May 22-23, 2015 the First International congress of political consultants “Main tendencies of local elections 2015 in Ukraine” came off. The initiator of the event was Association of Professional Political Consultants (АРРС) which operates under the same principles as European Association of Political Consultants (ЕАРС) and International Association of Political Consultants (IAPC).
Around 70 participants from different countries have participated in the Congress. There were representatives from Ukraine, Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Finland and France among them. They are experienced political consultants, politicians, sociologists, political psychologists and PR experts. All of them perceived multiple election campaigns at different levels. The Congress was moderated in the form of discussion panels. Each participant was able to ask questions and pass the opinion.
Three presidents of Associations of Political Consultants have participated in the Congress at once.
Mr. Ilkka Ahtokivi – President of International Association of Political Consultants (IAPC) and member of European Association of Political Consultants (ЕАРС) – have visited Ukraine for the first time. Mr. Ahtokivi pointed out that he was positively surprised with professional level of Ukrainian specialists, who are committed to election processes, as well as willingness of Ukrainians to transparency and democratization of election processes.
The speech of Mr. Necati Özkan, President of European Association of Political Consultants (ЕАРС), has been very useful and interesting for the specialists. As one of the best specialists in the world in media and PR technologies, Mr. Necati Özkan, by the example TV reel produced by his company, has demonstrated how to fight corruption in the government, deliver messages to the society about people to be elected. This is the very important example for the Ukraine, especially before the local elections.
Mr. Igor Mintusov – President of Russian Association of Political Consultants (RAPC) was also one of the speakers on the Congress. Mr. Mintusov is frequent guest in Ukraine due to his democratic opinion about political and election processes. He has wide experience, which he is happy to share with Ukrainian colleagues.
The young politician Irakliy Gonti has amazed the audience with candidness, perseverance and his professional level, as well as traditional Georgian emotionality. He is the Head of «Reformatory» party and he is supported by his motherland.
There were also reports by former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yuri Ekhanurov, as well as by outstanding Ukrainian political technologists and sociologists such as Victor Nebozhenko, Oleg Nadosha, Vadim Karasyov, Vladimir Paniotti, Victor Rybachenko, Vyacheslav Pikhovshek and Stepan Gavrish. Their assessment of political and economical processes in Ukraine is a good advice to political consultants and political technologists for upcoming local elections.
There were many practical specialists from Ukraine, Russia and France among participants.
During two days, participates have been shared practical experience of past election campaigns and discussed trends of the next local election.
As it was pointed out by the President of Association of political consultant of Ukraine (APPC) Anna Tenetko, establishment of Association and holding of the Congress would help to stabilize the market, increase professional level, set up transparency and democratization for election campaigns.
Association of Professional Political Consultants expresses gratitude for support in holding of the First International Congress of political consultants to the company «PR-rete» and European Association of Political Consultants (ЕАРС).
The second International Congress of political consultants is planned to be hold in May 2016 in Kiev.