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The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.

The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 173 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 78 countries worldwide, and 188 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian t.me/Roscongress, English – t.me/RoscongressDirect, and Spanish t.me/RoscongressEsp. Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation: roscongress.org.

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Russia–Republic of Korea
11 September 2018
The Far East has become an attractive region for investment

The [Far East] region is the springboard for expanding the economic space of Korea in Russia and continental Europe […] Korea is Russia’s best partner for the joint development of the Far East — Kim Young Joo, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Korea International Trade Association.

We are interested in expanding investment. Cooperation in the manufacturing sector also needs to be strengthened more — Lee Nak-yon, Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea.

We are ready to make a great contribution to the development of agriculture in the Primorye Territory through active investments in the agricultural sector — Choi Won Bo, General Director, Lotte International Primorsky Branch.

Republic of Korea and Russia continue to expand mutually beneficial cooperation

At the summit, Korean President Mun Zhe Ying and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to join forces to expand the volume of trade to USD 30 billion. This is an ambitious but achievable goal — Lee Nak-yon, Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea.

As the prime minister already said, our mutual trade volume exceeded USD 19 billion in 2017 […] Today, Korea is Russia’s seventh largest partner on the global market — Olga Golodets, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.

In the first half of the year, bilateral trade amounted to USD 14.07 billion, which is up by 29.3% compared with the same period of the previous year — Lee Jae-Young, President, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy.

Cooperation with Korea helping to develop the Russian Far East

Given Russia’s proximity to Korea and the fact that Russia does not use genetically modified types of soy and corn, this is obviously a logistical, qualitative, and ecological advantage for Russia — Vadim Moshkovich, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Rusagro.

The volume of trade with Korea is growing, as reflected by container transportation, among other things. Last year, it increased by 30% via the Trans-Siberian Railway […] This year it has grown by another 32%, and we can see that there is more to come. We have concluded agreements with companies such as Samsung Electronics and others. Today, there is increasing demand among Korean companies for transportation via the Trans-Siberian Railway and the Trans-Siberian route itself — Alexander Misharin, First Vice President, Russian Railways.

Over the past 3 years, more than RUB 500 billion have been invested in the Trans-Siberian Railway, thus increasing throughput capacity by 60 million tonnes. In the next five years, roughly RUB 2 trillion are to be invested in the railroads of the East — Alexander Misharin, First Vice President, Russian Railways.

Small amount of investment by the Republic of Korea in the Russian economy

The figures on Korean investment attracted to the Russian economy are very modest today. The share of investment in the Far East by South Korean companies remains rather low, and we hope that it will increase — Sergey Katyrin, President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation.

Farm land in the Far East is not used efficiently

To date, only about half of the farm land is used. Today, only 2.2 million hectares are used in the Far East and Trans-Baikal region, while the potential is 4.4 million hectares — Vadim Moshkovich, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Rusagro.

Lack of qualified personnel in the Far East

We must admit that we are suffering just as badly because we lack professional workers and specialists with a narrow specialization — Alexey Rakhmanov, United Shipbuilding Corporation President .

Development of joint projects

This morning, we signed a memorandum on cooperation on smart cities with the administration of the Primorye Territory and a memorandum on expanding digital healthcare projects with Russian Railways. As for smart city technology, we expect that smart security, smart farm, and smart energy technologies will help turn Vladivostok into a safer and more competitive city — Gu Hyun-Mo, Director, Chief Strategy Officer, KT Corporation.

In the near future, technical specialists from the Zvezda shipyard will work on building tanker parts at the company Hyundai Heavy Industries and acquire advanced shipbuilding technology in Korea. Starting from August of next year, we will begin transferring eco-friendly vessels made at the Zvezda shipyard, which represent Russia and Korea — Ka Sam-hyun, President, Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Ltd.

I would like to propose an area for economic cooperation between Korea and Russia. Cooperation in the energy sector based on Russian oil and natural gas […] I propose opening the ‘Rosan’ market. ‘Ro’ is for Russia and ‘San’ is the second part of the name of the city of Ulsan. It’s a market for the supply of Russian oil and gas throughout the energy markets of Northeast Asia with the ability to generate international prices based at the reservoir in Ulsan — Song Cheol-ho, Mayor of Ulsan Metropolitan City.

There is one proposal that may be of immediate interest – the preparation of a publication with the best corporate and social activity practices used by Korean enterprises in Russia and Russian enterprises in Korea — Olga Epifanova, Deputy Chairperson of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Member of the State Duma Committee on Regulations and Organization of Work.

Strengthening cultural and tourism ties between Russia and the Republic of Korea

We are ready to implement a programme involving one more ‘bridge’ and ask that you consider this possibility. This, of course, is a ‘bridge’ in cultural affairs — Olga Golodets, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.

Vladivostok and Korea have long been linked by long-standing cultural relationships. We visit each other on different non-business occasions. But I understand that the development of such cultural ties is an important step in the development of business relationships, business projects, and investments — Vitaly Verkeenko, Mayor of Vladivostok .

I would like to make a proposal on practical interregional cooperation in the creation of an international tourism belt of the East Sea basin. First, the opening of the Pohang-Vladivostok cruise route […] with a further connection with the Japanese cities of the Western Sea of Japan and with the formation of a cruise triangle around the East Sea […] Second, I propose opening a regular Pohang-Vladivostok ferry route — Lee Kang-deok, Mayor of Pohang Metropolitan City.

The material was prepared by the Russian news agency TASS