Bilateral cooperation

Asia

Russia-Japan

Name Russian-Japanese Business Dialogue
Information Russian-Japanese Business Dialogue
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Europe and America

Russia-Finnish

Name Working group on entrepreneurship (SME) of the Russian-Finnish intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation
Information Working group on entrepreneurship (SME) of the Russian-Finnish intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation
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Russia-Austria

Name Working group on SME support of the Joint Russian-Austrian Commission for Trade and Economic Cooperation
Information Working group on SME support of the Joint Russian-Austrian Commission for Trade and Economic Cooperation
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Rassia-Italia

Name Russian-Italian working group about industrial districts and cooperation in the sphere of small and medium businesses
Information The Working Group was established in 2002 in furtherance of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to promote the creation of industrial clusters and special economic zones, enhancing mutual contacts in field of industrial cooperation, scientific and technical cooperation on regional and enterprises level. The Working Group’s activity is based on the Memorandum of Understanding, signed during Putin's visit to Italy in July 2003, between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Italian Republic over the development of industrial districts in Russian Federation based on Italian experience. Presentations of Russian and Italian investment projects and direct contacts between businessmen of the countries are held on biannual meetings of the Working Group, which take place both in Russia and in Italy. At a present time, the meeting of the Working Group is actually turned into a prestigious Russian-Italian business forum due to the number of participants and the nature of performances. Meetings of the Working Group have a purely applied nature, and include not only plenary sessions, but also thematic round tables, bipartite meetings of Italian and Russian businessmen about bilateral cooperation, with focus on modernization and technological upgrading of the production sector. Moreover, here organize visits to enterprises, which are relevant to the session, in order to establish direct contacts between Russian and Italian businessmen. The last meeting of the Working Group was held on 23-26 October 2012 in in the Marche region (San Benedetto del Tronto) Italy. It was attended by representatives of Russian and Italian businesses, regional authority, banks, financial institutions, associations, industry federations, universities and technoparks from 20 regions of Russia and almost all the regions of Italy - over 500 people in total. The most important element in the preparation for the meeting of the Working Group is filling of project forms by participants, which are then translated into Italian and transmitted to potential Italian partners. Aforehand direction of project forms improves significantly the efficiency of Russian companies’ participation in meetings of the Working Group.
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Please send completed registration and project forms, on 2 locations: The Department of European Countries of  the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation (StadnikAU@economy.gov.rumamedovFF@economy.gov.ru, tel. (495) 651 73 91, 651, 7370) and Trade Mission of Russia in Italy (rcrussia@tiscali.it, tel. +39 06 855 54 56).


Fees on participation in the meeting of the Working Group are not provided.

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Russia-USA

Name Business Development and Economic Relations Working Group
Information U.S. Chairperson: Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Russian Federation Chairperson: Russian Minister of Economic Development Aleksey Ulyukayev The Working Group explores cooperative approaches to boosting two-way trade and investment, increasing economic and energy efficiency, modernizing industry, growing small and medium-sized businesses, developing customs cooperation, and interacting in the sphere of policy against anti-competitive practices. In 2011-2014, with the active assistance of the Working Group, a number of business projects were launched, particularly to advance cooperation in the high-technology and healthcare sectors. American medical technology companies and Russia’s higher-education institutions developed new joint programs focused on advanced-level students, scientists and researchers intending to work in Russia’s pharmaceutical industry. In addition, with the Working Group’s encouragement, specific projects were advanced in the areas of space, road construction, and energy efficiency technologies. The Working Group supported visits of management training delegations from Russia to the United States in the information-technology, pharmacy and energy-efficiency sectors. For further development of trade and investment, the Working Group provides assistance in resolving systemic problems and private issues arising among investors from Russia and the United States. The Working Group also facilitated correspondence between U.S. and Russian experts on potential problems involving access of Russian goods to the U.S. market regarding U.S. antidumping measures and policies, and export controls that sometimes impact Russian and American companies’ ability to conclude sales agreements or service contracts. Looking ahead to the future years of cooperation, the Business Development and Economic Relations Working Group seeks to build on the positive momentum achieved by the significant growth in two-way trade.
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In the sphere of small and medium business, the Working Group’s discussions is focused on several areas: enhancement of infrastructure for support of small business, improvement of conditions for lending and microfinancing, and development of innovative and high-tech small and medium companies. 

The Participants intend to exert all efforts to exchange experiences, first and foremost in the following areas: a. methods and mechanisms of support for small and medium enterprises; b. mechanisms of support for exportoriented enterprises; c. government support of small and medium enterprises at both the central (federal) and local (state) levels; d. establishing a government loan guarantee program at the central (federal) and local (state) levels e. small business access to non-bank sources of finance, including from private non-government sources; f. methods of supporting the activity of small and medium innovative enterprises and infrastructure; and g. creation of new jobs, development of human capital and combating unemployment.

Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and the Small Business Administration of the United States of America

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Russia-Switzerland

Name The joint intergovernmental commission on trade and economic development
Information The Commission has been working since 1998 and now it became an important instrument of cooperation.
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The Commission aims at cooperative development in economy, science and technology with a special emphasis made on innovative issues enabling Russia to overcome its raw material export specialization.

Investment cooperation is of great importance for countries as well as the development of inter-regional relations and SME collaboration.

We express our confidence that the event will contribute to the development of the bilateral relations between Russia and Switzerland and to their economic growth.

The Commission includes the Russian-Swiss Working group on small and medium business development.

 The main activities of the Working Group in 2014 and plans for 2015. Thus, among the main activities are the following: conducting bilateral business forums throughout the year, organizing a platform for b2b meetings of the two countries, continuing work on conducting internships in Switzerland for teachers and students of Russian universities.

During the internship, seminars and lectures in various Swiss higher technical schools, meeting with the leaders of innovative companies were conducted in Zurich, Lucerne, Basel, Lausanne, Neuchâtel and Geneva. Work in the frames of the project of the Russian Guild of Bakers and Confectioners, Swiss Association of Bakers and Confectioners, “Richmont” Training Center on the establishment of Russian-Swiss Training Centre for Flour Millers, Bakers and Confectioners in Russia.

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Russia-Spain

Name The Intergovernmental Spanish-Russian Joint Commission for Economic and Industrial Cooperation
Information Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of Spain on economic and industrial cooperation at Madrid (12 April 1994)
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Of special relevance, too, is the re-launching of the Intergovernmental Spanish-Russian Joint Commission for Economic and Industrial Cooperation, which held its Sixth Session in Madrid on 12 November 2008. Also of particular significance was the holding in Madrid, to coincide with President Medvedev’s State Visit, of the First Assembly of Vice-Chancellors of Spanish, Russian and Iberoamerican Universities, with the participation of vice-chancellors of the leading Russian and Spanish universities along with their counterparts from numerous Latin American countries. The Spanish-Russian Civil Society Forum, which had been formally constituted in September 2007, also met in Madrid during the State Visit. The great challenge for both countries is to fill their relations with real content, especially in the commercial-economic, cultural, educational and scientifictechnical areas, making the most of the present high point in political relations and the solid institutional framework that has now been established.

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CIS

Russia-Belarus

Name Working group on preparation of proposals for harmonization of RB and RF legislation in SME field and creation of favorable environment for stimulation of entrepreneurship in Federal state.
Information Working group on preparation of proposals for harmonization of RB and RF legislation in SME field and creation of favorable environment for stimulation of entrepreneurship in Federal state.
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Russia-Armenia

Name Working group on SME of the Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Commission of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia.
Information Working group on SME of the Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Commission of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia.
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