Africa and Middle East. Digest of the events.
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Cooperation with Atlas LLC
On 4 June 2020, Bureau LEGINT concluded the Cooperation and Agency Agreement with ATLAS LLC to organize the joint works aimed at promotion of Russian products, services and technologies to the Middle Eastern and African markets, and expanding the activities according to the needs of potential customers attracted by the Agent.
New partner contributed to Bureau LEGINT’s enhanced efficiency of the available experience in supporting the commercial initiatives in the region and getting new domestic and foreign partners interested in working in the Middle East and Africa.
Cooperation with Zarubezhneft JSC
On 4 June 2020, Bureau LEGINT signed the Memorandum of Understanding to organize the comprehensive support of operations of the state corporation in Africa.
Bureau LEGINT undertakes, within its competence, to provide information support to Zarubezhneft JSC on the African continent (monitoring of social, political, military and economic situation in the countries of interest, market structure analysis, competitor analysis), to contribute to the development of the state corporation’s positioning strategy taking into account the specific character of the region, to convene talks with decision makers and representatives of potential counterparties in order to implement the promising O&G commercial projects.
On March 11-12, 2020 A. Samarkina, Director General of Bureau LEGINT, took part in the First All-Russian Congress of tourism, hospitality and sports public associations as a cofounder of the Tourism and Hospitality Union (the General meeting of founders was held on January 30, 2020, hereinafter – the Union).
The event focused on practical measures to integrate the resources of tourism and hospitality professional associations of the subjects of the Russian Federation into the implementation process of national projects related to the tourism industry and to develop mechanisms of the state support provision for relevant activities.
The event moderator was I.A. Shoigu, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Domestic and Inbound Tourism Association, Deputy Director of the Finance and sustainable development Institute of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA).
Bureau LEGINT, as a consultant on international cooperation, developed and proposed practical measures following implementation of the tourism development strategy in the Russian Federation on the period up to 2035 in international aspect, that can be undertaken from the Union’s perspective as well. These include:
– to establish and develop direct links with international and regional, industry and specialized tourism organizations;
– conducting a set of international events in order to maintain the sustainable development of tourism in Russia, systematize tourism activities, effectively manage separate sectors of the relevant industry, ensure their coordinated interaction, standardize tourist services;
– to establish the regional tourism development as a priority;
– to use the contacts established during the international Forum “Russia-Africa” to promote direct collaboration with regional and national tourism organizations of the African continent;
– to develop a separate action plan for organizing interaction between the Union and Federal State governmental authority of the Russian Federation concerning the image formation of our country as a hospitable state with a rich history and further scope for various types of tourism;
– to organize direct interaction with specialized international tourism organizations and companies for the business tourism development;
– to participate in the development of system tools for attracting foreign investment in large-scale tourism projects and other proposals.
The initiatives of Bureau LEGINT were included in the final resolution of the Congress, which was signed by the participants and sent to the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation for further submission to the Government of the Russian Federation as a system of practical measures for the tourism development Strategy implementation in the Russian Federation for the period up to 2035.
Tourism and sport remain an effective tool for interethnic, interstate and intercultural dialogue in modern society. We demonstrate the friendly spirit of our country and help foreign tourists get to know closely the beauty and culture of the Russian Federation when opening them our doors. This is especially important in the context of growing Russophobia in Europe and the West.
On Business Advisory Council for Libya meeting
On March 18, 2020 a regular meeting of the Business Advisory Council for Libya was held to develop specific measures that would facilitate the national interests of the Russian Federation in this country, including the strengthening and development of trade and other economic ties.
Business Advisory Council for Libya members had a detailed exchange of views on the current military and political situation in Libya, gave a forecast of possible events and proposed measures to organize further work in this country, that was reflected in the final resolution.
On cooperation between Bureau LEGINT and Russian Export Center
On March 3, 2020 Bureau LEGINT and Russian Export Center Joint Stock Company (hereinafter – REC) signed an Agreement on cooperation for promotion of Russian export goods, works and services to the markets of Africa, Middle East and North America in terms of searching for the foreign buyers of Russian products and Russian exporters at the request of foreign buyers.
In addition, the Parties agreed to cooperate in providing informational and consulting support to Russian business, in promoting Russian goods through exhibitions, fairs and marketing events, and in developing proposals for measures aimed at improving the competitiveness of export products.
REC has accredited Bureau LEGINT as an Export trade adviser with integration into the REC’s “One window” information system, as reported on the Center’s website (https://www.exportcenter.ru/partnyerskaya-programma-rets/agentam/).
Bureau LEGINT is the association of professionals in various areas of business, public and government activities, which offers integrated solutions aimed at promoting national interests and business, primarily in African and Middle Eastern countries.
An important advantage of Bureau LEGINT is realization of projects in close coordination with Ministry of Foreign Affairs and relevant ministries of Russian Federation, as well as governments of foreign countries.
On negotiations with the President of the UNESCO Club of the Departments of Piraeus and Islands, 18.02.2020
On February 18, 2020, Anastasia Samarkina, Director General of the Bureau LEGINT, met with Ioannis Maronitis, President of the UNESCO Club of the Departments of Piraeus and Islands, Vice President of the World Federation of Clubs, Associations and Center of UNESCO (WFUCA) for Europe and North America, and a member of the City Parliament of Athens.
A. Samarkina and I. Maronitis exchanged views on the current state of affairs and discussed cooperation on issues of mutual interest. In particular, I. Maronitis emphasized that despite the existing difficulties, the organization carries out its work and relies on representatives in Russia, such as Yulia Averina, President of the Ural-Siberian Federation of UNESCO associations, centers and clubs.
I. Maronitis also spoke in detail about the activities of the non-profit organization “International Action Art”, which he leads, working on preservation, dissemination and protection of traditional and modern culture in 70 countries. As part of their projects, the parties discussed possible cooperation with the Peterhof State Museum-Reserve to assist in the restoration of the Palace complex in the suburbs of Athens.
The parties expressed mutual interest in expanding cooperation in such areas as student exchange (education), assistance and participation in exhibitions (culture), and organization of specialized trips to cities around the world (tourism).
A. Samarkina invited I. Maronitis to take part in the first All-Russian Congress of Public Associations in Tourism, Hospitality and Sports in March this year and presented to the head of “International Action Art” on behalf of the Bureau LEGINT a memorable gift – an icon of Christ the Saviour.
On the negotiations with the Ministry of Fisheries and Maritime Economy of Senegal dated January 22, 2020.
The negotiations organized with the support of Bureau LEGINT and Mr. Alexander BIRYUKOV, President of the Association of Russian Industry for West Africa took place on January 22, 2020 between the Senegalese delegation headed by Mr. Ousmane NDIAYE, Director of the Port Infrastructure Department of the Ministry of Fisheries and Maritime Economy of Senegal, and Mr. Segey KUZOVLEV, general director of LLC Sevmorproekt (Saint-Petersburg)
The Russian party presented the whole specter of work related to port construction (from architectural design to preparation of complete set of construction documents) to the Senegalese delegation.
The parties exchanged their opinions on their current projects and referred to the positive experience of mutual cooperation between Russia and Senegal. They also expressed their hopes to further reinforce the bilateral relations in the field of port infrastructure development.
The parties were particularly concentrated on the design and construction of a deepwater port near Dakar. According to the Senegalese party, the port will receive ships and ensure cargo handling. Project estimated value is up to $ 1,5 bln.
The parties decided to continue the dialogue and exchanged their opinions on the project milestones.
Russian-Guinean IGC 29-31.07.19
From July 29 to August 01, 2019, Anastasia Samarkina, the General Director of LEGINT Bureau, took part in the work of the standing Intergovernmental Commission of the Russian Federation and Republic of Guinea where she presented the company’s capabilities and proposed a number of promising mutually beneficial projects for consideration.
Ms. Samarkina informed the Guinean Party of an initiative to create a Foundation for assisting the Government of the Republic of Guinea and other African states in combating dangerous viral infections and consider potential creation in the Republic of Guinea of a facility for producing medical preparation developed in Russia, primarily vaccines for preventing diseases caused by the Ebola virus, GamEvak-Kombi and EpiVacEbola.
LEGINT Bureau’s representative also focused the attendees’ attention on the possibility of establishing a joint bank in Guinea to be co-owned with a Russian company to create an effective bilateral financial mechanism that would expand trade and economic cooperation and minimize costs and risks associated with fund transfers.
The Guinean Party supported LEGINT Bureau’s efforts aimed to have Russian companies involved in the upgrading and greenfield construction of hydropower and thermal power plants and hydraulic facilities in the Republic of Guinea. Agreement have been reached to provide the Guinean Party with up-to-date information on this matter describing the needs and other process parameters of such infrastructural facilities. A corresponding provision was included in the final minutes of the Russian-Guinean Intergovernmental Commission. (more…)
Business meeting in JSC NOVATEK 03.07.19
On July 3, 2019, Bureau LEGINT assisted in holding a business meeting of experts of the United Mexican States Senate M. Patiño and M. Langoria, as well as the representatives of Institute for International Integration V. Smirnov and A. Markelov with O. Izvolenskaya, Head of the Gas and LNG Marketing Division, and R. Stolyarov, Deputy Director of the Department for Marketing and Sales of Gas and LPG in External Markets, JSC NOVATEK.
On participation in the “Russia–Africa” Conference
On June 20–21, 2019, representatives of the LEGINT Bureau took part in the “Russia-Africa” Economic Conference within the 26th Annual Shareholders’ Meeting of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank).
Due to the fact that the Russian Export Center (REC) has joined Afreximbank as one of its shareholders, it has now become possible for Russia to host the annual meeting of the entity designed to boost the trading operations of African countries. Such meeting was held outside the African continent only once, in China in 2012.