In 2002 the Government of Republic of Karelia carried out active policy of expansion and strengthening of inter-regional cooperation. The basis of such relations is being created on reception of concrete results:
- expansion of mutually advantageous trade and economic relations between managing subjects;
- search of investors with a view of attraction of additional resources in real sector of economy;
- cooperation in social branches, development of Karelian national culture;
- development of tourist business infrastructure.
Inter-regional relations with the Governments of Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Leningrad region developed most successfully.
Within the framework of the Agreement between the Government of Moscow and the Government of the Republic of Karelia the Program of joint actions of the Government of Moscow and the Republic of Karelia in the sphere of development of extraction and processing of mineral raw materials is developed and authorized. Due to the investment program of Moscow construction of apartment house in Pitkaranta proceeded, financing of works and delivery of the equipment for the Karelian granite Open Company, MKK-Engineering Open Company, State Unitary Enterprise of Pitkyarantskoye karieroupravlenie (Pitkyarantskoye quarry administration, and to the quarry for granite blocks extraction Kalguvara and Soskujansaari was carried out. Teamwork on preparation for celebrating the 300th anniversary of Petrozavodsk will be carried out, cooperation in the sphere of public health services, culture, education is actively carried out. Realization of some investment projects in the sphere of tourism is supposed in the long term. The updated Agreement signed on December 27, 2002, in Moscow on cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Karelia and the Government of Moscow will serve the new pulse to continuation of active cooperation.
In 2002 mutually advantageous actions were successfully carried out within the framework of the Agreement between Administration of Saint Petersburg and the Government of the Republic of Karelia. Firms of Saint Petersburg rendered the enterprises of the republic services on repairing, installation, start-adjusting assistance and designing of boiler equipment. According to experts, it is planned to increase considerably deliveries of the Karelian rubble for the building complex of Saint Petersburg. On November 18-19, 2002in Saint Petersburg Days of the Republic of Karelia were held, the exchange of delegations of business circles was held. Cooperation with Leningrad region was carried out in the sphere of agriculture and fish industry, fur farming, and also in the field of culture, education, tourism and public health services.
In the beginning of 2003 the Agreement on cooperation with Administration of the Archangelsk region and with the Government of Murmansk region was signed. Agreements with the Odessa regional state administration of Ukraine, Council of Ministers of autonomous Republic of Crimea of Ukraine are being prepare for signing in the nearest future.