30 October 2012, Tuesday, 14:27

Republican forum of societies of friendship with foreign countries is held in Ufa

author: Marina Schumilova

Republican public forum “International cooperation and public diplomacy as a factor for development of public society and territories” is opened in Ufa today, October 30. It is organized by Russian-German friendship society “Bashkortostan-Germany”, republican societies of friendship with foreign countries and by Public Chamber RB in association with the Presidential Administration RB, the Government RB, Representative Office of Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry in Ufa and Ufa administration. The goal of the forum is generalization of the societies’ experience in consolidation of international cooperation and discussion of joint projects. Heads and activists of the republican societies of friendship with foreign countries and representatives of legislative and executive power bodies RB are taking part in its work.

The President of Bashkortostan Rustem Khamitov sent a message of welcome to participants of the forum.

“Development of external economic and cultural relations with foreign countries is one of our top priorities”-said in the message – “Bashkortostan actively develops international cooperation with more than 100 countries today, realizes joint projects and interacts with these countries in sphere of development of high-tech economics and in humanitarian sphere. The Republic maintains contacts with diplomatic circles and receives official delegations of business circles from Euro Union countries. Thus, the 20th gathering of Russian-Italian workgroup and the 30th gathering of TURKSOY Council have become large international events of the year. Nine societies of friendship with foreign countries contribute to consolidation and widening of international cooperation. These and other measures work for strengthening of business bonds of our enterprises, business circles and institutions of science, education and culture with Russian and the world communities”.

Rustem Khamitov has expressed assurance that the present forum will become one more important step on the way of further development and consolidation of economic partnership and cultural dialogue with foreign countries.

The forum will last for two days. Its plenary session is held today. In the second half of the day its participants will become acquainted with representative offices and activity of the friendship societies “Bashkortostan-Bulgaria” and “Bashkortostan-Germany”. Presentation of non-commercial partnership “Ufa agency of international and interregional cooperation “Inter Partner” will also take place within the frames of the forum.

On October 31 participants of the forum will meet with students of republican higher education institutions at the Bashkir Academy of public service and management under the President RB.

Totals of the forum will be announced at the press conference in the news agency “Bashinform” on October 31.