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    Sergey Katyrin: Congress and Exhibition Activities Maintain a Special Place in the Economy

    On December 1, a meeting was held at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry to discuss support of congress and exhibition activities as a tool to accelerate socio-economic development and increase the investment attractiveness of Russian regions.   The meeting was attended by the President of the Chamber Sergey Katyrin, the Chairman of the Chamber’s  Committee on Exhibition, Fair and Congress Activities, the General Director of Expocentre AO Alexey Vyalkin and the Director of the Chamber Regional Development Department Ilya Zubkov.   The meeting was chaired by Tatiana Polidi, Chairman of the Commission, Executive Director of the Institute for Urban Economics Foundation.   In his report, Sergey Katyrin dwelled on topical issues of the development of the congress and exhibition industry in Russia, its significance and objectives. According to him, as a result of the stagnation of congress and exhibition activities from 2019 to the present day due to the pandemic, about 70% of companies suffered significant losses, 10% of companies ceased operations, 64% of companies cut jobs.   The activity of the industry literally stopped in 2020, a number of exhibition complexes were reformatted into COVID hospitals, the head of the Chamber  emphasized.   According to the Head of the Сhamber, congress and exhibition activities occupy a special place in the Russian economy. In the current environment, despite the pandemic, this is a unique mechanism that helps in promoting regions, their products and manufacturers in domestic and foreign markets, attracting direct investment, and developing international economic cooperation.   According to industry representatives, the question arose on its actual survival. However, thanks to the common efforts and attention from the state, the activity of organizing exhibitions was recognized by the Government of the Russian Federation as one of the most affected areas of the economy, which determined the extension of a number of support measures to exhibition organizers and allowed them to “stay afloat”, but, unfortunately, we must admit, not everyone, said Sergey Katyrin.   At the same time, the underdevelopment of specialized infrastructure in the regions remains the most important factor limiting the development of the industry. There are some successful examples of the implementation of investment projects, the experience of which can be used.   In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of regional convention and exhibition centers - since 2010, 12 new venues with a total exhibition area of ​​about 300 thousand m2 have been commissioned in Russia. And although the provision of the regions with specialized areas is insufficient, but for obvious reasons, one should not expect a sharp increase in the construction of new exhibition complexes in the near future, in the next five years the growth of indoor exhibition areas will reach 7-10%, the head of the Chamber noted.   There are some successful examples of the implementation of investment projects/ For example, the Investment Council of the Republic of Tatarstan has allocated a new land plot with an area of ​​3 hectares for the construction of a new complex "Expo-Kama" in Naberezhnye Chelny. In Samara, a project is being considered for the construction of a congress hall with an area of ​​over 37,000 sq. M. Sergey Katyrin urged the Commission to support the initiatives of the Chamber and the exhibition community for the early adoption of the Strategy for the Development of Exhibition and Congress Activities until 2030 and the Federal Law "On Exhibition, Fair and Congress Activities", which will serve to further develop the industry and systematize core processes.   After a short discussion, the results of the meeting were summed up by the moderator, who announced new meetings and the preparation of the Commission's work plans for 2022. Press Service of the Chamber

    President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Met with the Ambassador of Iran

    The Chamber hosted a meeting between the President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Sergei Katyrin and the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Russian Federation, Kazem Jalili. The meeting was attended by Vice President of the Chamber Vladimir Padalko, Director of the Center for Mass Media Relations Alexander Shkirando, Chairman of the Russian-Iranian Business Council (RIDS) Vladimir Obydenov, Honorary Representative of the Chamber in Iran Alexander Maksimov. Sergey Katyrin noted a positive trend in trade cooperation between the two countries. So, according to the results of 9 months of 2021, the growth of trade turnover amounted to more than 40% compared to the same period last year. “This is not the limit, we have the opportunity to further increase the volume of trade between our countries,” said the President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Kazem Jalili confirmed a positive trend in the development of trade between the two countries. According to statistics from the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation, for 9 months of 2021, the volume of exports from Russia to Iran increased by 113%, and from Iran to the Russian Federation - by 28%. At the same time, the ambassador emphasized, this year Iran deliberately changed the format of purchases of an important import commodity - grain, focusing on its purchases from the Russian Federation. As a result, Iran became the largest grain importer from Russia, ahead of Turkey and Egypt. The key topic at the meeting was the development of interregional cooperation between the two countries. Kazem Jalili stressed that contacts between Iranian provinces and Russian regions are actively developing now. Trade turnover with some of them has already exceeded the indicators of a number of countries with which Iran interacts. As a logical continuation, the Ambassador suggested holding a trade forum for Russian and Iranian entrepreneurs in 2022, the venue of which could be Tehran. Another important event next year may be the holding of the Second Specialized Eurasian Exhibition. The first was successfully carried out in Tehran. According to Kazem Jalili, it would be reasonable to hold the second forum in Moscow, on the territory of the Expocentre. Sergey Katyrin pointed out that the Chamber fully supports the development of interregional cooperation. “The most important task for us is to create opportunities for Russian regions to cooperate with regions of other countries, in this case, Iran. It is at this level that the closest and most effective contacts are created,” the President stressed. He supported the idea of ​​holding both a bilateral trade forum and an exhibition in the EAEU format. But at the same time, it is important to work out their content and topics so that they are effective for the business of the two countries, concluded the President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Kazem Jalili also raised several issues of concern to the Iranian side. First, the Republic is worried about the introduction by Russia of an export duty on grain, which reduces the possibility of its purchases in our country. The ambassador proposed to consider the possibility of making an exception for Iran on export duties, given that the Republic has signed an agreement within the EAEU on preferential tariffs. Secondly, Iran faced the problems of transit of its export cargo through the territory of Azerbaijan.   On the first problem, Sergei Katyrin made it clear: the introduction of export duties by Russia is made at the highest level and this decision is only related to the food security of the country. At the same time, the discussion of the exemption of duties for Iran is an issue that can only be resolved at the state level. The second problem was commented on by Vladimir Obydenov. He confirmed that problems for Iranian goods exist precisely during transit through the territory of Azerbaijan. The Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation does not create any obstacles for them. Considering that since mid-November the flow of goods to the Russian Federation from Iran has seriously increased, the Russian-Iranian Business Council quickly began to develop alternative supply routes. The first - through Armenia to the Georgian port of Poti, and then by ferries to Novorossiysk, the second - through Turkey to the port of Samsun, and then by ferries to the port of Kavkaz (Krasnodar Kray). The third route, stressed Vladimir Obydenov, is the most realistic - from Iranian ports in the north of the country along the Caspian Sea by ferries to Makhachkala. At the same time, Dagestan has already confirmed its readiness to promptly accept perishable goods from Iran. At the end of the meeting, Sergei Katyrin noted that it was possible to discuss a number of topical topics and issues. They clearly show that Russia and Iran are interested in the further development of cooperation. The level of interaction is dense and dynamic, several joint events are planned for 2022, the implementation of which will benefit and benefit both countries. Press Service of the Chamber  

    The President of the Chamber Met with the Ambassador of Ecuador

    The Chamber hosted a meeting between the President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Sergei Katyrin and the appointed Ambassador of Ecuador to Russia Juan Fernando Holguin Flores. The meeting was attended by the vice-president of the Chamber Vladimir Padalko and the head of the Trade Representation of Ecuador in Russia Ricardo Falla Leon. Sergey Katyrin noted that it is through the Embassy that the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation is closely working with the business of Ecuador. No doubt this practice will continue. “Russia and Ecuador have great potential in the development of economic cooperation. Despite the fact that this year the trade turnover between the countries increased by more than 20% compared to 2020, the potential of relations is far from being exhausted. With certain efforts, it can grow quite seriously,” stressed the head of the Chamber. Sergey Katyrin has identified a number of priority tasks for enhancing further cooperation. First, it is worth focusing on the information sphere. The Chamber is interested for Russian entrepreneurs to learn more about Ecuador, the conditions for doing business in the country, investment projects that are planned to be implemented with the involvement of foreign investors, in this case, Russian. Secondly, Sergey Katyrin drew attention to the calendar of exhibitions held by a subsidiary of the Chamber - the largest exhibition company AO Expocentre. About 100 international exhibitions are held on its territory every year. Ambassador Juan Fernando Holguin Flores said that one of the key tasks set before him by the President of Ecuador is the further strengthening of trade relations between our countries, as well as the development of investment cooperation. Trade ties with Russia are very important for Ecuador. For example, the Russian Federation is the main market for the export of bananas. The presence of Ecuadorian products in the Russian flower market is significant. About 60% of roses in Russia come from Ecuador. Also, a quarter of the shrimp market in the Russian Federation is of Ecuadorian origin. Juan Fernando Holguin Flores added that a number of visits (at the highest and highest level) to the Russian Federation are being prepared. In April 2022, Minister of Foreign Trade, Production and Fisheries Julio Jose Prado plans to visit Russia with a delegation of Ecuadorian entrepreneurs. Ambassador informed that President of the Republic of Ecuador Guillermo Lasso expressed an interest in visiting Russia. He plans to come with an even larger delegation of businessmen. The approximate date of the visit of the head of state is late April - early May 2022.   Chamber Press Office