The Government of Sverdlovsk region, the Development Corporation of Middle Ural and the Italian International Business Promotion Agency (IHE) approved the agenda of the XXVI meeting of the Russian-Italian Working Group on industrial districts and cooperation in the field of small and medium-size businesses. A major intergovernmental event will be held in Ekaterinburg from October 12th to October 13th, 2017.
Together with the Italian partners, the main areas of cooperation were identified, to which the two-day program of the meeting will be devoted. This construction and everything related to the equipment of the house, various areas of engineering, as well as material and technical support of the oil and gas industry.
In these industries, Italian companies occupy the leading positions in the World and they have something to offer their Russian partners. As far as we understand, they are in priority for the Ural region as well. That is why we hope that with the active support of the Government of the Sverdlovsk region, our companies will be able to present their technologies and find interested partners in Russia, - said the Director of the Moscow Representative Office of ICE Pierre Paolo Celeste.
Now, the Agency is actively working on drawing up a list of Russian regional investment projects in order to offer them to the Italian companies.
The Italian delegation at the 26th meeting will be presented by the heads of administrations of the Italian regions, business associations and about 100 Italian entrepreneurs. Russian side will be represented by the Government bodies, major Russian companies, banking structures, small and medium-size enterprises, interested in implementing joint projects with Italian business will participate in the meeting.
As the adviser to the Governor of Sverdlovsk region Mr. Vadim Tretyakov has put it, the meeting of the Russian-Italian Working Group is a large-scale business forum with an intensive program.
As Vadim Tretyakov, further commented:
The topical round tables will be devoted to specific types of industrial production and discussion of acute issues of foreign economic activity. It is planned to hold bilateral meetings and to sign agreements between Russian and Italian companies on establishing joint ventures and trade cooperation. Visits to enterprises and a tour to the industrial sites of the region will also be organized.
According to Mr. Celeste, Sverdlovsk region, being an important industrial center of Russia, provides comfortable conditions for business and, particularly, for small and medium enterprises, which form the basis of the Italian economy. He also said that it was planned to organize a technological center of Italian metal-working equipment in Ekaterinburg, where various types of the latest generation of machines will be presented, where students of technical specialties will be trained, and the best of them will be able to come to Italy for an internship.
The Sverdlovsk Region and Italy are long-standing business partners. In confirmation of this - the participation of the region in the road show of Russian investment projects that were recently held in Italy, the visit to Ekaterinburg of the Italian Ambassador Cesare Maria Ragalini as the head of the delegation of Italian business community in June this year, the participation of a significant number of Italian companies at the recently held Innoprom-2017, where they signed a number of agreements. Also in June 2017, the DCMU and the Lombardy region signed a memorandum of cooperation, under which the parties will provide comprehensive support to companies of both countries in trade and investment.
The Russian-Italian Working Group acting under the patronage of the Council for Economic, Industrial, Monetary and Financial Cooperation between Russia and Italy was established in 2002 as a joint initiative of the leaders of Russia and Italy. Meetings of the Working Group are held twice a year on a parity basis in Russia and in Italy. The previous one took place on December 1-2, 2016 in the Italian city of Bergamo. It should be noted that the Agency ICE-Trade Department of the Italian Embassy in Moscow has been working in Russia since 1966, one of its offices is in Ekaterinburg.