Eurasian Economic Forum has wrapped up in Verona. The Forum brought together
guests from 28 countries, and more than 80 speakers and presenters took part in
sessions and panel discussions. The Forum was organized by the Roscongress
Foundation, the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, and the Conoscere
Eurasia Association. Forum co-organizers included the Association of European
Businesses and the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.
Guests and participants of
this years Forum included: former Prime Minister of Italy and President of the
Foundation for Worldwide Cooperation Romano Prodi; Ex-Chancellor of Germany
Gerhard Schroder; the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Qatar Mohammed bin
Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani; the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas of
India Hardeep Puri; Chief Executive Officer of Rosneft Oil Company Igor Sechin;
Chairman of the Management Board and Member of the Board of Directors of
NOVATEK Leonid Mikhelson; President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and
Entrepreneurs Alexander Shokhin; Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the
Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) Viktor Vekselberg;
Trafigura CEO Jeremy Weir; Senior Vice President of ExxonMobil Neil Chapman;
Permanent Representative of Russia to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov; Mayor
of Verona Federico Sboarina; and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of
Knorr-Bremse, Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation in Baden-Württemberg Klaus
Mangold among others.
«The timing of the Eurasian
Economic Forum was very important. It is now more important than ever for
people to get together and talk about the problems we are facing. Verona has
rightfully become this place of unification of restored business activity in
Europe. The Forum has established itself as a major discussion platform with a
meaningful present and, of course, a great future ahead of it,» Adviser to the
President of the Russian Federation Anton Kobyakov said.
«When considering the
processes now taking place in the world, we must proceed from reality and
withstand the temptation presented by simple solutions. For example, we must
not believe it will be possible to quickly eliminate the power industry that we
have built up and which is to serve as the basis for future development. The
Verona Forum is sending proposals to the G20 in Rome and COP26 in Glasgow. We
must find a way to resolve the enormous problems associated with climate change
and the need for an energy system able to withstand the challenges we are facing
already this winter,» President of Banca Intesa and the Conoscere Eurasia Association
Antonio Fallico said.
During the two-day business
programme, participants discussed a wide range of practical and relevant issues
in economics and finance, healthcare, ecology, energy, and technological
innovation in Greater Eurasia. The Forum was attended by Russian and Italian
business leaders, heads of business associations, governors, politicians,
experts, and high-ranking representatives of foreign countries.
The Forum kicked off with
a special session on Structural Changes in the Economy and the Future of
Energy, which saw Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin make a presentation. The first day
of the business programme was devoted to discussing the energy transition, the
circular economy, and the green economy. On the second day, guests took part in
discussions on the impact of the pandemic on banks and the financial sector,
technological innovation and digital transition, as well as the role of the
pharmaceutical industry in the modern economy and the debate on overcoming the existing
neoliberal model. Live broadcasts of all business programme sessions can be
found on the Verona Forum website as well as on the sites of the Roscongress
Foundation and the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
In addition to the
business programme, the Forum hosted a concert by the Alexandrov Russian Army
Song and Dance Ensemble with the participation of Italian star Al Bano.
Residents and guests of the city were also treated to a photo exhibition on Veronas
main square entitled «Unbelievable Adventures of Italians in Russia», dedicated
to the various aspects of bilateral cooperation from culture to economy that
took place in the decades following the war.
Anniversary Eurasian Economic Forum will be held in Verona in 2022.