6DiscoverNEWSEminent Speaker SeriesRussia is an integral part of the APR, and the Asia-Pacific is naturally one of our key foreign policy priorities. Our first priority is an active participation in building the regional architecture of security and cooperation, further Russia’s involvement in the ongoing processes of political and economic cooperation and integration.We intend to closely interact on the international arena, to develop humanitarian ties, to promote contacts between people. We focus our attention on the promotion of trade and economic ties with the APR states. An emphasis is placed on establishing modernization alliances on the basis of innovations in economic sectors with high added value, on collaboration in high technologies, outer activities space and other fields. We invite our partners to carry out large-scale projects in the regions of the Far East and Siberia. There is no doubt that the key foreign policy event in the region for Russia this year will be hosting the APEC summit in Vladivostok and ensuring our presidency of this forum in a highquality and effective manner. We intend to maintain continuity in tackling the issues promoted by the past presidencies as well as fully implement our own priorities. Among them are further liberalization of trade and investment activities and deepening economic integration, cooperation for innovative growth, improvement of transport and logistics systems, strengthening food security.Universiti Brunei Darussalam had the pleasure of welcoming His Excellency Mr Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation on 29 January 2012. Present to welcome His Excellency was Acting Vice Chancellor Associate Professor Dr. Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman.Extract from the speech by H.E. Sergey Iavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation at the UBD on 29 January 2012By Dr. Kathrina DP Hj Mohd Daud & Khairunnisa Hj IbrahimI will pay special attention to the mechanism of East Asian Summits, which we joined in 2010. It is a unique structure that allows key leaders of Asia-Pacific region to discuss strategic issues of its development. In our opinion, the forum is a natural format for developing a holistic concept of transformation of the regional order and establishing a new security architecture in East Asia.We have been consistently advocating the promotion of the central role of ASEAN in the region and consider the Association to be an essential factor for the integration processes evolving here. To deepen relations with ASEAN is among the highest priorities of Russian foreign policy in the APR. Over 15 years of partnership we have established an intensive political dialogue and were actively developing multidimensional cooperation. The Russia-ASEAN summits held in 2005 and 2010 had a strong positive effect on the progress of cooperation. Now a crucial task is to accelerate the development of trade and economic ties. I would like to note that Brunei plays an active part in promoting Russia-ASEAN energy cooperation. Regular Russia-ASEAN Senior Officials Energy Meeting was held in Bandar Seri Begawan in July 2011 and in October the Minister of Energy of your country represented the Association at the International Energy Week in Moscow. I am confident that energy can become one of the most promising spheres of Russia-ASEAN interaction with the assistance of Brunei partners. A number of concrete proposals were put forward be the delegations of the Russian Ministry of Energy and Rosatom during their visit to Brunei last fall.
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