Forum of the Regions of Russia and Belarus will be held online for the first time due to COVID-19

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Forum of the Regions of Russia and Belarus will be held online for the first time due to COVID-19

The Seventh Forum of the Regions of Russia and Belarus will be held on September 28-29, the event was organized for the first time in an online format due to the epidemiological situation, … RIA Novosti, 09/28/2020

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MINSK, 28 Sep – RIA Novosti. Seventh Forum of Russian and Belarusian Regions will be held on 28-29 September, the event was organized online for the first time due to the epidemiological situation associated with the coronavirus. The first forum of the regions of the two countries was held in 2014 in Minsk . Then it took place in Sochi, Minsk, Moscow , Mogilev and St. Petersburg. Over the years, the parties have signed more than 300 cooperation agreements, and the amount of commercial contracts has reached $ 2 billion. Without exception, all the previous forums were held in person. This time the parties agreed at meetings via videoconference, although it was originally assumed that the forum would be held in Minsk and Minsk region . This decision was made following the results of bilateral consultations in connection with the registered increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 infection and taking into account the recommendations Rospotrebnadzor . The members of the organizing committee of the forum agreed that it is the online format that will be adequate to the epidemiological situation and will not subject the health of Russian, Belarusian parliamentarians and other participants to additional risk. “The substantive, semantic component of the forum will not undergo changes, its entire program will be implemented,” the organizers said. Day one, sections This year, marked by the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War, the theme of the event will be “Historical legacy of the Great Victory as the basis for the development of social -economic and spiritual ties of the peoples Belarus and Russia “. On the first day, representatives of the two countries will take part in breakout sessions in five thematic areas. As the vice-speaker of the upper house of the Belarusian parliament Anatoly Isachenko reported, about 1.5 thousand people are expected to participate on both sides. The sections will be devoted to the following topics: parliamentary dimension in the context of preserving the historical heritage and strengthening the unity of fraternal peoples; joint projects as a factor in the stable economic development of the two countries; the feat of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War – the basis for the education of patriotism and civil responsibility; creating conditions for increasing social and economic activity of rural youth for sustainable development of regions; expansion of joint efforts to counter the glorification of Nazism on international platforms. In addition, the program on the first day scheduled the seventh meeting of the inter-parliamentary commission of the upper chambers of the parliament of Belarus and Russia on interregional cooperation, a joint meeting of business councils, as well as a meeting of a high-level expert session on the topic “Education as the basis for the preservation of the common historical memory and further integration development of the Union of Belarus and Russia. “Day two, plenary session The central event of the forum, as in previous years, will be the plenary session, which will be opened by the speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko and her Belarusian counterpart – Speaker of the Council of the Republic Natalya Kochanova . The plenary session on both sides is expected to involve about 300 people. The Presidents of the Russian Federation and Belarus Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko are traditionally present at the plenary session of the Forum of Regions, this year, more before the event format change, invitations were also sent to them. At the same time, the press secretary of the Russian leader Dmitry Peskov stated that there is no trip in Putin’s schedule At the forum in Minsk, but he will address the participants in one way or another. Within the framework of the VII Forum of Regions, it is planned to sign a number of agreements on cooperation between the regions of the two countries, commercial contracts, and other documents on partnership. In total, about 70 agreements worth at least $ 700 million are being prepared for signing at various venues, which may exceed last year’s figures by about $ 150 million. The largest is the contract between Mogilevkhimvolokno OJSC and the Russian Avangard enterprise for over $ 30 million.

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