Bled Strategic Forum, jointly organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Centre for European Perspective, is a strategic partner of the Eurasian Economic Summit, organized by Marmara Group Foundation that takes place annually in Turkey.  The 21st Eurasian Economic Summit on 11-12 April 2018 brought together 41 countries which were represented by Presidents, Prime Ministers, Speakers of the Parliaments, Ministers, Members of the Parliaments, business people, academicians and religious leaders.

Bled Strategic Forum was represented by CEP’s Project Manager Sabina Carli, who participated in an interactive session “Academicians, politicians and religious leaders discuss the future with the young generation” with Prof. Dr. Ali BARDAKOĞLU, President of Religious Affairs of the Republic of Turkey (2003-2010), Archbishop BARTHOLOMEW, Ecumenical Patriarch of Istanbul, Mirko ŠAROVIĆ, Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, Yusuf ÇETİN, Patriarchal Vicar of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Istanbul, Isak HALEVA, Chief Rabbi of Turkey, Orhan ÇANLI, Syriac Catholic Deputy Patriarch of Turkey, Merdan BAYRAMDURDIYEV, Deputy Minister of Finance and Economy of Turkmenistan, Prof. Dr. Şener OKTİK, Head of Research and Technological Development of Şişecam Group, Sergiu CELAC, Ambassador – Honorary President of New Strategy Center Prince RADU, Prince of Romania, Ismail ALIJI, Foreign Policy Adviser of the President of Macedonia, Director of Political Research, Institute of Strategy and Development, Ardian HOXHA, Superintendent of the American School of Kosovo, Dr. Nikola GJORGON, Foreign Policy Adviser of the President of Macedonia and Karlis BUKOVSKIS, Deputy Director at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs. They discussed the role of science and technology in today’s and future life and agreed that all spheres of life are influenced by technology, yet all of them also need to get involved for sustainable future in which technology can play a very positive role if we use it smartly.

302 international and 761 domestic participants attended the 21st Eurasian Economic Summit. Former President of Turkey H.E. Abdullah Gül, Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Mehmet Şimşek, Minister of Economy H.E. Nihat Zeybekçi, former Deputy Prime Minister and MP H.E. Tuğrul Türkeş, Governor of Istanbul Hon. Vasip Şahin and Istanbul Metropolitan Mayor Mevlut Uysal attended the summit that started with the opening speech of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey H.E. Binali Yıldırım, while international participants included presidents, foreign ministers and other ministers from across Europe and Asia.

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