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Sakhalin wants to develop cooperation with the Khabarovsk Territory in the field of timber processing and shipbuilding

In Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk a meeting of the joint working group on the implementation of the Agreement on trade-economic, scientific-technical and cultural cooperation between the administration of the Sakhalin region and the Khabarovsk Krai Government signed in 2003 was held, the press service of the Sakhalin administration reports.

The delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister of the Khabarovsk Krai Government - Minister of Economic Development and External Relations Viktor Kalashnikov on Sakhalin visited a number of different facilities. Its participants, among them representatives of government and business, exchanged experience with their colleagues from the island region. At the meeting, the results of joint work in 2013 were summed up, plans for 2014-2015 years are outlined.

Speaking at the event, Deputy Chairman of the Island Region Government, Sergey Khotochkin, noted that inter-regional cooperation is of great importance for Sakhalin and Kuriles. At the moment, the region has already signed 23 a document on cooperation with the administrations of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, including the Republic of Crimea. At the same time, the Khabarovsk Territory is a strategic partner for the Sakhalin Region.

“We have a common transport and logistics corridor, and the stability of its work depends only on successful cooperation in harsh climatic conditions, and hence the issues of life support,” said Sergei Khotochkin.

Last year, the regions managed to achieve positive interaction dynamics. Sakhalin gas consumption by Khabarovsk enterprises has increased. The flow of goods and passengers between regions is increasing. Sergey Khotochkin noted that the parties could expand cooperation in a number of areas, for example, in the field of wood processing.

“Sakhalin needs not only partners from your side, but also Khabarovsk experience, know-how and technologies used in the forest industry,” he noted.

He also suggested more actively using the capabilities of shipbuilding and ship repair. The parties agreed to repair the onshore facilities at the ports of Kholmsk and Vanino in order to ensure a better operation of the ferry.

Viktor Kalashnikov, in turn, noted that cooperation between the Sakhalin Region and the Khabarovsk Territory is exactly the case when "neighbors are better than distant relatives."

"The development of the Far East is Russia's national project for the entire 21st century, and much depends on our joint work, which has positive dynamics, and is developing constructively," he said.

After the meeting of the working group, Sergey Khotochkin and Viktor Kalashnikov signed the Protocol on Organizational and Technical Measures on the main areas of cooperation between the Government of the Sakhalin Region and the Khabarovsk Krai Government at 2014-2015. According to this document, the parties will continue their cooperation in the field of science and innovation, education, trade, agriculture, culture, sports and other sectors. Representatives of the regions agreed on the exchange of information on attracting investments.

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