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28 November 2017, 09:00

Minsk to host CEI PA session on 28 November

MINSK, 28 November (BelTA) – A meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Central European Initiative (CEI) will take place in Minsk on 28 November, BelTA learned from the press service of the upper chamber of the Belarusian parliament.

Attending the meeting, apart from Belarus, will be 12 countries, including Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Austria, Slovenia and Ukraine. Invitations to attend the event have been sent to members of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus, scientists, and representatives of the real sector of the economy, including the heads of major innovative and high-tech companies.

Digital technology in terms of ensuring geopolitical security will be in the spotlight of the CEI PA meeting in Minsk. “The meeting is a platform for dialogue and for synchronizing the plans of the states on information technology development in the geopolitical context,” the press service said.

The meeting will discuss the development of the digital economy in the context of ensuring information security, digital banking technologies, the adoption of legislative, organizational and other measures to support the development of IT products, unmanned driving technologies, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology.

“For IT to become an efficient instrument of ensuring social and economic development and economic competitiveness there is a need to develop mechanisms to encourage the use of technologies at the legislative, social, economic, organizational and technical levels,” the press service noted.

Belarusian experts are set to lay out a number of proposals, including in ensuring economic security, strengthening cooperation between countries at the bilateral and multilateral basis, technological cooperation, and also information security, and the preservation of culture and traditions of the CEI member states.

According to the press service of the Council of the Republic, the outcome document of the CEI Parliamentary Assembly is expected to call for joint efforts to achieve geopolitical security and to improve the information exchange system for the purpose of efficient cooperation in the area of economic and technological security.

Belarus presides in the Central European Initiative (CEI) in 2017. The motto of Belarus' presidency in the CEI is to promote connectivity in a greater Europe. This regional association includes 18 countries. The main task of the CEI is to promote flexible and pragmatic European regional cooperation in order to prevent the emergence of new dividing lines in Europe.

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