MoUs signed in Vladivostok
Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Yuri Trutnev and Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal have underlined the need to diversify and deepen trade links in priority sectors, in order to meet the trade target of US$30 billion by 2025.
Goyal also urged companies on both sides to use to come together to discuss partnerships directly with each other, and to come up with concrete project proposals and substantial outcomes.
The Plenary Session, attended by close to 400 delegates from both countries, was part of Indian business delegation visit to Vladivostok to explore opportunities in the Russian Far East from 11-13 August 2019.
The high-powered visit culminated with the signing of MoUs between regions of the Russian Far East and five Indian states to expand and strengthen cooperation in the areas of trade, economy, investment, scientific and technical cooperation.
An MoU was signed between Amity University and Far East Federal University to enhance relations and develop academic and cultural exchange in the areas of education and research.
An agreement was also concluded on the establishment of the representative offices, the Centre for Yoga, and the Pushkin Centre for Russian Language and cultural studies. Another MoU on skill development was signed between National Skill Development Corporation and Far East Investment and Export Agency.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar delivered his address in Russian language and invited Russian investors to Gurugram and Haryana. Goa Chief Minister, Dr. Pramod Sawant, extended an invitation to Russian businessmen to actively participate in the upcoming ‘Vibrant Goa Global Expo and Summit’.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath emphasized on collaboration in the field of energy, agriculture and food-processing.
Gujarat Chief Minister, Vijay Rupani spoke in particular of the possibilities of collaboration in gold and diamond mining, and application of latest technology for utilization of natural resources.
This visit has generated a positive momentum for the enhancement of trade and economic cooperation between India and Russia in the run-up to the 5th Eastern Economic Forum in September, during which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the guest of honour on his maiden visit to Vladivostok, said the Commerce and Industry Ministry in a release on 13 August 2019.
The event was the result of collaboration between Invest India and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry on the Indian side, and the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic under the leadership of Alexander Kozlov and the Far East Investment and Export Promotion Agency on the Russian side.
On 12 August 2019, the companies showcased in different sessions the prospects of mutual collaboration in the promising sectors through presentations. The sessions were attended by the Governors of several regions of the Far East and senior officials on both sides.
About 200 Russian companies, Investment Agencies and Funds took part from the Russian side. Companies interacted separately with identified partners in an expanded B2B format and established contacts for further deliberations.
The companies belonged to a wide cross-section of priority sectors, including minerals and rare earth, energy, forestry and timber, healthcare, agriculture and food processing, ceramics, tourism and infrastructure.
The Goyal led delegation included Chief Ministers of Haryana, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Goa and about 140 Indian companies. fiinews.com