Eurasian Media Forum ends in Astana
April 26. Kazpravda
By Gulaim TULESHEVA
In Astana, the XII Eurasian Media Forum has rounded off.
The first panel of the second day of the Eurasian Media Forum (EAMF), moderated by a Russian journalist of Channel One Maxim Shevchenko, was on the situation in Ukraine. Among its participants was the leader of the Georgian industrialists party Levan Pirveli, former Canadian Ambassador to the Russian Federation Jeremy Kinsman, the deputy editor of the Echo of Moscow radio station Vladimir Varfolomeev , director of the Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies of Serbia Elena Milic , former Deputy Secretary General of NATO (2001-2007) from Italy Alessandro Minuto Rizzo, Minister of Information and Communications of the Republic of Crimea Dmitry Polonsky, director of the Institute of CIS Konstantin Zatulin from Russia.
What is going on in Ukraine really? What are the causes of such a situation and what is the way out? These were the questions, on which various views and approaches were heard , radically divergent at times. Nevertheless, despite political differences, there were common grounds and the panel ultimately concurred on the need for coming to terms, for a compromise of the parties.
In the second panel – Eurasian integration, moderated by a host of the Russian RBC TV channel Daniel Babich, the latter suggested discussing modernization of the Eurasian space and implementation ways for it. Director General of the Institute of EurAsEC ( Russia ) Vladimir Lepekhin said in it that Kazakhstan is a template in modernization process to other post-soviet nations. Evidence to it is Astana that in 2017 is hosting EXPO 2017, devoted to alternative energy. He believes by this time Kazakhstan and Russia will have implemented a number of projects that will lay the grounds for a definite breakthrough in the energy sector after 2017.There are a lot of prospects in it, the Russian expert says.
Protection of the home business’ interests in the context of the EAEC was brought up by director of Kazakhstan Institute of World Economics and Politics Sultan Akimbekov, who said the integration has ample economic potential that has yet to be tapped.
The forum also raised such topics as the image-building of the state, development of PR, virtual life, leaving less space for real-life communication.
In the end, Majilis vice-speaker, chair of the EAMF Organizing Committee Dariga Nazarbayeva thanked all the participants, stressing that in the multipolar and conflicting world, it is important not to lose the common and vital for every person values.
Kazakhstan that has seen wars, famine, persecution, deportation in its history has survived, she added, – because it bears grudge to no one.
– We have survived because we were thinking about the future and believed in it, because we have always been open and hospitable. Kazakhstan’s response to global challenges is an open dialogue, economic cooperation and integration, D. Nazarbayeva concluded.