Minister A.R. Belousov Spoke at the Opening of the APEC MRT Meeting in Kazan


On 4-5, June, in Kazan is held the meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministers Responsible for Trade chaired by the Russian Economic Development Minister Andrey Belousov.

The key issues on the agenda include the development of regional economic integration, trade and investment liberalization, issues of transport and logistical chains improvement, food security and intensive collaboration with the view of enhancing innovation-driven growth.

Also the meeting is attended by First Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Igor Shuvalov and President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov.


Speech by Minister A.R. Belousov’s Speech at the Opening of the APEC MRT Meeting in Kazan, 

June 4-5


Ladies and gentlemen,

I am glad to greet you all here, in Kazan. It is my honor to act as the chairman of our meeting, and I am glad to welcome the APEC ministers responsible for trade, APEC secretariat, APEC Business Advisory Council, representatives of the World Trade Organization (WTO), observers, and guests; I am delighted that you all have found an opportunity to attend the annual meeting of the trade ministers.

Our meeting has a special importance, for today and tomorrow we are supposed to assess the accomplishment of the objectives set by the APEC Leaders, as well as this year’s performance, and discuss the preparations for the next meeting and the forthcoming APEC Summit in Vladivostok.

The Russian APEC chairmanship in this year means a lot to us. It is not just a reason to step up our dialogue. Our prime goals are active integration positions in the region and implementation of the mutual potential to maintain the high growth rates of our economies.

When formulating the agenda for our chairmanship, we assume that the Asian-Pacific Region is now one of the most rapidly developing regions in the world, and the world economy is genuinely interested in this economic growth in the region. This is due to the modifications in the quality of this growth – the Asian-Pacific Region is growing not only as a production center, but also as a consumption one, drawing the entire global economy towards the sustainable growth path.

In this context, the consolidated common position of the APEC economies is of dramatic importance.

This event will traditionally take two days. Today we are planning to discuss the issues concerning the support for the multilateral trade system; we will hear a report by World Trade Organization Director-General Mr. Pascal Lamy and we also plan to discuss and outline further moves to support and promote the multilateral trade system. Furthermore, today we also plan to discuss trade and investment liberalization, regional economic integration, as well as food security following the meeting of the agriculture ministers.

Tomorrow we are planning to discuss trade and investment promotion in terms of establishing reliable transport and logistical chains and organizing active collaboration with the view of securing innovation-driven growth.