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07 October 2021, 17:24

CIS competition of fledging diplomats underway in Moscow

Photo courtesy of the Andrei Gromyko Association for Foreign Policy Studies
Photo courtesy of the Andrei Gromyko Association for Foreign Policy Studies

MOSCOW, 7 October (BelTA) – The final round of the Andrei Gromyko Competition for Young CIS International Relations Specialists is taking place in Moscow, BelTA has learned.

Opening the final round of the competition, Director of the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexey Gromyko reminded that this project was modeled on a similar Belarus-Russia competition that had been held earlier. This time a record number of participants – 513 - took part in the competition. Making it to the final were 55 young international relations specialists, civil servants and analysts representing 11 CIS countries. Most of the contenders are from Belarus and Russia.

Vyacheslav Danilovich, Rector of the Academy of Public Administration under the aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus, noted that the competition for young international relations specialists from the CIS countries is becoming increasingly popular. Over the three years since its founding, the number of participants has quadrupled. This year's contenders represent 183 universities of the Commonwealth countries. According to Vyacheslav Danilovich, it is gratifying that the most popular topics included integration in the post-Soviet space, security, strategic stability, preserving historical memory, countering the falsification of the history of the Great Patriotic War.

Rector of Polotsk State University, member of the Standing Committee for Legislation and State Administration of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus Oleg Romanov noted that the entries that were shortlisted for the final meet the highest requirements. According to him, the competition allows young people not only to realize their potential, but also to contribute to the sustainable development and security of their countries.

The competition is organized by the Andrei Gromyko Association for Foreign Policy Studies, the Academy of Public Administration under the aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus, the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences with the support of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, the Eurasian Economic Commission and the Standing Committee of the Union State. The project is financed by a grant from the CIS Interstate Fund for Humanitarian Cooperation. The winners of the competition will be announced at MGIMO University on 8 October.

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