German Delegation Visited Yekaterinburg
Yekaterinburg was visited on February 16-18 by a delegation of the Department for Economic Assistance of the Federal Land of Saxony (Germany). The purpose of the visit is to resume cooperation with the Sverdlovsk region and prepare for the international industrial exhibition INNOPROM-2022. The delegation included Lutz Reinhardt, official representative of the Saxon Economics Department in Russia and the CIS, and Yulia Linevich, project manager. Cooperation between the two regions has a long history. However, after 2012 economic and business ties between the Urals and Saxony weakened due to political problems, sanctions and the coronavirus pandemic. Currently, ten years later, the federal land of Saxony is once again prepared to develop economic and commercial ties and catch up on lost opportunities. As part of a two-day visit, guests from Saxony held meetings with the Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation in Yekaterinburg Alexander Kharlov, Deputy Minister International and Foreign Economic Relations Lyudmila Berg, Director of Investment Promotion Agency of the Sverdlovsk Region Mikhail Vasiliev. The delegation visited industrial enterprises of the Urals to search for potential partners. Representatives of Germany visited LLC "Silur" (Aramil), "Pervouralsk auto-aggregate plant" and "Ural locomotives". According to Lutz Reinhardt, Saxony is interested in cooperation with the Ural industrial enterprises. During the meeting at Silur LLC, the main areas for effective cooperation were outlined: the development of engineering projects, the supply of raw materials, as well as the adoption of German quality standards. The top management of Pervouralsk Auto-Aggregate Plant proposed to develop cooperation to improve the skills of the company's employees in order to comply with German quality standards and for investment support. Representatives of Ural Locomotives presented many years of experience with key German companies and discussed the development of partnerships with Germany. Vice-President of the Ural Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mikhail Kozlov at a meeting with German partners noted that industry is the basis of the region's economy. Despite the different political courses of Russia and the EU, cooperation and business ties between the Urals and German enterprises were practically not interrupted. I am sure that as the epidemiological situation in the world stabilizes and exhibition activities resume, Saxony and the Urals have great potential for the implementation of joint projects,” Mikhail Kozlov emphasized.
Lipetsk Entrepreneurs Discussed Cooperation with the Kingdom of Belgium
In Lipetsk, on February 16, at My Business Сenter, a meeting was held between leading small and medium-sized business entrepreneurs and the economic and trade attache of the Walloon region and the Brussels-Capital Region of the Kingdom of Belgium in Moscow, Gerard Segers. In his opening remarks, Anatoly Goltsov, President of the Lipetsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry, emphasized the importance of the meeting for the development of economic ties between the region's leading small and medium businesses and Belgian colleagues. In his speech, Mr. Goltsov spoke about the activities of the My Business Center and the Union "Lipetsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry", which serve as a link for the development of cooperation between the Lipetsk region and Belgium. Gerard Seghers stressed that the purpose of his work in Russia is to build bridges between entrepreneurs. And if big business is doing it successfully, then small and medium-sized businesses have certain concerns about the demand for their products in the Western market. But it is precisely such structures as the Trade Representation of the Regions of Belgium and the "My Business" center that help to remove possible fears and concerns about entering foreign markets and find reliable partners in both countries. Dmitry Stepanov, Deputy Head of the Export Support Center of the Lipetsk Region, noted that last year Lipetsk small and medium-sized enterprises supplied their products to 43 countries of the world and expressed hope for a return visit of regional exporters to Belgium after the removal of COVID restrictions. Director of Metal Trade company Stanislav Kamenetsky said that his company already supplies its products to the EU countries and is ready to build its own plant in Belgium. Representatives of other Lipetsk organizations present at the meeting spoke about plans for the development of trade relations and expressed their desire to find partners in Belgium. As a result of the meeting, an agreement was reached on organizing a business mission of Lipetsk enterprises to Belgium in order to study the Western market and the possibility of concluding export contracts. Chamber Press Service on the Basis of Information from Lipetsk
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Tula Proposes to Build Up an Online Platform for Contacts with Turkish Enterprises
President of the Tula Chamber of Commerce and Industry Union, Andrey Shestakov, suggested using the online platform developed by the chamber to conduct online business missions for Tula and Turkish enterprises. He announced this on February 17 during a working meeting with representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the city of Bursa (Republic of Turkey), organized by video conference by the government of the Tula region. The Tula Quality exhibition has been held on the basis of this platform for the third year in a row. Issues of development of foreign economic cooperation between the two regions were discussed at the meeting. The presentation of the investment potential was made by the Minister of Economic Development of the Tula Region Pavel Tatarenko, Deputy General Director of JSC "Regional Corporation for Development and Support of the Tula Region" Ivan Manaev, representatives of the company "Haveil Motor Manufacturing Rus". Trade Representative of Russia in Turkey Aidar Gashigullin and member of the Board of Directors of the Bursa Chamber of Commerce and Industry Yuksel Tashdemir spoke about the most interesting areas of cooperation. It was noted that cooperation in the production of auto components and the development of agriculture could become especially promising. The meeting participants agreed to organize a business mission of Turkish enterprises in Tula at the end of May, timed to coincide with the meeting of the Russian-Turkish working group on industry. Chamber Press Service on the Basis of Information of Tula Chamber of Commerce and Industry