CM signs MoU in Russia on coal production, tourism



Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, who is part of a high-level
Indian delegation led by Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal that has been on a visit to Far
East Russia, chaired a sectoral session in Vladivostok, Russia, on Monday.

He held discussions on minerals, metals, rare earths and
fisheries with business people from both the countries.

Bringing foreign investments to India has been at the top
of the agenda of the Modi government. And to achieve the aim, the Indian delegation has been on three-day visit to
Far East Russia.

“An excellent interactive session on increasing ties with
Russia’s Far East region led by Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush
Goyal with a business delegation from India during the ongoing visit to
Vladivostok, Russia,” Sawant tweeted.

A memorandum of understanding on cooperation in coal
production and tourism was signed by Sawant with Governor of Kamchatka Vladimir
Ilyukhin in Vladivostok, Russia. The Chief Minister also interacted with the
visiting Indian business delegation for enhancing ties with Russia’s Far East

Indian states on Monday signed five memoranda of understanding on cooperation

various sectors, ranging from diamond to tourism, with
five regions of the Russian Far East.

The Indian delegation comprising Goyal and Chief
Ministers of Goa, Gujarat, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh and over 100 business
people is currently visiting the Russian Pacific city of Vladivostok.

During the day, the delegation members held meetings with
heads of the Russian Far Eastern regions and businesses.

“We discussed about investment in the Far East region
leading to greater economic opportunities and trade between the two countries,”
Goyal said.

Goa signed a memorandum of understanding with Kamchatka
territory on cooperation in coal production and tourism.

Uttar Pradesh and Zabaykalsky territory signed an MoU on
cooperation in agriculture and food production.

Haryana concluded a document with the Sakhalin region on
cooperation in oil and gas industry. Maharashtra and Buryatia signed a MoU on
cooperation in machine building and tourism.

Gujarat and Yakutia also agreed to cooperate in diamond

The Russian Far Eastern Federal University, which
hosted a meeting between Russian and
Indian delegations, also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Amity
University on mutual opening of representative offices and cooperation in

The National Skill Development Corporation also signed an
MoU with Russia’s Far Eastern Agency.

The visit of the Indian delegation comes less than a
month ahead of the Eastern Economic Forum, which will have Prime Minister
Narendra Modi as the chief guest.

Goyal voiced confidence that a dozen MoUs would be signed
during Modi’s visit.

“When the Prime Minister visits the EEF, we will have
over a dozen MoUs that are being planned to be executed at that time, some of
which we are discussing today and will finalise over next 20 days,” he

While Goyal led the Indian side, Yury Trutnev, the
presidential plenipotentiary envoy to Russian Far Eastern federal district and
Deputy Prime Minister, headed the Russian delegation to the talks.

Sectors like energy, processing and packaging, vocational
training and higher education exchanges were discussed in the bilateral
“We are seeing certain products
where we can look at skilling the Russian people for carrying out activities of
production and processing; for example
the diamond industry is coming in a big
way to explore the potential in the Far
East. You have a lot of diamond
manufacturing, but the processing is not
done in Russia. I am going to discuss
with Russian leaders as to how we can
skill Russian people…, “ Goyal told Sputnik news agency.

Goyal also hoped for direct flights between New Delhi and the Russian Far East.

“That is one of the
areas that I would like to
discuss today with the Russian leadership
because I believe that will be a
first step to have greater engagement
between Russia and India,
particularly the Far East region. I am sure
we can mutually work out a
mechanism by which we can have more direct
flights between the Far East, at
least, to begin with, Vladivostok and
Delhi. This will give a big boost to business on both sides,” he said.

The minister hoped that
there would be more interactions
between the two sides in future, and
exuded confident of a return visit to India by Russian business people.

“I would think that it would be a logical outcome of any
such engagement because ultimately it is partnership that will define the success of the Indian-Russian
joint ventures. I am quite confident
that by going forward we will see more and more Russian businesspersons coming to India to discuss
potential opportunities together,
whether it’s in Russia or in India,” the
Union minister hoped.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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