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Alexey Ulyukaev: Value of the Russian-American Pacific partnership for saving of the positive agenda increases

16.10.15

The Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Alexey Ulyukaev sent welcome speech to participants of 20 anniversary meeting of the Russian-American Pacific partnership (RAPP), taken place in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

"For the long history of the activity the partnership became the effective mechanism of development of the Russian-American trade and economic dialogue", - it is noted in welcome speech.

During the difficult period of the bilateral relations RAPP brought together representatives of business, State authorities, public organizations of regions of the Far East of Russia and states of the Western coast of the USA. "Value of RAPP in saving of the positive agenda and realization of constructive initiatives increases in the current conditions. Especially as it is about cooperation in the Pacific Rim, essentially important for both countries", - the Minister emphasized.

At the meeting of RAPP questions of Russian-American cooperation in the fields of power and energy saving, environment, trade, transport and tourism were discussed. In particular, RAPP role in development of oil and gas projects of Sakhalin was noted.

The Deputy director of the Department of countries of Europe, North America and international organizations of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, the cochairman of RAPP Dmitry Sazhin participated at the forum. In his speech he noted that Russia heads for openness and attraction of foreign business to national economy. «Import substitution – good chance for foreign business to participate in new modernization of Russia. We welcome interest of foreign companies, including American ones, to participate in our projects, especially in the sphere of infrastructure", - he told.

Following the results of a meeting participants of RAPP noted need of refusal of the policy of sanctions creating obstacles to business, creations of training courses about the Russian-American relations by MGIMO example at universities of the Western coast of the USA and universities in the Far East of Russia, activation of twinning communications between the cities of the Western coast of the USA and of the Far East of Russia to call the regional authorities for organization of mutual visits in a format of business missions.

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