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All flags are on a visit
Primorsky Krai is Russia's outpost in the Asia-Pacific region. On how contacts with our closest neighbors develop, the head of the Primorsky Krai Department of International Cooperation, Alexei Starichkov, told EastRussia
- Alexey Yurievich, what isactivityPrimorskyEdge in the field of international cooperation in the outgoing year?
- Primorye is perhaps one of the few regions of Russia leading an active, eventful international life. Vladivostok is the second consular capital of Russia. None of the cities of the Russian Federation, with the exception of Moscow and St. Petersburg, has as many foreign diplomatic missions as there are in Vladivostok. Today, 7 general consulates of foreign countries operate in Primorye: China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the DPRK, the USA, India and Vietnam, the office of the Kyrgyz Embassy in Russia is working. In addition, 15 honorary consuls of other states, including a number of European ones, are registered and operate in Vladivostok.
In 2016, only at the sites of the Primorsky Krai Administration there were more than 200 official and working meetings with foreign partners. During this year Primorye visited about 160 delegations and officials of foreign countries of various levels. Our department, in particular, provides organizational and protocol support visits of senior officials of foreign countries, such as, for example, the Vice-Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan Osiie Hiroyuki; Japan's Cabinet member of the Secretariat, Deputy Director General business segment Health to promote the medical industry and the global Health Ministry of Health of Japan expansion Iida Keyya, deputy chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, Chen Chung, providing diplomatic missions of foreign countries, including the Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bangladesh, Finland , India, Israel, Japan, South Africa, the Kingdom of Thailand, Turkey, Hungary, representatives of the Embassies of France, China, Germany, Denmark.
- What are the main issues for international contacts?
- The life of Primorsky Krai is invisibly woven from international relations in almost all major areas of life: education, science, culture, economics and foreign trade, the transport industry, agriculture and fisheries. The geographic location of Primorye and modern geopolitical global trends are in addition to this: the development of the region is closely interconnected with the multifaceted and diversified development in the field of international cooperation.
With the purpose of forming and strengthening the positive image of Primorye, promoting the trade and economic potential and opportunities of the region in the SCO and ASEAN countries, only this year the Department of International Cooperation organized and conducted more than 176 international meetings of only trade and economic direction, both in the territory of the region And abroad. All this work is carried out within the framework of the implementation in the region of the provisions of the Addresses of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin and is personally supervised by the Governor of the region Vladimir Miklushevsky.
In addition, there are programs of international cooperation of a social, cultural nature, educational programs. Taking into account such meetings, forums, negotiations, it turns out that on average, two or three meetings are held every day with the participation of foreign representatives. The vast majority of meetings, of course, are devoted to trade, economic issues of interaction, the development of cross-border trade, investment issues, the development of tourism activities.
In general, the international life of Primorye is much more rich and multifaceted. This includes cultural programs: exhibitions, festivals, tours, this is our Primorsk stage of the Mariinsky Theater, the Drama Theater. M. Gorky, the scientific and educational process: in the universities of Primorye, not only in FEFU, but also in other institutions of higher education thousands of foreign students study and teach hundreds of foreign teachers. The sports arena of Primorye has long been in the full sense of the international platform, where annually competitions are held not only in Russia, but also internationally in various sports. A large number of foreign delegations come to Primorye to take part in major international events, such as Tottori Culture Days, Heilongjiang Province Days, Jilin Culture Week, the third Far Eastern MediaSummit, APR youth sports games, XI International Fishery Congress, XX International Ecological Forum "Nature without borders "and so on.
- The number of meetings turns into the quality of cooperation?
- Of course! There is a tangible result in the growth of inbound tourism: the region has taken the lead in this indicator, the flow has increased manifold over the past two years. The main destinations providing these volumes are tourists from Asia. Three key areas: China, Republic of Korea and Japan. A large share, both in the entire entrance flow, and among these three areas is occupied by the People's Republic of China. For an incomplete 2016 year, the number of Chinese tourists visiting our region already exceeds 350 thousands of people. We can observe quite optimistic growth dynamics: the flow of guests from China grew by 30% compared to last year. If we talk about those tourist flows that go within the framework of agreements on visa-free exchange, then there was an increase of about 65-70% from last year's figures. There is a well-defined dynamic over the past two years.
- In 2012 at the APEC summit, Russia first introduced the updated Vladivostok to the world. Since then, the city has twice hosted the largest international event - the Eastern Economic Forum. What are your impressions of the past VEF-2016?
- The II Eastern Economic Forum was, of course, the most important event in the Primorsky Territory this year. Let me remind you that the heads of three states took part in the forum - together with the President of Russia, the first persons of Japan and the Republic of Korea, our closest neighbors, came to the APR. The constructive meetings of the heads of the three largest countries in the region have become a definite message for the international business communities, for representatives of other countries. Vladivostok is the center of Russian cooperation in the APR - here one can and should meet, negotiate, discuss both business cooperation and the most important economic topics.
- Whose visit was especially memorable?
- For me personally, the most memorable visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He was able to convey a clear and unambiguous message to the public: Japan today wants an active development of cooperation with Russia, with the Russian Far East, not only at the level of large industrial corporations and investors, but also at the level of small and medium-sized businesses.
Suddenly and it was pleasant to hear from him sincere words of admiration for the Far East, its people, the unique nature of the Primorsky Territory. Such phrases, said by the first person in the state to Russia, to Vladivostok, could not leave anyone indifferent.
Of course, one of the highlights of Abe's speech was a proposal addressed to Vladimir Putin, in which the Japanese prime minister expressed a desire to meet regularly in Vladivostok, which, he said, is one of the most beautiful cities in the Far East.
- Relations between Russia and Japan are now developing in a friendly atmosphere. This is confirmed by the meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Second Eastern Economic Forum in Primorye, andRussian leader's visit to Japan. How active is international cooperation between Primorje and Japan? In which areas is it most promising?
- Not so long ago, the Days of Primorsky Territory in Tottori finished. An expanded delegation of representatives of the administration and business of Primorye worked in the prefecture of Tottori, in the cities of Osaka and Tokyo. I want to note that Primorsky Krai and Tottori prefecture are connected by more than 25-year relations - a memorandum on the development of friendly relations between the regions was signed back in 1991.
Today, the prefecture of Tottori is very well represented in Primorye: there is a permanent representation of commercial companies, consultations are being held, information support is provided to business representatives who establish ties with Japan. The Primorsky Territory operates 31 venture with Japanese investment, and as a whole, Japan is a leader among the other Asian trade partners of Russia in the Far East in terms of accumulated investment in Primorye.
Most actively we cooperate in the field of timber processing and machine building. Joint plans for the extraction of minerals, in the sphere of agriculture, construction and tourism are discussed. A number of important agreements were signed in Tokyo and Osaka, where the governor of the region Vladimir Miklushevsky held talks with the leaders of the largest business associations "Kankeyren", which includes more than a thousand companies that provide a quarter of the country's gross domestic product. Also Investment Agency of Primorsky Krai held a business meeting in three Japanese cities: Tokyo, Yonago and Osaka, as well as a seminar for Japanese business, where potential partners spoke about the new economic conditions of Primorye, about forms of state support to increase the investment attractiveness of the region.
Issues related to the export of seaside products and products of Far Eastern producers to the Japanese market were also discussed. Today, Japanese business is showing an active interest in such areas as medicine, timber processing, and fish industry. Our partners have serious intentions to enter the maritime market. And in this context, similar business missions to Japan are very important and relevant for the development of economic cooperation. Today this cooperation has already fully formed format and has a regular annual character.
- Japanese business is stepping up in Primorye. From the latest news - the conclusion of an agreement between the companiesIIDAGROUPиRFPGROUPOn the development of timber processing in Primorsky Krai; Statements of the Japanese companyJGCOn the development of medical services in Vladivostok. What do you expect from these projects?
- In the so-called "eight points" of promising areas of cooperation between Russia and Japan, proposed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Russian President Vladimir Putin in May, there is a point on improving the quality of life. It is based on improving the living conditions of citizens and improving the quality of medical care. In these areas we have developed interesting projects involving large Japanese manufacturing investors. One of them is the project of the company IIDA, which plans to start working in Primorye and join the main shareholders of one of the largest coastal forestry enterprises. The consortium plans to launch production of residential wooden house kits that will be supplied both to the Russian market and to the international one, including premium Japanese.
The second example mentioned is cooperation in the field of health care, medical services for the population. We have a vivid example of such cooperation - this is the medical diagnostic center of Hukuto, who has been working in Vladivostok for three years. This center operates under the supervision of Japanese specialists, the doctors of the center undergo continuous training in Japan. Against the backdrop of the development of international cooperation, the Hokuto Center plans to invest in the development of the medical field more widely. We welcome this intention and are ready to assist our partners.
Alexey Yuryevich Starichkov Was born in 1974 year in Vladivostok. Candidate of Economic Sciences, Professor of the Department of Korean Studies of the FEFU. In 1995 he graduated from East Faculty of FENU (specialty - "Economy of Korea"), in 1998 year - FENU postgraduate study (specialty - "World Economy"). From March 2003 to April 2011 - Director of the Higher College of Korean Studies of FENU. From July 2007 to April 2011 - Director of the International Department of FENU. Since 2007 year, he has been engaged in the development of international relations at the university as a director of the department. Recently he was Deputy Vice-Rector for International Relations. Since 2015, he heads the department of international cooperation