– President of the Forum and CEO of Rosnet Igor Sechin
– President – Chairman of the Board of VTB Bank Andrey Kostin
– Director of the UN office in Geneva Tatyana Valovaya,
– President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Alexander Shokhin,
– Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, President of the Russian Philosophical Society Andrey Smirnov,
– EAEC Minister for Integration and Macroeconomics Sergey Glazyev and other authoritative speakers.
A photo: Valery CHUMAKOV
At the end of the event participants adopted the Resolution of the XV Verona Eurasian Economic Forum in Baku. We present its main provisions.
1. For a decade and a half, the Forum has become a very important, necessary, authoritative platform for communication between entrepreneurs, government representatives and the expert community of our countries. It expanded its geography. In the beginning, interested circles of only a few states were involved in its work. Now its reach has grown immeasurably. All those who believe in Greater Eurasia strive to tell about themselves, their plans, approaches, opportunities and needs, no matter what area of our super-region they belong to: from Europe and the Greater Middle East to Southeast Asia, from the Transcaucasus and Central Asia to Indo-Pacific region. So, this year we got the opportunity to get acquainted with the opinion of our colleagues from Mongolia, India, China and other states.
2. At the beginning, the core topic of the Forum was the state of affairs in the field of energy, energy security and interaction within the Greater Europe, which, unfortunately, did not take place. And now we are giving priority to the future of energy. Several sections were devoted to its discussion in Baku. But we devoted no less time to discussions in the sectoral context – finance, technology and industry, the transport industry, and logistics. In a broader sense, we talked about the fate of the world, the degradation of international relations, the place of man in the modern world and concern for his well-being, the realism of the climate agenda and the emerging new socio-economic model of development, its incompatibility with voluntarism and irresponsibility in international affairs.
3. There is no alternative to broad equal and inclusive international cooperation. Economic diplomacy plays a big role in this. All countries, all regions of the planet equally need such cooperation. Until recently, states understood this very well, appreciated and supported it. Thanks to this cooperation, the G-20 was able to relatively quickly stop the First Global Financial and Economic Crisis in 2008. Now such cooperation has been dealt heavy blows. It needs to be restored. This is an unconditional imperative. We call on all countries, all peoples who value a common future, to join efforts in establishing broad equal and inclusive international cooperation. Dialogue, not confrontation, development, not regression.
4. At the cost of endless sacrifices and losses, numerous wars and conflicts, humanity has approved the maxim “pacta sunt servanda” as the highest value of international communication – Contracts must be enforced. Strict adherence to this maxim, the obligatory fulfillment of concluded contracts, the sanctity of this word create a situation of legal certainty, respect for each other, mutual trust. Without them, without the inviolability of private property, the protection of the principles of an open market economy, neither long-term economic projects, nor normal business, nor planning of ordinary human life is possible. We demand that common sense prevail and any encroachments on the observance of international treaties, the execution of concluded contracts and private property be abandoned.
5. A person, his interests, needs and requirements should be placed at the head of economic development. Everyone supports the assertion that normal economic development should go hand in hand with the development of the human personality, spiritual, intellectual, moral. But little is being done to achieve this. In most cases, only beautiful slogans are proclaimed, followed by nothing. This can no longer be tolerated. We call on everyone to unite with us and put people at the forefront of public diplomacy, public diplomacy, entrepreneurial diplomacy. Our goal is for this criterion to be decisive when making any political decisions.
6. Baku was not chosen as the venue for the current Forum by chance. It is located in the heart of Eurasia. According to its culture, traditions, history and political geography, Baku is located both in Asia and in Europe. For many years, Azerbaijan has managed to pursue a multi-vector policy of cooperation and interaction with various countries and groups of states of the super-region. We will be guided by the same considerations when choosing other venues for the Forum. It will go deep into Eurasia. Thanks to this undertaking, we plan to mobilize the widest public international support for our appeal. We are sure that Greater Eurasia has a huge creative potential. Our task is to jointly place it at the service of peaceful creative development.