At the opening session, Vladimir Gusakov, Chairman of the NASB Presidium, remarked that academic organizations were interacting with their Chinese partners on a wide range of issues; joint projects for over $ 4 million were conducting on a contractual basis. He also said that the National Academy of Sciences attached particular importance to Belarusian-Chinese cooperation in the field of science, and established strong scientific and technical links and strategic relations with many scientific organizations of China.
Scientific cooperation in the humanitarian sphere is becoming traditional. The NASB humanities scientists together with their partners from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences head four scientific projects. “Today, not only a comprehensive study of the problems and prospects for the development of joint economic projects has been successfully carried out, but also the possibilities for implementing scientific, technical, and cultural cooperation have been demonstrated. At the same time, we believe that the potential of cooperation between Belarus and China is far from exhausted. It is important for us to offer new ideas, and to develop creative forms of interaction,” Vladimir Gusakov said.
He also stressed that the declared theme of the forum was a priority for the both countries, and concluded that the forum could provide answers to many topical and priority issues of interaction between the two integration projects, and determine the prospects for using the potential of the Eurasian Economic Union in the implementation of the Silk Road Economic Belt concept.