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Sergey Katyrin: “Cooperation Between Russia and Kyrgyz Republic is Developing Dynamically”
    17.02.2024

    Chairman of the BRICS Business Council Sergei Katyrin Held an Orientation with Reps of the Russian Part of the Council

    On February 16, President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Chairman of the BRICS Business Council Sergei Katyrin held an orientation meeting with representatives of the Russian part of the Council, in which the Russian Federation chairs in 2024. Mr.Katyrin noted that it is necessary to combine efforts as much as possible, to ensure close interaction between official representatives of the Russian Federation in the Business Council and the working groups operating within it. “It is also extremely important that the new member states – the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Ethiopia and Iran – join the work of the BRICS Business Council as quickly as possible,” he emphasized. During the meeting, representatives of the Russian Federation Council shared their work plans on the agenda of the specialized working groups with the aim of developing initiatives that will be presented in the form of an annual report at the meeting of the BRICS heads of state with representatives of the association’s business circles. According to tradition, the meeting is planned to be held “on the sidelines” of the association’s summit in October in Kazan. Vice President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vladimir Padalko took part in the meeting. For reference: During the Russian presidency of the BRICS BC, more than 20 different events are planned, the main ones of which are the annual meeting of the BRICS BC and the BRICS Business Forum, which will be held on the eve of the union summit in October.   By Nail Shakhvaliev, Press Service of the Chamber
    16.02.2024

    Sergei Katyrin: Share of the BRICS Countries in the Trade Balance of Russia Increased to Forty Percent

    On February 15, a press conference of the BRICS Business Council and the BRICS Women's Business Alliance was held at the Rossiyskaya Gazeta media center. President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Sergei Katyrin, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergei Ryabkov, and Chairman of the Russian part of the BRICS Women's Business Alliance Anna Nesterova told participants about the work plan on various tracks for the period of the Russian chairmanship of BRICS in 2024. The year of chairmanship began with the accession of new members to the organization: following the results of the 2023 summit, a decision was made to invite Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, the UAE and Saudi Arabia. The head of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the chairman of the Russian part of the BRICS Business Council spoke about the key tasks that the formation faces for the current year.“More than 20 events are planned through the Business Council. In addition, a dozen more events will be held under our patronage. The most important task: to include in the work of the BRICS Business Council, including in the working groups, those countries that joined the association this year,” said Sergei Katyrin.He said that the share of the BRICS countries in the trade balance of the Russian Federation was about 40% in 2023, “and in recent years there has been good growth dynamics: in 2021 this share was at 20%, in 2022 – 30%.”Mr. Katyrin added that now the BRICS countries already conduct 85% of their mutual settlements in national currencies, and the working group on finance of the BRICS Business Council is discussing the issue of settlements in digital units.“We have a digital ruble, the Chinese have a digital yuan. At the last meeting, Brazil and India announced that they were finalizing their digital units. And, naturally, there were wishes not to depend on any third countries in our mutual settlements, to use digital currencies,” he clarified. He also called the issues of regulating credit ratings topical and did not rule out discussing issues related to the safety of using artificial intelligence.Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Ryabkov noted that BRICS has taken place and has become an integral element of the international architecture and an important link in the formation of a multipolar world. The diplomat also pointed to a new direction for the development of BRICS - the formation of a modality for the category of partner states.“This new model is designed to respond to the growing interest of friendly, like-minded states around the world in developing cooperation with BRICS and rapprochement with this association,” he emphasized.The Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation recalled that the BRICS summit will be held in October in Kazan, and in June there will be a meeting of foreign ministers in Nizhny Novgorod.Chairman of the Russian part of the BRICS Women's Business Alliance, founder of the Palekh Watch manufactory Anna Nesterova announced the events of the BRICS Women's Business Alliance.Representatives of the Alliance also spoke at the event: curator of the working group on healthcare Lyudmila Shcherbakova, curator of the working group on food and environmental security Elena Chashchina, curator of the working group on inclusive economy Galina Volkova.Meetings of the Press Club of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry on BRICS topics are planned to be held monthly. By Nail Shakhvaliev, Press Service of the Chamber
    15.02.2024

    Sri Lanka: Not Tourism and Tea Alone - the President of the Chamber Discussed with Ambassador Mutual Investment Opportunities

    President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation Sergei Katyrin received the Ambassador of Sri Lanka Janita A. Liyanage on February 15 and noted that she is actively working to stimulate business activity between our countries. Sergei Katyrin especially welcomed the cooperation of the diplomatic institution with Russian regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry.In 2022 -2023, Janita A. Liyanage made 15 visits to regional Russian Chambers of Commerce and Industry at the head of small business delegations, including: Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Ivanovo Region, Buryatia, Tatarstan, Chuvashia, Nizhny Novgorod, Kursk. Samara regions.And at the same time, the President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry noted, the parties “have something to work on so that cooperation is not limited only to tea trade and tourism.” The head of the Chamber called it expedient to hold a presentation of Sri Lanka’s market needs, investment and trade opportunities at the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In this regard, S. Katyrin proposed holding a presentation of Sri Lanka at the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry via videoconferencing so that representatives of Russian regions could join it.Ambassador of Sri Lanka Janita A. Liyanage introduced the Minister Plenipotentiary of the Embassy, Pandula de Zois, who was appointed as the person responsible for economic interaction between our countries. In his speech, the diplomat expressed hope that in the near future it will be possible to agree on specific steps aimed at stimulating bilateral trade and economic relations. In particular, he noted that it is planned to carry out a broad privatization program in Sri Lanka and invited Russian investors to participate. In the near future, the Sri Lankan Embassy will present specific proposals in this regard. The meeting was attended by Vice President of the Chamber Vladimir Padalko, Director of the Department of External Relations of the Chamber Konstantin Kostin and others. By Peter Cheremushkin, Press Service of the Chamber
    14.02.2024

    Conference at the St. Petersburg Chamber on Opportunities for Cooperation with Tanzania

    On February 12, 2024, the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosted a conference “Russia – Tanzania: opportunities for mutually beneficial cooperation” with the participation of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Republic of Tanzania to the Russian Federation, Fredrick Ibrahim Kibuta.  Opening the conference, President of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vladimir Katenev drew attention to the fact that Africa has recently become one of the promising areas for the development of international trade and economic relations for Russia.“The interest in joint projects is mutual, this is confirmed by the Russia-Africa Forum that took place last year for the second time. St. Petersburg is one of the leading cities in rapprochement with African countries: educational institutions allocate quotas for students from the African continent, systematic work is being carried out to promote the Russian language, new honorary consulates and cooperation associations are opening in our city. The St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry also strives to develop trade and economic relations with African countries in general and with the United Republic of Tanzania in particular, and is ready to actively assist in building business communications between entrepreneurs of the two regions in the future,” he added. During the conference, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Republic of Tanzania to the Russian Federation Fredrick Ibrahim Kibuta introduced participants to the peculiarities of doing business in Tanzania and spoke about investment opportunities in such industries as agriculture, mining and manufacturing, real estate, oil and gas, tourism, pharmaceuticals, mechanical engineering. “Tanzania is one of the TOP 10 fastest growing economies in Africa. Over the past 10 years, the country's economy has grown by an average of 7% per year. Tanzania has already implemented many strategic projects that contribute to the development of both local and foreign companies,” he emphasized in his speech. Chairman of the Committee on Industrial Policy, Innovation and Trade of St. Petersburg Kirill Soloveichik, Deputy Chairman of the Committee on External Relations of St. Petersburg Arbi Abubakarov, and Honorary Consul of Tanzania in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region Valery Gavrilyuk also addressed the participants with welcoming remarks. The meeting was chaired by Vice President of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ekaterina Lebedeva. More than 100 entrepreneurs from St. Petersburg who were interested in cooperation with Tanzanian partners took part in the conference. Among them are representatives of medium and small businesses interested in exporting their products to Tanzania, and larger enterprises interested in the opportunity to take part in joint projects, representatives of the banking and logistics industries. The meeting ended with a presentation by the director of the Center for Language Testing of St. Petersburg State University, Dmitry Ptyushkin, on the development of educational activities of St. Petersburg State University in the United Republic of Tanzania, as well as a demonstration of photographs of wildlife, culture and life of the peoples of Africa by traveler Artem Shakhnazarov. St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry
    05.02.2024

    Russian-Ethiopian Business Forum at the Chamber, Reps of the Business Discuss Cooperation

    The Russian-Ethiopian business forum was held at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation on February 5. Opening the meeting, which was held with the participation of numerous representatives of Ethiopian and Russian business, Vice President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vladimir Padalko emphasized the importance of direct cooperation between the parties without the participation of foreign intermediaries: be it in agribusiness, metalworking, construction or the purchase of flowers from Ethiopia. The Vice President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry especially noted the role of regional chambers in cooperation with Ethiopia in cities such as Nizhny Novgorod, Tula, St. Petersburg, Lipetsk and, of course, Moscow. He emphasized that in order to solve many problems, including easing the problem of mutual settlements, it is necessary, first of all, to increase trade turnover. Vladimir Padalko welcomed Ethiopia's accession to BRICS and emphasized that despite the low level of trade turnover between our countries, there is potential for trade development, which should be facilitated by more intensive dialogue between representatives of the business community. At the same time, the Vice President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry noted the positive dynamics of trade turnover growth. According to the Ambassador of Ethiopia to the Russian Federation, Cham Ugala, who spoke at the Forum, political relations between the two countries, which traditionally remain at a high level, must be supported by solid economic relations. The head of the diplomatic mission noted that his country is, as he put it, the gateway to Africa and called on Russian business to invest in this country. In the speech of the Chairman of the Coordination Committee for Economic Cooperation with African Countries (AFROCOM), Igor Morozov, it was noted that the new market that is opening in the African direction is a new impetus for expanding trade. He noted that the AFROCOM office, which opened in the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Abba, became the place where “we developed models for the work of Russian regions in Africa.” According to Igor Morozov, conditions in Ethiopia are among the best in Africa and state support should be received for their use through the creation of a direct investment fund and the development of banking cooperation. Including a system that would allow small and medium-sized businesses to work better and would give good returns, he emphasized. The head of AFROCOM especially noted that Russia is one of the most advanced countries in the field of digital technologies and can be useful to Ethiopia in this regard. The President of the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Sectoral Associations, Mr. Melaku Ezezew Ienyeneh, presented in detail the capabilities of his organization to develop bilateral trade relations. The head of the Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Vladimir Platonov, believes that there is no more promising market than the African one. Talking about the positive experience of his studies at the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, he noted that student friendships and connections that have developed over the years allow entrepreneurs to find new and use old partners. “Moscow has become a convenient city for Muscovites and for foreign tourism,” noted the head of the Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Advisor to the General Director of EXPOCENTER Nikolay Gusev presented to the meeting participants the capabilities of his organization, which is a subsidiary of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and proposed holding its presentation in Addis Abba. Presentations on Ethiopia's investment opportunities at the forum were made by Ms. Hannah Arayasellasi, Head of the Ethiopian Investment Commission. She noted that Ethiopia has a favorable investment climate that is attractive to Russian investors who are welcome in this country. Mr. Ababi Demissie, Director General of Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, presented the tourism and export potential of Ethiopia. He highlighted that Ethiopia is the largest producer of coffee on the African continent, fresh flowers and fresh or dried fruits. He described Ethiopia as the country of origin of many things and phenomena, where tourism remains a priority sector. Next, Michael Endale, regional manager of Ethiopian Airlines in Russia, spoke about the restoration of direct cargo and passenger air service between Russia and Ethiopia. He especially emphasized the cargo depot capabilities of Ethiopian airports. The speakers answered numerous questions from business forum participants regarding specific examples of entering the markets of two countries. An exhibition of goods from Ethiopia, including leather goods, seeds and coffee, took place in the lobby of the Congress Center of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Before the start of the Forum, Vice President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vladimir Padalko and Igor Morozov met with the Ethiopian delegation.   By Peter Cheremushkin,  Press Service of the Chamber
    05.02.2024

    Sergey Katyrin: PRODEXPO-2024 Exhibit Breaking Records for the Number of Participants

    On February 5, 2024, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Sergei Katyrin took part in the opening ceremony of the 31st international exhibition of food and beverages "Prodexpo-2024", which takes place under the patronage of the Chamber in the Expocentre.   The exhibition, which is the largest in Eastern Europe, presents a wide range of food: from basic products and drinks for every day to gourmet delicacies, as well as organic, sports, functional nutrition, products for a healthy lifestyle, halal, and exotic products.   This year, the geography of manufacturers and suppliers represented at Prodexpo-2024 has expanded significantly. 2,145 companies from 40 countries participate in it. Among them are Azerbaijan, Argentina, Armenia, Indonesia, Iran, Spain, Italy, China, the Republic of Korea, South Ossetia, Serbia, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. Companies from 48 regions of Russia also present their products.   As Sergei Katyrin noted at the opening ceremony, this year the exhibition is breaking records for the number of participants.   “We are very pleased that our Russian manufacturers are very widely represented at the exhibition - there are more than 1,600 of them. And we, of course, are very grateful to our foreign colleagues. Of the 40 countries represented at the exhibition, a third of the exhibitors came from those states whose governments imposed sanctions against the Russian Federation. Despite this, business representatives understand what the Russian food market is: in terms of its capacity and development dynamics. I think none of them would want to give up this market and work with us,” he said. Katyrin thanked his colleagues at Expocentre, who spent months preparing for the exhibition so that it would take place on such a scale. “In November 2023, we could no longer accept applications because everything was full: there were more applicants than available square meters to accommodate exhibitors. This once again emphasizes the interest in the exhibition,” noted the head of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.   Also speaking at the opening ceremony were Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Boris Chernyshov, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Agrarian Issues Vladimir Kashin, Governor of the Vladimir Region Alexander Avdeev, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Agricultural and Food Policy and Environmental Management Sergei Mitin, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Economic Policy Artem Kiryanov, member of the Committee for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic Dmitry Pogorely, deputy head of the Federal Service for Control of Alcohol and Tobacco Markets Denis Gulyaev, head of the ANO "Russian Quality System" (Roskachestvo) Maxim Protasov.   In addition, representatives of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture and ambassadors of foreign countries spoke at the ceremony.   At the end of the ceremony, the guests of honor took part in the grand opening of the national exposition of Iran, and also visited the collective stand of the Vladimir region. The Prodexpo exhibition is open to visitors until February 9.                                                                                   By Nail Shakhvaliyev, Press Service of the Chamber