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Eurasian Media Forum: New approaches to globalization

Having begun the ceremony, Minister of information and public development Dauren Abayev delivered President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s welcome speech.

“The Eurasian Media Forum emerged in the wake of redefinition of the world geopolitics followed after the September 2001 events in New-York. Every year the Eurasian Media Forum covers discussions on the most compelling issues of the international and regional agenda. The Forum which initially gathered less than 200 people has tuned into a large-scale event in the life of the entire region. Today it brings together 7500 renowned representatives of the media community, including 700 experts from over 60 nations. That is the event’s success story”, he said.

Dauren Abayev also told about such current threats as destructive impact of internet and social networks on the rising generation, the information security issue, as well as other challenges of the digital age.

They were referred as the trends journalists need to study.

The ceremony also heard welcome speeches of Armenian President Armen Sarkissian and Mayor of Almaty Baurzhan Baibek and a welcome speech on behalf of Chairman of the Federation Council of Russia Valentina Matvienko was read out.

Armenian President Armen Sarkissian thanked Senate Speaker Dariga Nazarbayeva and former Kazakh President for creating the Eurasian Media Forum and noted that the understanding of the concept “media” had greatly changed over the last 20 years. Almaty’s Mayor Baurzhan Baibek noted the conformity of the Forum’s topic with the current international agenda, in the meantime Valentina Matvienko expressed confidence that the weighty and qualified opinion of the Forum’s experts would spill beyond the Eurasian region. 

A panel session entitled “De-globalization: the world in search for new development models” commenced the two-day programme, where the speakers had the opportunity to discuss the impact of globalization on the current world crisis and de-globalization.

A majority of speakers shared the view that globalization is still essential in the modern realities, and the reverse does not solve the current political and economic issues.

A member of the Eurasian Economic Commission’s Integration and Macroeconomy Collegium Tatyana Valobaya (Russia), inter alia, noted real globalization starts to emerge just now.

“I don’t believe that a crisis of globalization occurs, nor the de-globalization process as I don’t think there has been real globalization. This was its asymmetrical weak form. There are global markets, companies, media, but there is no global governance”, she said.

Armenian President Armen Sarkissian shared the opinion that globalization is taking place, while former President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves warned of possible threats of de-globalization.

“Telephone is a good example to demonstrate that we could not halt globalization without losses. Each part is from different countries. It is impossible to enjoy all  the comforts of modern technologies without globalization”, Toomas Hendrik Ilves said.

Ivan Rogers, a EU permanent representative for UK (2013-2017), former leading advisor to the PM on the EU, recalled of the inequality situation caused by various aspects of globalization. He took as an example the exit of Great Britain from the European Union.

“The majority of people voted for Brexit because they realized globalization was not working for them”, he said.

He also stated that the issues of globalization need to be dealt with at the global level.

“One of the problems of the modern world is the unequal capital distribution. We need to come up with instruments to deal with it, but they cannot be found only at the national level”, Ivan said.

President Armenia Armen Sarkissian and Kazakh deputy foreign minister Yerzhan Ashikbayev confirmed the readiness of Kazakhstan and Armenia to serve as an international platform for discussing this issue.

“Kazakhstan has the experience of living in de-globalization circumstances. Lack of access to the sea is an objective hindrance for all participants of global processes. At the same time our great neighbors have such an advantage. Kazakhstan works on it and tries to find its ways to globalization”, Yerzhan Ashikbayev said.

The speakers agreed that the world is on the threshold of a new age, and noted the positive sides of this process.

“I am totally optimistic about the effects of globalization”, Ivan said.

According to him, it is globalization that facilitates economic growth and eradicates poverty.

The 15 Eurasian Media Forum takes place from 22 to 24 May in the city of Almaty. The Forum’s tag line is “The world today: Transforming reality?”, with de-globalization, consumption crisis, digitalization of media, as well as development possibilities and challenges associated with new technologies and artificial intelligence at stake. As the leading independent dialogue platform in Central Asia, the Forum largely focuses on creating conditions for free and open dialogue of politicians, journalists and experts on issues of geopolitical, economic, social development of Kazakhstan, Eurasia and the whole international community. 

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