The Russian Federation Chamber of Commerce and Industry with the technical support of the International Institute of Management for Business Associations of the RF CCI hosted a webinar entitled "Business cooperation with Ireland."
Opening the event, deputy director of the Department of Foreign Affairs and cooperation with business councils Tatiana Legchilina noted that Ireland is very popular in Russia in the first place because of its culture, but as a business partner for the general is little-known Russian businessmen country.
After the demonstration of the video on tourist attractions of Ireland Sergei Sentries, Vice-President of the Russian part of the Russian-Irish Intergovernmental Committee on Business Development, deputy director of the European Department of the Russian Ministry of Economic Development spoke about the status and prospects of the Russian-Irish trade and economic cooperation. He noted, in particular, the ongoing development of mutual trade, which was not affected by the global financial crisis, as well as the high level of Russian-Irish investment cooperation.
According to the Federal Customs Service of Russia, in 2012 the volume of Russian-Irish trade exceeded U.S. $ 1.6 billion, an increase over the previous year was by 18%, Russia's exports grew by 83% and exceeded 280 million U.S. dollars, while import from Ireland was 14 billion USD (10%). Russian export to Ireland is characterized by the supply of aircraft, fertilizers, chemicals and metals. As imports were food products (beef, pork, frozen mackerel and herring, beer, whiskey, tea extracts and malt), pharmaceutical, perfume and cosmetics, medical and computer equipment, gantry cranes, printing equipment, optical media, contact lenses.
Sergei Sentries informed about the activities of five sectoral working groups of the Russian-Irish Intergovernmental Committee on Business Development (information and communication technology / high technology, energy / energy efficiency / sustainable development (including construction), transport, agriculture and agribusiness, education), highlighted the main projects of Russian-Irish cooperation within these sectors and invited Russian companies to take part in the business program of the Russian-Irish Intergovernmental Committee on Business Develo next meeting, to be held in November 2013 in Dublin.
Gerard McCarthy, director of the Russian office of the Agency for Support of Entrepreneurship Ireland («Enterprise Ireland») and Head of the Commercial Section of the Embassy of Ireland in Russia spoke about the current economic situation in Ireland, described the most important industries of the country, focused on the features of the Irish investment climate and business in Ireland, gave some practical advice for Russian companies to work in the Irish market.
He also elaborated on the activities of the Agency for Support of Entrepreneurship Ireland, which main task is to promote the export of Irish goods to foreign markets, and the Industrial Development Agency of Ireland (IDA), which is engaged in attracting foreign investment in the Irish economy. Gerard McCarthy stressed that the Russian representative office of these agencies are part of the Embassy of Ireland in Moscow and their employees are always ready to provide the necessary assistance to Russian entrepreneurs in establishing contacts with potential Irish partners.
Gerard McCarthy also introduced a video presentation "Education in Ireland", aimed to attract foreign, particularly Russian students to study in Irish universities.
The representative of the Irish Council for export of food products (Bord Bia) Tatiana Mazitova spoke about the work of the Council in Russia and the main products supplied to the Russian market, plans to further expand the range of products. She also invited Russian companies interested in import of Irish food products and beverages, to visit Dublin on September 25-27 to participate in a special conference on the subject. An agreement on the distribution of information about the event among the members of the Russian Federation Chamber of Commerce and Industry was established.
The webinar was attended by representatives of regional chambers of commerce and industry and the business associated with Russian Chamber of Commerce and industry in the Russian Federation.
Department of Foreign Affairs and works with business advice, D. Bystrov