3 Mar 2020 14:24

Yalta International Economic Forum postponed over coronavirus

SIMFEROPOL. March 3 (Interfax) - The administration of Crimea has agreed to postpone the Yalta International Economic Forum (YIEF) due to the global spread of the new coronavirus, Crimean administration head Sergei Aksyonov said on Tuesday.

"The Yalta International Economic Forum, which is traditionally held in April, has been postponed to a later date. I agreed on the matter with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Shakirzyanovich Khusnullin yesterday," Aksyonov said on Facebook.

The forum has been postponed due to the adverse coronavirus situation worldwide, he said.

"I'd like to stress: this is a purely preventative measure. The YIEF is regularly attended by a lot of foreign guests, including guests fr om countries wh ere the new coronavirus has been identified. We apologize to all regular forum participants and to those to whom invitations have been sent. I know that a lot of our partners and friends planned to come," Aksyonov said.

A new date for the opening of the forum has not yet been set, he said. "Let's see how the situation develops," Aksyonov said.

The 6th YIEF was originally scheduled for April 23-25, 2020.

The YIEF is an international annual business event held in Crimea since 2015. In 2019, it was attended by 4,600 participants, including 807 foreign delegates from 89 countries; delegates from France and Syria were treated as guests of honor.

Participants in the 5th YIEF signed 102 documents worth 215 billion rubles.