About 500 university students and graduates in the Republic of Crimea took part in the Youth Day held as part of the III Yalta International Economic Forum at the Crimean Federal University on 19 April, “Zero Day” of the YIEF-2017. The student groups selected during the Youth Day will be allowed to attend the main YIEF sessions.
Opening the Youth Day, the Vice-President of the Republic of Crimea and Minister of Domestic Policy, Information and Communications Dmitry Polonsky read out a message of greetings from the Head of the Republic of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov.
“Our meeting is taking place in the framework of the Yalta International Economic Forum, in fact we are opening the Forum, which is highly symbolic, for you, young people, hold the future of our country and our republic in your hands,” the message reads. “Taking part in the Forum events is a fine opportunity to discuss youth problems, to share opinions and experience, to air new ideas and broaden your economic and political horizons. And of course, it gives new opportunities for self-development, meetings with interesting people, prominent experts, politicians and successful businessmen.”
The Minister said that more than 15% of the deputies of all levels in Crimea are people under 35. More than 200 youth associations are registered in Crimea. All this shows that young people play no mean role in the development of the peninsula.
“The Youth Day is included in the Forum programme for the first time. I think it is a timely and useful initiative, it is having traction and it is set to become a regular part of the YIEF,” YIEF Fund Director Sergey Lazutkin told the students present. I am sure that the projects you present will meet with interest on the sidelines of the Forum. I wish you fruitful exchanges, be bold, and you can count on our support.”
A message of greetings from the Rector of Lomonosov Moscow State University Victor Sadovnichiy was read out by the President of Kabardino-Balkarian State University named after H. M. Berbekov Professor Barasbi Karamurzov.
“An interesting tradition is being born today: the Youth Day is held on the eve of the Yalta International Economic Forum. In fact the momentous event that is the YIEF is creating space for young people whose goals and tasks are very noble: the future in the new social era belongs to you, young people,” Moscow University Rector’s message reads.
Students of six Crimean universities have submitted 63 projects for the YIEF Fund contest of business projects. The jury of the contest included member of the board of the Russian Architects’ Union Alexey Komov, First Deputy Chairman of the Council of Young Diplomats of the Russian Foreign Ministry Areg Agasaryan, cosmonaut instructor, Test Pilot First Class Oleg Kotov, member of the Russian national curling team Kira Yezekh, and President of the Centre of Youth and Entrepreneurial Initiatives Generation 2025, Diana Gutz.
“Eighty percent of the projects submitted are devoted to developing Crimea’s investment potential,” Ms Gutz said.
The jury selected ten projects presented during the YIEF Youth Day. They include organization of tree nurseries, dairy farming, tourism, souvenir –making, renewable energy, restoration of historical and cultural landmarks and local development.
From the results of the contest 30 projects (50 people in all) have been invited to sit in on the main YIEF programme.