October 08, 2020

Former President of Montenegro in the 23rd Eurasian Economic Summit
Former President of Montenegro Filip Vujanović participated on October 8, 2020 in the 23rd Eurasian Economic Summit, organized by the Marmara Foundation from Turkey. This yearÈs summit was held online, and on the panel Contemporary Sagacious People - New Power Balances and Respect and Governance, the former Montenegrin President announced:

Distinguished dr. Suver,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Dear friends,

First of all, I would like to express my utmost respect to Marmara Foundation and its president dr Akkan Suver and to wish the successful realization of this Summit.

Facing the new reality caused by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, I would also like to use this opportunity to point out the importance of various activities that the Marmara Foundation organized in previous months to raise the awareness of fighting the disease.

This forum is a well-known ground for open discussion. I am also convinced that we will have conclusions within the panels, which should be used as a tool for overcoming challenges the world is currently facing.

The topic of this Summit is the world after the Coronavirus and new power balances in globalization, respect, and governance. To think about the future of humanity after the coronavirus pandemic, we should first of all face the present, and to do whatever it takes to overcome this devastating pandemic. Unfortunately, thousands of lives are lost, millions are currently at risk of the pandemic, and we should do our best to save human lives.

The critics towards international organizations are very clear, but the pandemic has undoubtedly shown us that their role in our global society is irreplaceable. We need a strong United Nations to act successfully on a global level. We need a strong and unified World Health Organization in overcoming this pandemic. We need support from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank to help national economies to recover and maintain fiscal stability.

We need also these international organizations to help us fight against poverty, climate changes, human rights, for affirmation of democracy, peace, and security – basically, for every value of our life.

That being said, this is not a good time to promote isolationism and national interests, but for a global partnership for common good. During the last 70 years, we have been building a deeply connected and interdependent global society which should be a guarantor for overall development.

When it comes to Montenegro, we followed the recommendations from the World health organization from the very beginning of the pandemic. To cooperate in all the activities regarding the fight against the virus, the Montenegrin government has founded the National Coordination Body for Communicable Diseases. Throughout this body, our country has provided very successful cooperation with various countries and organizations in fighting the virus. The EU, China, the United States, Turkey are among the partner countries and organizations that helped us in overcoming the negative impacts of the virus.

As has already been said, it is still early to think about the world after the pandemics. But at the same time, I am assured this virus will speed up the reform process in a lot of global organizations.

Once again, we have to give a chance to international solidarity, unity, and cooperation to lead us towards a sustainable future and progress. In the end, no matter how strong our national interests, state economies, and business societies are, the Covid-19 has shown us how necessary and irreplaceable global cooperation is.

Thank you for your attention.

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