October 30, 2015
At the session that was held in Moscow and headed by Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Governor presented proposals of the Chelyabinsk region for establishment of the Council of Cooperation of Regions of SCO countries.
It should be noted that the Governor of the Chelyabinsk region spoke on the initiative of establishment of a separate «regional site» for SCO countries at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Today, Boris Dubrovskiy reported on the project details to Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs at the Session of the Council of the Heads of Constituent Entities of the Russian Federation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that he has been a member of since August 2015.
«I am glad to proceed to work as a member of the Council of the Heads of Constituent Entities of the Russian Federation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This is a good possibility to implement projects in the area of inter-regional cooperation and new prospects for the Chelyabinsk region,» said the Governor. «Our key proposal is related to the establishment of the Council of Cooperation of Regions of SCO countries. There are different opinions on the need in the establishment of such an institution. Nevertheless, it is my belief that the Council must be established.»
Boris Dubrovskiy considers that the Council of Cooperation of Regions of SCO countries will be able to issue competent expert opinions, make recommendatory decisions, use multi-level communications for interaction and target planning of specific events at the level of regions of SCO countries.
«We have set out several steps for the establishment of the Council. These are to consult with front-offices of SCO and RF Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the said proposal; to determine the persons responsible for preparation of underlying and constituent documents; to initiate consideration of the issue at the level of a session of the Council of ministers of foreign affairs of SCO countries; to define objectives, tasks, order of interaction, composition and structure of the Council, its supreme body and the nominee to head the Council, and to develop a schedule of meetings at the level of heads of the regions,» continued the Governor of the Chelyabinsk region. «In return, we are ready to use the best efforts to perform these actions and take all organizational issues upon ourselves.»
Thus, Boris Dubrovskiy reported that the Chelyabinsk region will be ready to host international forums of SCO countries on the issues of logistics, power industry and IT in two years. «We propose to discuss these issues in the context of the best regional practices with setting the task to form new contacts in the business, science, culture fields with a focus on substantiation of reasonability of the establishment of the Council of Cooperation of Regions of SCO countries,», concluded Boris Dubrovsky.
Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs, supported the initiative of the Governor of the Chelyabinsk region: all proposals were recorded in the minutes of the Session of the Council of the Heads of Constituent Entities of the Russian Federation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Moreover, the Session of the Council was participated by the heads of the regions, representatives of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation, federal executive authorities, and the Council of the Federation Committee for Foreign Affairs.
«During the comprehensive and meaningful interchange of views, the participants discussed the prospects for the development of inter-regional cooperation within SCO and issues of improvement of the effectiveness of regions participation in the events arranged by the organization. The need for continuous monitoring of the existing agreements of constituent entities of the Russian Federation with partners from SCO countries with respect of their practical results was emphasized and the role of Russian diplomatic foreign establishments in the promotion of trade and economic, investment and tourist potential of Russian regions in SCO countries was discussed. Great attention was paid to the development of humanitarian aspects of inter-regional cooperation within SCO including youth, scientific and educational, cultural and sports contacts, interaction with institutes of civil society,» stated the Press Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In addition, the participants heard information of the Ministry of Economic Development on the course of the development of the draft law "On Basic Principles of Near-Border Cooperation in the Russian Federation".
The Council of the Heads of Constituent Entities of the Russian Federation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia was established in 2003 on the basis of recommendations of the State Council and in accordance with the order of the President of the Russian Federation. The Council serves to support regions in the development of international and foreign trade cooperation and to ensure their participation in the development of proposals on different external policy initiatives. The Council is headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Each federal district delegates a head of a region to the Council annually.
For 2015-2016, the Council is represented by Boris Dubrovskiy, Governor of the Chelyabinsk region; Sergey Aksenov, Head of the Republic of Crimea; Viktor Basargin, Governor of the Perm Krai; Vladimir Gorodetskiy and Vladimir Gruzdev, Governors of Novosibirsk and Tula; Yunus-Bek Yevkurov and Aleksey Orlov, Heads of Ingushetia and Kalmykia, and Vyacheslav Shport, Governor of the Khabarovsk Krai. Apart from the heads of the regions, the Council was also represented by heads of different federal authorities.
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