The Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry sees its main task in maintaining opportunities for dialogue and continuing cooperation with all countries. This was stated by the President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation Sergey Katyrin on April 11 during a meeting with the President of the consulting company "Schneider Group" (Germany), Chairman of the Board of the business initiative "Lisbon-Vladivostok" Ulf Schneider.
“Regardless of the difficult context of the current international situation, the most important thing for the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is to maintain partnerships with foreign colleagues,” said the President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. "We consider it our professional duty to continue to work in the interests of a business that has found itself in a very difficult situation."
The meeting discussed a business initiative founded in 2015 to create a common economic space from Lisbon to Vladivostok, chaired by Ulf Schneider. According to the parties, this concept remains relevant, despite the current geopolitical situation.
Sergey Katyrin said that he held separate meetings with the Association of European Businesses, the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia, the European Chamber, and a number of other foreign business associations. The President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation noted that all colleagues have an understanding of the need not to lose the contacts developed over the years and to preserve the accumulated baggage of cooperation.
In this regard, Ulf Schneider noted that the majority of Schneider Group's client companies are not interested in leaving the Russian market, and only a few of them have put their business on pause.
During the meeting, an exchange of views took place on the situation created for Russian and foreign entrepreneurs, and the work of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry to support business. The head of the Russian Chamber, in particular, in response to a request from Ulf Schneider, commented on a number of legislative initiatives and proposals circulating in the media that are of the greatest concern to foreign businesses.
Lisbon-Vladivostok Initiative: In 2015, an initiative was born in European business circles to progressively create a common economic space that would unite the territories of the European Union (EU) and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). The foundation of the Initiative is the need of the business community for economic integration and expansion of economic interaction in the Eurasian space.