International Congress «G-Global. World of the 21st century»

18 november 2020

Ivan Polyakov, Chairman of the Russia-ASEAN Business Council, delivered a speech at the forum «Greater Eurasia» within the framework of «G-Global Congress. World of the 21st century», which was held in the format of videoconference on November 18, 2020.

The key speakers of the forum were Lim Jock Hoi, ASEAN Secretary General, Kjell Magne Bundevik, ex-Prime Minister of Norway, Munir Majid, President of ASEAN Business Club, Shamshad Akhtar, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and others.

Issues of increasing the role of development institutions in the formation of a common economic space of Greater Eurasia, prospects for trade and economic cooperation between the EAEU and ASEAN, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the development of integration in Greater Eurasia were discussed within the session.

ASEAN Secretary General Lim Jock Hoi noted in his speech about the process of integration in ASEAN. He emphasized that the measures of the ASEAN connectivity, which included the formation of a modern infrastructure, made it possible to increase the inflow of mutual investments in the association. As part of the ASEAN Connectivity Program, a plan was developed including the creation of 19 priority ASEAN infrastructure projects in the fields of transport, energy, digital economy and others.

Ivan Polyakov, Chairman of the Russia-ASEAN Business Council, in his speech highly appreciated the role of the existing agreements on a free trade zone between the Eurasian Economic Union with Vietnam and Singapore, allowing producers from the EAEU countries to enter the markets of the ten countries. He also proposed to actively work on the exchange of information between the relevant ministries and business associations in order to raise awareness of the possibilities of integration associations.

Munir Majid, President of ASEAN Business Club, in his speech focused on measures to Rapid recommencement of business activities in the world, and also spoke in detail about the opportunities that the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership signed in November 2020 opens up.