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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, and helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

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Veronika Nikishina

Veronika Nikishina

Chief Executive Officer, Russian Export Centre
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03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Eurasian Regional Partnership in the Post-COVID Era
We, the Russian Export Centre, act not only as an assistant to our exporters in terms of specific measures. We also create an environment in which exporters can continue to do business comfortably without government assistance […] if once again we’re talking about the North-South corridor and the infrastructure that we will have once it is built properly. Trains will use it. It’s essential that the speed of these trains greatly depends on how well the regulatory authorities will work: customs, veterinary, and phytosanitary [...] We really must now put a new meaning into these ‘green corridors’, make them digital, and seamlessly integrate the information systems of states
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Eurasian Regional Partnership in the Post-COVID Era
If we are talking about the trade policy of the Eurasian Economic Union, then, despite the entire existing multi-vector relationship to globalization, to put it mildly, that we have seen recently in the world, the Eurasian Economic Union has consistently demonstrated its commitment, if not to globalization, then to regionalization. And the provisional agreement that we managed to reach with Iran in the pre-COVID period really works. We see an increase in our trade figures with Iran in exports during the COVID period, and this is precisely the comfortable norm that exists. And I am extremely happy that negotiations from the provisional agreement are moving into negotiations on a permanent free trade zone. The negotiations that are underway with India and the negotiations between Iran and Azerbaijan on free trade are what shapes a regime that consistently allows us and our exporters to say that everything should be good and stable at least in the region
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
The Effectiveness of Intergovernmental Regulation in Transforming Global Trade
Now, the destruction of the existing commodity and certain communication chains has also been added to what previously existed and destabilized trade […] In addition, certain unique procedures for quarantine measures have begun to emerge. When mutual trade began to unfreeze, each country, in responding to the fight against the infection, began creating its own procedures and the lack of uniformity in them is also an additional, rather serious complication [...] This is all the new reality in which we live, and exporters are somehow learning to work with this. At the same time, the growing restrictions on mutual trade have not gone anywhere, and the WTO statistics from the end of last year suggest that now there are various restrictions in the world on 10.5% of all imports. And these aren’t just the restrictions that have accumulated or the accumulation of the previous period, but newly introduced restrictions as well. So, this policy of containing exporters is also our reality
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
The Effectiveness of Intergovernmental Regulation in Transforming Global Trade
Why is the idea of a one-stop shop being implemented so slowly? Because it is enormously complex [...] and we are developing individual services related to export.  The technical execution is where we understand how many pitfalls exist with a seemingly simple idea
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
The Effectiveness of Intergovernmental Regulation in Transforming Global Trade
They [Russian exporters] want support measures that should help them be effective and survive in these difficult conditions. They want comfortable procedures for relations with the state, so they don’t run into the procedure when exporting, but can get through them as unnoticed and painlessly as possible. They want normal, convenient logistics, so that it’s not a bottleneck [...] We have almost the entire arsenal that should exist, and the national project has a fairly large set of everything that exporters want. It is spelled out and there are resources for it. Another thing is that it may not always be the case that these support measures quickly reach those who need them. But as far as the support measures are concerned, work is underway on this. In terms of comfortable procedures, a huge amount of work has also begun at many departments that deal with export-related procedures. This includes the transition to digital, the elimination of manual decisions – human decisions, the rejection of paper, and the digitalization of the exporter’s relationship with the state
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
The Effectiveness of Intergovernmental Regulation in Transforming Global Trade
Despite all the external difficulties, attention to exporters, which the government has never lost sight of, has not disappeared and, I hope, will never go away. It has resulted in statistics for this year showing figures that are completely unexpected even for us, although we are always happy about the success of exporters. Over three months, we shattered a record compared with all previous periods both in terms of absolute figures and in dynamics and in terms of growth of non-resource and non-energy exports. Today, we received the first statistics from the FCS for [the first] five months [of 2021] and they confirm this trend with growth in non-resource and non-energy exports
02.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Export: Where and How SMEs Can Sell
We don’t need to create such academic and practically inapplicable courses that simply take up time, but need to form very clear programmes that literally take an entrepreneur who is ready for such difficult foreign commerce by the hand and answers the question of how to start doing it. [...] When conducting an audit of what exists on the market, we saw that there truly aren’t that many programmes that are really that specific, practically applicable, and can be converted to exports and not just to a diploma or a sheepskin
05.09.2019
EEF 2019
Including the Far East in Global Value Chains: Effective Strategies
Signing free trade agreements <…> is a deliberate policy that helps create opportunities for setting chains – they can even be incomplete – in the countries that we share specific export interest and potential with. Our free trade agreement with Vietnam is effective now. <…> We can see that what this agreement helps us with is not just direct export sales, but with chain elements that were in there on top of traditional duties reduction
05.09.2019
EEF 2019
Including the Far East in Global Value Chains: Effective Strategies
One of the trends in the development of such chains [value added chains, – Ed.] is the focus shift from the commodity stage of production to more complex high-tech ones. As we can unfortunately state, the mechanism of value chains in the Russian Federation has not gone beyond the energy sector so far in contrast to such countries as the USA, EU and China already established in creating and benefiting from such chains. There are certain success stories that go beyond this rule, such as MAZDA SOLLERS. It is a joint venture that produces engines in Vladivostok: the engine is assembled from the parts imported from Japan and then the whole engine is exported back to Japan. Most of the chains our country is involved in are unfortunately incomplete. In many ways, our initial links are still outside the Union, and final product is almost never exported
05.09.2019
EEF 2019
The Digital Transformation of International Trade: E-commerce and Beyond
One of the problems that is certainly very far from being solved at present and which requires serious regulation is the safety of products that we buy through online retail, because it does not fall under technical regulations
05.09.2019
EEF 2019
The Digital Transformation of International Trade: E-commerce and Beyond
The major players in e-commerce are not governments, but major digital ecosystems like Alibaba and Amazon, and it is these companies that are setting the rules of the game. They are ahead of the curve and the state is essentially playing catch up
05.09.2019
EEF 2019
The Digital Transformation of International Trade: E-commerce and Beyond
“It seems very important to us that, in parallel with our efforts in our national Eurasian market, we are working very actively to develop an international standard in the form of an international agreement. In our view, the World Trade Organization seems to be the most appropriate platform, and it should release a package of rules to regulate e-commerce, setting out definitions and using those key elements that have served, as part of a package of WTO agreements, as the basis for international trade in traditional goods for many years
04.09.2019
EEF 2019
Russia and the EAEU in the Asia Pacific: Key Integration Factors and Prospects for Strengthening Business Ties
As the rules of global trade change, so we need to take active steps to create our own trade regimes. We need to boldly and without hesitation expand our range of agreements in a proactive manner
04.09.2019
EEF 2019
Russia and the EAEU in the Asia Pacific: Key Integration Factors and Prospects for Strengthening Business Ties
Global trade is characterized by stagnation and tangible protectionism. Traditional rules of global trade are being reconsidered. Protectionism is growing faster than markets, and this is affecting competition to a significant degree. The temptation to mirror this protectionism in one’s own regulations and close oneself off is a dangerous trend. We in the EAEU are not in any way subject to these fluctuations. For us, it is clear that continuing along the path of liberalization with our partners in the Asia Pacific is key to prosperity and economic growth
04.09.2019
EEF 2019
Russia and the EAEU in the Asia Pacific: Key Integration Factors and Prospects for Strengthening Business Ties
The agreement with Vietnam goes to show that an open trade policy is the correct course to follow. Our trade with Vietnam grew in a balanced and mutually beneficial manner. The agreement changed the mentality of businesses in our countries, which enabled us to make the next leap forward in trade policy – to sign an economic agreement with China and a temporary agreement with Iran, which will come into force in the coming days. We also plan to sign agreements with Singapore and Serbia in October. This demonstrates that our economy is not about to close to others
11.09.2018
EEF 2018
Crossroads on the Silk Road
A tool that will allow investors to make strategic decisions on a predictable basis are sectoral dialogues in specific sectors of the economy with access to implementation of joint projects. An important thing here is that these are not bilateral Russia–China projects, but these are multilateral projects involving three or more countries. On 27 September, as part of the 10th meeting of the Presidium of the Business Council, the Russian metallurgical industry will be ready to present its vision of sectoral cooperation with China. For us, this is a very important response from the business that our agreement was actually needed
11.09.2018
EEF 2018
Crossroads on the Silk Road
This May we signed an agreement between the EAEU and China. It is not preferential, it does not concern the reduction of customs duties, but, for the first time in history, it creates a common interface between our union and China for resolving the most sensitive business issues: simplifying trade procedures and lowering non-tariff barriers
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Forging the New Global Supply Chain Architecture
Protectionism should not affect the trends of regionalization and globalization that have developed in world trade. <...> A neat balance must be found between import substitution, which is a response to protectionism and sanctions. It is a trend towards the liberalization of world trade, which should again be on the agenda of trade policies of our countries
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Forging the New Global Supply Chain Architecture
In the past few years, protectionism and sanctions have been a given such a permanent status is our world that makes us rethink the industrial and trade policies of a number of countries, that sometimes refusing to liberalize their market in favour of protectionism
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Forging the New Global Supply Chain Architecture
Any elimination of unnecessary elements in the chain saves both time and money. You can make money by optimizing bureaucratic procedures and document circulation
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Modern Mechanisms for Promoting Exports on Foreign Markets
Creating comprehensive systemic conditions <...> to make entry to a partner's market easier<...>means setting favourable trading regimes that any exporter can use. <...>It includes trade and economic agreements, as well as free trade zone ones
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Modern Mechanisms for Promoting Exports on Foreign Markets
We have already created a platform for coordinating development banks. <...> Insurance agencies also strive to create joint insurance and reinsurance tools
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Coordinating the International Effort Against Illicit Trafficking in Manufactured Goods: Potential Ways Forward
Marking is a tool for ensuring traceability of the entire life cycle of a product. <...> Using the example of a pilot project in fur coats, we can <...> say that labelling is a promising tool to combat counterfeit. When we implemented the fur coats project, estimates of the counterfeit share were at 60-70% in the market, after the first year of implementation <...> we increased the legal turnover of the goods by 7 times