On July 10, the Lecture Hall of the Eurasian Youth Assembly (EYA) has been launched. The project brings together leaders of public organizations, students of higher educational institutions, young scientists from Eurasian countries and experts in international relations.
Farhad Ibragimov, a researcher at the UNESCO Department of the State University of Management (GUU), an expert of the Valdai International Discussion Club, delivered a lecture on “Iran - EEU: History and Prospects of Relations” in the format of a live broadcast for the participants of the meeting. The key issues of the meeting: the development of economic cooperation, cultural and humanitarian initiatives, educational projects and tourist routes of Iran and the Eurasian countries.
First of all, Farhad Ibragimov noted the interest of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) in cooperation with the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) from a trade and economic perspective, namely, the possibility of open access to the market with a population of 200 million people as part of the signing of an agreement between the parties on the creation of a free trade zone. At the same time, despite the difficulties associated with the current epidemiological situation, the discussion of further cooperation aspects continues in an online format. So, on July 7, the first meeting of the Joint Committee of the EEU and the IRI was held via videoconference.
“Iran is looking for partners for integration in the Eurasian space, and the EEU is a unique opportunity for Tehran to realize its economic potential,- Farhad Ibragimov, a guest of the Lecture Hall of the Eurasian Youth Assembly, said. - Of course, today both post-Soviet countries and many other countries of the continent, including Turkey and Iran, show their interest in the EEU. On May 17, 2018, an agreement between the EEU and Tehran was signed in Astana that leads to the formation of a free trade zone on the border of the Republic of Armenia and Iran. The main goal is to reduce or cancel customs duties on the agreed list of goods. As a result, import duties for Iran were reduced by more than 52 products. By the end of 2018, Iranian exporters increased their deliveries with the EEU countries by more than 27%, and the trade turnover amounted to more than $2.7 billion.”
During the discussion, issues of developing cultural and humanitarian projects and programs of Tehran with the countries of the Eurasian continent were also raised. The expert noted the interest of the Islamic Republic residents in learning Russian. Young representatives of Iran continue to study at higher educational institutions in the regions of Russia.
The Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly pays a special role to the development of educational projects in the Eurasian space, stressed the moderator of the meeting, manager of youth projects and programs of the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly, co-chair of the Eurasian Youth Assembly of the International Union of non-governmental organizations Kristina Tatarnikova: “The International Union of Non-governmental Organizations the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly was founded in 2017 to unite peoples of Eurasia through the implementation of public diplomacy and soft power initiatives by the representatives of Eurasian countries. Our main goal is to affirm the ideals of peace and harmony create a platform for strengthening friendly ties between representatives of the Eurasian youth community.”
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