Russia calls to intensify regional, tourism, sport, youth and other exchanges at APEC, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in the article ‘APEC: The Relationship of Genuine Collectivism and Effective Interdependence’ released by APEC countries’ media outlets on Wednesday.

“Our country supports the APEC efforts to develop human capital,” Lavrov said. “We attach priority to this area of joint efforts aimed at strengthening regional connectivity.”

“A favorable environment for the full realization of each person’s creative abilities is an indispensable precondition for successful social and economic progress,” he said. “In this context, improvement of higher and secondary technical education systems, which are key for training a highly skilled workforce, is of particular importance. In this field we also propose to focus to the maximum on implementing innovations, including the use of e-education potential.”

“Cooperation with a view to converging and in the long run unifying the education standards in the APEC region is no less significant,” Lavrov said. “We are ready to collectively explore opportunities for enhancing trans-boundary mobility of students, professors, and researchers.”

According to the Russian foreign minister, Russia will “continue the practice of conducting annually the APEC Conference on Cooperation in Higher Education at the premises of the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) in Vladivostok.”

“We are confident that FEFU will become one of the leading centers of international scientific and educational communication in the APEC region,” he assured.

“Russia is determined to deepen regional interrelationships in other aspects of the inter-human dimension as well. We fully support intensified regional, tourist, sport, youth, cultural and other exchanges, including through utilizing the transport potential of our country,” Lavrov said in the article.