Actual: Sergei Katyrin at the International Economic Forum “CIS+World”
17 April 2020

On March 13, 2020, the Moscow World Trade Center hosted the “CIS+World” International Economic Forum, which aims to further develop strategic economic cooperation between the CIS member states, strengthen stability, and steadily expand and develop a multi-stakeholder constructive practical dialogue between government and business in the name of global peace and progress.

The Deputy heads of Government, Ministers of States – participants of the CIS, heads of the CIS Executive Committee, Eurasian Economic Commission, Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Union State, representatives of state and executive authorities, real sector of economy, Chambers of Commerce, industry associations, banking communities, entrepreneurs unions and associations of the tourism industry, IT-structures of the near and far abroad, and representatives of mass media took part in a plenary session, thematic sections, Congress, forums and other events of the forum. The participants discussed issues covering areas of economic cooperation of the CIS countries (the Strategy of the CIS economic development till 2030 and the Strategic directions of development of the Eurasian Economic Integration until 2025) and considered the draft priorities of the CIS countries in the transport sector for the period up to 2030.

The plenary session was also attended by Sergei Katyrin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of World Trade Center Moscow and President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation. In the course of his speech, he noted the special role of the Council of Heads of CCI of the CIS Member States, established 17 years ago, in ensuring the interaction of business circles of the CIS countries: "The Council's activities cover such important areas of work as joint expansion of interregional and cross-border contacts, support for SMEs, exhibition and fair activities, formation of a unified information space, training of personnel, etc. Thanks to the Council, it was possible to streamline contacts between business structures in the CIS countries. The next meeting of the Council of Heads of Chambers of the CIS Member States will be held in Tashkent this autumn."

Sergei Katyrin also added that in the informational work on the development of business interaction, the structures of the Commonwealth countries traditionally rely primarily on large businesses: "This is not entirely true. Real, living businesses are, first of all, small and medium-sized businesses, which play a huge role in the economy and in people's daily lives, and which are the first to face problems. It is SME’s that should be given priority, developed, and supported."

Sergei Katyrin said that now businesses respond to changes immediately, trades are made quickly, over minutes, but the work of institutions for economic development and business activities produces results very quickly, so we need all institutions to synchronize with economic processes, with life: “The digital Era is coming. In fact, it’s already here. All integration and business development institutions should be trained to work remotely, thus saving time and money. For example, even the BRICS Business Council meeting in April will be held on the sidelines of the RF CCI in this way, via videoconference. We must meet the time requirements."

At the end of the meeting, the CIS Business Leader commemorative badge was awarded to enterprises and organizations of the CIS member States that have made a significant contribution to the development of integration processes in the Commonwealth of Independent States.

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