Today, on November 29, a meeting of the Organizing Committee for the 45th WorldSkills Competition was held in Moscow chaired by Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Tatyana Golikova. The participants of the meeting summed up the results of the past event and discussed the legacy of the WorldSkills Competition.
Opening the meeting, Tatyana Golikova thanked the audience for effective and fruitful cooperation in the organization of the competition. Tatyana Golikova expressed a special gratitude to the Republic of Tatarstan, to the Young Professionals Union, to the team of the WorldSkills Kazan 2019 volunteers. "It is difficult to mention everyone who was involved in this work, and performed it decently," she said.
The event was held on 22-27 August, 2019 with the participation of more than 1,300 contestants from 63 countries and regions who competed in 56 skills. The Competition aroused great interest among the younger generation: more than 46,000 people attanded the venue as part of the Visitor programme and the total number of visitors to the Kazan Expo International Exhibition Centre during the Competition amounted to more than 270,000 people from 88 countries.
Deputy Minister of Education of Russia, Irina Potekhina, reminded that the Kazan Expo International Exhibition Centre, where the Competition, the exhibition and the WorldSkills Conference were held, was built especially for the World Competition, and the Competitors were accommodated at the Universiade Village, which was renovated and updated in the lead-up to WorldSkills Kazan 2019. Almost 4,000 volunteers from 40 countries and 80 territorial entities of Russia were part of the Competition Organizer team. In addition, the Competition became a platform for vocational guidance for schoolchildren. "We believe that the Competition allowed us to consolidate Russia's leading position globally in the field of education development," she said.
President of the Republic of Tatarstan, Rustam Minnikhanov, thanked the management of the country for the support provided in the build-up to the Competition. He recalled the history of preparation for WorldSkills Kazan 2019, which began in 2013, when Kazan was selected as a candidate city for the Competition, and continued in 2015, when, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, it was granted the right to host the event."I want to thank everyone who took part in the preparation and holding of the WorldSkills Competition for their quality work, professionalism and dedication. In Tatarstan, 2019 was declared the Year of Manual Labour Professions. We are also grateful that now we have a modern exhibition complex in Tatarstan. We must preserve the experience that we have and we are ready to help in organizing the upcoming contests in this field," the President of Tatarstan said.
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