The Ulyanovsk region to develop economic interaction with the Czech Republic
Expansion of economic cooperation was discussed during the first (constituent) meeting of the Joint Working Group (JWG) for coordination of trade and economic cooperation between the Czech Republic and the Ulyanovsk region, the Russian Federation. It took place at the 60th International Machine Tools Exhibition (MSV) in Brno.
The agreement on creation of the working group was signed in 2017 during the visit of the Czech delegation to the Ulyanovsk region. It was headed by Jiří Havlíček (Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic) and Vladimir Remek (Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to the Russian Federation).
According to the Governor Sergey Morozov, today business contacts include almost all main spheres of life such as industrial production, science, education, medicine, culture, and many others. "Considering the challenges facing us today, we will work on integration of interregional and national cooperants. We intend to create industrial hubs and interregional cluster associations to advance and localize production of the region. It will increase the sales production made by regional manufacturers abroad", - the head of the region noted.
The Czech delegation of URC was headed by Martin Pospíšil, Director of the Foreign Economic Policies Department of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic. The Prime Minister of the region Alexander Smekalin presented the Ulyanovsk region.
The URC meeting was also attended by Vítězslav Pivoňka (Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic in the Russian Federation), Sergey Stupar (Head of the Russian Trade Mission in the Czech Republic), Georgy Kalamanov (Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation), and business representatives working in the field of machine-tool engineering, transport and other industries. "The Ulyanovsk region is our old and reliable partner. Several our companies successfully work in your region and there is a number of business representatives interested in localization of their production in the Ulyanovsk region. That was why we invited both state representatives and interested companies to participate in the joint working group", - Martin Pospishil noted.
It is important to point out that currently the region has an enterprise for production of telescopic and cabinet protection for machines made by Hestego, a Czech company that manufactures components for machine-tool engineering. Trimill, a Czech machine-tool company, cooperates with a number of enterprises from the Ulyanovsk region, in particular with AO "Aviastar-SP" and an Ulyanovsk tool plant "FORSH", which has TRIMILL processing centers.
"The Czech Republic is our strategic partner and one of the main economic partners of the Russian Federation. We are planning to develop cooperation between Czech and Ulyanovsk companies. The trade turnover with the Czech Republic made about $ 8.5 million in the first half of 2018; this includes export in amount of about $ 3 million. We are sure that these indicators will increase in the nearest future. We have discussed expansion of productions with representatives from among residents of the industrial park "Zavolzhye"; and we have also held negotiations with a number of companies interested in localization of their plants in the Ulyanovsk region. We came to an agreement that the next meeting of the joint working group will take place in April, 2019 in Ulyanovsk. The event will be held during the forum "It Is Made in the Ulyanovsk Region" with participation of the Czech business delegation", - Alexander Smekalin said.
Among the promising starting points for cooperation in the sphere of industry, the prime minister of the region mentioned aircraft, machine tool and mechanical engineering, production of automotive components, construction materials, and processing in the sphere of agriculture.
In addition, ANO “Center for Development of Nuclear Innovation Cluster of Dimitrovgrad, Ulyanovsk Region” and the National Cluster Association of the Czech Republic (NCA) are implementing a cooperation agreement. There is also a joint Russian-Czech project, which is implemented within cooperation with the Czech cluster "Nanoprogress", for creation of a laboratory of radiation biology and medical biotechnology in the Ulyanovsk region.
International relations between the Ulyanovsk region and the Czech Republic have been successfully developing. The meeting between the head of the Ulyanovsk region Sergey Morozov and Vladimir Remek, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic, within the Metalworking-2015 exhibition became a breakthrough point in the relations. It was when the parties agreed to cooperate and identified the main points of their collaboration.