15 january 14:15–15:00
Expert Discussion

THE PANDEMIC AND INTEGRATION: THREAT OR STIMULUS TO DEVELOPMENT?

 The Loft
Languages: Russian, English
Moderator:
Tigran Sargsyan, Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Development Bank
Panellists:
Tatyana Valovaya, Director General of the UN Office in Geneva
Fyodor Lukyanov, Research Director, Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club; Chief Editor, Russia in Global Affairs Journal
Andrey Slepnev, Member of the Board (Minister) for Trade of the Eurasian Economic Commission
Once again, the question arose about the advisability of building integration spaces as such. On the one hand, criticism and skepticism increased, on the other hand, the question of improving, strengthening and increasing the effectiveness of integration institutions in order to counter the pandemic and preserve the achievements of integration became acute. Various integration associations are looking for their answer to these questions.

Issues for discussion:
• What can strengthen the integration processes in the era of the pandemic?
• What is the role of its institutions in this process?
• What experience of other integration associations can be useful for our Union in the current conditions?
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