22 December 2010, Wednesday, 16:58

Rustam Minnikhanov: “We feel ourselves in Bashkortostan as at home”

author: Lubov Kolokolova

“We feel ourselves as at home on the land of Bashkortostan. We arrived in the brotherly republic and many things united us here” – the President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov said before the beginning of the solemn ceremony on signing the cooperation agreement between Bashkortostan and Tatarstan.

“The first agreement, signed 18 years ago, has played its role” – Rustam Minnikhanov said – “Now we are facing the necessity to make a new base for further progress and first of all in sphere of innovations and modernization. Our relations have to reach a qualitatively new level. We intend to study our neighbors, adopting your progressive experience back at home. For example, now you are developing the program “Innovational Bashkortostan” and we are interested in this program. Undoubtedly, your republic has enough to learn and we say it during our visit to “UMPO” and to the techno-park, established there”.

After signing the cooperation agreement Rustam Minnikhanov said the increase of the trade circulation with Bashkortostan up to 30 billion rubles was quite real aim.

“We have plenty of strategic plans in many branches of industry and we to support each other by orders, developing the potential of the same oil-chemistry, for example”.