The Council of Heads of the Representations of Russian regions to the President and the Government of the Russian Federation

The first joint meeting of the Club of Heads of trade-economic missions and the Council of Heads of the Representations of Russian regions to the President of the Russian Federation was held at Expocentre

 

The first joint meeting of the Club of Heads of trade-economic missions and the Council of Heads of the Representations of Russian regions to the President and the Government of the Russian Federation was held on June 18, 2019 at Expocentre. The meeting was held within the framework of the International Commodity Fair and was devoted to the promotion of non-primary exports and imports. 

 

At the official opening ceremony of the International exhibition of consumer goods International Commodity Fair 2019, The Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Republic of Komi -Permanent Representative of the Republic of Komi to the President of the Russian Federation Grigory Sarishvili made a welcoming speech, in which he thanked all the organizers of such a large-scale event and addressed the representatives of the regions with the wish to participate even more actively in such exhibitions to demonstrate the investment opportunities of the region, establish and develop mutually beneficial cooperation.

 

After the traditional procedure of cutting the red ribbon, which gave an official start to the exhibition, a meeting of the Club of Heads of trade-economic missions and the Council of Heads of the Representations of Russian regions to the President of the Russian Federation began.

 

 

More than 60 representatives of the regions of the Russian Federation, about 70 trade representatives of foreign countries, as well as members of organizations and public services responsible for the development of export-import relations, representing the interests of the business community and providing support to entrepreneurs,  attended this meeting. 

Among them there were delegates from the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation and Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Russian Export Center (REC), Moscow Export Center (MEC), the Federal Customs Service, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Komi, Chairman of the Council, Vice-President of the Club Grigory Sarishvili, who introduced the members of the Presidium of the meeting in his opening speech. They were: Tatiana Voronova – Vice-rector for Academic affairs, HR Development and Property Complex of the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Vice-President of the Club of Heads of trade-economic missions, Xu Jinli – General Representative of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade in Russia and CIS countries, Konstantin Ivanenko – Deputy Head of the Department of regional industrial policy of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation. The latter told about the prospects for the development of Russian non-primary exports, as well as new mechanisms of state support in this field. He drew attention to the peculiarities of interaction between investors and regions, especially the preferences existing in the regions in terms of taxation. REC and MEC representatives raised the issue of available programs of state support of export orientation in their speeches. Employees of the expert centres Alexander Stadnik and Mushegh Aidinyan told about various services offered by the organizations in terms of development and promotion of export business. Valery Scherbakov, Head of the Department of interaction with customs administrations of foreign countries, spoke on behalf of the Federal Customs Service. He focused on the goals and objectives of joint work with foreign customs authorities aimed at simplifying customs procedures for bona fide companies, combating violations of customs legislation, exchanging information on the goods supply and customs value. He also spoke about the advantages of the AEO status (Authorized Economic Operator) in the international space. Denis Mazurin, Business Development Director of RZD Logistics, continued the topic of logistics and technology of delivery of goods from the manufacturer to the consumer. He showed the audience an informative presentation on the features and benefits of container transport.

Investment attractiveness and favorable investment climate of the Russian regions were presented on the example of the special economic conditions for doing business in the Kaliningrad region, the high level of the industrial complex development and support from the government of the Sverdlovsk region, as well as on the example of one of the leaders of the national rating of the investment climate – the Republic of Tatarstan, which is also focused on the development of non-primary exports. Olga Stepchenko (Kaliningrad region), Insaf Galiev (Republic of Tatarstan), Ilya Stain (Sverdlovsk region) made presentations on the issue raised.

A member of the Chinese delegation, Chairman of the Municipal Committee of the city Gaoyou Xu Yunchao, showed the audience a documentary film describing all the historical, economic features of this city, as well as the tourist attractiveness of the area.

Thomas Spatzir, Deputy Trade Council of the Austrian Embassy, was another representative of the foreign country. He highlighted the successful and promising development of export-import relations with many regions of Russia, including the Republic of Komi.

 

The final speech was made by the moderator of the meeting Grigory Sarishvili, in which he announced the establishment of an Autonomous non-commercial organization, the International Council for Economic Cooperation of the Regions in order to formalize the work of the Club of Heads of trade-economic missions and the Council of Heads of the Representations of Russian regions. The goal of the new organization is to develop interregional and international cooperation in various fields, to assist in the formation of integrated solutions for the localization of production of foreign companies in the regions of the Russian Federation, to promote intercultural communication.

 

At the end of the official part, the General Director of the International Council for Economic Cooperation of the Regions, Rinat Golda and the General Representative of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade in Russia and CIS countries, Mr. Xu Jinli signed a Memorandum. 

 

Please, use the following link to see the program of the meeting, presentation materials of the speakers and photos: http://regcouncil.ru/novosti/pervoe-sovmestnoe-zasedanie-kluba-inostrannyh-torgpredov-i-soveta-postoyannyh-predstavitelej-regionov/

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