The Chamber Hosted a Meeting With the Delegation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
On August 3, 2022, a meeting was held in the Chamber with a delegation from Bosnia and Herzegovina headed by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Russian Federation Zeljko Samardzia. The delegation includes Director of the Bank for Investment and Development of the Republic of Srpska Drajen Vrhovac, Director of the Department for Attracting Foreign Investments of the Bank for Investment and Development of the Republic of Srpska Zoran Talic, Secretary of the Bank for Investment and Development of the Republic of Srpska Marija Milic, Secretary of the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Russian Federation Eldin Karabegovic.The delegation was received by Vladimir Gamza, member of the Board of the Chamber, Chairman of the Council for Financial, Industrial and Investment Policy, Kirill Baranov, Director of the Project and Investment Department, Dmitry Moskovkin, Senior Expert of the Department of External Relations. Kirill Baranov spoke about the possibilities of the Chamber's system for promoting investment projects and noted that due to its presence in almost every region of Russia, the system of chambers of commerce and industry is able to provide effective assistance in the implementation of investment projects throughout the country. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Russian Federation Zeljko Samardjija invited colleagues to take part in the investment conference scheduled for September in the Republika Srpska. Director of the Investment and Development Bank of the Republic of Srpska Drajen Vrhovac spoke about the opportunities for foreign investors, which are guaranteed by the leadership of the republic. He added that the Bank is ready to participate in all stages of project implementation throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina.Zoran Talich, Director of the Department for Attracting Foreign Investments of the Investment and Development Bank of the Republic of Srpska, noted the most promising sectors for investment, including the woodworking industry, metallurgy, food production, and the telecommunications industry.
The Ural Chamber Asked the Government of Russia to Support International Truck Drivers
The Ural Chamber of Commerce sent letters to Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Urals Federal District Vladimir Yakushev and Chairman of the Committee on Transport of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation Vitaly Efimov outlining the current situation in road transportation and proposals for its improvement. According to the Association of International Road Carriers, since February 2022, due to EU sanctions, about 3,100 Russian auto enterprises have been forced to stop working in the European direction. The current market situation does not allow them to quickly reorient their vehicles for transportation to other countries or to the domestic market. As a result, the vast majority of road transport companies that previously carried out transportation to or from the European Union cannot carry out transportation activities in the same volumes, and as a result, pay wages to employees, make lease payments, pay taxes and other current payments. As of June 01, 2022, the loss of income of Russian international road carriers due to the suspension of their activities amounted to more than 9 billion rubles. “In the absence of competition from Russian motor transport enterprises, European carriers have repeatedly raised tariffs for their services. As a result of the monopoly position, foreign transport companies have increased the cost of their services for the transportation of goods from Europe to Russia by 4-5 times. The ultra-high rates of foreign carriers have led to significant additional costs for Russian participants in foreign economic activity. Belarus promptly responded to this situation and banned the passage of foreign road carriers further than customs terminals, where goods are reloaded onto local transport. In the Russian Federation, no retaliatory measures have been taken against European Union road carriers so far,” Alexander Salautin, Chairman of the Transport Committee of the Ural Chamber of Commerce and Industry, explains the situation. The Ural Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in its letter, expresses the opinion of road carriers on the advisability of taking retaliatory measures against carriers of the EU countries, similarly to the decision adopted in the Republic of Belarus, asks to consider the possibility of supporting this proposal and sending it to the Government of the Russian Federation.According to the latest data, the issue is under discussion in the Government of the Russian Federation and by October 1, a variant of its solution will be proposed. PR-service of the Ural Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber of Commerce of Tatarstan Greeted the Transport Forum in Turkmenistan
On July 18, an international transport forum began its work in Ashgabat, the purpose of which is to discuss topical issues of the recovery of the industry after the pandemic and the adaptation of international transportation to new realities. Elena Agzamova, adviser to the chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Tatarstan, addressed the conference participants with a welcoming speech, saying that the republic's foreign economic relations are largely determined by long-standing traditions of interaction with Islamic states. Elena Agzamova stressed that the Tatarstan Chamber of Commerce and Industry held an international forum of Russian chambers of commerce and industry at KazanSummit 2022. It was timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Tatarstan and brought together heads of chambers of commerce and industry not only from Russia, but also from the CIS countries. Representatives of 47 chambers from more than 40 regions of Russia arrived. The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Turkmenistan, with which partnerships have been established, also participated in it. The adviser noted that the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Tatarstan and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Turkmenistan held a video conference on April 28 on the topic: "Expanding strategic partnership", where the Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Turkmenistan Dovletgeldi Redzhepov emphasized the need to develop export relations and the readiness of the Turkmen chamber to assist in matters arising from export-oriented enterprises. The Logistics Forum is planned to be held annually in order to expand cooperation between Turkmen transport enterprises and logistics organizations with foreign companies operating in the field of international freight and passenger transportation. Press Service of the Chamber
The City of Lipetsk Developing Cooperation with Tadjikistan
On July 15, in the administration of the city of Lipetsk, a signing of a protocol of intent for cooperation between Lipetsk and the city of Khujand of the Republic of Tajikistan took place. The event was attended by the head of the city of Lipetsk Evgenia Uvarkina, deputy chairman of Khujand Bakhtiyor Bokizoda, speaker of the city council Alexander Afanasiev, president of the Lipetsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry, director of the ANO "CEC of the Lipetsk Region" Anatoly Goltsov, first vice-president of the Lipetsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry, head of the Lipetsk export support center region Vasily Goltsov, representatives of state authorities, as well as entrepreneurs of the region. - Khujand is the second largest city in Tajikistan. It has a long history, its own cultural and economic traditions. We are glad that our entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to get acquainted and establish business interaction with your city. There are already pioneers in the business environment of Lipetsk who do business with partners from Khujand. We gladly accept the offer to start cooperation and are ready to build economic ties together, develop export potential, - said Evgenia Uvarkina. Bakhtiyor Bokizoda emphasized that for the leadership and business community of Khujand, Lipetsk entrepreneurs have long become almost family. “For two years now, a large delegation headed by Anatoly Goltsov has been coming to us, we communicate, exchange experiences. I am sure that the bridge of opportunities between our cities and countries will be built. Today and tomorrow we have a lot of work to do, we will establish business contacts and we will succeed,” said Bakhtiyor Bokizoda. The delegation visited the Lipetsk Technopark. The acquaintance began with a visit to the Medsoft IT company. She is engaged in the creation of a comprehensive medical information system. Deputy Chairman of the city of Khujand Bakhtiyor Bokizoda became interested in technology and noted that one of the city's hospitals is currently being reconstructed in Khujand. Soon the specialists will begin the technical equipment of the institution. Therefore, they are ready to consider the products of the Lipetsk company for future cooperation. The guests visited the production facilities of other Technopark residents, including Soyuzrubinpolimer, Lets Trade, Lighting Products Plant, ETM-Production. The guests highly appreciated the innovative projects of the site and discussed the possibilities for further cooperation. Press Service of the Chamber
World Trade Center in Moscow Announced New Hotels Names
The World Trade Center in Moscow introduced its hotels under new names. The largest five-star business hotel in Moscow, Crowne Plaza Moscow WTC, is changing its name to Plaza Garden Moscow WTC, and the Holiday Inn Express Moscow Khovrino hotel will be named Satelinn Moscow Khovrino. This is due to the exit of the international hotel chain IHG Hotels & Resorts from projects in the Russian market. The decision to change the names of the hotels was approved the day before by the Board of Directors of WTC. Plaza Garden Moscow - the largest five-star business hotel in Moscow, has 727 functional and modern rooms, including 149 rooms with Club privileges. Satelinn Moscow Khovrino is a business hotel located in a park area in the north of Moscow, offering 171 comfortable rooms, as well as a hall for events. High transport accessibility - proximity to Sheremetyevo Airport, the Northern River Station and Khovrino transport hub - makes the hotel convenient for guests of the capital. Chamber Press Office based on the info from World Trade Center
The Chamber Discussed the Problems of Import Substitution of Spare Parts
On July 12, the President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation Sergey Katyrin took part in the All-Russian Conference “On the problems associated with import substitution and parallel imports in the field of transport and transport infrastructure (on the example of road and rail transport, road infrastructure)”, held at Ilyinka, 6. The moderator of the conference, President of the Union of Transport Workers of Russia, Chairman of the Chamber Committee on Transport Vitaly Efimov, said that the transport component exists in all sectors of the Russian economy. There are now more than 6.5 million trucks and about 50 million cars in Russia. They are served by over 2.5 thousand dealer centers, more than 70 thousand service stations (SRT) of various formats. And all of them constantly require well-established channels for the supply of spare parts. After the introduction of sanctions by Western countries, it turned out that the transport complex is very dependent on the import of spare parts and components. In some areas, the share of imports exceeds 90%. In this situation, Vitaly Efimov emphasized, the state should act systematically to solve the problem of shortage of auto parts in the domestic market. This also applies to parallel imports, and the expansion of its own production of spare parts and components, as well as the formation of an industry for the refurbishment of car components and assemblies. And here, first of all, it is necessary to understand which commodity niches will need to be covered by parallel imports, and in which areas it is possible to develop domestic production. It is reasonable to create a specialized information center that will deal with such issues. Sergey Katyrin, who spoke at the conference, also put the work in the information sphere in the first place. According to him, the Chamber works closely with business councils, with its foreign representative offices, structures within the framework of the EAEU. And everywhere questions arise - "you formulate exactly what you need, what products you need, and then we will find partners for you." Thus, systematic work with information flows is needed. The second important topic, Sergei Katyrin emphasized, is a well-thought-out state policy in the field of import substitution. “Entrepreneurs come to us with questions about the prospects for the development of production. They are ready to invest, build enterprises, but the alarm constantly sounds - and if the situation changes, Western companies return to the Russian market again, then our investments may not pay off. And here the state needs to clearly define the conditions for the work of business in the real sector in the long term,” the President of the Chamber believes. The third topic outlined by Sergei Katyrin is a well-thought-out policy in the field of contacts in the foreign economic sphere. First there was a strong orientation to the West, now Russia has turned to the East and South. But even in these areas one should not focus on one country, it is important to develop contacts with a wide variety of countries. Finally, the fourth topic - confirmation of force majeure circumstances - is relevant both for the Chamber and for the transport. The fact is that the system for issuing confirmations of force majeure under external contracts works, but there are problems with internal contracts. So far, the legislation, for example, Article 401 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation, does not allow to recognize the absence of any component or material on the Russian market as a force majeure circumstance. And the problem is precisely that some kind of gasket for the engine was imported, but a Russian company cannot transfer it along the chain. As a result, the entire production process stops. And there are an unmeasured number of such broken chains in the transport complex and other industries, - Sergey Katyrin concluded. Press Service of the Chamber
Vice President of the Chamber Congratulated the Workers of the Aluminum Industry
Vladimir Padalko, Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, wished the enterprises of the aluminum industry to maintain their leading positions in Russian industry, speaking at a meeting held at TASS on July 12. The meeting was dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the start of aluminum production in Russia. The Vice President of the Chamber recalled that many plans are related to the development of industry, large infrastructure projects (housing and urban environment, roads and transport infrastructure, energy, aviation, etc.), in which aluminum products are in demand. “Therefore, it can be expected that the implementation of these and other strategic projects will contribute to the development of aluminum industry enterprises, the improvement of metal production technologies, the creation of new types of alloys, as well as an increase in economic and environmental efficiency,” he said. Mr. Padalko wished the enterprises of the industry prosperity, and the Association of the Aluminum Industry - to continue to promote the interests of manufacturers in the same fruitful way to maintain its leading position. On May 14, 1932, the first industrial batch of metal was received at the Volkhov Aluminum Plant (Leningrad Oblast). Over the past 90 years, Russia has become one of the leading aluminum producing countries and now firmly occupies a leading position as a supplier of primary aluminum. Press Service of the Chamber Photos by Anton Novoderezhkin (TASS)
In the Chamber the Time of the Exhibition Arabia-EXPO 2023 Announced
The next Arabia-EXPO exhibition will be held in Egypt in March 2023. This was announced on July 8 by the chairman of the Russian-Arab Business Council Tatyana Gvilava. “Mark this time in your calendars for a trip to the exhibition, which will bring together businessmen from all over the Middle East,” said Tatiana Gvilava. She spoke at the "round table" "New prospects for business cooperation with the countries of the Middle East: the possibilities of the system of trade missions of the Russian Federation abroad", held at the Congress Center of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation. The meeting was chaired by the Vice President of the Chamber, Vladimir Padalko, who introduced the trade representatives of the Russian Federation in the countries of the Middle East, who gathered at the round table and spoke in detail about the features of their host countries. Andrey Terekhin, Trade Representative of the Russian Federation in the United Arab Emirates, called the UAE a “window of opportunity” for expanding cooperation with the region. According to him, the Emirates is a "hub" (connection point) of cooperation with the countries of Asia and even Australia, a financial center, a free trade zone, which provides great opportunities for establishing ties. "The Emirates show loyalty to our country and refrained from condemning the Russian special operation when voting at the UN," he recalled. Among the Arab countries, the UAE has taken the first place in terms of trade with Arab countries, overtaking even Egypt. Terekhin noted, the number of missions and delegations coming to the UAE from Russia has become an avalanche. Trade Representative of the Russian Federation in Saudi Arabia Stanislav Yankovets noted a significant increase in trade turnover between Riyadh and the Russian Federation, emphasizing the key role in this of the visits of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud to Moscow in 2017 and Russian President Vladimir Putin to Saudi Arabia in 2019. He noted that the main component of cooperation with Saudi Arabia is trade in food and agricultural products. The largest Russian grain companies are represented in the country, he noted. Another important component in foreign trade with Saudi Arabia Yankovets called cooperation in the field of information technology - IT. According to him, Russian pharmaceutical companies are also active in this market, creating joint ventures. “In Saudi Arabia, a course has been taken to localize all the best samples under the auspices of the Vision 2030 strategic program,” he said. There is a great interest in the educational sphere and there is an increased interest in the Russian experience in this regard. Answering the questions of the round table participants, which was broadcast to the Russian regions, Stanislav Yankovets advised those wishing to enter the markets of the Middle East to prepare proposals in Russian and English and hold meetings via videoconferences to explain their proposals. Andrey Terekhin noted that when compiling requests from our entities to trade missions, it is necessary to understand the structure of the UAE market. For example, we often forget that the UAE is the largest aluminum producer, and they are offered to supply aluminum from Russia. He noted that pharmaceutical products, everything related to innovation meets with a bang! Summing up the results of the "round table", Vice President of the Chamber Vladimir Padalko expressed hope that the exchange of information that had taken place would be usefully continued in practice. Press Service of the Chamber
Representatives of the Chamber Participated in the Events of Innoprom 2022 Exhibition
Representatives of the Chamber took part in the business forum "Industrial Dialogue Russia-Kazakhstan" and the thematic track "Where to look for ideas? Sources of Innovation in the Regions”, and also visited the stands of the Sverdlovsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Oryol regions, Perm Territory on July 5 during the 12th International Industrial Exhibition “INNOPROM”. Andrey Besedin, President of the Ural Chamber of Commerce and Industry, moderated the business events of the second day of the forum (Business Dialogue "Russia-Turkey" and Panel Discussion "Russia-Armenia-Iran: New Opportunities for Trade and Economic Cooperation"). The panel discussion "Russia - Armenia - Iran: new opportunities for trade and economic cooperation" was held with the participation of over 150 experts in the field of foreign economic relations, investment, business from Russia, Armenia and Iran. The speech by Dmitry Kurochkin, Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, was devoted to the innovative and industrial cooperation of Russian enterprises with Armenia and Iran, where he provided information on the current practice of interaction of the Chamber with Iranian and Armenian colleagues. In particular, from the Iranian side there is now a great demand for the development of cooperation with Russia, from the Russian side is the same interest. In April, the Chamber hosted the Forum of Business Circles of Russia and Iran on the development of economic cooperation in the new global reality, where B2B negotiations were held between Russian and Iranian companies representing 9 sectors of the economy of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Interaction with Armenian entrepreneurs on innovative projects is carried out both in bilateral and multilateral formats. The Chamber actively promotes the development of direct contacts between enterprises and territorial chambers, cooperation in the field of arbitration, patenting of inventions, protection of industrial property, selection of promising investment projects. This work is carried out with the participation of the Fund for the Development of Innovative Entrepreneurship (a subsidiary of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation) and a partner organization of the Chamber - the Skolkovo Foundation. Some Armenian companies are included in the project pool of the Center for the Commercialization of Innovations of the CIS in the Russian Federation under the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, on the site of which presentation sessions of innovative developments are periodically held, ready for international and interregional cooperation within the framework of the Interstate Program for Innovative Cooperation of the CIS Member States until 2030 in the field of digitalization and creating marketplaces, Dmitry Kurochkin noted.
Katyrin Сalled for the Industrial Cooperation Within the Eurasian Economic Union
The President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation Sergey Katyrin called for the development of industrial cooperation between the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). He spoke at the fourth meeting of the Council for Industrial Policy of the EAEU, which was held on July 4 on the sidelines of the XII International Industrial Exhibition Innoprom Yekaterinburg. Developing cooperation, as Sergey Katyrin emphasized, is extremely necessary today in the conditions of turbulence and rapid changes in the world economic order. Based on the results of a survey of Russian enterprises conducted by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, as well as a discussion of the issue with business associations of all other EAEU countries, the Russian side prepared a list of priority mechanisms to support cooperation and stimulate demand for EAEU products at the Union level, Sergey Katyrin said. Sergey Katyrin expressed his hope for a speedy resolution of the issues of support for joint projects of EAEU enterprises. This, he is convinced, will seriously support the development of industrial cooperation in the countries that are members of the Union. Innoprom is an international industrial exhibition that has been held annually in Yekaterinburg since 2010. The main theme of the 12th International Industrial Exhibition Innoprom-2022 is Industrial Transition: From Challenges to New Opportunities. If in 2021 the main challenge was the COVID-19 epidemic and the search for new opportunities for industrial development in the realities of coronavirus restrictions, then in 2022 it is the search for new supply chains and ensuring technological sovereignty. The business program this year focuses on the opportunities that are opening up in new markets. The partner country of the exhibition in 2022 is the Republic of Kazakhstan. In total, more than 600 international companies take part in Innoprom, participants from 25 countries of the world will come with official delegations.