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29 Apr 2019

Andreichenko: Social justice at the heart of Helsinki 2 and new Silk Road

Andreichenko: Social justice at the heart of Helsinki 2 and new Silk Road

MINSK, 29 April (BelTA) -  Social justice is at the heart of Helsinki 2 and the new Silk Road initiatives, Chairman of the House of Representatives Vladimir Andreichenko said as he addressed the 2nd International Parliamentary Conference of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's Silk Road Support Group “Belt and Road: Strengthening cooperation for sustainable development and prosperity", BelTA has learned.

Opening the conference, the speaker emphasized the similarity of the initiatives to restart the Helsinki Process and to set up the new Silk Road. “The deep meaning of these initiatives is in ensuring social justice, which is in great demand around the world today. Moreover, they can be considered as important international instruments to implement the Sustainable Development Strategy,” he noted.

Belarus is deeply convinced that a more just, prosperous, safe world can be achieved only on the basis of good-neighborliness, equality, mutual trust and economic cooperation. “This idea, consonant with the OSCE basic principles, underlies the positive response in the international community to the initiative of the Belarus president to restart the Helsinki Process,” Vladimir Andreichenko said.

“The Silk Road concept is based on very close principles and offers a fundamentally new architecture of economic integration for the sake of prosperity of all peoples living in the huge Eurasian space,” said Vladimir Andreichenko. The results of the recent Belt and Road forum of international cooperation in Beijing speak of the relevance of such a model of international relations.

Minsk is hosting the 2nd International Parliamentary Conference of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's Silk Road Support Group “Belt and Road: strengthening cooperation for sustainable development and prosperity".

The agenda of the conference will focus on economic matters. Special attention will also be attached to humanitarian cooperation and tourism.

The events of the conference will be held through 30 April. Its participants will visit the China-Belarus industrial park Great Stone to get familiar with its development and meet with its management and representatives of the resident companies. 

The first conference of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Silk Road Support Group took place in Azerbaijan in March 2018. The purpose of the Minsk event is to present economic and investment capabilities of Belarus as an important hub of the Silk Road economic belt. The Minsk conference will be attended by MPs and business representatives from Austria, Azerbaijan, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, and Switzerland.

The OSCE PA Silk Road Support Group was set up at the 26th Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Minsk in 2017. The group is designed to expand the areas of cooperation and strengthen political, economic and cultural relations between the participating states. The group plays a role of a platform to promote mutually beneficial economic and trade ties, in particular through promoting connectivity and developing transport corridors, transport and trade facilitation measures, promoting free and secure movement of persons, goods, services and investments.

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