Albert Karimov made a two-day visit to the Republic of Uzbekistan as part of the Tatarstan Government delegation. Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov held a business meeting with Hokim of the Tashkent Region Gulomjon Ibrahimov.
Arriving on October 18 in the capital of Uzbekistan, Tashkent, the Minister took part in a meeting with representatives of the Tatar diaspora. Uzbekistan is a home for one of the largest Tatar diasporas abroad with their total number exceeding 200,000, which is about 1% of the total country’s population.
On October 18, important bilateral documents were also signed, including:
- Agreement between the Government of Tatarstan and the Hokimiyat of the Tashkent Region on the implementation of international and foreign economic relations in trade and economic, scientific, technology, social, and cultural spheres;
- Memorandum of Cooperation between the Hokimiyat of the Tashkent Region and MSK Group aimed at the development of bilateral trade and logistics relations.
On October 19, Minister Karimov took part in the plenary meeting of the 1st Interregional Cooperation Forum between Russia and Uzbekistan on the topic: "Agriculture as a Priority Area for Russian-Uzbekistan Relations Development”. The Forum was chaired by heads of the two states, Vladimir Putin and Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
The 8th annual Finnish Business event in Russia was held for the first time in Kazan. The event organisers are the Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce jointly with Team Finland with the support from the Tatarstan Government. The business forum was opened by Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov; Minister Karimov was a member of the government delegation.
Representatives of Finnish companies came to Kazan with the goal of establishing new partner contacts with republic’s enterprises in order to offer potential customers their technologies, equipment, materials, and services. Traditionally, the discussions dealt both with exports of goods and services from Finland to Russian regions and with possible investment cooperation, including the localisation of production facilities and the creation of new enterprises.
To date, more than 600 Finnish companies operate in Russia, employing over 50,000 people. Based on population or GDP, Finland has invested more in Russia than any other country. According to experts, the total investment of Finnish companies in Russian businesses reached EUR 12 billion. Almost three-quarters of this amount was allocated for the creation of production facilities. In 2017, the interest of Finnish enterprises in the Russian market even increased; this trend is expected in 2018 as well.
Today, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Tatarstan held a regular meeting of the outcomes commission on the performance of enterprises in 8 months of this year, chaired by Deputy Minister Almaz Khusainov. The commission comprised experts from the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Economy, and the Ministry of Finance of Tatarstan.
During the meeting, the participants heard reports of enterprises on production and economic activities, financial conditions, and companies’ development prospects with loss indicators. One of the main reasons for the negative financial performance of the enterprises is the availability and servicing of foreign currency loans.
In early October, the 34th IAF World Fashion Convention organised jointly with the textiles industry association Modint took place in Maastricht (the Netherlands). The Convention was attended by industry’s global leaders and representatives from all over the world. Tatarstan was represented by Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of Tatarstan Ildar Mingaleyev, Principal at the Kazan National Research Technological University Sergey Yushko, and Director at the Institute of Light Industry Technology, Fashion, and Design Lyudmila Abutalipova.
During the visit, the Tatarstan delegation took part in the 34th IAF Convention and visited the RWTH Aachen University. As a result, an agreement was signed between the KNRTU and the RWTH on cooperation in the scientific and educational fields. As part of the business programme, representatives of Tatarstan met with IAF President Han Bekke, and an agreement was reached to consider Kazan as a venue for the International Forum and the next IAF session.
The International Apparel Federation is the world’s most influential association for light industry support. The Federation currently comprises associations from 50 countries covering over 150,000 companies (20 million employees) that represent light industry goods and services and related activities.
The Tatarstan Ministry of Industry and Trade hosted a meeting with a delegation from Germany-based LEMKEN GmbH Co & KG, a manufacturer of specialised equipment for professional crop production. The delegation included company’s CEO Anthony Van der Ley and COO Rudolf Vervoorst. The meeting was held by Deputy Minister Almaz Khusainov.
During the meeting, the parties discussed the economic and logistical components of the investment project, the mechanism for selecting optimal sites for production placement, technical regulations and human resources for opening an enterprise for the production of internationally recognised agro-industrial equipment in Russia.
Lemken is an international supplier of a high-performance and reliable agricultural equipment for tillage, seeding, and plant protection designed to meet the requirements of farms and international standards. The company is developing innovative electronic equipment for agricultural machinery that enables farmers to network devices from different manufacturers, coordinate work processes and precisely adapt equipment to different operating conditions.
Its 22 sales offices currently serve markets in Europe, North America, Asia, and Africa, with the main European markets being France and Russia.
In Russia, the second phase was launched for the project of introducing the Mechatronics dual study programme in educational institutions. The project is being implemented by Ford Sollers with the support from the charitable Ford Fund.
The project’s Phase One was successfully implemented in December 2017. A total of 22 teachers from nine Russia’s leading vocational education institutions underwent three-day trainings introducing the principles of the dual education system in the context of a demanded specialty.
Phase Two of the educational project is dedicated to the professional retraining of teachers in the new mechatronics area and will be implemented in several stages.
During the course, its participants will gain the necessary knowledge and practical skills in the design, installation, commissioning, and support of present-day industrial equipment. The programmes developed there will be defended within the business programme of the WorldSkills Russia regional championship in Kazan in November this year.
At the end of Phase Two, participants will be awarded advanced training certificates.
Based on the information from the Ford Sollers press service in Tatarstan
Today, the conference room of the Ministry of Industry and Trade saw a traditional no-tie event with honoured guests, retired employees of the Ministry. In the first weeks of October, such meetings take place according to tradition within the International Day of Older Persons celebrations with the aim of expressing warm words of gratitude and appreciation to retired employees of the Ministry.
The event was held with the participation of Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of Tatarstan Aleksey Savelchev, Deputy Director of the Volga Division at the Pyaterochka federal retail chain Timur Baimullin. Each participant was presented with gift certificates of the retail chain, and anniversary celebrants received flowers and words of congratulations.
The official part of the event ended with a concert programme and a buffet table.
On Friday, a ceremonial event was held in the capital of Russian cargo transport, Naberezhnye Chelny, on the occasion of a professional holiday, the Mechanical Engineer’s Day.
The area in front of the Concert Hall featured vehicles that finished the Kazan-Naberezhnye Chelny motor rally, passing through five cities of the republic. The celebrations took place in the organ hall, where Rustam Minnikhanov personally shook the hands of every young WorldSkills winner, wishing them great success in the upcoming WorldSkills events.
The best employees of the republic’s engineering industry, executives of enterprises, officials of ministries and agencies gathered in the Ceremonial Hall.
During the whole event, in the intervals between the concert numbers, the Minister of Industry and Trade of Tatarstan and honoured guests awarded the best republic’s mechanical engineering employees, representatives of working dynasties in the industry, young talented design engineers and students of engineering lyceums.
It should be noted that the Hall, designed in the assembly workshop style with elements of futurism and technological design, became a real decoration of the professional holiday.
On October 12, KAMAZ saw a workshop for executives of Tatarstan enterprises on the implementation of the “Labour Productivity and Employment Support” project with the participation of Minister of Industry and Trade of Tatarstan Albert Karimov, Director General at Federal Competence Centre for Labour Productivity Nikolay Solomon, and Director General at KAMAZ Corporation Sergey Kogogin.
Minister Karimov opened the event noting that the key objective at the moment is the annual 5% increase in labour productivity in large and midsize businesses of non-resource sectors of the economy.
Nikolai Solomon described the main benefits of the national project entitled “Labour Productivity and Employment Support” in more detail. The task of the Federal Competence Centre is to create a resource at federal and regional levels that would contribute to enhancing labour productivity through the formation of uniform methods and approaches, dissemination of knowledge, training and creation of core competencies, development and implementation of standard solutions and best international practices.
Further, the workshop dealt with case of digital transformation at KAMAZ, the practice of implementing works at the Zelenodolsk Shipyard and Ak Bars Metal.
Today, Minister Karimov held a meeting of the working group on hydropower development with the participation of representatives from RusHydro. The participants studied the assessment of the hydropower potential for small and medium-sized rivers in the districts of Tatarstan, considered options and made suggestions on the issues of building small hydropower stations in the republic.