Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin will promote the strengthening of cooperation at the XVI East Asia Summit (EAS), which began with the participation of heads of State and Government.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov explained to the press that Moscow’s priorities at the meeting will focus on economic development, coping with Covid-19, resilience in the face of the pandemic, as well as promoting trade and tourism. .

According to the organizers, the event will be held via videoconference and will be inaugurated by the Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah, a country that holds the presidency of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

In the first part of the event, speeches by representatives of the World Health Organization and the World Trade Organization and of the participating countries are expected.

The key themes of the conclave are the fight against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, the comprehensive recovery and the confrontation of the economic crisis, as well as the construction of synergies in health, trade and investment.

Other issues to be addressed are digital economy, emergency response, environmental protection, cooperation in the management of marine resources and tourism.

As a result of the summit, states are expected to adopt a series of documents on sectorial areas of cooperation, including an initiative by Moscow to incentivize economic growth through the restoration of the tourism sector.

Russia has strong relations with the EAC in areas such as the fight against infectious diseases, the economy, energy, education, the preservation of the climate and the management of marine resources.

The EAC was created in 2005 as a forum for leaders to discuss current issues of strategic, political and economic development in the Asia-Pacific region.

The summits are held each year in conjunction with the events of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

A total of 18 countries participate in the work of the EAC: Brunei, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and their dialogue partners (Russia, Australia, India, China, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, United States and Japan)

Caption: Putin will promote strengthening economic cooperation in East Asia. Photo: Prensa Latina

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