DOC proposes new infrastructure development initiative ahead of the G20 Summit in Argentina

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Berlin, September 21, 2018: The Dialogue of Civilisations Research Institute, (DOC), unveiled its proposal for the creation of specialized Centers for Infrastructure Development at a high-profile summit uniting experts from twenty nations and preceding the G20 Summit in Argentina. This initiative is based on research DOC has carried out over a number of years into the problems associated with cross-border infrastructure and regional cooperation.

These hubs would be established in target countries among the G20 and internationally and would act as centers for the coordination of the development programs required, says a special policy brief presented in Buenos Aires on September 17. The establishment of such hubs would amplify the efforts applied by the G20’s Global Infrastructure Connectivity Alliance (GICA) in its work with the World Bank and Multilateral Development Banks.

Dr Vladimir Yakunin, Chairman of the Dialogue of Civilisations Research Institute, an independent international think tank, and Jean-Christophe Bas, the CEO of DOC, have taken part in the T20 Summit 2018, where Dr. Yakunin spoke at the ‘Infrastructure for Development & Agenda 2030’ roundtable.

In participating at this high-profile event held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 17 and 18 September, the DOC delegation sought to convey its public policy recommendations to Argentina’s G20 presidency.

The first day of this two-day event kicked off with a keynote conversation between Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki of the Republic of Niger, who is CEO of the Secretariat of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), who previously served as Under-Secretary-General for Management at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

In addition to Dr Vladimir Yakunin, Jose Barbero from the Universidad Nacional de San Martin, Andreas Nick from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, and Gaukha Nurgalieva from the Skolkovo Institute of Emerging Markets Studies took part in the discussion, which was moderated by Pablo Ava from CARI.

Dr Yakunin highlighted the fact that under globalization as we see it today, ‘lack of consideration for factors reflecting inter-civilizational differences has triggered general instability. One of the foundations for the stable development of humanity is its diversity of core values – values that foster harmony between civilizations.’

The first day of the T20 in Buenos Aires saw lively discussion among diverse participants all boasting a wealth of expertise on different aspects of infrastructure and development questions. The day closed with a keynote speech by Jeffrey Sachs.