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October 4, 2012
Crimea - III International Black Sea Economic Forum
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The Black Sea Economic Forum is a high-level continuous platform for dialogue among leading government and business stakeholders of the Black Sea region organized under the auspices of President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych by the Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

The Forum contributes to investment attractiveness, economic growth and competitiveness of the Black Sea region overall and Crimea in particular.

The Forum was held on Осtober 4-5 in Yalta and has brought together over 200 state officials, experts and business leaders from 21 countries including Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, the USA, etc.

Hosted by the Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the III International Black Sea Economic Forum took place on October 4-5, 2012. Venue was the historic Livadia Palace in Yalta (Crimea, Ukraine), where Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin met in February 1945 and it is considered to be the start of the Cold War.  The topic of the Forum was “Reinforcing Competitiveness of the Black Sea Region: Joint Efforts and Projects”.

More than 120 high-ranking guests from around the world discussed projects and actions aimed to increase the level of competitiveness of the Black Sea Region. The agenda covered a wide range of important topics, e.g. effective trade, transport industry and export-import operations in the region; investment policy and strategic points of growth; energy efficiency and energy saving policy; mechanisms to attract investment flows into the agricultural sector; attractiveness and competitiveness of the tourism sector. Additionally, the Forum was also a good opportunity to discuss crucial questions of regional economic development and creation of effective partnerships.

                                        Source: Association of European Border Regions
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