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Conference dedicated to the 20th CIS anniversary to open in Minsk

September 28, 2011, 8:13 UTC+3
Belarussian Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich will open the conference
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MINSK, September 28 (Itar-Tass) — An international conference dedicated to the 20th CIS anniversary will open here on Monday.

“The international scientific and practical conference dedicated to the 20th CIS anniversary will be a remarkable event in the CIS states. The conference will discuss the development and the efficiency of cooperation between the CIS states on various trends of integration at plenary and section meetings,” the chairman of the CIS Executive Committee Sergei Lebedev said on Tuesday.

The preparation for the forum lasted all this year under the schedule of the events dedicated to the 20th CIS anniversary, he said.

The presidents of the CIS Academies of Sciences, well-known statesmen and politicians, scientists, ministers, officials from such international organizations as the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly and the Collective Security Treaty Organization are among 200 participants in the forum.

Belarussian Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich will open the conference. The vice-president of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) and the chairman of the (RAS) St. Petersburg Scientific Center, Zhores Alferov, the executive secretary of the Customs Union Committee Sergei Glazyev, the general secretary of the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly Mikhail Krotov, the president of the Interstate Bank Igor Suvorov, the chairman of the Belarussian State Committee for Science and Technologies Igor Voitov and the chairman of the CIS Economic Court Faizullo Abdulloyev are among the main speakers at plenary meetings of the conference.

Apart from a plenary meeting, the conference will work in four sections. The section devoted to economic cooperation between the CIS states will discuss food security, anti-monopoly cooperation, the peaceful nuclear power use, the fuel and energy sector and cooperation in communications and construction.

The CIS states are developing economic partnership most successfully, Lebedev pointed out. “The economy is the top priority of cooperation. This is the basic trend that is given a close attention. Probably, one can say that the CIS states are developing economic cooperation most successfully,” he said. Meanwhile, Lebedev noted that most problems remain unsettled in this sphere, but they “can be solved if there is some willingness to move forward,” Lebedev remarked.

Meanwhile, the participants in the conference will discuss the prospects for development of humanitarian cooperation, integration of banking systems, the improvement of the institute of CIS international observers at elections and referenda and a broader multilateral military cooperation.

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