Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a welcoming message to participants in the Fourth Eastern Economic Forum, the Kremlin press service said in a statement on Monday, TASS reports.
According to the head of state, "the forum has become an important and popular platform for direct dialogue between politicians, public figures, businessmen and experts." "I would like to point out that this year, large delegations from over 60 countries will participate in the event," Putin added.
The Russian president went on to say that the 2018 forum was dubbed "The Far East: Expanding the Range of Possibilities," which "reflects our determination to boost Russia’s integration into the system of economic ties in the vast Asia-Pacific region."
"In order to facilitate business initiatives in Far Eastern regions, we have created advanced development territories, where companies launching new production facilities can receive significant preferences. We have also established a port zone with a special customs and tax rules - the Free Port of Vladivostok. We have been implementing large-scale social, infrastructure, educational and scientific projects aimed at supporting exports and technological modernization," the presidential message says.
"All of this offers great prospects for partnership, trade, long-term investment and the use of effective modern cooperation models, particularly within organizations such as the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)," Putin noted.
The Fourth Eastern Economic Forum is scheduled to be held in Russia’s Far Eastern city of Vladivostok on September 11-13. TASS is the general information partner and the official photohost agency of the event. The news agency is also the operator of the forum’s presentation zone.