Over a long time, businesses of Russia and North America have engaged against all odds and in spite of everything. <...> The Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs has consistently and fruitfully cooperated with the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia, the American Russian Business Council, and the Canadian Business Association in Russia and Eurasia. <...> Thanks to our joint efforts, American companies are not withdrawing from the Russian market and are also planning to expand their presence in the future — David Iakobachvili, President, Orion Heritage.
Despite the COVID epidemic last year, the 160 American companies we received results from invested USD 96 billion, which is more than two years ago. <...> This is a proof that we already have friendships developing, friendships through business and business ties. It is a special kind of friendship that will overcome all the problems — Alexis Rodzianko, President, American Chamber of Commerce in Russia.
For the last five years, we have seen the economy grow with very good growth. And although we are exporting 70% of the volume produced, in general last year was a record year for this production, for this site, despite the pandemic. This is a big bonus for the local economy. <...> We are, of course, the channel that leads to global customers. We have four major customers in the world who receive products from the Samara plant. And we plan to increase this volume by 65% in the next five years — Tim Myers, Chief Executive Officer, Arconic Corporation.
Over the recent years, Kaluga Region has implemented 220 investment projects with companies from 30 countries. Among these enterprises are American businesses. These include General Electric’s service centre for gas turbines, Greif’s plant, which produces industrial packaging, Lear’s plant, which produces car seats for companies in Kaluga’s automotive cluster, and, of course, Huntsman, a leader in the production of polymer materials. The total investment amounted to about RUB 2 billion, and 600 people are employed at these enterprises. But most importantly, none of these companies has left Kaluga Region. Moreover, even in this difficult time — both the pandemic and a period of certain controversies — businesses are planning to develop in the region — Vladislav Shapsha, Governor of Kaluga Region.
Our relations with our Western partners, certainly in the USA, but also in Canada, are very important. <...> The more open we are, the more efficient we are. We are not competitors here to a large extent, but partners in so many things — Boris Titov, Presidential Commissioner of the Russian Federation for the Protection of Entrepreneurs’ Rights.
There are values of a higher order: responsibility for global security and peaceful development, rather than momentary geopolitical conflicts and petty nagging. <...> I expect the Russian leadership to propose a programme of joint action between Russia and the US in the interests of all inhabitants of the planet. This will confirm our commitment to global security and the constructive and peaceful nature of our foreign policy. <...> It requires trust and political will on both sides. And from the business perspective, the absence of borders — both political and economic — is important for the implementation of joint projects — Andrey Bugrov, Senior Vice President for Sustainable Development, Norilsk Nickel.