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27.03.2009

Visit by a trade mission from the West Midlands, Great Britain

From 18 to 25 March this year a delegation of representatives of the West Midlands in Great Britain led by the head of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Herefordshire and Worcester, Mr Mike Ashton, is making a working visit to Krasnodar Region. The delegation includes experts from the Chamber of Commerce and managers of companies from such fields as international trade, education, sport and tourism. The aim of the visit is to hold meetings to make the acquaintance of heads of organs of executive power in Krasnodar Region, to define priority areas for bilateral cooperation, to establish direct contacts with businesses and organisations in Krasnodar Region, and to take part in the Create Yourself forum.

The visit will consist of two stages.

On 19 March delegates held productive negotiations with the First Deputy Head of the Department of External Economic Activity of Krasnodar Region, Denis Zabolotnii, and in the afternoon a meeting took place at the mayoralty of Krasnodar, at which the Deputy Heads of Krasnodar, Oleg Radchenko and Aleksandr Kolontaevskii, as well as the Chair of the City Duma, Nikolai Kotlyarov, were present.

At the meeting with the Department questions were discussed of support to Kuban exporters and the possibility of establishing direct contacts between agricultural concerns in the two regions. There was also an exchange of information materials and the most beneficial areas for bilateral cooperation were identified. During negotiations a plan of action was fixed for the near future, and agreement was reached on holding the next meeting in an expanded form within the framework of the Sochi 2009 International Investment Forum, which will be held from 17 to 20 September 2009.

On 20 March this year in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Krasnodar Region negotiations took place with the Chair of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Yuri Tkachenko, First Deputy Head of the Department for Complex Development of Resorts and Tourism, Galina Shoshinaya, and representatives of business circles of Krasnodar. At the meeting questions were discussed of further cooperation between the Chambers of Commerce of the two regions and priority projects for cooperation in the fields of tourism and recreation, and individual negotiations also took place.

Also during the visit to Krasnodar a meeting was held with the Head of the Department for Physical Education and Sport of Krasnodar Region, Ludmila Chernova, which was attended by both the representatives of the business circles of the West Midlands and by instructors from Sports Science faculties of English institutions of higher education. These negotiations were the continuation of a discussion begun during a visit by a Krasnodar Region delegation to London in July 2008, and at this stage representatives of the British side made concrete proposals for realisation of joint projects in the field of sport.

The second part of the visit will take place in Sochi. From 22 to 24 March it is planned to learn about the resort itself and the Krasnaya Polyana region, to hold meetings in the mayoralty of Sochi and negotiations with the head of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Sochi and business circles.

Department of External Economic Activity of the Krasnodar Region