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Berlin-Petrozavodsk: the Head of the Republic of Karelia at the Rusian-German forum

On November 19 in Germany Days of Northwest region of Russia have begun. Prospects of development of trade and economic cooperation of Germany and the Russian Federation are discussed there. Delegation of representatives from 11 Russian regions is headed by the Plenipotentiary of the president of RF in NWFD Victor Cherkesov. More than 200 persons represent a wide spectrum of business and political elite of the Northwest of Russia.

The group from Karelia headed by Sergey Katanandov includes heads of 6 largest enterprises of the republic: Segezhsky Cellulose Paper Plant joint-stock company, Onego Tractor Plant joint-stock company, Zapkarelles joint-stock company, Karelbumash Holding company, Nadvoitsky Aluminium Plant joint-stock company, and Pitkaranta Cellulose Plant joint-stock company. The expocentre of the Republic of Karelia is open at the forum.

On November 20 in his statement at the conference Germany and regions of Russia the Head of the Republic of Karelia has presented our region. He has paid special attention to tourist potential of the republic. In particular, it was marked that Karelia has unique resources for development of tourism. The significant part of the area of the republic (5,3 %) consists of especially protected natural territories: national parks, reserves, and nature sanctuaries.

However, having high potential, Karelia has rather unassuming place in the market of tourist services. Having designated the reasons of problems, the Head of the Republic has noticed that the system of measures on development of infrastructure of tourism has been developed in the republic. The target program "Development of tourism in the Republic of Karelia for the period till 2006" has been accepted. Perspective international projects in the sphere of tourism are realized, the legislative base and structure of branch administration has been improved.

Addressing to business circles of Germany, Sergey Katanandov has noted that there occurs the process of revival of internal private investment in construction of objects of the tourist infrastructure from the enterprises of different level - from small ones up to the largest in therepublic. From its part, the Government of Karelia renders comprehensive support to investors, the Law of the RK "On investment activity in the Republic of Karelia" guaranteeing protection of investments, invariance of starting conditions of investment and creation of the mode of investment preference has been accepted in the republic.

In conclusion Sergey Katanandov has expressed confidence that the present meeting and negotiations of the hosts of the forum with representatives of the Karelian business and state bodies will bring worthy and mutually advantageous results, having raised cooperation of our states on the new level. The Republic of Karelia is ready for the dialogue with the business circles wishing to develop tourist business in our republic.

Alexander Smirnov

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