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 years summit is holding online, and on the panel headlined ’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 the 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 genuinely believe that we will have conclusions within the panels, which should help overcome the world’s challenges.

This Summit’s topic is the world after the Coronavirus and new power balances in globalization, respect, and governance. To think about humanity’s future after the coronavirus pandemic, we should first face the present and 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 apparent, 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 worldwide level. We need a strong and unified World Health Organization to overcome 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 also need these international organizations to help us fight against poverty, climate change, human rights, the affirmation of democracy, peace, and security – basically, for every value of our lives.

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

When it comes to Montenegro, we followed the World Health Organization’s recommendations from the 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. Our country has provided very successful cooperation with various countries and organizations in fighting the virus throughout this body. The EU, China, the United States, Turkey are among the partner countries and organizations that helped us overcome the virus’ negative impacts.

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 many 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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