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Afterword to Davos
Results of the Russian delegation's participation in WEF-2016 are brought by Reuters
Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential Plenipotentiary in the Far Eastern Federal District Yuri Trutnev in January took part in the annual World Economic Forum in Davos (Switzerland).
Russia offers international partners to participate in projects for the development of the fishing industry in the Kuril Islands, the southern part is disputed by Japan. Moscow provides Japan with priority conditions, but if Tokyo does not rush to make a decision, other investors will take up the development of these territories.
The President's Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District, Yuri Trutnev, said the proposal is part of a much broader project to develop areas rich in natural resources, but underdeveloped in terms of roads, communications and employment opportunities. Also, the presidential envoy announced a proposal for China to develop projects in the field of agriculture.
The disputes over the islands, known as the Kuril Islands in Russia and under the name of the Northern Territories of Hokkaido Prefecture in Japan, have complicated relations between the two countries since World War II, when Soviet waxes occupied the southern part of the archipelago.
Recently, Moscow has annoyed Japan with its official visits to the islands, which are seven hour zones from the Russian capital, as well as its increased military presence in the territory. Japan states that islands less than 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Hokkaido Prefecture are part of their country's territory.
“We are interested in the rapid development of the Kuriles,” said Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Trutnev in an interview with the agency Reuters, during one of the working meetings at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
“The conditions are ideal for the development of fishing and fish farming. Therefore, we invite Japanese companies to cooperate and are ready to provide them with the opportunity to set priorities in joint activities ... "
“In case of refusal, we will find other investors interested in cooperation with us. And I am sure that these projects will interest many potential foreign investors, ”he said.
In the past, Japan has shown no interest in such proposals, carefully refraining from any action that might indicate Russian sovereignty.
Trutnev said that Russia, which is the largest country in the world in terms of territory and one of the largest in terms of coastline, currently accounts for only 2 percent of the global volume of fish farming, so the country should increase the rate of development of this industry several times in the near future. time.
Agricultural projects with China
Trutnev oversees 80 new projects in the Russian Far East, as part of Putin's plan to develop the area.
Within Russia, a $ 10 billion plan to establish agricultural joint ventures with China to develop agriculture in new territories has sparked extensive debate.
Many Russians disapprove of the encroachments of China, which is interested in the development of Russia's natural resources, such as timber, water resources, gas and other minerals. Some fear that these territories, over time, will lose control of Moscow.
Trutnev said that he understands all the fears associated with the implementation and development of these projects in Russia: “But in order to live in harmony, cooperation is necessary. Lack of interaction leads to even greater risks. "
“We need to come to specific agreements - how much land will be transferred for agricultural development (sown areas), quality characteristics of soil, crops for cultivation, etc. ... ".
He noted that Chinese investors will have to attract 80 percent of the Russian workforce, plus Russian citizens should be in the management structure of such companies.
China will gain advantages in terms of its food security, while Russia will have the opportunity to develop its own territories and to create new jobs. "The weakening of the ruble, associated with the fall in global oil prices, made it cheaper for foreign investors to participate in Russian projects," Trutnev said.
“There is no longer a country on the planet with such a vast and sparsely populated territory. China is experiencing serious water supply problems, while we have 37 percent of the world's Asia-Pacific water resources, ”he said.