21 March 2011, Monday, 18:08

Rustem Khamitov has taken part in Jeddah economic forum

author: news agency "Bashinform"

The President of Bashkiria Rustem Khamitov has taken part in work of the Jeddah economic forum in Saudi Arabia at the head of the business delegation RB, the public affairs service of the President RB reported. In the course of the visit to Jeddah Rustem Khamitov opened the Russian-Arab business dialogue “Russia – the Arab World”, taking the floor before the leading Arabian businessmen and the delegates of the economic forum fr om many countries. In his speech the President RB told about positions of Bashkiria, about investment attractiveness of the Republic and answered the questions concerning cooperation with our region.

Talking with the Arab businessmen Rustem Khamitov has mentioned that Bashkortostan ripened for the business dialogue and intended to make all conditions for attraction of foreign capitals to the economics of the region. The head of the Republic has invited the investors to visit Bashkortostan and estimate the prospects of cooperation with our region.

On March 20 the President RB has negotiated with the General Secretary of the Islamic Conference Organization Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, where problems of cooperation in sphere of science and culture were broached upon. Rustem Khamitov has also communicated with the President of Jeddah Trade-Industry Chamber Sheikh Salekh Kamel. The head of the Chamber was interested in the prospects of cooperation with Bashkortostan and expressed his intention to send a group of experts for studying the potential and opportunities for bilateral economic contacts to our Republic in the nearest future. Rustem Khamitov has invited Sheikh Salekh Kamel to pay a visit to Bashkortostan during the international form “Big Chemistry”.

After that Rustem Khamitov has negotiated with the leadership of the Islamic Development Bank Akhmed Muhammad Ali. The parties have agreed that the bank delegation will be sent to Bashkortostan to estimate the opportunities of cooperation with our Republic.

The delegation RB has visited the memorable places, related to activity of our famous compatriot, Russian diplomat and orientalist Karim Khakimov, in Jeddah. The native of Bashkortostan Karim Khakimov was the first plenipotentiary of the Soviet Union on the territory of modern Saudi Arabia. The representatives of the Bashkir delegation have also inspected the museum, wh ere the residence of the King of Saudi Arabia Abdel Aziz ibn Saudi was located.

Rustem Khamitov has also held negotiations with the Governor of Riyadh province, the Prince Salman Ben Abdel Aziz, during which they also were talking about the prominent diplomat, the native of Bashkortostan. Rustem Kahmitov has mentioned that the international conference “Russia and Islamic world: history and prospects of civilized interaction” will be held in Ufa at the end of March and the action is devoted to the 120th anniversary of Karim Khakimov’s birthday. Besides, the parties have reached the agreement concerning cultural exchange between Bashkortostan and Riyadh province. Salman Ben Abdel Aziz has pointed to the importance of economic interaction on a business level and promised to answer the invitation of Rustem Khamitov to visit Bashkortostan.

“The representatives of Saudi Arabia big business have displayed real interest in our Republic and now we are waiting for a big business delegation from this country. Arab businessmen are interested in the projects in bank sphere, oil chemistry, oil refining and medicine as well as in agriculture. We have much to show them” – Rustem Khamitov said.

For the reference: the annual Jeddah economic forum is held since 1999 and considered the largest event in economic life of the Arab world. More than 2 thousand people, presenting more than 30 countries, take part in it. In 2011 the Jeddah forum is held under the slogan “Transformation in the XXI Century”.