MPs, members of executive authorities and business people from more than 70 countries have been invited to the 4th Yalta International Economic Forum (YIEF) to be held on 19–21 April 2018, Georgy Muradov, Crimea’s Deputy Prime Minister and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Crimea under the President of the Russian Federation, said at the fourth and final meeting of the YIEF 2018 Programme Committee in Moscow on 13 March.
“We are inviting representatives from more than 70 countries, including MPs, ministers and business people from small nations”, Mr Muradov said. He explained that the decision to focus particularly on engaging small nations at YIEF was made in 2017, when the Forum was attended by entrepreneurs, politicians and public figures from more than 50 states.
“Since the Forum reached the 50-country mark, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been gearing us toward engaging small nations. Today, the UN General Assembly adopts anti-Russian and anti-Crimean resolutions, because the small nations remain neutral. They abstain, while the group of western states and their satellites advances a consolidated position. Although this is a 30–35% vote, less than half, anti-Russian resolutions are adopted. We want to show Crimea to small nations, to show them the real, objective picture of life in Crimea. We expect this to contribute to the UN General Assembly protesting against, instead of supporting, anti-Crimean and anti-Russian resolutions”, Mr Muradov said.
In turn, Andrey Nazarov, co-chairman of the YIEF- 2018 Organizing Committee and of the All-Russia Public Organization "Delovaya Rossiya", reminded the audience that the international agenda would be of particular significance at the 4th Yalta International Economic Forum. Representatives from more than 60 countries are expected to attend the Forum; Germany and Austria will have the biggest and most representative delegations, with the members given the status of YIEF 2018 honoured guests.
Mr Nazarov noted that, for the first time, members of Belgium’s political and business communities would attend the Forum. “Belgium’s official delegation will visit Crimea for the first time since 2014. The Forum will be attended by members of both houses of the Federal Parliament, by economic experts and entrepreneurs interested in manufacturing construction materials, developing commercial real estate and port infrastructure”, Mr Nazarov said.
He emphasised that YIEF 2018 would feature the first Yalta Conference to discuss Syria’s post-war economic revival. The programme also includes a meeting of the Friends of Crimea International Association. “The proposal to establish the association was made less than a year ago, at the 3rd YIEF. Today, it is a functioning organisation with branches in 30 countries”, according to Mr Nazarov.
He also informed the audience that one YIEF 2018 field session would be held on yachts and would focus on developing yachting and the related infrastructure.
“We have expanded our business programme with a session on developing yachting and yachts will serve as the panel’s venue. There is a proposal to establish a yachting marina in Crimea, plus several other proposals, and there are people interested in discussing these issues”, he said.
Yaroslav Ivanchenko, member of the YIEF Foundation board and Director of the State Autonomous Institution “Business and Cultural Centre of the Republic of Crimea”, said that 2018 marked Yalta’s 180th anniversary and that YIEF 2018 participants would include guests from Yalta’s twin cities. “Forty mayors and public figures from Yalta’s twin cities have been invited to the Forum”, Mr Ivanchenko said.
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