15 February 2013, Friday, 17:17

Ilshat Tazhitdinov: «650 mln dollars trade volume with the USA does not correspond to Bashkortostan potential»

author: Bashinform News Agency

The meetings spent in Washington by Bashkortostan Republic delegation were devoted to fostering trade, economic and technological cooperation with the United States. The Deputy Prime-Minister of the Government RB, the Head of Presidential Office RB Ilshat Tazhitdinov informed about the ITAR-TASS reporter the day before.

«Today the Bashkortostan Republic supports commercial relations with more than 100 foreign countries. Among our partners there is also the United States,” the Deputy Prime-Minister of the Government RB said. “The trade volume with the USA made about 650 million dollars for the last two years. Certainly, such indicators do not correspond to the republic potential».

Therefore the main objective of the present visit of the delegation, according to  Ilshat Tazhitdinov «is fostering economic, technological, trading cooperation with the USA, including active search for investors».

During the visit meetings with the Assistant Secretary of Commerce Michael Camunez, the State Department Representative Reta Lewis, a number of high-ranking officials from US Energy and Agriculture Departments took place. Prospects of trade and economic relations development between Russia and the USA, investment projects implementation in the republican territory, technological cooperation in various areas of industry and agriculture, and in the power sector were discussed there.

The visit schedule included meetings and consultations with representatives of business community of the USA concerning development of investment projects of the American companies in the republican territory, including in the sphere of road construction, information-communication technologies, real estate. «It is still early to speak about progress in attraction of investors,” Ilshat Tazhitdinov marked. “We just only outlined the directions where we hope to adjust mutually advantageous cooperation”.

The meeting of the rector of the Bashkir State University (BashGU) Akhat Mustafin with the president of Texas University Rikardo Romo was devoted to discussion of cooperation prospects in the field of industry and innovative technologies development. The parties signed the agreement between BashGU and University of Texas (San Antonio) on creation of the "Arkaim" information technologies centre together with the "Genesis" company.

Besides, the delegation met with lawmakers of the State of Pennsylvania, «took part in the Senate session».

«At the present stage of development of the Russian-American trade and economic relations the establishment of long-term contacts at the level of subjects of the Russian Federation and states of the USA opens new possibilities for economic and intercultural interaction»,  Rinat Dosmuhamedov, the Trade Representative of the Russian Federation in the USA  marked on this occasion.