Russia will increase the number of trade missions abroad

Russia will increase the number of trade missions abroad

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The government will start large-scale trade and economic expansion in countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America

Photo: TASS/Egor Aleev

The government is studying the possibility of expanding Russia’s economic presence abroad. According to “Izvestia”, the Ministry of economic development is preparing the opening of new sales offices in Singapore, Mongolia, United Arab Emirates. In plans of the Department — further extension of the sphere of Russian influence in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

As has told “news” the assistant to the Minister of economic development Elena laskina, until the end of the year, the Ministry also plans to conduct a review of all existing trade missions to optimize their work.

— The Ministry is constantly working on the reform of trade missions in the framework of the priority project of the Ministry of “Creation of system of export support in a single window mode”. The point is that we create the algorithm of direct engagement trade missions and the export of the centre is its emerging network of foreign offices. Today the trade mission are the most effective tool of state support for participants of foreign trade activities from the point of view of support of export, investment and technology transfer in Russia, she said.

The opening of new sales offices in Asia, Africa and Latin America due to the plans of the Russian businessmen. So, in the near future, several Russian companies will start deliveries of fish in Brazil. In addition, Russia plans to increase the volumes of grain exports at the expense of China, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. According to the Ministry of agriculture, for July 2016 — June 2017 projected grain exports at 40 mln tonnes

At the end of September at meeting of Presidium of the presidential Council for strategic development and priority projects the head of the government Dmitry Medvedev set the goal to reach the rate of growth of non-oil exports not less than 7% per year. According to the Ministry of industry and trade, to support Russian exports will need about 100 billion roubles, but this figure has not yet been agreed with the Ministry of Finance. According to the Ministry of industry and trade, government support should be given to those industries which are projected the highest growth, — agricultural machinery, automotive industry, transport engineering, civil aviation.

According to the President of “OPORA Russia” Alexander Kalinin, the theme of administrative support to Russian exports were discussed with the Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at the International investment forum in Sochi.

— Dmitry Medvedev held a meeting about what to do with the point of view of business to increase non-oil exports. Administrative support for exporters should be increased. They complain that in many countries the level of support insufficient. At the roundtable we had a businessman who was put on the Olympic games in Rio video security system. He was just saying that it is difficult to work in the markets, particularly Latin America, because administrative support is low, — said Alexander Kalinin.

About the export potential of Russian products Dmitry Medvedev also said in his keynote article published in September. In it, the Prime Minister said that the export potential of Russian companies in metallurgy, chemical industry, transport mechanical engineering, agriculture. Calculations show that a large export potential also have automotive and aircraft, pharmaceuticals, manufacture of office and Telecom equipment electrical machinery and equipment, furniture.

According to the head of the government, today it is necessary to improve the system of state support, since exporters have to overcome a lot of obstacles: logistics, technical regulations, sanitary-epidemiological control, a shortage of loan funds or guarantees, certification. To solve these problems it was decided to develop different schemes of support for small and mediumsized enterprises, which should be accessible in a mode “one window”.