Right after the plenary session, its participants – heads of delegations, head of the region and federal representatives – took part in a press conference in the press centre. Both representatives of local TV and Radio Companies as well as Caspian journalists were present.

The Media Forum itself and its goals, cooperation with the participating countries are among the hottest topics. Alexey Volin, Deputy Minister for Digital Development and Mass Communications, noted that though there is much information about the Caspian region in the media which is the result of the events like this one, it is still quite hard to accomplish the goals and that is why “the Forum is organized again and again.” He also noted that the issues of cooperation in mass media must be resolved not only in Astrakhan but also at other workshops in other countries that are interested in it. Moreover, he answered the questions devoted to digital television transition. Its accessibility is one of the key advantages. If a person buys an equipment for digital televesion at “the price of a carton of cigarettes” every Russian citizen will provide themselves with an absolutely free access to twenty TV-channels. Of course the ability to pay for additional TV-channels will be kept.

Heads of foreign delegations answered the questions on the perspectives of the Media Forum and the following cooperation with Russia. Serik Egizbaev, Representative of Kasakhstan, said that the major goal of international cooperation is “social optimism” which is being successfully created by the participants of the Forum. Iran’s Consul General was asked about the changes of the media in Iran. To answer the question he recounted the innovations which are acquired thanks to international cooperation. Elmir Tofig oglu Velizade, Azerbaijan’s Deputy Minister for Communications and High Technologies, was also asked about the exchanges of experience between our countries. He remembered the historical connection betweeb the neigbouring countries.

Alexander Zhilkin, Governor of the Astrakhan region, announced the launch of a new cruise ship “Peter the Great” for 300 passenger. Journalists from the Caspian states will be the first ones to come aboard.

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