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AFROCOM Discussed Opportunities for Russian Business in Ethiopia and Djibouti

    The Russian-Emirates Business Council (REBC) Summed Up the Results of 2021

    In Moscow, at the Library of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Thursday, January 20, a meeting of the Russian-Emirates Business Council dedicated to the results of 2021 was held. The participants of the meeting, which was chaired by the Chairman of the Russian-Emirates Business Council, Chairman of the Management Board of Rosgeo Joint-Stock Company Sergey Gorkov, discussed the tasks and directions of activity for 2022.   The head of the Council noted that the main direction in its activities should be not only communication between businesses, but also the accumulation of solutions for subsequent implementation. Sergey Gorkov called certification of products on the UAE market one of the priority tasks.   In his opening remarks, Alexander Kopkov, Director of the Foreign Relations Department of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, noted that Russia’s trade with the United Arab Emirates continues to grow even despite the pandemic restrictions. In 2020, it reached US$3.3 billion. The “breakthrough” growth of trade turnover is based on a favorable market situation for Russian exports, the basis of which is still products of the fuel and energy complex.   According to Alexander Kopkov, it is about the need for joint efforts to diversify the structure of trade, build up cooperation in other non-resource areas.   In addition to refined products, we can talk about the development of industrial cooperation. IT technologies, medicine, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, robotics, aviation - in these and other areas, Russia also has something to offer, emphasized the Director of the Department of External Relations of the Chamber.   “In our opinion, there are good prospects for increasing food supplies. Emirates imports about 80% of all necessary food. At the same time, in the structure of our exports for 2020, the share of food products amounted to only 8%. Obviously, there are good opportunities for representatives of small and medium-sized businesses,” A. Kopkov emphasized.   Alexei Busev, Executive Director of the Russian-Emirates Business Council, presented a report on REBC activities. He noted that the priority areas of REBC activity are information technology and innovation, investment and finance, food and agro-industrial sector, industry, high technology, oil and gas industry, geological exploration, tourism and hospitality sector. The tasks of the council include promoting the interests of Russian business in the UAE markets, increasing the export of Russian goods and services to the UAE market.   In 2021, 5 industry-specific REBC meetings were held on agriculture and food, IT and innovation, the tourism and hospitality sector, restaurant business, oilfield services and IT. Partnerships have been established between a number of companies and financial centers, business missions have been carried out in the UAE of the Altai Territory, Kirov and Novogorodskaya Oblasts. Conducted business missions in Russia “Week of the Emirate of Sharjah in Russia and the business mission of the industrial zone KIZAD (Abu Dhabi). Round tables and seminars were held on the issues of export and doing business in the UAE in the Arkhangelsk, Tyumen, and Orenburg regions. At the meeting, a presentation of the b2b-market place "Business Navigator-Russia-UAE" was held, which was presented by Yulia Suvorova and CIO of "Rosgeologiya" Pavel Solovyov.   Following the results of the general meeting of members of the Russian-Emirates Business Council, a report on the activities of REBC was approved. Yulia Suvorova, Head of the Project Office of the Office of the Director General of Rosgeo JSC, was approved as the Executive Secretary of the Russian-Emirates Business Council.   By Peter Cheremushkin, Press Service of the Chamber 

    Vice President of the Chamber Hosted the Agricultural Delegation of Iran

    Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation Vladimir Padalko met on Friday, December 24, with a delegation from the Islamic Republic of Iran led by Deputy Minister of Agricultural Jihad Mohammad Mehdi Borumandi.   During the conversation, which had a lively and frank character on the problems of bilateral trade, the sides expressed their readiness to remove the barriers that arise. This, in particular, concerned the restrictions imposed by Rospotrebnadzor on the supply of certain types of agricultural goods from Iran.   “We need to exchange standards and give the regulatory authorities an opportunity to be guided by them and no longer raise this issue,” said Vladimir Padalko. The Iranian representative said that his side is fully prepared for the exchange of standards between supervising bodies.   The opinion was expressed to use more actively the sea route when delivering goods from Iran to Russia.  The Iranian side offered to invest in the construction of a port in Makhachkala (Dagestan), which could receive supplies from Iran. “The shipment of goods by sea should be our priority,” Iranian officials said. They also discussed the obstacles arising during the transit of Iranian goods to Russia through Azerbaijan.    An increase in trade between Russia and Iran was noted, which in January-September amounted to $ 2.9 billion. Agriculture plays an important role in the development of bilateral cooperation, stressed Vladimir Padalko. The deputy minister called Russia a "friendly and neighboring country", relations with which are gaining new development, especially now, when a new cabinet of ministers has come to power in Iran and a new president has been elected. The Iranian official noted the high quality of agricultural products of his country, thanks to the natural conditions.   "The peculiarity of Iran is such a geographical latitude that allows not to use pesticides," the deputy minister said. According to him, the color and taste of the products are at the highest level.   Mohammad Mehdi Borumandi expressed regret over the restrictions imposed by Rospotrebnadzor on the supply of Iranian agricultural products to Russia, primarily red pepper. In this regard, the Iranian representative suggested inviting an inspection, which could check the quality of the manufactured products on the spot.   The deputy minister stressed that the Iranian side is striving to overcome these obstacles as soon as possible, and also expressed interest in Russian investments.   The Iranian side made a proposal to hold a meeting of representatives of the Chambers of Commerce of the two countries, where it would be possible to study the requirements of Russian laws for the supplied products, including vegetables and fruits, and develop a plan for joint trade. In this regard, Vladimir Padalko suggested that such meetings-seminars be devoted to training of Iranian entrepreneurs in the correct execution of customs and other Russian documents, in particular, accompanying certificates.   Speaking at the meeting, Chairman of the Russian-Iranian Business Council Vladimir Obydenov expressed his readiness to participate in solving emerging problems. He noted the contribution of the Council not only to the search for trade partners for business, but also to the growth of trade between the two countries. Vladimir Obydenov expressed the opinion that the only obstacle to the council's activities is the COVID-19 pandemic.   The meeting was attended by deputies of the Iranian Majlis, employees of the Iranian Embassy in Russia.   By Peter Cheremushkin, Press Service of the Chamber

    The Regional Office of the Chamber in ASEAN Opened in Jakarta

    On December 21, at the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta, was opened a regional office of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The presentation of the opening was held by videoconference, which was moderated from Moscow by the Vice President of the  Chamber Vladimir Padalko.   Sergey Katyrin, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, addressed the participants of the video conference with a welcoming speech.   In his address, he called the opening of a representative office of the Chamber in the region a deliberate, verified and timely step that corresponds with the development of the global economy. “The vector of business activity in the world is shifting towards Asia and, at the same time, the economic importance of the top ten countries is growing. It is in Southeast Asia where production, trade, financial-investment and logistics routes intersect, decisions that are significant for the global economics are made,” Sergey Katyrin said.   Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Indonesia Lyudmila Vorobyova, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to ASEAN Alexander Ivanov, Head of the Committee for Relations with Russia and the CIS of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (CADIN) Dadit Ratam also addressed the participants in the opening ceremony.   The participants were addressed by the regional representative of the Chamber in the ASEAN Vitaly Stogov, the trade representative of Russia in Indonesia Sergey Rossomakhov, the director of the department for market integration of the ASEAN Secretariat Le Quang Lan.   The speakers spoke about the development of trade and economic ties between the Russian and business circles of the ASEAN countries, as well as the prospects for interaction with Indonesia. The activity of the Representative Office will be aimed at rendering assistance to the members of the Russian Chamber in the development of relations with foreign partners in the ASEAN countries.   By Peter Cheremushkin, Press Service of the Chamber

    Vice President Padalko: The CIS Chambers Have Proven Their Special Role Over the 30 Years

    "Over the past thirty years, the Chamber of Commerce has retained its function and developed into a powerful structure that provides services to entrepreneurs." This was stated by the vice-president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation Vladimir Padalko, speaking at the meeting of the heads of the chambers of the CIS countries on December 17 on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Commonwealth of Independent States and the chairmanship of the Republic of Belarus in the CIS.   “It is gratifying to note our unity,” said the Vice President of the Chamber, addressing the conference participants via video communication.   In general, the statistics showed the resilience of the CIS economies to external shocks. The volume of trade in the Commonwealth increased by almost 27 percent in the first half of the year. In the first nine months of this year, trade between Russia and the CIS countries amounted to 67.6 billion US dollars and increased by 28 percent.   Vladimir Padalko called on the heads of the chambers of commerce and industry of the CIS countries to establish closer cooperation in the International Federation of Chambers of Commerce and work in this organization all together. He also asked to support Russia's application for holding the EXPO-2030 exhibition in Moscow.   The vice-president of the Russian Chamber noted the increasing role of Business Councils in cooperation between countries, calling them a comprehensive toolkit. He said that the Russian side is ready to share best practices in the development of public services markets. Vladimir Padalko proposed to popularize the activities of the chambers of the CIS countries and expand the collection published by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation on the industrial potential of Russia, adding there the CIS countries.   The meeting, chaired by the President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Belarus Vladimir Ulakhovich, was devoted to summing up the results of the integration processes that have taken place over the past 30 years.   The chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Uzbekistan Adham Ikramov, acting Vice-President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Armenia Karen Ivanov, Chairman of the Board of the Foreign Trade Chamber of Kazakhstan Ayan Erenov, Senior Vice-President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Kyrgyz Republic Roman Kasymov, Vice-President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Moldova Natalia Kalenik, First Deputy Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Kyrgyz Republic Industrial Chamber of the Republic of Tajikistan Nasim Anvarov, Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Turkmenistan Dovletgeldi Rejepov.   By Peter Cheremushkin, Press Service of the Chamber

    The Annual Forum "VI Russian-Singapore Business Dialogue"

    The annual forum "VI Russian-Singapore Business Dialogue" was held on December 17 by the Russian-Singapore Business Council (RSBC) with the support of the State Corporation "Rostech".   The forum was opened by Nikolay Volobuev, Chairman of the Russian-Singapore Business Council. He noted that, despite the limitations associated with the pandemic, a communication format has been found that allows discussing pressing problems and determining the vector of movement in cooperation between Russian and Singaporean business circles.   Nikolai Volobuev recalled that the Council was created 12 years ago on the initiative of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation with the support of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and the State Corporation "Rostech" for the development of economic, political and cultural contacts, in order to increase the volume of trade in high-tech products between the EAEU and ASEAN.   Mr.Volobuev noted that these days in Singapore, for the third time, the Week of Russian Cinema, organized by the Council, is being held with great success, which shows the growth of interest in Russian culture in the region. And thanks to cultural contacts, trust in each other in business is also strengthened.   The Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Russia Vladimir Padalko agreed with this statement, emphasizing that it is the richest culture that distinguishes Russia, it brings together and allows solving the most complex issues of the development of bilateral relations.   According to the Vice President of the Chamber, Russian-Singaporean business ties are developing. Thus, according to the results of 3 quarters of 2021, the growth of mutual trade turnover amounted to more than 40%, Russian exports increased by 58%, and Singapore's imports to Russia - by 8.7%. Mr. Padalko stressed that among all 76 business councils at the Chamber and the Council takes one of the leading places.   The business dialogue was held in a mixed format through a teleconference - at the site of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation in Moscow and at the Center for Foreign Promotion of Russian High-Tech Companies and Presentation of Investment Projects of the RSBC in Singapore. The meeting was attended by representatives of large and medium-sized enterprises, investment funds, public and scientific organizations, heads of state bodies and municipal authorities, representatives of Russian regions, countries of Southeast Asia and the European Union.   A cooperation agreement was signed between the ANO Consortium Medical Technology, the Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IMEMO RAN) and the ASEAN Center at MGIMO of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Then there were plenary sessions on a wide range of topics, within the framework of which there were presentations of investment projects of Russian regions and targeted Asian funds, a technology fair, cultural and educational parts, as well as a meeting of the youth section.   The business dialogue was streamed online:   Press Service of the Chamber  

    The President of the Chamber Met with His Mongolian Counterpart

    The Chamber hosted a meeting between the President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Sergei Katyrin and the President of the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Mongolia Otgondavaa Amartuvshin. The conversation took place on December 17 at the sidelines of the official visit of Mongolian President Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh to Russia.   At his opening remarks Sergei Katyrin expressed confidence that the official visit of the President of Mongolia was successful. And the chambers of commerce and industry will have to contribute to the further development of economic ties between the two countries.   “Traditionally, we will focus on interregional ties. They really give a great return - contracts are concluded, joint projects are implemented, interaction between companies is being established. Moreover, we must first of all help small and medium-sized companies find each other,” said Sergey Katyrin.   According to him, one should not forget about exhibition activities. The subsidiary organization of the Russian Chamber - Expocentre - is quickly restoring the volume of its work and is opened to new projects.   Otgondavaa Amartuvshin confirmed that the interaction of the chambers of commerce and industry plays an important role in expanding economic ties between the two countries. One of the largest joint projects in the near future is the holding of the United Trade and Economic Forum of Russia, China and Mongolia. Its main theme will be the expansion of the economic corridor between the three countries, including the development of gas pipeline infrastructure, roads and railways. The forum is scheduled to be held next year in Mongolia.   Another topical issue is the training of the staff of the chamber, who are engaged in international trade and foreign economic activity. The pandemic has shown, Otgondavaa Amartuvshin admitted, that Mongolia has lagged behind in this area. The closure of its borders by the country's main trading partner, China, forced Mongolia to reconsider its work in the markets of other countries.   Another aspect of the joint work of chambers of commerce and industry is the development of trade and economic ties between Mongolia and the border regions of Russia. And here it is important to resume the project to create a joint laboratory for the examination of Mongolian goods. This would help promote products from the country on the Russian market, Otgondavaa Amartuvshin emphasized.   The President noted that the Chamber is ready to support Mongolian counterparts, for instance, to accept Mongolian colleagues for training. It is only necessary to decide in what areas and where the training will take place. One of the options is that an internship can also be carried out in regional Chambers, which actively cooperate with Mongolia.   The meeting was attended by the Chairman of the Chamber of Mongolia Tumenjargal Duuren, Chairman of the Chamber of the Republic of Tyva Ayas Monge, Director of the Department of External Relations of the Chamber of Russia Alexander Kopkov.   Press Service of the Russian Chamber  

    Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Kiriyenko Appreciated the Work of the Chamber

    On December 3, in the Moscow Manege, at the International Forum of Civil Participation #MYVMESTE, an off-site, open meeting of the Council of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation on sustainable business development, corporate social responsibility and volunteering took place.   It was attended by the First Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation Sergey Kiriyenko, President of the Chamber Sergei Katyrin, Vice President of the Chamber Maxim Fateev, Director of the Regional Development Department of the Chamber Ilya Zubkov, as well as members of the Council, guests and participants of the # MYVMESTE Forum.   In his opening remarks, Sergei Kiriyenko emphasized that the Chamber is fulfilling important tasks for the state and thanked the members of the Council for the work carried out and the initiative shown.   Sergei Kiriyenko noted that the situation with the pandemic has once again confirmed: in the modern world, business efficiency is largely determined not only by financial results, but also by its social mission, the ability to influence the pressing problems of society. Many companies are already actively integrating sustainable development goals into their business strategies, and sustainable development and social responsibility are becoming the basis for the long-term operation of the business, he stressed.   Global challenges (including environmental degradation, climate change, rapid technological renewal) place new demands on government institutions, international organizations and business, including the non-profit sector. Business today is fully responsible for what the world will be like tomorrow and what the next generations will face, says the First Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation.   According to Sergei Kiriyenko, “we are faced with the task of not only reconfiguring individual management and production processes, but also forming a new business and social culture, the development of which is based not on competition, but on effective cooperation”.   The companies whose representatives are represented on the Council have unique expertise and have something to share, I am sure the First Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation, this is the strength of such public platforms as the Council.   In his speech, Sergey Katyrin recalled that since 2017, the social responsibility of the CCI has been enshrined in the Standard of its activities. In 2020, the Chamber held 627 charitable events, in 2021 - more than 450.   In the fall, we developed a system of indicators and conducted an internal audit of the contribution that the system of chambers of commerce and industry makes to the achievement of sustainable development goals, assessed which products and services of the Chamber to a greater extent can contribute to the effective integration of the sustainable development agenda into the Russian business environment, said head of the Chamber.   According to Sergei Katyrin, the task of the Chamber is to expand the tools used to achieve these goals, help choose the most effective ways and formats for their implementation, and share best practices.   A methodological guide has already been developed to help territorial Chambers and entrepreneurs, so that they can figure out which processes and indicators of their internal activities are correlated with the ESG agenda and with what parameters and topics it makes sense to work in the first place. It is important for the Chamber system to focus on those areas where our expertise and resources are strong, where we can provide real assistance to businesses in ESG transformation, the head of the Chamber noted.   In conclusion, Sergey Katyrin made a proposal to the members of the Council and heads of large Russian and international companies to involve regional divisions in projects and initiatives of the Chamber and the Council.   Further, new initiatives of the Council were presented by Irina Arkhipova, Director for Corporate Relations and Sustainable Development of Coca-Cola HBC Russia, Chairperson of the Council's Commission for Business Practices for SDGs and Yulia Alekseeva, Head of the Social Development Department of Russian Railways, Chairperson of the Development of Corporate Volunteering Commission Council.   The meeting was chaired by Tatyana Terentyeva, Chairman of the Council, Deputy General Director for Human Resources of the Rosatom Corporation.   Press Service of the Chamber