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Young people expected to help resolve social, economic problems in CIS

Society 14.11.2019 | 19:45
Sergei Lebedev. An archive photo
Sergei Lebedev. An archive photo

MINSK, 14 November (BelTA) – Young people should become involved in efforts to resolve social and economic problems in the Commonwealth of Independent States. Sergei Lebedev, Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee, CIS Executive Secretary, made the relevant statement in his welcome address to organizers and participants of the final stage of the international youth project 100 Ideas for the CIS, the CIS Executive Committee told BelTA.

The final stage of the project was opened in Baku, Azerbaijan on 14 November. It is taking place on the sidelines of the session of the CIS Youth Affairs Council. “Encouraging more active innovative activities of young people and getting them involved in the resolution of social and economic problems are part and parcel of cooperation of the CIS member states in matters of education and youth policy. Today's Commonwealth of Independent States faces ambitious tasks. We have to move forward in all fields. We have to bolster the economy, the social sphere, and security. We have to jointly resolve problems caused by globalization. And certainly we need strong science, cutting-edge technologies, and most of all highly trained and resourceful specialists to do that,” Sergei Lebedev believes.

The official described the project 100 Ideas for the CIS as a respectable platform for demonstrating promising R&D accomplishments of young people. “We look at it as kind of a bridge between today and tomorrow, a venue where the boldest engineering ideas and R&D products of young citizens of CIS member states may come to life,” he noted.

Initiated in 2013, the project 100 Ideas for the CIS is designed to get young people from the CIS states involved in tackling problems in the course of innovation-driven development of national economies. The project has been implemented every two years since 2014. It consists of two stages: the national one (the elimination one) and the international one (the final stage). Young people aged 14-35 from the CIS states are invited to participate in it and present original projects in eight nominations: industrial technology and manufacturing; chemical technology and biotechnology; culture; education; healthcare; medicine, medical equipment and technology, pharmaceutics; information technology (IT sector); hospitality: tourism and national culture.

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