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    Vladimir Padalko Called on the Russian-Iranian Business Council to Develop Cooperation with the Regions

    The meeting of the Russian-Iranian Business Council, which discussed the development of trade and economic cooperation between Russia and Iran and the promotion of Russian interests in the Iranian market, was held on October 14 in Moscow.   A welcoming speech was made by the Vice President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vladimir Padalko, who elaborated on the current agenda of the business councils' activities in Iran. The Vice-President of the Chamber, in particular, stressed the importance of establishing and developing cooperation with Russian regions through business councils.   Vladimir Obydenov, Chairman of the Russian-Iranian Business Council (RIDS), made a summary report. According to his assessment, Iranian business is currently working in Russia more purposefully and strives for long-term cooperation. However, this is clearly not enough yet. The volume of trade between the two countries is subject to significant fluctuations.   The RIDS Chairman emphasized that there is significant potential for cooperation between our countries in various fields. In the last “covid” year, the trade turnover exceeded the level of 2016 for the first time and thus became the highest in recent years, reaching USD 2.2 billion. In January-August of this year, trade has already exceeded $ 2.4 billion.   In 2019, the Interim Agreement entered into force, leading to the creation of a free trade zone between the Eurasian Economic Union and its member states and the Islamic Republic of Iran.   The full report on the work of RIDS is posted on the website of the Business Council   The speakers spoke of the need to intensify information exchange and the exchange of delegations, to increase the efficiency of cross-border transportation by opening new transport routes, to seek to improve the quality of customs clearance from the Iranian side.   At the meeting some personnel issues were made:   Vyacheslav Yuvachev, General Director of Sea South Logistics, was appointed Deputy Chairman of RIDS, Timofey Reutov was appointed executive director of the Business Council.   The RIDS work plan for 2022 was approved.   Russian-Iranian Business Council

    Katyrin: Digital Economy, Investment and Development of “Green Economy” - Top Priorities for Cooperation with ASEAN

    A whole set of mechanisms and tools has been created in the Russian Far East, allowing for the establishment of interaction with the countries of Southeast Asia, said Sergei Katyrin, President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He took part in the Russia-ASEAN business dialogue held at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on August 2. “We are seeing more than 25% growth in mutual trade following the results of the first half of the year. If we continue to work at this pace, I think that by the end of the year we will be able to reach the pre-pandemic period, and perhaps even surpass it,”- noted Sergey Katyrin. The President identified four areas of joint work with the ASEAN countries. First, the digital economy, second, attracting investment in the development of cities in the Far East, third, correction of uneven development of regions in the Far East, fourth, development of a "green economy". “It is important for the business community that the online business is protected, but so far this issue has not been regulated internationally. We will have to work together on this problem with our colleagues from the ASEAN countries,”- said Sergey Katyrin. “We are waiting for investors everywhere, but it is important for us to bring up those regions that are still seriously lagging behind in their development. In the Far East, 50% of investments are directed to the Maritime Kray, and the other half is distributed to the remaining regions,”- stressed Sergey Katyrin. According to Katyrin, several countries are actively promoting the principles of carbon neutrality, which will significantly change the production and trade. Russia, together with the ASEAN countries, will have to work out the rules of mutual trade. After all, carbon neutrality implies serious limitations. “An important question is whether the goods prevailing in the export of a particular country will be able to successfully move to foreign markets in the conditions of carbon neutrality, what requirements will be imposed. We have to seriously work on this topic," concluded the President of the Chamber. Full-scale cooperation between Russia and the ASEAN is among the priorities of Russian foreign policy. 2021 marks the double anniversary of Russia-ASEAN cooperation: the 30th anniversary of the relationship and the 25th anniversary of the full-fledged dialogue partnership. At the initiative of the Russia-ASEAN Business Council, 2022 will be declared the Year of Science and Technology Cooperation between Russia and ASEAN. Special attention will be paid to science, technology and innovation, which in recent years have been areas of mutual interest for Russia and ASEAN.   Chamber Press Office

    Katyrin: the Time of the Pandemic Changed the Work of the BRICS Business Council

    “During the pandemic, there has been a great shift in organizing joint work and developing solutions on the most difficult and topical issues of developing business cooperation,” said Sergei Katyrin, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, speaking on Tuesday August 31 at the annual meeting of the BRICS Business Council. The meeting was held remotely - the President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry participated in it from Vladivostok. Katyrin heads the delegation of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation participating in the Eastern Economic Forum - 2021, which takes place in Maritime Kray. The President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry thanked his Indian colleagues for continuing the Russian initiative to hold the BRICS Best Practices Competition and expressed hope that the format for exchanging best practices on topical issues of the BRICS socio-economic development will become traditional for Business Council. Following the results of the BRICS Best Practices Competition for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals this year, two Russian projects from Russian Railways and En + Group were recognized as the best in their nominations. In particular, in the nomination "Goal 7 - Sources of Inexpensive and Clean Energy" the winner was the Russian Railways company with a project of a heat installation using old-year wooden sleepers as fuel. The essence of the project is the use of wooden sleepers, unsuitable for re-laying on the way, to provide heat supply to railway transport facilities. In the category "Goal 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation" the best environmental project was "360" from the En + Group. The annual environmental project "360" En + Group is part of a comprehensive program to protect Lake Baikal and protected areas of Russia from adverse environmental impacts. The history of the project began in 2011. Today, in addition to annual large-scale cleanings, 360 volunteers build eco-trails, plant trees, improve the tourist infrastructure, and help specially protected natural areas. In his remarks Katyrin also noted the high organizational and content level of the online format of the BRICS Business Forum and the BRICS Virtual Exhibition. “The virtual exhibition is our first joint experience,” stressed the President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “The organization of the BRICS virtual exhibition area is a valuable acquisition for the Business Council,” Katyrin said. According to him, "this topic has good prospects within the framework of the Business Council as a tool for practical communication of entrepreneurs, search for partners, promotion of relevant goods and services within the BRICS, and the development of project activities." The trade show took place on August 16-18 in a virtual format. More than 550 companies from the BRICS countries are registered on the exhibition platform. The developed platform allows companies not only to organize a virtual exposition, but also to post materials about the company, to schedule and hold B2B meetings. Katyrin noted the active work and productive dialogue of the working groups in all areas. According to him, colleagues from the working groups have done a really great job and the result of this work is a draft annual report with a solid package of interesting recommendations. Onkar Kanwar, Chairman of the Indian section of the BRICS Business Council, Jackson Schneider, Chairman of the Brazilian section of the BRICS Business Council, Captain Xu Lirong, Chairman of the Chinese section of the BRICS Business Council, Busi Mabuza, Chairman of the South African section of the BRICS Business Council also addressed the meeting participants with opening remarks. By Peter Cheremushkin