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Dmitry Medvedev held a meeting on the development of cooperation with the countries of the Asia-Pacific region
At the last 12 May meeting on cooperation with the APR countries, the head of the government Dmitry Medvedev spoke about the importance of using all the opportunities of the dynamically developing market of the Asia-Pacific region.
“The countries of the Asia-Pacific region are developing very dynamically. Already 60% of the world gross product and almost 45% of the total volume of accumulated foreign direct investment falls on the APR states, and this gigantic market opens up very significant opportunities. Of course, we must use these opportunities to the maximum, ”noted D. Medvedev.
According to the Prime Minister, over the past 15 years, Russia has managed to form a reliable basis for the development of bilateral relations. There were also strong trade and economic ties with many states of the Asia-Pacific region.
“Today, our task is to consistently and mutually beneficial build-up of Russia's presence in the markets of the Asia-Pacific region with a wider use of our intergovernmental commissions, as well as intensifying work with various regional and sub-regional organizations. We need to work in almost all areas that we have identified as priorities for ourselves, more decisively, to pay attention to expanding exports, attracting investment, to fully use our traditional advantages, ”added Dmitry Medvedev.
According to the Russian Prime Minister, Russia and the APR countries have very well developed ties in the field of energy, in the space sector, in aircraft manufacturing, and in arms exports. Border regions of the Russian Federation are actively involved in agricultural projects. There are also opportunities to use the transit potential of the Russian transport system. And, as the Prime Minister said, “we should not forget about such a field as tourism”.
Dmitry Medvedev acknowledged that the task of increasing the volume of cooperation between Russia and the Asia-Pacific countries, attracting investments and establishing interregional ties is impossible to solve in one day, and called on regional leaders, federal agencies and business representatives to contribute to the development of cooperation with the countries of Asia-Pacific. region.