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Vector of partnership development – Asia

June 25, the Delegation of the Industrial and Investment Concern «Vel» was held a business reception «Vector of partnership development – Asia», dedicated to the Eastern Economic Forum. The event was organized by the International club «Business Partnership» and the Russian-Asian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.

Opening the meeting, Chairman of club «Business Partnership» Olga Irzun noted:

The topic of the meeting «Vector of partnership development – Asia» is highly relevant. To date, the development of cooperation with the APEC countries, particularly with China, is one of the key directions of foreign trade activities of the Russian Government. Over the past four years, China tops the list of Russia's trading partners. What opportunities open up with the development of business relations with China is to be discussed today. We will discuss the issues of interregional cooperation programs and business missions offered by our club, the Russian-Asian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and our business partner – Wirtschaftsclub Russland e.V. (Germany).

In her speech, the 1st Vice-President of RAUIE Margarita Fedotova told about the work programs of the Russian-Asian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs on the development of a wide range of business relations with the Asia-Pacific Region (APR), and in particular, with a global partner – China. In the past eight years, Russia has increased its exports of raw materials and hydrocarbons, machinery and equipment imports from China. But soon the structure of exports of Russia and China will change. Due to the nature of demand, China will increase the volume of supplies of food, air and mechanical engineering products. That is why special interest will be the International Exhibition of organic food (IOF-2015), which will be held in September in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China – said Margarita Fedotova.

Speaking at the meeting, Minister Plenipotentiary, Counsellor for Economic and Commercial Affairs of the Embassy of China in the Russian Federation, Mr. Zhang Di told about results of trade and economic cooperation between Russia and China in the first half of 2015. China has traditionally been a strategic partner of Russia. Zhang Di said that the structure of export-import relations between our countries has not changed over many years. China's main interest in Russia are natural resources – oil, gas, coal, wood. Russia also imports consumer goods, mechanical engineering and electronics. Longtime friendships and obvious economic complementarity contribute to the dynamic development of business relations and possibly expand their range.

Member of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Oksana Belokon told about the activities of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation for International Cooperation with the countries of the Asian region. She noted that an important role plays the promotion of Youth Forums. The I International Youth Forum «Smart Gold of Eurasia» will be held in the Republic of Tuva 18-21 September 2015 under the auspices of the Russian Geographical Society and supervised by the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs, as well as the Ural State Economic University. It is expected that in the second half of September more than 600 guests from various entities of Russia and Asian countries will come to participate in the grand event in Kyzyl. In addition, Oksana Belokon told the audience about the upcoming Eurasian Women's forum in St. Petersburg.

It is assumed that in a forum entitled «Women in a modern world: new horizons of cooperation» will take part the chairman of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko. The main topics will be:

Women and Power: the agenda for sustainable development of the world;
Women in a changing economy: new opportunities and challenges;
Women in the formation of a global strategy for better health;
The mission of women in the modern world: the charity and humanitarian projects.

Oksana invited women leaders to participate in a forum and to share their experience in the development of modern society, in addressing social issues such as education, health preservation, protection of the family, motherhood and childhood.

Artem Sohikyan, Deputy Director of the Department of direct investments, support for exports and foreign trade activities of Minvostokrazvitiya programs told about the development of investment cooperation with the countries of Asia, the specifics are formed in the Far East territories of priority development. Much attention was paid to the report of the first program in the Russian Eastern Economic Forum, which is a unique expert platform for constructive dialogue between the authorities, the international investment community, business in Russia and Asia-Pacific countries. The new communication platform will give an idea about the new features macro, ongoing and promising investment projects, as well as demonstrate the diversity and characteristics of the cultures and traditions of the peoples of the Russian Far East, said Artem Sohikyan.

It is expected that the presentation of the opportunities and needs of the Far Eastern lands will take place at sectoral and conceptual areas that should provide the most efficient and rapid decisions on the different projects. The main task - to fully inform potential investors and assist in the formation of the finished portfolio for their offerings.

Olga Bulatova, head of business department OOO «Pepeliaev Group» shared with the participants of the meeting the legal niceties of relations with Asia investors and gave to entrepreneurs who plan to conclude their business in the East a number of valuable suggestions (more).

Then, there was presented a program of the next business missions to Russia's regions and provinces of China.

Julia Peskovskaya, Representative of the Head of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) in Moscow told about the «Diamond Week» in Yakutia (Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Russia), which takes place this year from August 31 to September 6.

Chairman of club «Business Partnership» Olga Irzun shared her experience in previous business missions to the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

Margarita Fedotova, senior vice president of the Asian-Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, provided information about the organization of business participation in the international exhibition of organic food (IOF-2015, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China).

Member of the Board Wirtschaftsclub Russland Uwe Leuschner talked about the project «Silk Road» and invited all interested to join the project (more).

During the meeting was signed an agreement on cooperation between the International club «Business Partnership» and the Russian-Asian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.

After a short concert of the winner of international competitions Maxim Puryzhinsky guests moved to the informal dialogue at the reception.

The meeting ended in a warm and friendly atmosphere. The guests exchanged contacts and discussed future plans and possible joint projects.