28 June 2012, Thursday, 18:34
author: news agency "Bashinform" | photo: Andre Starostin
On June 28 the President of Bashkortostan Rustem Khamitov has held a meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of India in Russian Federation Adjay Malkhotra, the public affairs service of the President RB reported. Prospects of economic and cultural interaction between Bashkortostan and India were under discussion in the course of negotiations.
Rustem Khamitov mentioned that for the last time the Ambassador of India had visited Republic of Bashkortostan six years ago.
“It’s rather much, taking the fact that Bashkortostan is one of the biggest and most developed territories in staff of Russian Federation into account’ – the President RB said – “We understand that role and place of our Republic in national economics are significant. Our Republic makes weighty endowment to the rise of commodity circulation between India and Russian Federation. In 2011 we’ve reached the figure at about 250 million USD and at that the overwhelming majority is export from Russia to India: machine building, chemicals etc. Sure, we’d like to preserve the parity of international trade and would like to see the increase of export from India too. Today we receive medicines, clothes, consumer equipment and products, made of ferrous metals, from your country but it is not much and we have to increase these volumes”.
Rustem Khamitov has reported that Bashkortostan will intensify mutually beneficial cooperation with India in sphere of aviation.
“On Saturday we will receive a big delegation of the corporation “HAL” – the President RB mentioned – “We intend to discuss some prospects of cooperation with them. Bashkir authorities actively support this direction in our joint activity, making all possible for increasing such export. Cultural ties are actively developed between our Republic and India too. In 2013 we will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the friendship society “Bashkortostan-India”.
Further Rustem Khamitov called the directions which Bashkortostan was ready to offer for cooperation with India.
“First of all, I mean deliveries of such high-tech products as helicopters of “KA-32” and “KA-220” series for your country, as well as deliveries of tank trucks, motomixers, trolley-buses, buses, gas turbines etc. We can cooperate in sphere of gas chemistry and oil chemistry too. We hold a big international forum, called “Big Chemistry”, and would like to invite specialists from India for participation in this forum in 2013. Further, we train your specialists in oil refining and oil mining at the Ufa State Oil Technical University and specialists in aviation engines – at Ufa State Aviation Technical University. Cooperation in mining operations, timber industry, agriculture, building, tourist and rest is also possible. These directions are numerous. Our artists often tour in India. Our puppet theater is considered one of the best in Russia and was rewarded with Jawaharlal Nero award for the play “Indian Legend” still 25 years ago”.
The Ambassador of India has mentioned in his turn that “India has the best relations with Russia and Republic of Bashkortostan”.
“Our diplomatic relations started 65 years ago but relations between people existed many centuries ago” – the Ambassador mentioned – “We have interest in Russia and I believe Bashkortostan has certain interest in India. Sure, we have business relations with UMPO. Today I’ve paid a visit to the Bashkir State Medical University. About 40 students from India study there. We have friendly relations with your puppet theater and I hope that we shall invite your artists to India soon. I think it will be interesting for your children too. We have a big cultural center in Moscow but I think there is an interest for cultural relations here too, so we see very positive opportunities here, for instance in pharmaceutics. International companies should search for partners in Russia and I want to invite our businessmen to come and see Ufa. It will be interesting because if somebody looks at the map it becomes clear that your Republic and Ufa are found in the very center of Russia”.