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V. Shport: Simplification of visa procedures for the APR countries will increase the entry flow
Yesterday, Vyacheslav Shport took part in a government meeting on developing cooperation with the APR under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
The countries of the Asia-Pacific region are the largest foreign trade partners of the Khabarovsk Territory. The share of these territories in the region's foreign trade turnover has remained steadily high over the past five years - over 80%.
As the press service of the Khabarovsk Krai Administration reported, foreign trade with the APR countries in the last five years had a generally positive dynamics. As a result of 2013, the foreign trade turnover reached 2,1 billion dollars. In comparison with 2009 year it has grown, more than in one and a half time. Among the products supplied for export - sawn timber, coal and oil products, fish and seafood, ferrous metals.
According to the Governor of the Khabarovsk Territory Vyacheslav Shport, expanding cooperation with the countries of the Asia-Pacific region for the region is one of the priorities.
In order to intensify trade relations, it is necessary to stimulate enterprises engaged in non-primary exports. For the development of export-import relations and transit potential it is necessary to expand the carrying capacity of the BAM. An important component is the further development of institutions for interregional and cross-border cooperation, on the basis of which it is necessary to discuss joint promising projects, including in the field of tourism.
“The tourism industry of our region is steadily gaining momentum, and traditional ties with the Asia-Pacific region are also developing. However, the inflow is still small. To stimulate it, it is necessary to resolve the issue of simplifying visa procedures for the Asia-Pacific countries, as well as expand the route network of flights at the Khabarovsk airport, including the introduction of the Open Skies regime, - said Vyacheslav Shport, commenting on the results of the meeting.