1st Russia, Eurasia and Caribbean Conference Opens in Grenada

“A New Dawn” offers ample opportunity for leaders to share their ideas on regional and global economy and trade, organizers said.

Representatives from across the Caribbean, Russia and Eurasia convened in Grenada to participate in “A New Dawn,” an economic, media, and academic forum to strengthen international commercial and academic partnerships.

Officially beginning Wednesday, the meeting opened the floor to finance experts and ministers from Caribbean Community member nations, Russia and Eurasia to explore new commercial horizons.

“A New Dawn” offers ample opportunity for leaders to share their ideas on regional and global economy and trade as well as provide a platform for developing nations to explore new opportunities with their larger, more established counterparts.

“The developing world is half-forgotten … and while it is true that the general philosophical destiny of the planet depends on the largest powers, I would say that the developing countries often enrich the global agenda,” the President of the Bering-Bellingshausen Institute for the Americas Sergey Brilev, told Sputnik.

As a representative of IBBA, Brilev said he plans to “contribute to the dialogue between politicians, journalists, businessmen, and scientists from Russia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.”

“We are going to analyze what is happening in Venezuela, events that are happening in the European Union,” Brilev said, adding that the main priority is to determine ways to better represent the countries across the Caribbean and present their needs in international forums such as the United Nations.

“A New Dawn” aims to create relationships between the Caribbean nations and Eurasia, which are all but nonexistent. The convention will be broken into three days with the bulk of activities transpiring Friday, the final day of the convention.

Among the long list of event speakers are Nikolái Smirnov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia in Guyana, Barbados, Granada, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Alexander Schetinin, director of the Latin American Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation; and Timothy Antoine, Central Bank Governor of the Eastern Caribbean.

Members of the media participating in the event arrived from Russia and parts of the Caribbean, representing Russia 24; Izvestia and Kommersant; THG Network International; The Voice St. Lucia; Antigua Chronicle; BVI News; and News Room Georgetown.

As president of Caricom, Grenada is hosting the groundbreaking multi-national event, which is the first conference to bring together Russia, Eurasia, and the Caribbean.

The event was made possible through the joint efforts of the Ministry of International Business, the Government of Grenada, the IBB, the Russian Foreign Ministry, among a number of other Russian economic and academic institutions and organizations as well as some of the nation’s leading media outlets.

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