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29 June 2021, 11:33

Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia hailed as efficient tool to address any tasks

MINSK, 29 June (BelTA) - The Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia contributes to addressing tasks of any complexity, Lilia Gumerova, Chairperson of the Committee on Science, Education and Culture of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, said on the sidelines of the web-based panel discussion "Development of Russian-Belarusian cooperation in science and education in the era of ‘big challenges' and digital technologies”, BelTA has learned.

According to her, the Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia is of great importance for Russia and Belarus, contributes to solving problems of any complexity in the fight against threats to national security, "big challenges”.

"Today in our studio we tried to bring together all categories of key participants in the Russian-Belarusian interaction. I sincerely hope that our discussion today will give a new impetus to the development of friendly ties between the peoples of Russia and Belarus, will contribute to further constructive work for the benefit of our states," Lilia Gumerova said.

The 8th Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia kicked off on 29 June and will be running through 1 July. Its main events will be held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Five panel discussions will take place on the first day of the forum. 29 June, and will focus on the following topics: Belarus-Russia cooperation in science and education in the era of ‘big challenges' and digital technologies; the role of digitalization in the formation of a single scientific and technological space of the Union State; interaction between Russia and Belarus in implementing Union State programs and science and technology projects within the framework of international treaties; law and digitalization in the Union State: prospects and avenues of development; online youth: the digital environment of the future.

The governing bodies of the Chamber of Young Legislators at the Federation Council and the Youth Council (Parliament) at the National Assembly have convened for their maiden joint meeting on the sidelines of the forum.

The inter-parliamentary commission of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus and the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation will hold a web-based meeting to discuss interregional cooperation on 30 June. The forum will pay special attention to business matters. The Council of Business Cooperation of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Belarus and Russia will discuss cooperation prospects.

The key event of the forum - the plenary session – will be held on 1 July via a video link. The list of speakers includes heads of government bodies, ministries and departments, representatives of business communities of the two countries, and also digitalization experts. In order to give a new impetus to the digitization process and the development of the common scientific and technological space in the Union State, Belarusian and Russian enterprises will sign several cooperation agreement and contracts on the sidelines of the forum.

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