The Republic of Crimea continues the tradition of signing cooperation agreements with the Russian regions at major economic forums. Such agreements have been signed in the past at the Yalta International Economic Forum, the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, and the Eastern Economic Forum.
The Republic of Crimea concluded agreements on trade and economic, scientific, technical, social, and cultural cooperation with the Ryazan, Penza, and Yaroslavl Regions at the Russian Investment Forum in Sochi. In addition, Head of the Republic of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov signed action plans for the implementation of previously concluded agreements with the leaders of five more regions – the Republic of Chuvashia, the Republic of Ingushetia, and the Samara, Leningrad, and Ulyanovsk Regions. Russia’s regional leaders have offered high praise for the investment potential of the Republic of Crimea and see great opportunities for the development of interregional cooperation.
“Crimea is the most dynamically developing region”
Alexander Drozdenko, Governor of the Leningrad Region:
“We have mutually beneficial cooperation [with the Republic of Crimea]. Today we see that there are good prospects for our businessmen to invest in the Republic of Crimea. Today we already know the businessmen from the Crimea who come to the Leningrad Region and work with us by name. Crimea is rapidly developing right before our eyes with new technologies coming to all sectors. Today, Crimea is the most dynamically developing region. And that's how it should be. We aren’t envious, but, on the contrary, will support and develop our ties”.
“Our cooperation has already produced results”
Dmitry Mironov, Governor of the Yaroslavl Region:
“I would like to thank Sergey Aksyonov and all Crimeans on his behalf for the interaction that we have established. Last summer, we signed a very important strategic agreement [with the Republic of Crimea] on our interaction and interaction between enterprises, and we are already seeing certain results and progress: the shipbuilding company Vympel sent Crimea the Comet, a new hydrofoil vessel that was delivered to Sevastopol and hopefully will make voyages in the Black Sea this summer. I am confident that the agreement signed today will serve as a new impetus for our interaction and the development of our regions”.
“Trade turnover with Crimea grew 20% in 2017”
Mikhail Ignatyev, Prime Minister of the Chuvash Republic:
“Our relations [with Crimea] are built on mutually beneficial terms. Trade turnover [between the republics] increases each year. In 2017, trade turnover grew by almost 20%. Goods from the electrical engineering cluster are used today in the construction of the [Crimean] bridge, which will connect our regions even better. I am thankful to Crimea for the fact that natives of the Chuvash Republic are represented as a national cultural autonomy on the peninsula and a favourable environment has been created for them”.
“Several joint interests and projects”
Nikolay Lyubimov, Governor of the Ryazan Region:
“We started cooperating with the Crimea without waiting for the signing an agreement in the cultural sector, in the exchange of business contacts, and in the tourism sector. We will continue this cooperation. We have a lot of joint interests and projects in business”.
“Successful business practices have been developed in Crimea”
Dmitry Azarov, Acting Governor of the Samara Region:
“We have had partnership relations with Crimea for many years. At one point we travelled around to the Russian regions in search of the best practices that had accumulated in the municipalities, and now we have the opportunity to come to Crimea because our colleagues have developed many successful practices in Crimea”.
Developing cooperation between Crimea and Russia’s regions is traditionally one of the key themes of the Yalta International Economic Forum (YIEF). An Action Plan to implement a previously signed Agreement with the Krasnodar Territory was signed on the sidelines of the YIEF in 2017. Signings at the YIEF 2016 included an agreement on socioeconomic and cultural cooperation for 2016–2018 with the Government of the Irkutsk Region, an agreement on cooperation between the Republic of Crimea and Moscow in the tourism sector as well as a number of agreements on trade, economic, scientific, technical, cultural, and humanitarian cooperation with representatives of Russian regions. New formats of economic interaction between the Republic of Crimea and other regions of Russia and specific examples of such cooperation will be discussed at the YIEF 2018, which will be held on 19–21 April.
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The Yalta International Economic Forum (YIEF) is an annual international business event on economic matters held in Crimea.
The Forum is organized by the Government of the Republic of Crimea and the Yalta International Economic Forum Foundation with the support of the Administration of the President of the Russian Federation.
More than 2,200 people took part in the YIEF 2017 on 20–22 April 2017, including more than 200 international participants from 46 countries. The largest foreign delegation at the forum came from Italy and included more than 50 people.
The YIEF 2017 programme included 35 business events: 25 thematic sections, a grand section on the development of the construction industry, the key discussion of the YIEF – a major plenary session divided into three thematic sections: World, Country, and People. The World block was devoted to the economic situation in Russia from the standpoint of international business. The plenary session participants examined Russia’s place in the global economy and the experience of cooperation with Russia as a business partner and discussed the opportunities opening up in Russia for external investors. In the Country block, the discussion participants focused on prospects for the formation of an innovative economy in Russia that meets the requirements of tomorrow. The People block was devoted to social issues and nature conservation.
Contracts and agreements valued at more than RUB 100 billion were signed at YIEF 2017.