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17 июня 2009 22:49
The leaders of the SCO and BRIC, visited in those days the capital of the Urals, praised the level of the summits, and also thanked the organizers and the citizens for their hospitality.
As the IPA informs, the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, speaking at a meeting of the Council of Heads of SCO Member States with its enlarged complement, pointed out that he enjoyed being at the SCO summit in Ekaterinburg, as well as seeing warmth and hospitality, done by the organizers of the SCO summit.
Virtually all forum participants expressed their gratitude for the excellent organization of the SCO summit and BRIC in Ekaterinburg. In particular, the Chairman of People's Republic of China Hu Tszintao, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, the Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, the Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon, the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov, the first Vice Prime Minister of Mongolia Norovyn Altanhuyag, the President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari. The latter also said that Ekaterinburg is the center of scientific, cultural activities, and Pakistan would like to develop closer mutually beneficial links with the region.
It's noteworthy that for the summits of SCO and BRIC, the authorities and residents of Ekaterinburg with the assistance of federal and provincial authorities were preparing for about two years. In the first half of 2008, the Head of Ekaterinburg Arkady Chernetsky signed a resolution «On approval of a plan of actions for the preparation of infrastructure, buildings, installations, lighting facades; for improvement the road system in order to create conditions for holding a meeting of the Council of Heads of SCO Member States», which identified key range of necessary work.
During this time, there was realized serious work on the improvement of roads, streets, parks and gardens, the reconstruction of many buildings, including Sevastyanov's House, where the meeting of «quartet» BRIC took place; a number of new hotels, including the «Hyatt Regency», and significantly renewed airport «Koltsovo». All these efforts allowed holding two international summits on a very high level. And it was also emphasized by the guests of the Forum.
In addition, the current level of Ekaterinburg prepared will allow federal authorities to use the city for major events at international level and continue to do so. This in particular was mentioned by the Assistant to the President of Russia Arkady Dvorkovich at a press conference on Tuesday.
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