Alexey Likhachev: Russia and Cuba came to arrangements for new projects
The First Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Alexey Likhachev headed Russian business - mission in Havana (Cuba), and also took part in work of the first meeting of the Russian-Cuban Working group for trade and economic cooperation and priority projects
Actions took place "on fields" of Havana FIHAV-2015, the 33rd International diversified trade fair. The Cuban delegation was headed by the Vice-chairman of Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba Ricardo Cabrisas.
"Within the business mission about 30 Russian companies cooperate with Cuban partners, and the main result - an exit to arrangements for new projects", - Alexey Likhachev told. The Cuban party "made the offers for cooperation" and the Russian side "will answer the same", he noted.
According to him, besides traditional areas of cooperation, such as deliveries of the power equipment, machine and technical and transport production, there is a new row – in the sphere of development of infrastructure of the railroads, deliveries of railway cars, localization of pharmaceutical industry. The Cuban party became interested in the offers connected with sea deliveries, Likhachev noticed, without having excluded thus possibility of deliveries of ships produced by Russia to Cuba. Also the Cuban party is interested in construction of a cement plant in the Santiago de Cuba city.
The new sphere of cooperation discussed during the meeting, joint activity in the sphere of support of export and interaction with such institute of development as Export insurance agency of Russia (EXIAR). Creation of the Russian Export Center (REC) with possibility of opening of its representation office on the island will become the following step in system of development of export to the Russian Federation, according to the First Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, and also joint activity concerning the third countries, meaning expansion of support of created with the Russian technology products of productions localized on the island.
During business mission were signed the Agreement between JSC EXIAR and Banco Internacional de Comercio S.A. about granting an insurance covering within the project of financing of deliveries of railway cars to Cuba and the working plan of action of Business councils of Russia and Cuba for 2016.
The Cuban party highly appreciated the Russian participation in the Havana International fair. "It was the fine exposition; the business circles are very well presented. We are satisfied not only by their participation, but also by its level" — Ricardo Cabrisas noted.
At the meeting of the Working group the Cuban delegation was headed by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investments of the Republic of Cuba Ileana Núñez Mordoche. Alexey Likhachev noted that according to official statistics, the volume of direct Russian investments to Cuba makes about 100 million dollars. Thus, he specified that they are estimated by experts at the level of 400 million dollars, considering that many Russian companies, first of all, power not always work under jurisdiction of Russia.
The sums of the Russian export to Cuba are small; nevertheless the First Deputy Minister noted the prompt growth of the Russian export for the first 8 months of year, as result of work of the intergovernmental commission of the two countries. "The basis of export is made by machine and technical products, the products with high degree of a value added, metallurgy of high level of processing", - he told.
The Russian companies held presentations of perspective projects, including production of energy saving products, construction of a cement plant, modernization of railway depots in Cuba, delivery of a tanker, creation of system of transport safety of shipping. The agreement about inclusion of the presented projects in the priority list for further development of mechanisms of joint support has been reached.