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Sonowal to participate in Eastern Economic Forum meet in Vladivostok; Putin to address

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NEW DELHI, Sept 11: Union minister Sarbananda Sonowal, leading an Indian delegation, will take part in
the 8th Eastern Economic Forum meeting being held in Russia’s far eastern city Vladivostok this week,
where Russian President Vladimir Putin will be present.
Sonowal, who left for Moscow this morning en route to Vladivostok, will have a dialogue with business
leaders and foreign partners during his three-day stay there, official sources said.
He is leading a delegation of senior officials of various Union ministries and departments, they said.
Delegations from China, Laos, Mongolia and ASEAN countries are also participating in the meeting in the
Russian city being held from September 10–13.
Putin will be in Vladivostok on September 11–12 to take part in the 8th Eastern Economic Forum,
according to a statement issued by the Kremlin.
On September 12, the President of Russia will deliver a speech at the plenary session in which Vice
President of the Lao People's Democratic Republic Pany Yathotou will also take part, the statement said.
Putin will also hold a number of bilateral meetings with the heads of foreign delegations on the sidelines
of the forum, it said.
However, it was not immediately known whether Sonowal will meet Putin.
"The forum traditionally offers strategic solutions for the comprehensive development of the Far East.
The joint participation of government and business representatives, the expert community and leading
economists makes it possible to find new approaches to addressing current challenges," according to
Anton Kobyakov, Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation and Executive Secretary of the EEF
2023 Organising Committee.
Sources said Russia has shown interest in India’s presence at the Vladivostok port. Russia is keen to
accord further momentum to the Chennai-Vladivostok maritime corridor, which could give a huge boost
to maritime ties.
Sonowal is the Union minister of ports, shipping and waterways.
Vladivostok is the largest Russian port on the Pacific Ocean and it is located about 50 km from the China-
Russia border.
The Eastern Economic Forum is a key international platform for establishing and strengthening ties
within the Russian and global investment communities, and for comprehensive expert evaluation of the
economic potential of the Russian Far East, the investment opportunities it offers, and business
conditions within advanced special economic zones.
The Forum was established by a decree of the Russian president in 2015 to support the economic
development of Russia’s Far East and to expand international cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.

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