Fyodor Lukyanov Moderated a SPIEF-2021 Session Titled ‘Eurasian Regional Partnership in the Post-Covid Era’
Expoforum, Peterburgskoye highway 64/1, St. Petersburg
List of speakers

What is the potential for interaction between traditional Eurasian partners within the North – South Corridor in free trade, technological cooperation and joint creation of new digital platforms? What can conjugation of national programs for the technological development of the states of the region bring? On June 3, this was discussed within the framework of SPIEF-2021 by the participants of the session “Eurasian Regional Partnership in the Post-Covid Era”, moderated by Fyodor Lukyanov, Research Director of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai International Discussion Club.

In this era of change, tried-and-tested projects that bring countries together are particularly valuable. In the 8th–9th centuries, the Volga trade route connected Western Europe to modern-day Iran. Today, this route is needed more than ever, and with modern capabilities it could be extended to Indian ports. What potential exists for traditional Eurasian partners to cooperate on a North-South corridor, free trade, technology, and new digital platforms? What are the prospects for consolidating national technological development programmes in the region?


  • Anup Wadhawan, Commerce Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of India (online)
  • Hamid Zadboom, Deputy Minister of Industry, Mines and Trade of the Islamic Republic of Iran; Head, Trade Promotion Organization of Iran (TPOI)
  • Kairat Kelimbetov, Governor, Astana International Financial Center
  • Shahin Mustafayev, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan
  • Veronika Nikishina, General Director, Russian Export Center
  • Alexey Overchuk, Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation
  • Andrey Slepnev, Member of the Board, Minister in Charge of Trade, Eurasian Economic Commission


  • Fyodor Lukyanov, Research Director, Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club; Chief Editor, Russia in Global Affairs Journal
A video of the discussion can be seen here.