29 April 2011, Friday, 10:13

Bashkortostan will become blood brother of Venice and will open Italian visa center in Ufa

author: Lubov Kolokolova

Bashkortostan and the region of Veneto (Italy) established close bilateral cooperation. Moreover, in the nearest future our Republic may become a blood brother of Veneto with its capital Venice.

“The idea to establish partnership relations with Veneto was initiated by the President RB Rustem Khamitov” – the chairman of the state business undertakings and tourism committee RB Ruslan Kinzikeev, who headed the Bashkir office of the Italian-Russian Trade Chamber before appointment to this post, said – “Oil-chemical production, glass industry and agriculture are developed in this region as well as in our Republic. Venice is the center of international tourism. Small and medium business is also well-developed in this region and, as we know, Bashkiria also makes serious steps on development of business undertakings now. We are deeply interested in development of tourism. All abovementioned brings our regions together, making mutual cooperation quite promising. Besides, the relations between Russia and Italy are rapidly developing too”.

Plenty of various actions are scheduled within the frames of cooperation between Bashkortostan and Veneto. Thus, the XVIII gathering of the Russian-Italian workgroup on industrial districts and cooperation in sphere of small and medium business will take place on May 26-27 in Ulyanovsk and business circles RB are invited. The delegation from Southern Bolzano will arrive in Bashkiria on June to take part in the building exhibition and in the conference, organized by the state business undertakings and tourism committee RB. The youth dance group from Bashkiria will take part in the festival “Young Russian culture in the region of Veneto”, held under the patronage of the Social-Cultural Initiatives Fund, headed by the first lady of Russia Svetlana Medvedeva and organized by the Presidential Administration RB. The businessmen from Lombardy will arrive in Ufa in September and the forum “Italy-Russia” in the city of Verona is scheduled on October. The regular gathering of the Russian-Italian workgroup on industrial districts and cooperation in sphere of small and medium business, which is to be held in Palermo in the fourth quarter 2011, will finish the year.

In the nearest future the Italian visa center will be opened in Ufa and this is one more step, made by Italy towards simplification of the visa mode for the citizens RB. Thus, the citizens of Bashkiria may pay consular fees not leaving Ufa for Moscow – in the Bank “INTEZA” in Ufa – already during more than one year.