Sergey Katyrin: It is Necessary to Clarify the Standards of Work on the Halal System for Entrepreneurs
The standards by which halal products are produced should naturally be adapted to the understanding of manufacturers, said Sergey Katyrin, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, speaking in Kazan on May 19 at the plenary session of the XIII International Economic Summit "Russia - Islamic World: KazanSummit 2022" on the topic " The sharing economy and the common good of halal”. Even working on the basis of halal system, it is not always possible to follow the same standards, because different countries and communities approach these standards differently. “When we tried to sell products in Iran, it turned out that Sunnis and Shiites have different approaches to the topic of halal, and different states have different approaches. Even those who have common standards in some cases have different requirements for different products,” said the head of the Federal Chamber. An important problem, according to Sergei Katyrin, is the development of a system of certification centers for halal products. “We have a Center established under the Council of Muftis of Russia, but we need to create the same centers in other structures that could satisfy the interests of all our manufacturers. We would also like to be able to orient our colleagues, entrepreneurs to work with our foreign colleagues in this sector.” The President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Russia called Islamic finance a "serious resource" accumulated in Islamic banking. But he drew attention to the fact that approaches in this area differ from those generally accepted in Russia. So, derivatives are not financed, trade in alcohol, tobacco, weapons and many other goods that are unacceptable for Islamic banking are not financed, but for us this topic is very interesting, especially in the light of the current circumstances in which access to such resources as Islamic banking would be extremely important to us.” Earlier, Sergey Katyrin took part in the opening of the Russia Halal Expo exhibition.
A Round Table on the Municipal Solid Waste Management System in the Arctics
On May 17, 2022, the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosted a round table "Issues of creating an effective system for managing municipal solid waste in the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation", organized by the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Committee for Nature Management and Ecology and the Scientific and Technical Council (STC) under the Federal Service for Supervision in the nature management of the Russian Federation. Welcoming the participants of the round table, Dmitry Kurochkin, Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, emphasized that the improvement of the waste management system in the Arctic zone of Russia is one of the priority tasks for the development of the Arctic. He identified a number of important issues requiring expert discussion, including: the need to reduce the volume of landfills in permafrost areas, to reduce the time of accumulation of solid municipal waste in sparsely populated and hard-to-reach areas, the use of incineration technology with the capture of exhaust gases and minimization of the environmental impact for part of the waste in sparsely populated settlements, the use of resources of extractive industries that have a license to carry out activities for the collection, transportation, processing, disposal, neutralization, disposal of waste of I-IV hazard classes, to improve the efficiency of the waste management system. The Minister of Natural Resources of the Republic of Karelia Andrey Karpilovich acquainted the participants of the discussion with the main problems of handling production and consumption waste in the Arctic zone of the Republic of Karelia and proposed options for their solution, including the improvement of the system of regulatory legal acts and co-financing of large waste disposal projects from the federal budget . First Deputy Minister of Housing and Public Utilities and Energy of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Viktor Romanov outlined the problems that arise in the implementation of the waste management reform in his region. Dmitry Fedorov, Deputy Chairman of the RF CCI Committee on Nature Management and Ecology, informed about the increase in the efficiency of waste management on the Taimyr Peninsula. Boris Boravsky, General Director of the Innovative Ecological Fund LLC, and Senior Researcher of the Department of General Soil Science of Moscow State University named after Lomonosov Valery Telesnin. The consolidated position of the participants worked out as a result of the round table will be sent to the relevant federal and regional authorities. The consolidated position of the participants worked out as a result of the round table will be sent to the relevant federal and regional authorities. The round table was attended by over 80 representatives of federal and regional authorities, members of the Scientific and Technical Council of Rosprirodnadzor, members of relevant committees of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation and the Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Public Council of the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia, enterprises, local governments and public organizations operating in the Arctic zone. Press Service of the Chamber
The Chamber has Developed Measures to Support the Mining Complex of Russia in the Face of New Sanctions
On May 17, 2022, the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosted a joint meeting of the Supreme Mining Council of the NP "Miners of Russia" and the Committee of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Energy Strategy and Development of the Fuel and Energy Complex "On the tasks of supporting the mining complex of Russia in the context of Western sanctions." The meeting was opened and moderated by Yury Shafranik, Chairman of the Committee of the RF Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Energy Strategy and Development of the Fuel and Energy Complex, Chairman of the Supreme Mining Council of NP "Miners of Russia". Welcoming the participants of the joint meeting, Dmitry Kurochkin, Vice-President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, named a number of key challenges facing the mining industry, including the mobilization of investment resources to launch high-tech import substitution projects. According to the vice-president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, the mining industry needs to form new centers of integrated development in Siberia, the Far East, and the Arctic, based on the deep processing of natural resources, the use of new domestic developments, and also promote solutions with lengthening value chains within the country. Dmitry Kurochkin drew the participants' attention to the emerging opportunities for introducing innovative Russian technologies and developments into production, citing examples of successful cooperation between the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a number of industrial enterprises and regional administrations. He also informed about the possibilities of regional and municipal chambers of commerce and industry to assist (together with large companies and development institutions) in the implementation of investment projects in the production of environmentally friendly energy sources. In conclusion, the participants of the meeting summed up the results of the discussion of the reports and approved the main activities of the NP "Miners of Russia" for the period up to 2025. As a result of the discussion, a resolution will be prepared with proposals that will be sent to the relevant ministries and departments.
Katyrin Called for Urgent Action to Support Entrepreneurship in the Timber Industry
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry should work out large-scale measures to support the timber industry in the face of Western sanctions, President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Sergey Katyrin said, speaking on May 17 at a meeting with the members of the Committee on Entrepreneurship and the Timber Industry. Sergey Katyrin said that the industry felt the restrictive measures “introduced by hostile states”. Sales of products in such areas as the production of wood-based panels and plywood accounted for 70-80 percent in Western Europe and the USA. A significant share of machinery and equipment for enterprises of the domestic timber industry complex was imported from the Scandinavia and Finland. “We have lost all equipment and all institutions, and step by step we must restore them,” said the president of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. According to Katyrin, one should understand what needs to be done to develop the industry, try to find a way out. Taking into account the fact that at the upcoming meeting of the Board of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation on June 22, 2022, the issue “On the role of chambers of commerce and industry in the development of the timber industry in Russia” will be considered, Sergey Katyrin suggested considering the current meeting as one of the stages of preparation for the board meeting. The meeting was chaired by Nikolai Makarov, Chairman of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Committee on Entrepreneurship in the Timber Industry, who focused on the possibilities of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the development of the industry. He said that the committee continued to actively work with legislative bodies, with the Federation Council, where the Council for the Timber Industry Complex was formed. The committee also held an off-site meeting in the Novgorod region, N. Makarov said. “The current situation has confirmed the correctness of our activities and directions,” he said, stressing, however, the existing difficulties in communicating with the ministries about forestry equipment and machinery. Makarov also noted that some issues that are at the junction of departments cannot be resolved: there is no concern for cutting areas, garbage is not removed. Oleg Numerov, Deputy Chairman of the Committee, spoke at the meeting and spoke about measures to support woodworking. "The forest industry is located outside of Moscow and St. Petersburg, so more attention should be paid to the regions in the development of forestry." According to him, the main thing is to exercise control over the implementation of the decisions made, contact the government and seek constant attention. Makarov also noted that some issues that are at the junction of departments cannot be resolved: there is no concern for cutting areas, garbage is not removed. Vladimir Gorbenko, General Director of the Association "Drevmash" - spoke about the state of the Russian forestry engineering and that import dependence on machine tools is 90 percent. According to him, forest machine building should become the most important state priority. Igor Krysanov, project manager of the Russian Export Center of the Kostroma Oblast, about reorienting the export of Russian timber industry products to other countries. In particular, agreements were signed with Azerbaijan and China. We are actively negotiating with Turkish developers and offer products of deep processing, emphasized Igor Krysanov. According to him, more attention should be paid to contacts between the government and entrepreneurs, a special website should be created that would provide feedback, show not only the decisions of the committee, but also the reaction of the government. In his closing remarks, Sergei Katyrin emphasized the importance of creating a ministry for the forest complex, the urgent need for which is long overdue for the coordination of forestry and industry. Press Service of the Chamber
The Chamber Discussed a Bill on a Single Tax Payment and a Single Tax Account, Planned to be Introduced in Russia
The President of the Chamber Sergey Katyrin called the draft law on a single tax payment and a single tax account (UNT) significant and important for business. He stated this at a meeting held on May 11, which was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation, the Federal Tax Service, State Duma deputies, representatives of business associations, and entrepreneurs. Draft Law No. 46702-8 “On Amendments to Parts One and Two of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation”, which proposes the introduction of a single tax account, was submitted to the State Duma at the end of last year. The document passed the first reading in February. The bill provides for the transition of taxpayers to the payment of a single tax payment to their single tax account, and the Federal Tax Service will independently distribute the incoming amounts for their intended purpose. The money will be credited to one account, and distributed by the tax office independently; settlement with the budget is simplified - to transfer a single tax payment, only the TIN of the taxpayer is needed; payments for current taxes are not needed - it is enough to transfer a certain amount to the account and track the positive balance on it; saves time, minimizes the cost of qualified accounting assistance. The bill gives a number of undeniable advantages to entrepreneurs, especially small and medium ones. However, according to Sergei Katyrin, this does not mean that businesses have no questions about the bill. Large companies, in particular, have doubts about the timing of reporting and making a single tax payment. Other risks are possible when introducing a new tax institution, so every step needs to be carefully verified, Sergey Katyrin is convinced. Deputy Head of the Federal Tax Service of Russia Konstantin Chekmyshev held a detailed presentation of the Taxpayer's Personal Account, developed by the department, which allows businesses to easily make a single tax payment. Konstantin Chekmyshev said that in 2021, due to the complexity of the system, businesses made 80 million errors when paying taxes, now it is possible to avoid inaccuracies, which means reducing fines, etc. Technical difficulties during the transition to the new system, of course, are not excluded, Konstantin Chekmyshev noted, but, in his opinion, the new solutions proposed when creating the Taxpayer's Personal Account should significantly reduce them. Head of the Department of the Federal Tax Service of Russia Natalya Shalygina spoke about preparations for a pilot project to test the UNS technology (1.5 thousand taxpayers will start using the new system from July 1, which will allow it to be tested and improved, if necessary). The concept of a new tax payment mechanism was supported by all speakers. As for the nuances, there is still time to refine them, said Olga Anufrieva, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Budget and Taxes. The pilot project will show, she believes, whether to put the new law into effect from 2023 or, if improvements and clarifications are needed and time to adapt the business, then only from 2024. The results were summed up by the President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation Sergey Katyrin, who noted, in particular, that in order to successfully launch a pilot project, it is necessary to work with its participants and answer all their questions. It is also necessary, Sergei Katyrin concluded, to offer training to all businesses to work on the new system, which will help launch it without delay and for the benefit of business and the country as a whole. Press Service of the Chamber
The Delegation of the Chamber Laid a Wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Monument to Marshal Zhukov
On May 5, on the eve of Victory Day, employees of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, headed by President Sergei Katyrin, laid a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier near the Kremlin wall, a basket of flowers at the monument to Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov and a bouquet of flowers at the memorial plaque in the building on Ilyinka, where the names of the employees of the Chamber who died on the fronts of the Second World War are engraved. On behalf of the Chamber, the President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation Sergey Katyrin laid a wreath. Vice-Presidents of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Maxim Fateev, Dmitry Kurochkin, Vadim Chubarov, General Director of Expocentre Alexei Vyalkin, First Deputy General Director of Expocentre Nikolay Gusev, First Deputy General Director of the WTC Sergey Davydov, directors of departments and employees of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry took part in the solemn ceremony. Press Service of the Chamber Photos by Sergey Osipov
African Market is Very Promising for Russia—Vladimir Padalko
Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, Mr Vladimir Padalko, has described the African market as very promising for Russian companies, especially those intending to localize their production on the continent blessed with several resources. In this insightful interview with our Media Executive Kester Kenn Klomegah, he also discussed the existing challenges and emerging prospects especially for strengthening trade and economic relations with Africa, amid unprecedented stringent sanctions by the United States, European Union and their Pacific allies. Here are the interview excerpts: What can we expect from the second Russia-Africa summit scheduled for this year? Is it worth talking about increasing the level of Russian investment, and strengthening interaction with African businesses? The second Russia-Africa summit will become an important starting point for cooperation between the Russian Federation and African countries. The economic situation for Russia has now changed dramatically, while most countries on the continent have refrained from participating in anti-Russian sanctions. Therefore, we are talking about the formation of new approaches in a wide field of interaction, adjustment, or rather an expansion of those strategic tasks that were formulated at the first Russia-Africa summit. Let me remind you that three years ago, priority areas for economic cooperation were identified in a number of industries. These are energy, infrastructure development, especially railway construction, mining and processing of minerals, agriculture, digital technologies, medicine, science and education. These priorities will be voiced at the second summit as well. But I think that the main topic of the upcoming forum will be the formation of new tools for fruitful cooperation between Russia and Africa, including new methods of mutual settlements, logistics routes, media and cultural communication. How competitive is the current African market for Russian companies and potential investors who have shown interest in Africa? In recent years, many African countries no longer experience a lack of attention from foreign partners. Unfortunately, today the share of Western states, as well as China, in trade with African countries is much higher than Russia’s. But, nevertheless, our country is able to occupy significant niches in many areas. We sell very popular goods in Africa: fertilizers, oil products, wood products, plastics, rolled metal products, grain, certain types of machinery and equipment, and vehicles. In turn, African countries are ready to supply the Russian market with a whole range of food products, with the supply of which problems have recently arisen. And in some countries, in particular, South Africa, there are good products in mechanical engineering, chemical, and food industries, which will also be useful for us today. The African market today is very promising for Russia, but also very difficult. Russian business needs to work on it thoroughly and systematically in order to achieve success. Does the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation intend to encourage Russian companies to localize their production in African countries, thereby using one of the most reliable ways to expand trade and economic cooperation? The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation supports all positive trends in business, including foreign economic activity. The localization of Russian production in African countries is already a mature stage of cooperation when companies understand all the specifics of doing business in a particular country and are confident in the long-term nature of project implementation, and the return on their investments. In my opinion, now for the majority of Russian companies that intend to work in Africa, it is important to create a set of tools that will allow them to confidently develop their business with the countries of the continent. The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation has already prepared a set of proposals that should seriously help the promotion of Russian business to African markets. The initiatives were discussed and approved at the last meeting of the heads of business councils at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation for cooperation with African countries. For example, it is important that Russian banks come to Africa. Now there is only one bank – it is very small for the whole continent. We need settlement banks that would work with different currencies, and not just with dollars and euros. The President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Sergey Katyrin, in a letter to the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation Mikhail Mishustin, proposed to conclude intergovernmental agreements with African states on the use of national currencies in mutual settlements and payments. It was also proposed to work out the issue of establishing a specialized export-import bank and a trust fund to support the export activities of small and medium-sized businesses in African countries. We really need a Russia-Africa trading house. In connection with the latest events in the world, international logistics have seriously changed. We need commodity hubs that work for several countries at once. As you can see, we are now at the stage of creating an infrastructure that will allow us to reach a qualitatively new level of cooperation between Russia and Africa. Business needs vital information, knowledge about the investment climate, and the specifics of work in a particular country. Business needs vital information, knowledge about the investment climate, and the specifics of working in a particular country. Do you think there is an information vacuum between Russia and Africa? The information vacuum definitely exists, and this obstacle should first be removed. One of the most effective tools in this direction is holding exhibitions. Experience indicates that business in Africa shows great interest in them. In connection with this, the CCI of the Russian Federation proposes to redirect the funds allocated for exhibitions in Europe to the organization of exhibitions and business forums in African countries. But at the same time, it is necessary to work quickly – it takes an average of six months to prepare any exhibition, and the situation in this area can change dramatically. It is also necessary to organize business missions more often, hold roadshows, presentations of Russian companies in African countries. The online format of communication is good, but direct contact, so to speak, on earth is always effective and brings returns. I would like to note that the CCI of the Russian Federation intends to actively contribute to the expansion of the network of trade representative offices in Africa. Currently, there are only four Russian trade missions operating on the continent; Morocco, Algeria, Egypt and South Africa. There should be more of them. What do you think are the main problems for foreign players on the African continent, what hinders the development of trade and the influx of Russian investments into African countries? Trade and economic cooperation is always a bilateral process. African countries need to further develop financial and investment infrastructure, which foreign partners, in our case, Russian ones, will be able to rely on. Do not hope that investors will come, find promising projects on their own and implement them at their own expense. At the same time, the experience of the Soviet Union shows that it is possible and necessary to cooperate with African countries in a broad format. However, the economic model of interaction is now fundamentally different – no one will recklessly invest. All work is based on a mutually beneficial basis. At the same time, Russia is now living in fundamentally new economic realities. Many communications, logistics, and supply chains have been disrupted. Business is forced to adjust strategies for working with foreign partners and to look for new opportunities for their development. And in this situation, cooperation in friendly areas – with African countries – becomes one of the priorities. At the end of this exclusive interview, what are your final motivating words and what can you wish for potential clients and partners in Africa? Africa has changed a lot in recent years. A number of countries show high rates of economic growth, new industries are developing, enterprises are opening, and not in the sphere of primary processing of minerals and agricultural raw materials. The African continent has become a place of expansion for many foreign companies. Russia cannot stand aside from this process. Businesses need to take the initiative and take a certain risk – it is like two sides of a coin. The main thing is that our country has a good mood for the development of cooperation, and this is unambiguous on the part of African countries as well. So, we will succeed. There is a wide field of collaboration ahead.
Sergey Katyrin Took Part in the Meeting of the BRICS Business Council
On April 28, an interim meeting of the BRICS Business Council was held, which was attended by representatives of Brazil, Russia, India, China (China chairs the Business Council in 2022), and the Republic of South Africa. Chen Siqing has been appointed Chairman of the Chinese part of the BRICS Business Council. In his speech, the President of the Russian Chamber, Sergey Katyrin, who heads the Russian part of the BRICS Business Council, named some priority areas for economic development within the "five". According to the President of the Chamber, it is very important to develop financial institutions. The Russian side supports the proposal to establish the ESG of the BRICS Association, which could take on these tasks. Within the framework of the BRICS, an independent system of credit ratings should be created, Sergei Katyrin believes. Given the importance of maintaining sovereignty in the regulation of credit ratings in each of the five countries, the most promising solution seems to be the creation of an Alliance of BRICS rating agencies, united by a common methodology. It is also necessary to intensify the discussion of the possibilities of cooperation between the BRICS insurance markets and, given the unfolding crisis of the international financial system, to develop payment services within the "five". Cooperation with the BRICS New Development Bank should be more active, he said. Sergey Katyrin made a special mention of the offer of JSC Russian Railways regarding priority financing of railway projects by the bank. This proposal is in line with the BRICS Economic Partnership Strategy until 2025 in terms of developing supply chains and increasing the logistics connectivity of countries. The head of the Russian part of the Business Council proposed to actively promote and maintain a positive image of the Business Council in the BRICS business circles. For this, it is necessary, in particular, to develop the concept of a single Internet site of the DC. Today, everyone has their own separate pages of national parts, and they are in different styles and in different structures. This makes it difficult to perceive the Business Council as a single organization, Sergei Katyrin believes. The head of the Russian part of the BRICS Business Council reminded in conclusion that this year the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will be held from June 15 to 18, the Russian national part of the Business Council is holding a session on economic development within the BRICS. This year the topic of the session is “BRICS countries: deepening trade and economic cooperation”. Press Service of the Chamber
Katyrin: We will Provide Maximum Assistance to Entrepreneurs in the Domestic and Foreign Markets
To build a new financial settlement system is the main problem in the mastering of the new markets under sanctions. That is how the President of the Chamber, Sergei Katyrin, described the priority of his work in the new conditions of sanctions imposed on Russian economy. He spoke at a press conference in TASS on April 20, dedicated to new activities in foreign markets. In relations with Africa, we should create a backbone bank through which we could carry out mutual settlements, Sergey Katyrin stressed. The most important problem is to study the market and how our products can be competitive in new markets. Sergey Katyrin noted that under the new conditions, most of the Business Councils that are part of the Chamber continued their activities. "We do not lose touch with anyone," he stressed. Special relations are formed with the Business Council of Belarus. We have recently received many foreign ambassadors who are interested in how we plan to work in the new conditions. “We do not reject anyone – Iran-Turkey, the Arab world,” Sergey Katyrin said. Great opportunities open up in cooperation with the countries of Latin America, but a significant problem remains the lack of information. Our country and the Chamber have already been visited by many delegations from Asian and African countries. Potential partners understand that niches in the Russian market are being vacated, and there is a chance to occupy them. Most recently, the Russian-Iranian business forum was held in the Chamber, Iranian businessmen arrived, more than 300 people from the Russian side participated. Sergey Katyrin believes that there will be a continuation, and Russian business will more boldly enter the Iranian market, and Iranian business will come to us. In China, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation has two representative offices, a webinar was recently held, where it was discussed about further expanding ties. The Chamber is trying to organize the same communication with Turkish colleagues - this is all - concrete assistance to businesses in entering new markets. Particular attention was devoted to the topic of force majeure (i.e. the issue of force majeure circumstances) in business relations. To date, the Chamber is working on 750 packages of documents, more than 150 certificates have already been issued. We are talking about foreign trade transactions, certificates of force majeure for them are issued only by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, for domestic transactions documents are prepared by territorial Chambers of Commerce and Industry. In connection with the sanctions, it was decided to issue such documents free of charge until the end of April 2022, the head of the Chamber concluded. Sergei Katyrin, Sergey Gorkov, Head of the Rosgeologia Holding, Chairman of the Russian-Emirate Business Council, Huang Guolian, General Director of Huaxun Group, Uwem Sampson, Chairman of Nigerian Diaspora in Russia, General Director of Trailtrans Logistics spoke about the prospects for the development of economic cooperation between the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation with partner countries, support for the foreign economic activity of Russian companies, development of exports and the process of import substitution under sanctions. The event was held online. Chamber Press Office