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Participation in the 6th Japan-Russia Meeting Concerning SME Cooperation - Concurrent networking event between SMEs held -

December 2018

On December 7, JETRO Executive Vice President Yasukazu Irino took part in the 6th Japan-Russia Meeting Concerning SME Cooperation in Khabarovsk, Russia. He introduced JETRO's activities related to Russian SMEs to relevant people in the public and private sectors. In addition, JETRO concurrently held a networking event for Russian and Japanese SMEs under the auspices of the Khabarovsk Krai government.

Public-private sector joint session

Mr. Irino participated in a morning joint session which was joined by representatives from the Russian and Japanese public and private sectors. There he introduced activities of JETRO such as individual support through the "Russia Desk" established at the headquarters in Tokyo in December 2016, and as well as his experience in delivering presentations at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum and a workshop at the Eastern Economic Forum. He also mentioned that JETRO has set up the Japan Pavilion at the annual international industrial exhibition INNOPROM in Yekaterinburg, Russia for two years in a row, allowing 26 Japanese companies to exhibit.

Inter-governmental dialogue

During an inter-governmental dialogue in the afternoon, the Executive Vice President explained JETRO's support programs geared toward Japanese SMEs aspiring to do business in Russia. First, emphasizing the importance of "knowing” Russia, he introduced JETRO’s magazine "Vladivostok and Khabarovsk Style" and seminars held across Japan (31 over the past two years from October 2016). Support for “going to” Russia included service industry missions sent to the Far East and European Russia. Finally, regarding “meeting” Russian companies, he explained support activities for Japanese companies to participate in international exhibitions such as INNOPROM and WorldFood Moscow, as well as examples of collaboration with six Russian organizations which concluded MOCs with JETRO in order to expand business exchange between the two countries.

Executive Vice President Irino at joint session

Joint session for public and private sectors

Networking event between SMEs supported by Khabarovsk Krai government

The networking event between SMEs, held with the Khabarovsk Krai government, took place in the afternoon. Fourteen companies from Japan took part as a result of a recruitment effort based on the requests of Russian companies with interest in doing business with Japanese companies. In accordance with the requests of the Japanese companies, over 30 business meetings were arranged in advance. Within the venue, lively business meetings were engaged in regarding the fields of agriculture and fisheries as well as business in the Russian Far East. As there were cases in which the potential needs of companies from both countries were met, further progress is expected for talks in the fields of agriculture and seafood processing.

Business meetings

6th Japan-Russia Meeting Concerning SME Cooperation

Date December 7, 2018
Public-private sector joint session: 10:00 – 12:30
Inter-governmental dialogue: 14:00 – 16:00
Venue Ulitsa Shevchenko, 2nd floor hall, Khabarovsk, Russia
Participants Over 100 people

Outline of the networking event and individual consultation

Date and time December 7, 2018, 14:00 - 18:00
Venue Ulitsa Shevchenko, Conference Room on 1st floor, Khabarovsk, Russia
Participants 14 Japanese companies and 16 Russian companies