Interregional and international cooperation
The Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra is a dynamically developing region, attractive for international and interregional cooperation. The interest from other countries and the RF regions is aroused by high manufacturing potential, by the regulatory and legal framework considering the investor’s interests, political stability and high investment rating.
International and interregional cooperation in Ugra offers ample opportunities for the study of international best practices, benefiting from the leading international experts advice, raising additional financing, and facilitates strengthening of political and socio-economic position of the region.
Every year the Okrug is visited by top government officials, heads of the Russian Federation subjects, members of foreign diplomatic corps, and representatives of major public corporations.
In 2013 the Okrug's international and interregional cooperation events agenda covered 75 events including 55 official visits exchanges. The Autonomous Okrug hosted 27 delegation including a visit of the President of Finland; 10 visits of the representatives of foreign diplomatic missions in the Russian Federation (the Slovak Republic, the USA, France, Ukraine, Bulgaria, the Republic of Belarus, the Kingdom of Denmark, and the Kyrgyz Republic), 2 visits of the Heads of foreign state's regions (the Banská Bystrica Region, Slovak Republic and the Regional Council of Päijät-Häme, Finland).
Main purpose of these visits was learning more about the social and economic situation in Ugra, participation in international events, discussion of cooperation opportunities in housing-and-utilities, energy saving sectors, oil and gas fields services, transportation and timber industry, best practice exchange in the use of new technologies in agriculture, winter sports and recreation, ethnic tourism, education, research, culture and arts.
Two Honorary Consuls of the Czech and Slovak Republics operate in the Okrug.
The Autonomous Okrug's government has signed and implements Memorandums of Intentions with the governments of the Republic of Belarus, agreements and memorandums with numerous foreign states' regions: Alberta province (Canada), Zala County (Hungary), Varna Province (Bulgaria), South Moravian Region (the Czech Republic), Banská Bystrica Region (the Slovak Republic), and the Regional Council of Päijät-Häme, (Finland).
The Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug - Ugra maintains active relations with various international organizations: UNESCO, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, the International Biathlon Union (IBU), the World Chess Federation (FIDE), the international northern regions' organization 'Northern Forum', the World Bank-led Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership, etc.
The Governor of the Autonomous Okrug has been recently re-elected Vice-President of the international northern regions organization 'Northern Forum' for 2013-2015, and became member of the reshaped Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO of the RF Foreign Affairs Ministry.
There is an ongoing cooperation of the Finno-Ugric affairs groups. The Autonomous Okrug's indigenous peoples are well represented in the Finno-Ugric Peoples' Consultative Committee.
Main focus of international business cooperation is foreign trade and foreign investment attraction. The total number of companies involved in import and export operations in 2013 was 139; i.e. 9 more than the previous year.
Foreign trade turnover of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra in 2013 was 25,797.9 billion USD. Export to the countries outside the CIS amounted to 94.4 % of the total Okrug's turnover, and 5.6 % was export to the CIS countries. 2013 to 2012 products and services growth rate was 2.8%, 94.5 % of which was exported outside the CIS. The region’s products are exported to 52 countries. The region's main export partners (as percentage of the total export volume) are: the Netherlands - 26.6 %, Poland - 14.9 %, Germany - 14.1 %, and Japan - 8.5 %. The Autonomous Okrug imports products from 69 countries. The region's main import partners (as percentage of the total import volume) are: the USA - 39.6 %, Germany - 22.0 %, China - 13.4 %, and Canada - 6.1 %.
The Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra has agreements on interregional cooperation with 27 subjects of the Russian Federation: Moscow, St. Petersburg, the Tyumen Oblast, the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, the Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, the Kurgan Oblast, the Kaliningrad Oblast, the Chelyabinsk Oblast, the Tomsk Oblast, the Sverdlovsk Oblast, the Chuvash Republic, the Republic of Tatarstan, the Krasnodar Krai, the Orlyol Oblast, the Kostroma Oblast, the Yaroslavl Oblast, the Omsk Oblast, the Udmurt Republic, the Kalmyk Republic, the Kirov Oblast, the Tambov Oblast, the Pskov Oblast, the Republic of Bashkortostan, the Ivanovo Oblast, the Volgograd Oblast, the Krasnoyarsk Krai, the Vologda Oblast.
The Okrug maintains active relations with the interregional economic cooperation associations: the interregional associations "Siberian Concord" and “Big Ural”.
The Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug - Ugra maintains ties with compatriots living abroad. The region has established direct contacts with the Russians organizations in Germany, France, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, and Moldova. Main spheres of this cooperation include propaganda of the Russian language and culture, cooperation in research and education, and youth policy.
The Okrug coordinates its work with the Federal Agency for CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) Affairs, Compatriots Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation.