Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is my pleasure to welcome the organisers, future participants, and guests of the First Eurasian Congress to be held on 4 December 2020.
The Congress will become an important platform for discussing practical solutions to Eurasian economic integration and ensuring sustainable development of the region’s countries.
In the new economic reality, it is essential to find new opportunities to enhance mutual trade in goods and services, build end-to-end value chains, reduce growing imbalances in mutual trade, implement joint investment projects, and redirect trade flows to EAEU member countries.
The organiser of the upcoming Congress – the Eurasian Development Bank (EDB), which is expanding and improving its investment portfolio every year to finance national projects and projects with a significant integration effect in the EAEU – plays an important role in making this happen.
I am convinced that the comprehensive agenda of the Congress will once again testify to the enormous potential for cooperation among EAEU member countries and help to identify new initiatives that will contribute to joint development.
I wish you successful work and all the best.
Republic of Kazakhstan
Chairman of the EDB Council
Dear guests, co-thinkers,
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the First Eurasian Congress.
Today, we are building a new platform for business communication in Eurasia that will bring together leaders of our countries, businesses, international and civil society organisations, as well as the research and expert communities. The opening of the First Eurasian Congress is an important landmark for all those who share and support the ideas of Eurasian integration and are interested in discussing its opportunities and its role in overcoming new global challenges, ensuring sustainable development of the national economies, and improving the competitiveness of the region as a whole.
The highlight of the First Eurasian Congress will be the plenary session at the level of EAEU heads of government, titled “Economic Pragmatism and Mutual Benefit as Key Pillars of Eurasian Economic Integration.” This is especially relevant as economic integration is only successful when all participants feel its positive effects, when it benefits businesses, and helps to improve the well-being of the people.
The panel sessions will discuss the prospects for the formation of Greater Eurasia, assess the potential for economic integration, and consider how economic development and the welfare of people in our countries may be aligned and equalised. Special focus will be placed on key instruments for deeper integration such as end-to-end projects that link national economies, transboundary infrastructure and digital projects that should become a new driver of economic growth, and the formation of a common financial market.
I am confident that the fresh ideas and new solutions to the pressing challenges of Eurasian integration that will emerge from our discussions will serve as reliable guidance and a solid foundation for our future joint work.
I wish you all a fruitful Congress!
Chairman of the Management Board
Eurasian Development Bank