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Sergey Katyrin Met with New Members of the Chamber

    President of the Chamber Welcomed the Participants of the Meeting of Russian-Turkmen and Turkmen-Russian Business Councils

    Russian enterprises are ready to supply many industrial goods to Turkmenistan, including vehicles, agricultural machinery, energy and other equipment. This was stated on January 20 by the President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Russia Sergey Katyrin in Ashgabat at a joint meeting of the Russian-Turkmen and Turkmen-Russian business councils. According to the head of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, the demand of Russian business for interaction with Turkmenistan in the field of investments and industrial cooperation is growing, as he put it, with an eye on joint trade in India, Pakistan, Iran.   Katyrin expressed confidence that, by combining the efforts of the chambers of commerce and industry and national business councils, we will cope with the tasks set. As the well-known Turkmen proverb says, “drop by drop is a lake, no drops are a desert…”   “We have the warmest, trusting working relations with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Turkmenistan. Since 2007, bilateral economic forums alternately held by the Chambers in Russia and Turkmenistan have been the main platform for interaction between business circles,” S. Katyrin recalled. The work is also carried out in a multilateral format - within the framework of the International Business Cooperation Council of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the countries of the Caspian region "Business Caspian" on the "fields" of the Caspian Economic Forum, as well as within the Council of Heads of Chambers of the CIS Member States.   Katyrin noted that a lot was done in Moscow last summer to restore the transport and logistics communication between Russia and Turkmenistan, to arrange acceptable tariffs and terms of cargo transportation.   The President of the Chamber informed that the large-scale Russian-Turkmen business forum held the day before demonstrated how great is the interest of the business circles of our countries in the development of cooperation. “The size of the Russian business delegation speaks for itself – it is about 200 people! It includes representatives of more than a dozen Russian regions,” S. Katyrin said. It should be noted that the lion's share of work on the development of practical cooperation between business communities, of course, is called upon to carry out the national Business Councils operating under the auspices of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Russia and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Turkmenistan. “We pin great hopes on the activation of bilateral relations in the light of the restart of the Russian-Turkmen Business Council and the organization of the Russian-Turkmen House of Entrepreneurs in Ashgabat,” S. Katyrin noted. The Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Turkmenistan Dovletgeldi Rejepov also spoke to the participants of the joint meeting.   Press Service of the Chamber

    Africa Strives for a Balanced Relationship with Other Countries. What Will Russia Offer?

    The coming year should be a turning point in the development of Russia's economic relations with African countries. We have good prospects, but we will have to fight for a place under the African sun. We are not alone in appreciating the prospects of this continent. And not only appreciated, but set quite specific goals.   At the US-Africa Leaders' Summit, which took place in mid-December, the White House clearly outlined a course to strengthen the position of American business in African markets. So the competition of the world's leading economies for the inclusion of the continent in the orbit of their interests is intensifying. The recently popular thesis is becoming an axiom that Africa will determine the future - and not only of its people, but of the whole world. From the point of view of economic development and the realization of national interests, it becomes a very specific call for the leading world powers to intensify their actions on the continent. Indeed, Africa today is a young, dynamically developing market, a continent that contains up to 30% of the world's mineral reserves, which are critical for the development of modern industry and high technology. According to experts, by 2050, 25% of the world's population will live there, and the volume of the consumer market will be $16 trillion. So the importance of Africa for world trade and investment will only increase in the foreseeable future.   Against the backdrop of expert forecasts, the US-Africa summit, in a sense, launched the implementation of the US Strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa, adopted in August 2022. It just determines the goals of strengthening economic cooperation. Including in very sensitive promising areas - in energy, healthcare, agriculture, finance, infrastructure and communication technologies. In general, the adoption of the strategy and the assessment of the preliminary results of the last summit indicate that the United States is returning to Africa in earnest and for a long time. And they are not going to just hand over their positions to their opponents there. During the business forum, which was attended by representatives of about 300 American and African companies, trade deals totaling $15 billion were concluded. And other countries - China, Turkey, Japan - periodically hold their summits on cooperation with Africa. And Africa itself, in terms of building foreign policy, is no longer the same continent as it was 20 years ago. Despite all the interest in developing foreign trade and attracting foreign investment in the economy, most African countries are striving to build balanced relations with partners. And they want to avoid the negative consequences of major power rivalry. According to Western experts, the current African leaders recall with concern the times of the Cold War, when the confrontation in Africa on the principle of "us or them" in the long run did not contribute to economic integration and building a common market on the continent. Now about the main thing for us. What will Russia offer in response to all these Napoleonic economic plans? Today our trade with Africa is $18 billion. We have something to focus on and draw conclusions, developing strategies. For example, China's trade with African countries is almost 260 billion, the US - just over 60 billion dollars.   Of course, we need non-standard and non-sanctioned flexible mechanisms to promote investment and trade with African countries. It is necessary to step up work with African countries on specific projects. Clearly define your competitive advantages in areas in key sectors of the economy. And around them to develop a system of priorities, support measures, promotion. At the same time, you should soberly assess your capabilities, taking into account high market competition. For example, American experts admit that in Africa, American companies cannot compete with Chinese firms in the construction of roads and bridges. They are offered to focus on cooperation in healthcare, financial technologies and renewable energy sources. It is here that the competitive advantages of American companies are valued especially highly. Maybe we should seize the initiative?   At the same time, we need to intensify work on building a reliable infrastructure that will help level the existing problems associated with the disruption of transport and logistics chains, settlements on transactions, and restrictions on the access of our products to the markets. African partners should be encouraged to introduce systems of mutual settlements in national currencies and barter transactions. Develop preferential trade regimes, create free economic zones, industrial hubs. It is also important to more actively implement our plans to expand the network of trade representations in Africa, to open trading houses and Russian business support centers.   Russian business circles, I know this for sure, are waiting for the concretization of plans and breakthrough decisions that, on the whole, will make it possible to realize the existing potential of trade and economic cooperation. I hope that by the end of next year it will be possible to confidently speak about a new qualitative level in the development of economic relations between our country and African states.    

    The First Fruit Cargo Vessel from South Africa Arrived in St. Petersburg

    The first refrigerated cargo ship in the new year Silver Bergen arrived on January 12 at the port of St. Petersburg from South Africa with a batch of fruit.   In total, 2,000 tons of various fruits (grapes, peaches, plums, avocados and others) were delivered, which will go to retail for the Russian consumer in the coming days.   Honorary Consul of the Republic of South Africa in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Oblast Vladimir Borisenko, Ambassador-at-Large of the Representative Office of the Russian Foreign Ministry Vladimir Zapevalov, as well as representatives of the South African Embassy in Russia, entrepreneurs and journalists took part in the solemn ceremony dedicated to the arrival of the vessel. The St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry was represented by Irina Karpenko, Head of the External Relations Department.   Over the past 25 years, fruits from South Africa have taken a strong place in the diet of Russian consumers (10-12% of the total volume of fruits produced in South Africa for export).   These are mainly citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruits, lemons, tangerines), as well as table grapes, apples, pears, plums. In recent years, such exotic fruits as mangoes, avocados, and pomegranates have also been imported from South Africa. Fruit is the main export item from South Africa to Russia and, together with grain imports from Russia to South Africa, account for half of the trade between the two countries. This means that cooperation in this area provides work and income for more than a million agricultural workers in South Africa and millions of Russian consumers with valuable vitamin products.   St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry

    The President of the Chamber On the Situation of Russian Business after the Departure of Foreign Companies

    Western sanctions have affected the work of most Russian enterprises, but about 25% of companies that have lost partners abroad have already found new ones. This was stated to RIA Novosti by the President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Russia Sergey Katyrin. “We keep our finger on the pulse of business, first of all, of course, small and medium-sized ones as the most vulnerable. We are conducting a study called the Business Barometer of the Country, dedicated to the problems of entrepreneurs in the face of sanctions,” he said.“It turns out that the sanctions have had a noticeable impact on the work of more than 60% of those surveyed. At the same time, about 25% of companies that have lost partners abroad have found new ones,” the President of the Chamber added.However, nearly a third, he noted, were still looking for them, and they needed help. "For example, the Chamber recently organized a large business mission to Iran, 100 representatives of Russian companies took part in it," Katyrin said.At the same time, he pointed to the need to "accelerate the restructuring of the economy.""We need a monetary policy that takes into account the current realities. It is necessary to expand legislative support for entrepreneurship, help businesses find new foreign trade partners and consumers of our imports, and develop new supply chains," the head of the Chamber concluded.