ArmInfo. Armenian President Armen Sargsyan made a welcoming speech at the opening of the 16th Eurasian Media Forum in Almaty.
According to the press service of the President of Armenia, Sarkisyan in his speech pointed out the impact of this media forum not only on the media environment, but also on the Eurasian understanding and the media as a whole.
"Thinking about a media forum, several thoughts come to my mind. The first one is Eurasia. What is Eurasia? Eurasia is not only geography, but also a great history of civilization originated a thousand years ago. Eurasia is today the center of major world events and processes When we talk about Eurasia, we cannot fail to mention Kazakhstan, which is its center, both from the point of view of physics, and economics and politics. No wonder that ideas of economic cooperation originated in the post-Soviet space were born here. This is the Eurasian Economic Union, which I hope will be another bridge that will serve as an embodiment of our ideas. I would like to see the day when the Eurasian Economic Community, the European Union would begin serious negotiations on deep cooperation, "said Armen Sargsyan. According to him, the second thing that comes to his mind is the media. The President of Armenia believes that the media ideology has undergone major changes in the past year. He noted that over the years, the forum had been presented as a platform for the journalistic community, but its importance had become more global. "Today, when we talk about media, we think not only about journalism. I believe that the future of the Eurasian Media Forum is the real media and virtual life we live. Each of us spends time in the virtual space, and it has become much more than news and journalism. It's part of our life, it's a small tool that includes economic development, financial relations, etc. Virtual life is interactive, it not only integrates different types of our life, but it completely changes us and shows how we are engaged We have science, education, health care, economics, and politics. The role of the media and the virtual world has a tremendous influence on politics, "Sarkisyan said.
He also thanked the Chairman of the Eurasian Media Forum Organizing Committee Dariga Nazarbayeva and the Government of Kazakhstan for organizing the event. "The forum is an initiative of Dariga Nursultanovna, she received support from the Government of Kazakhstan. I am so pleased to come here again after a few years of absence and find that there are things in our life that do not change - these are the people who started this forum and continue to work "I want to thank all of you, those who organized this forum and wish it to take place for many more years," the Armenian President summed up.
The Eurasian Media Forum will be held until May 24. The topic of this year's discussion is "The World Today: Transforming Reality?". About 600 delegates from 60 countries of the world participate in the forum. President of Kazakhstan Kasim-Zhomart Tokayev and Chairman of the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Valentina Matvienko also delivered welcoming words at the event.
The spouse of the Prime Minister of Armenia, journalist Anna Hakobyan takes part in the forum. Tomorrow her presentation is planned at the panel session "Confidence Crisis: Deployment of Global Forces" and a meeting with Dariga Nazarbayeva.