Main themes of the fifth Arctic forum identified
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Main themes of the fifth Arctic forum identified

The business program working group of the Organizing Committee of the 5th Arctic: Territory of Dialogue International Arctic Forum, which will be held in St. Petersburg on April 9 and 10 this year, has identified the forum's main theme. It will be The Arctic: An Ocean of Opportunities.

The business program will consist of three sections: Coastal Territories, The Open Ocean, and Sustainable Development.

"The program of the 2019 International Arctic Forum will cover the full range of focuses for the development of the Arctic regions. Experts invited to take part in the forum's sessions and discussions will devote attention to both the current state of affairs and the immediate prospects for using these territories to develop industry, energy, construction, shipping, tourism, education, research, and other sectors. I am certain that the topics raised at this international discussion platform will provide an impetus for the further development of the Arctic and the full use of the enormous opportunities offered by this region," Adviser to the Russian President Anton Kobyakov said.

The forum organizers expect President Vladimir Putin to deliver remarks. "The central event will be the plenary session attended by President Vladimir Putin," reads a statement on the website of the Roscongress Foundation, a non-profit development institution and a major organizer of conference and exhibition events.

At the same time, Presidential Aide Igor Levitin said that representatives of the Indian government and business community should be invited to the forum to discuss the further development of trade and economic relations on the international stage as part of the project to develop the North-South International Transport Corridor.

According to Roscongress, Special Representative of the Russian President for International Cooperation in the Arctic and Antarctica Artur Chilingarov has proposed holding a special session titled Researchers Dialogue on the forum's sidelines to discuss international cooperation on scientific research in the Arctic.

"A Transarctic-19 scientific expedition on the research vessel Akademik Tryoshnikov will be organized during the forum. Plans for the North Pole-41 annual scientific expedition, scheduled to begin in September 2020, will also be presented at the forum. It will involve 23 research institutes from the Russian Academy of Sciences and other agencies. The expedition program provides for implementing over 60 fundamental and applied research projects," Chilingarov noted during the meeting.

The forum's program also includes a meeting of the Industry and Technology Development working group of the State Commission for Arctic Development chaired by Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov.

The final draft of the program with proposals on moderators and speakers should be coordinated by February 15, 2019.