IV MEETING OF THE CLUB OF HEADS OF TRADE-ECONOMIC MISSIONS (EMBASSY DEPARTMENTS) OF FOREIGN COUNTRIES, ACCREDITED IN MOSCOW
The fourth meeting of the Club was held on October 12, 2017 on the territory of the Expocentre, as part of the international exhibition Agroprodmash-2017.
The General Director of Expocentre Sergey Bednov addressed the audience with a welcoming speech.
In this meeting took part Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassadors and trade councelors from more than 20 countries, as well as representatives of federal and regional executive and legislative authorities of the Russian Federation, manufacturers and exporters discussed further cooperation in the agricultural sector and outlined the prospects for new commercial and investment projects.
Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture and Food Policy and Environmental Management of the Federation Council Mikhail Shchetinin in his speech has noted the growth of agricultural production in Russia in recent years and its exports, called representatives of foreign countries to expand cooperation in this area.
Welcoming words of the Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation Evgeny Gromyko was conveyed by the deputy director of the Analytical Center of the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia, Oleg Motorin, who spoke at the meeting with a report. In his speech, Oleg Motorin presented an analysis of foreign practice of supporting exports of agricultural products and spoke about the measures to promote Russian agricultural products abroad, implemented by the Agroexport Support Center of the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia.
Trade councelors of the Kingdom of Belgium, the Gabonese Republic, the Slovak Republic and the Republic of Ecuador made presentations about the development of agriculture in their countries.
The importance of regular meetings of trade and economic representatives of foreign countries was noted by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Komi Republic – permanent representative of the Komi Republic to the President of the Russian Federation, Vice-President of the Club Grigory Sarishvili. “Many foreign companies successfully operate in the Russian market, which is very important for us, so we will continue this cooperation further. We are promoting Russian interests, and at the same time, we help exchange experience and information to all those trade councelors who work with us. We offer all regions of Russia to speak (at club meetings), but if the topic is, for example, “agriculture”, we narrow the range of regions to those who are interested in it. And next time we want to see at least five regions where tourism is actively developing”, commented the vice-president of the Club to the RIA Novosti.
According to the Permanent Representative, the Club is looking forward to creating projects and promoting ideas that go beyond the regional agenda. “Now we are working not only for the Komi Republic, but also for the whole Russia,” said Grigory Sarishvili.
The regular meeting of the Club was held on the eve of the annual jubilee since the founding of this business platform, created on the initiative of the Head of the Komi Republic Sergey Gaplikov and Rector of the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, who is the President of the Club.
Meetings of foreign trade and economic representatives have become a good tradition, leading to higher efficiency of foreign economic relations between countries and a qualitative improvement of the structure of export and import. During the year of existence of the Club, not only the number of participants has grown, but also their status. Now it was decided to link the agenda of the meetings to the themes of the major exhibitions held in Moscow.
For reference: The Club of heads of trade-economic missions (Embassy departments) of foreign countries, accredited in Moscow has existed since 2016 and was created on the initiative of the Head of the Komi Republic Sergey Gaplikov and the Rector of the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics