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On November 20, the Third International Conference “Strategic Visions of Russia–India Relations in a Changing World Order” continued with sessions focusing on the issues of trade and economic cooperation.

On November 20, the Third International Conference “Strategic Visions of Russia–India Relations in a Changing World Order” continued with sessions focusing on the issues of trade and economic cooperation.

The participants of the session “Bringing Bilateral Ties to a New Level: Education, Science, Culture, Media” discussed new growth points and systemic solutions in order to enhance Russia-India cooperation. The participants highlighted such promising areas of interaction as diamond mining industry. Priority was given to opportunities for the development of Russia-India ties in the area of new and future technologies, in particular, Artificial Intelligence. The speakers of the session included Lydia Kulik, Head of India Studies at the SKOLKOVO Institute for Emerging Markets, Research Fellow at RAS Institute of Oriental Studies; Ram Upendra Das, Head of the Centre for Regional Trade; Natalia Galishcheva, Head of the Department of World Economy, MGIMO MFA of Russia; Dr. E. Dilipraj, Research Fellow at the Centre for Air Power Studies; Vladimir Morozov, RIAC Program Manager; and Munish Sharma, Consultant in the Strategic Technologies Centre at the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses. The discussion was moderated by Ksenia Kuzmina, RIAC Program Manager.

During a special session “Russian Far East: New Horizons”, Russian and Indian experts discussed the opportunities and obstacles for joint projects in the Russian Far East in the context of 2019 Eastern Economic Forum, taking into account the work performed by Japanese, Korean and Chinese partners in the region. The keynote presentation was made by Anna Kireeva, Research Fellow of the Centre for Comprehensive Chinese Studies and Associate Professor of the Department of Asian and African Studies at MGIMO University. Soumen Bagchi, ICWA Deputy Director General, moderated the discussion.

The results of the two-day conference were summarized by Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General, and T.C.A. Raghavan, ICWA Director General. In his closing speech, A. Kortunov pointed out that in further joint work it would be advisable for the two analytical centers to monitor Russia-India interaction, focusing on the difficulties in cooperation, and pay special attention to broader issues of global significance. T.C.A. Raghavan noted the importance of the exchange of analytical materials between experts of the two countries.

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