Forum for Promoting Business Exchange Between Russia and Japan
- Joined by local government officials and prospective companies from Russia-
On February 4, JETRO jointly held the Forum for Promoting Business Exchange Between Russia and Japan in Tokyo with the Agency For Strategic Initiatives (ASI) and the Roscongress Foundation, which have both concluded a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) with JETRO. Presentations were delivered by local government officials from Russia on the business environment and attractiveness or their respective areas as well as startups which have been drawing attention in the country. After the forum, opinions were exchanged through individual talks and networking between the Russian participants and Japanese companies and local governments.
Introduction of business environments by officials of eight Russian local governments
Russia has seen remarkable improvement to its business environment, with the country ranked 31st in the World Bank’s Doing Business Report in 2019. Activities by local authorities have played a significant role in achieving this. The ASI, a co-organizer of this forum, is a government-affiliated organization tasked with making proposals and conducting monitoring in order to improve the Russian investment environment. JETRO concluded an MOC with the ASI in the presence of the leaders of both countries last May.
The forum held on this occasion was based on this MOC, and joined by officials of eight Russian local governments who promoted the potential lying in the main industries and business environments of each region.
Presentations by Russian prospective companies
In addition, the forum was joined by prospective Russian companies comprised mainly of startups and IT ventures who were seeking potential for working with Japanese companies in developing new business models. From the Japanese side 176 people joined the forum, and more than 40 individual talks took place between them and the regional officials and business people from Russia who took the podium. It is expected that the forum will be a catalyst for facilitating exchange between regions and companies of the two countries.
Opening remarks by JETRO Chairman &CEO Ishige
Mr. Pirozhenko, Deputy General Director, ASI
Guest speeches: Mr. Galuzin Russian Ambassador to Japan Russian
Mr. Egorov Trade Representative
Mr. Tsuruda Director, Europe Division, METI
Presentations by officials of eight Russian local governments
N. Novgorod region
Outline of forum
|Date and time||February 4, 2019, 13:30-17:30|
|Venue||5th Floor Exhibition Hall, JETRO Headquarters|