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"Karelia Ц Tatarstan: there's a lot to learn from each other"

Signing of the agreement between Tatarstan and Karelia

Signing of the agreement between Tatarstan and Karelia

The handshake

The handshake

On July 17, a meeting of Head of Karelia Alexander Khudilainen and Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov took place at the Kazan Kremlin within the framework of the visit of Karelia's official delegation to Tatarstan.

Heads of two regions signed the agreement on trade, economic, scientific, technical, social and cultural cooperation between the Republic of Karelia and the Republic of Tatarstan for the term of five years. The previous agreement on cooperation between the two constituent entities of the Russian Federation was signed in 1995 and required updating.

Rustam Minnikhanov

Rustam Minnikhanov

Head of Karelia

Head of Karelia

The agreement provides exchange of experience in the field of central and local governance development. The parties will promote establishing, preservation, and expansion of trade and economic cooperation between enterprises of Karelia and Tatarstan, implementation of joint investment projects. The regions will exchange experience in attraction of foreign investments and improvement of investment climate. A separate paragraph of the agreement is devoted to creation of favourable conditions for contacts in the sphere of science. Contacts in the field of culture will develop within the scope of the agreement. Karelia and Tatarstan have a lot to offer to each other in the sphere of transport, construction, forestry, high technology, tourism, education, international and interconfessional relations, health service, sports, and youth policy.

Heads of regions discuss plans of cooperation

Heads of regions discuss plans of cooperation

At the official President's residence of the Republic of Tatarstan

At the official President's residence of the Republic of Tatarstan

Upon signing the agreement, Alexander Khudilainen and Rustam Minnikhanov have discussed prospects of cooperation between the regions. Participants of Karelia's delegation and the Cabinet of the Republic of Tatarstan have taken part in the discussion. At the end of the meeting, Rustam Minnikhanov and Alexander Khudilainen answered journalists' questions.

Ц We appreciate achievements of the Republic of Tatarstan in the sphere of development of information technologies, support of small enterprises, construction of business incubators, business centers and business parks, Ц Alexander Khudilainen has told. Ц Today Karelia finds itself on the upswing. President of Russia Vladimir Putin has set us a task to improve social and economic conditions by 2020 when our republic will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding.

Rustam Minnikhanov and the Cabinet of the Republic of Tatarstan

Rustam Minnikhanov and the Cabinet of the Republic of Tatarstan

Valentina Ulich, Alexander Khudilainen and Yuri Shabanov

Valentina Ulich, Alexander Khudilainen and Yuri Shabanov

Ц To the point, we're working on development of the federal target program to acquire momentum to development of the region. In fact, we're applying Tatarstan's experience of preparation for the 1000th anniversary of Kazan, and later for the Universiade, Ц Head of Karelia has mentioned.

In turn, Rustam Minnikhanov has mentioned that the Cabinet of the Republic of Tatarstan is ready to share the experience of development of the region with Karelia and is interested in expansion of contacts.

Alexander Khudilainen and Rustam Minnikhanov

Alexander Khudilainen and Rustam Minnikhanov

Ц For historical reasons, we have mutual trade and economic flows developed. I suppose that the volumes and the range of products will expand. Besides, we'd like to promote our e-Government technologies, software solutions for rendering of services. We're ready to share our experience in small business support, Ц Tatarstan President has told.

A Karelian flag was hoisted in the Kazan Kremlin

A Karelian flag was hoisted in the Kazan Kremlin

Tatarstan delivers KAMAZ heavy trucks, black oil, fuel, articles of food, etc. to Karelia. In turn, our republic supplies timber, building materials, including crushed stone, cellulose, paper to Tatarstan. In mutual opinion of heads of two regions, new contacts may be established and expanded in many spheres.

Communication with the press

 Communication with the press

To fill the signed agreement with specific projects Head of Karelia and Tatarstan President have agreed to establish a joint working group that will state the cooperation priority.

Alexander Khudilainen has invited the delegation of the Republic of Tatarstan to come to Karelia on a return visit. According to Rustam Minnikhanov, the trip may take place by the end of this year, or early in the new year.


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Created: July 17, 2014. Last updated: July 18, 2014.
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