Ugra and France planned new areas of cooperation
5 december 2019
Department of Public and External Relations of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra informs:
The Governor of Ugra Natalia Komarova held the working meeting with the management of the French Federation of Entrepreneurs “MEDEF International”, the French Institute of Renewable Energy in Paris.
“A constructive relationship has developed between France and Russia. Our region is contributing to this partnership,” the Governor said. "For the first half of the year, the foreign trade turnover of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug with France exceeded 88 million US dollars. This turnover includes traditional types of products - mineral fuel and oil products.”
She reminded the meeting participants that Ugra was the main oil and gas region in Russia, where 5 percent of world oil, and 43 percent of Russian oil was produced annually. Most vertically integrated oil and gas companies are operating in the Autonomous Okrug.
The Secretary General of MEDEF International, Geraldine Lemble, emphasized that the organization was the largest and most representative private business association in France, which included 75 percent of all employees in the country. MEDEF is a recognized partner of the republican government in both social and economic negotiations.
“French entrepreneurs are confident that it is possible to work with European sanctions imposed on Russia, it is possible to develop. This is what distinguishes them from American sanctions, which cannot be foreseen. We are very worried about them, as they interfere with business development. Despite everything, it is very important for us to continue and strengthen relations with Russia, to open up new opportunities for cooperation, including high-tech,” she said.
In addition, according to Geraldine Lemble, another strategic area of cooperation with the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug and Russia as a whole was vocational training and retraining, and digitalization of this industry. MEDEF International is involved in the implementation of the national plan for increasing labour performance. The association is actively connecting the business community to this work. “Labour performance directly depends on the state of the market, competition. These factors lead to the improvement of enterprises, increase their efficiency and, consequently, the quality of products, goods and services. We are ready to exchange experience with Russian companies,” she added.
In the continuation of the conversation, Natalia Komarova emphasized that the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug was is in the top five Russian regions with the largest forest reserves. The leading enterprise in the field of timber processing is the Ugra Wood and Paper Holding. Its main areas of activity include logging, production of lumber, chipboards, glued beams, plywood. According to the results of 2019, the company's revenue is expected to be 71.5 million euro.
The Head of the Region singled out food production as another area of cooperation with the business community of France. In Ugra, organic food is produced using local wild plants. The initiative of the Autonomous Okrug on the export of environmentally friendly products to the French markets, their promotion was previously supported by the Ambassador of the Republic to Russia Sylvie Bermann.
“This is an exclusive, unique, interesting product for consumers. On December 19, an exhibition of products under the brand name “Made in Ugra!” will be launched at the Russian Trade Mission in France. I would like to ask for your assistance in drawing attention to this event,” Natalia Komarova addressed Geraldine Lemble.
Another area for cooperation is the implementation of projects in the field of waste management, in particular, used rubber products - car tires. Regional authorities are ready to assist French entrepreneurs specialized in the processing of municipal solid and industrial waste.