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Andrey Slepnev: "The main question for the Greater Eurasia is whether we can unite to efficiently pass the transformation in the economy"

Andrey Slepnev: "The main question for the Greater Eurasia is whether we can unite to efficiently pass the transformation in the economy"

12/4/2020
On December 4, the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) and the Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) held a joint panel on the topic "Towards Greater Eurasia through coupling the States, Businesses and People" within the First Eurasian Congress. The discussion was moderated by Andrey Slepnev, Member of the Board – EEC Minister on charge of Trade, who addressed the session attendees with openings remarks.

"We are at a fateful moment, a moment of great transformation. Over the past six months, we have oftentimes discussed the issues of the economic world order being formed at various venues," the EEC Minister noted. "From this perspective it is already possible to base upon the conclusions being formed by these esteemed forums. One of the thoughts dear to me: the pandemic is a bright phenomenon, but it is rather a catalyst for long-simmering changes". 

The discussion attendees were invited to discuss readiness for transformation and its aspects. Within this framework, one of the core themes is transiting to a new technological paradigm, which affects digitalization, climate and green technologies, new energy and so on. Along with that the transformation is put upon unprecedented international tensions increasing and distancing countries and continents from each other, making it impossible to overcome challenges together. 

"Simultaneously,  we see a very large demand for regionalization, strengthening regional relations around the world. This is often due to the understanding of problems in the sphere of globalization ideas which is currently experiencing hard times. Disunity is growing - starting with distantly placed chairs in the hall, online mode, canceled forums and ending with production chains being broken”, the EEC Minister in charge of Trade stressed.

The panel attendees were invited to discuss what prevails in relations between countries on a common continent - awareness of the need for partnership or conflicts. Politicians, businessmen and experts representing different countries and regions on the continent discussed whether the idea of the Greater Eurasia can be one of the drivers that will help to pass the transformation more efficiently and whether this idea can be saturated with specific projects for implementation.​