Alexei Likhachev: Third Russian-Chinese Expo will be hosted by Russia


First Deputy Minister of Economic Development of Russia Mr. Alexei Likhachev took part in the Second Russian-Chinese Expo in Harbin.

The Russian delegation was headed by the Deputy Prime Minister, the head of the Russian side of the intergovernmental Russian-Chinese Commission on preparation of regular meetings of the Heads of Government Mr. Dmitry Rogozin. The Chinese delegation was led by the Vice Premier of State Council of China who heads the intergovernmental Russian-Chinese Commission on preparation of regular meetings of Heads of Government Mr. Wang Yang.

On the area of about 2500 square meters economic, trade, and investment potential of Russian regions and largest industrial enterprises was demonstrated along with current developments and samples of finished products of leading enterprises, small and medium businesses that will display their competitive products and technical developments, as well as current projects of bilateral cooperation.

In addition to representatives of Russia and China the EXPO was attended by businesses from other countries, including Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, India, Singapore, and South Korea, totaling 22 countries.

One of the major events held during EXPO this year was the Day of Russian regions, held under the auspices of Ministry of Economic Development of Russia. The forum was attended by 24 Russian regions and 24 provinces of China. 6 Russian regions were represented by the governors. The first day of the EXPO was very fruitful. The meeting of heads of the Russian and Chinese delegations with the governors was held. Investment opportunities of 18 regions of Russia were presented.

The opening ceremony of the event was held by the First Deputy Minister of Economic Development of Russia Mr. Alexei Likhachev and the governor of Heilongjiang Province Mr. Lu Hau.

Mr. Alexei Likhachev emphasized that among all the subjects of the Russian Federation there are regions leading in terms of investment potential and business activity. "These particular subjects were given an opportunity to present their developments during the Russian-Chinese EXPO," he said.

The First Deputy Minister said that the high level and quality of interaction of subjects of the Russian Federation and provinces of China still remain the key to successful coordination of approaches on a wide range of matters of mutual interest. "Currently, there exist 61 agreement on cooperation between the administrative and territorial units of Russia and China, more than 110 pairs of municipalities are linked by means of sister-city agreements. Along with that, almost all Russian regions maintain trade and economic connections with Chinese partners," he said.

Mr. Alexei Likhachev pointed out that Russia attaches great importance to the development of inter-regional and cross-border connections with China. "Today's event is a proof that this area of cooperation is a priority for our Chinese colleagues as well", he said.

Beginning next year, the EXPO will be held alternately in Russia and China. In 2016 it is planned to hold the exhibition in St. Petersburg or in Yekaterinburg. "The Third Russian-Chinese Expo will then be hosted by Russia. We are now selecting the best city from the number of candidate cities, based on the understanding that this city will be the permanent host city of the Russian-Chinese EXPO," said the head of the Russian delegation.

In 2014 during the first Russian-Chinese EXPO the number of Russian participants exceeded one thousand persons. The total exhibition area of the Russian pavilion was more than 2.5 thousand square meters. A comprehensive business program was organized during those 2 days, which included 13 round tables and panel sessions on cooperation in various areas. The value of contracts and agreements of intent signed during the exhibition exceeded 5 billion dollars.