The participants in the session on Friday, 27 October at the Government of the Republic of Crimea outlined possible topics for discussions at YIEF 2018, discussed the preparations for the Forum, and decided to grant the status of honorary Forum guests to the delegations from Germany and Austria.
In his opening remarks, Sergey Aksyonov noted that, over the past three years, the Yalta Forum had become a crucial international platform for promoting the economic potential of Crimea and discussing the global agenda. “The previous Forum showed a growing interest by the business community in Russia and globally. We need to complete the preparatory work for us to hold YIEF 2018 at an even higher level”, said Sergey Aksyonov. The head of the Republic of Crimea suggested conducting a questionnaire survey for the participants in previous YIEF in order to learn about their impressions and get feedback with proposals on running YIEF 2018. “We need to understand how they evaluate our work. I believe such proposals could improve the quality of our work”, Aksyonov said.
The status of honorary guests at YIEF 2018 will be enjoyed by the delegations from Germany and Austria, said Andrey Nazarov, Co-chairman of the YIEF Organizing Committee, Chairman of the Board of the YIEF Foundation, and Co-chairman of the All-Russia Public Organization "Delovaya Rossiya".
“A few letters were addressed to the committee by representatives of the Austrian and German business communities, requesting that heir delegations be granted honorary guest status. Austria and Germany are the two European countries with the most positive attitude towards economic cooperation with Russia. Following the recent meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier, it became clear that Germany could generate a rapprochement between Russia and Europe”, said Nazarov.
The Co-chairman of the Organizing Committee also said that YIEF 2018 would be visited by representatives of the business community of Syria. “There are proposals from the Syrian business community concerning participation by its delegation in the Forum”, Andrey Nazarov said. “The war in Syria is almost over and the engagement between Russia and Syria will obviously expand. The Yalta International Economic Forum will be one of the main platforms for discussing this work, along with post-war reconstruction of Syria.”
Foreign media are growing increasingly interested in covering the Forum and some of them may, for the first time, become media partners of YIEF, said Sargis Mirzahanyan, Head of Cooridnation Centre for Media Coverage of the Yalta International Economic Forum. “As of today, we have consent from television channel Al Mayadeen, one of the biggest pan-Arab television channels, as well as interest on the part of some major media outlets in Europe, Asia and Latin America”, Mirzahanyan said.