10 January 2012, Tuesday, 11:44
author: Eugene Rakhimkulov
A State Duma deputy from Bashkortostan Irshat Fakhritdinov has taken part in the 20th session of the Asian-Pacific forum.
“Officially the session in Tokyo is held on January 9-20 but we started working still in the period of the New Year holidays – since January 6” – he said to the news agency “Bashinform” – “The staff of the Russian parliamentary delegation, headed by the chairman of the Federation Council Valentine Matvienko, includes two State Duma deputies and five representatives of the Federation Council”.
Within the frames of the session delegates of 26 countries consider the problems of cooperation in sphere of security, joint opposition to the Acts of God and to the global financial crisis. Russian delegation intends to make a proposal to make the city of Vladivostok the city of the 13th session and to invite the colleagues to continue their debates on the Russian land.
Russian parliamentarians intend to hold several meetings with the delegation of the countries – the participants of the forum. In opinion of Valentine Matvienko the cooperation with the countries of the Asian-Pacific region is considered one of the top priorities in Russian foreign policy. Russia recently activates counteraction with these countries in different directions. The potential of cooperation here is great and its realization promises to bring good revenues to business and will contribute to stability and prosperity of the region in a whole. The matter is the wide-scaled projects in such spheres as high-tech, innovations, power engineering and transport.
The visit’s program also includes the negotiations of Valentine Matvienko with the representatives of Japanese leadership. The talks will be devoted to development of the political dialogue between two countries, state and prospects of our bilateral trade-economic cooperation and to activation of interregional relations.
For the reference: the Asian-Pacific parliamentary forum is an international parliamentary organization, established in January 1993 and expansion of international and interregional cooperation, support of liberalization of international trade and investments, strengthening of counteraction in the interests of peace and security are its main goals. The parliaments of Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Canada, China, Columbia, Republic of Korea, Laos, Malaysia, the Marshall Islands, Mexico, Micronesia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Papua-New Guinea, Peru, Russia, Singapore, the USA, Thailand, Fiji, Philippines, Chili, Ecuador and Japan are the members of the forum. Australia and Brunei have the status of observers.