Russia–Kazakhstan Youth Forum took place in Omsk
simultaneously with the main business programme of the
16th Russia–Kazakhstan Interregional Cooperation Forum, which was
organised by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and
the Roscongress Foundation. The Omsk IT Park had been chosen as the venue
to host the youth leaders’ meetings.
The topics discussed by the participants
included fostering volunteering, rural youth engagement, media trends, and
young diplomats’ cooperation. The event ended with signing of bilateral
agreements between non-governmental youth organisations.
The closing addresses at the Forum were
delivered by Alexander Bugayev, Head of the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs
(Russia) and Dauren Abayev, Minister of Information and Social Development of
the Republic of Kazakhstan.
“We have indeed laid a good foundation and our
experience sharing will continue into the next year,” said Dauren Abayev. “2020
marks the 75th anniversary of our shared Victory in WWII and this
remarkable event will be a uniting theme for us throughout the year.”
Seven bilateral agreements between
non-governmental youth organisations were signed at the end of the forum:
agreement on the establishment of a standing Volunteer Council made of leaders
of volunteer organisations from Kazakhstan and Russia; a memorandum on joint
activities related to the preparation and holding of the Student Spring of the
CIS Countries open international festival; a partnership and cooperation
agreement between all-Russian public organisation “Russian Union of Rural
Youth” and private institution Republican Staff of Youth Work Groups “Zhasyl
El”; a memorandum of cooperation between Volunteers of Victory national civic
movement and public association “Atanym Amanaty”; a road map for the
development of a Kazakhstani centre for healthcare volunteering; and an
agreement of understanding and development of cooperation in youth policy
between the Kazakhstan Youth Congress and all-Russian public organisation for
youth engagement in territorial development “Urban Renovation”.
In addition to signing these agreements and
memoranda, the two sides delineated a number of joint projects, including a
range of volunteer events, the first congress of the standing Volunteer Council
made of leaders of volunteer organisations from Kazakhstan and Russia, and a
joint rural entrepreneurship development programme “Beginner Farmer”.
This was the first Russia–Kazakhstan Youth
Forum, and it brought together over 100 participants: leaders of national
and regional authorities, activists of rural volunteer organisations and youth
associations, public figures, young teachers and students, and journalists and
bloggers from Russia and Kazakhstan. Russia–Kazakhstan Youth Forum was
organised by the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs (Russia) and the Ministry of
Information and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The 16th Russia–Kazakhstan Interregional
Cooperation Forum is taking place in Omsk on 6–7 November 2019. The event’s image gallery is available at: https://yadi.sk/d/xiZRmzM0WrdLgw