Global challenges require more effective cooperation of ‘think tanks’, Azerbaijani top official says (UPDATE)

Global challenges require more effective cooperation of ‘think tanks’, Azerbaijani top official says (UPDATE)

Details added (the first version was posted at 11:54)

Azerbaijan, Baku, March 2 / Trend, M.Aliyev /

Challenges now facing the international community, require more effective cooperation of "think tanks", giving its recommendations to political elite, and in decision-making, head of the Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Ramiz Mehdiyev said at the opening of the Third Forum of the OIC member countries' "Think Tanks" on the topic "Changes and transformations in the countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation".

He said this cooperation makes it possible to make forward-looking measures to take over the strategic initiative.

"In terms of composition, impact and number of experts participating in Baku, the Forum may be called as an international dialogue engaged in seeking not only a common response to existing challenges of the OIC member countries, but also partners in the global space as a whole," he added.

Potential and valuable experience of the Forum participants, representing many countries, will create an opportunity for effective exchange of views on the challenges that we face today, for intensive cooperation, Mehdiyev believes.

In his speech, he also spoke about Azerbaijan's achievements and its development. Mehdiyev said Azerbaijan plans to double its gross domestic product in the next 10 years.

Azerbaijan broadly and comprehensively develops its economy, eliminating dependence on oil, Mehdiyev said. Speaking about the reforms in education, he underscored that today, many representative of Azerbaijani youth study abroad and after returning they contribute to Azerbaijan's development.

Azerbaijan acts as a bridge in the intercultural dialogue among different peoples, Mehdiyev said.

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