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A new issue of the Asia-Pacific News Brief on the occasion of the Russian Business Week released

A new issue of the Asia-Pacific News Brief on the occasion of the Russian Business Week is released. 

 

The publication opens with a Foreword by from Dr. Alexander Shokhin, President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) (in Russian, in English). 

Then comes an analysis of the New Development Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank establishment as a response to increasing demand for infrastructure finance in developing countries, concerns over the ability of the existing multilateral development banks (MDBs) to respond effectively to this challenge, the leading emerging economies strive to enhance their role in international financial institutions and effective allocation of accumulated reserves (in Russian, in English).

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National Coordination Center for Developing Economic Cooperation with the Countries of Asia-Pacific Region (NCC APR) co-organized a special session on the topic “One Belt One Road: Prospects for Business”

The session was one of the key events of the first day of the Russian-Asian International Business Forum held on November 1, 2016. The event was aimed to increase the awareness of the Russian business about the Silk Road Economic Belt and the Eurasian Economic Union conjunction and activities of one of the entities established to support the implementation of this initiative - the Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce (SRCIC) and its bodies.

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National Coordination Center for Developing Economic Cooperation with the Countries of Asia-Pacific Region (NCC APR) was a partner of the international conference “G20 and BRICS – new global governance institutions”

The conference was organized by the Center for International Institutions Research (CIIR) of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) on October 25, 2016
The event brought together the leading experts of key academic and research institutions of the G20 and BRICS member countries, in particular Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, European Union, India, Republic of Korea, the UK and US.

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A seminar “Operational aspects of doing business with Indian investors and partners” organized by NCC APR jointly with RSPP and KPMG in cooperation with Center for International Institutions Research (CIIR) of RANEPA was held on May 25, 2016

The main aim of the seminar was to discuss practical aspects of cooperation with Indian partners.
Opening the seminar Dr. Marina Larionova, Vice President for International Relations of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP); Head of the CIIR emphasized that despite a significant Russia-India trade and economic relationships potential the level of current cooperation is not commensurate with the opportunities and level of political dialogue. Hence events which contribute to consolidation of a dialogue between businesses and better understanding of market trends of both countries should be regular.

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A special issue of the Asia-Pacific News Brief on the occasion of the ASEAN-Russia Commemorative Summit events

On the occasion of the ASEAN-Russia Commemorative Summit and Russia-ASEAN Business Forum the special issue of the Asia-Pacific News Brief focuses on Russia’s and its Eurasian Economic Union partners’ cooperation with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The Brief is published by the NCC APR with support of RSPP, KPMG, CIIR of the RANEPA and ERG.

The issue opens with an interview with Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN on ASEAN main achievements in economic and social development, factors of success, role of the Association in the member’s development, its future agenda and prospects for cooperation with the EAEU.
Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission Tigran Sargsyan in his interview talks about the Eurasian Economic Union achievements since its establishment in 2015 and the Union objectives and international activity. since its establishment in 2015 and the Union objectives and international activity.
The interview with First Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Alexey Likhachev provides an overview of investment and business climate in Russia and economic policy priorities, an assessment of regional integration initiatives` role in economic and social development of the country as well as Russia`s priorities for cooperation with ASEAN member countries, in particular business sphere. provides an overview of investment and business climate in Russia and economic policy priorities, an assessment of regional integration initiatives` role in economic and social development of the country as well as Russia`s priorities for cooperation with ASEAN member countries, in particular business sphere.
The second section of the issue presents the interviews with ASEAN member countries Ambassadors in Russia (Brunei, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) on economic and business environment in their countries as well as priorities for cooperation with Russia and EAEU.
The section “ASEAN Partners” includes a study on South Korean trade policies and strategies for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and a material for investors on doing business in India.
The next section presents the interviews with the EAEU member countries (Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan) on national development priorities, work in the EAEU and cooperation with the Asia-Pacific partners.
The special issue concludes with an expert material on regulation of investors’ profits repatriation from ASEAN countries.
Full issue in English and in Russian

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A seminar on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement’s influence on Russia`s economy was held in the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) on April 8, 2016

Director of the Department for Trade Negotiations of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Maxim Medvedkov was a keynote speaker of the event. In his speech he highlighted the features of the trade liberalization regime established by the TPP, as well as additional terms in a number of areas, from agriculture and ecology to investment and intellectual property rights. Maxim Medvedkov presented the results of the comparison between the TPP provisions and a trade regime terms based on the World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. He stressed that despite the presence of clear regulations in a number of innovative areas the TPP is unlikely to lead to a formation of a game changing trade and investment regime. At the same time the TPP initiative could transform and evolve in the foreseeable future. In this regard, according to Maxim Medvedkov, Russia should keep an eye on the TPP development, working actively to strengthen the WTO rules for regional trade agreements and using its own potential for negotiations at the global scene to promote its agenda.
Executive Secretary of the RSPP Committee on Integration, Trade and Customs Policy and WTO Pavel Isaev, who addressed the participants after Maxim Medvedkov, emphasized the importance of business-government engagement on trade policy issues. He noted that initially the TPP will produce very limited direct impact on Russia`s economy but drew the participants’ attention to the potential competitive risks to the Russian businesses due to improving of business environment in the TPP participating economies in innovative sectors, such as biotechnologies and e-commerce. According to Pavel Isaev, these challenges could be addressed by implementing a number of innovative provisions of the TPP Agreement in the Russian legislation.
During the discussion the participants exchanged views on prospects and risks of joining alternative trade agreements in the Asia-Pacific, changing conditions for the Russian business at the markets participating in the TPP, possible ways of the TPP norms proliferation within the WTO as well as Russia`s role and position in future regional and global trade and investment landscape.

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Special issue of Asia-Pacific News is released on the occasion of the Russian Business Week

The special issue of Asia-Pacific News (NCC APR Brief) in English and Russian is released on the occasion of the Russian Business Week.
The issue opens with an interview with Stanislav Voskresensky, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation highlighting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) significance for Russia, country priorities and activities in the Asia-Pacific.
VTB Bank Chairman and CEO Andrey Kostin in his interview speaks about the prospects of the Russian-Chinese cooperation, particularly in the financial sphere, VTB work in China and Hong Kong as well as the financial track priorities in the B20 and G20 during the Chinese presidency in 2016.
The interview with Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation is devoted to the industrial cooperation between Russia and Asia-Pacific countries and Russia`s engagement in the APEC.
Director of the International Finance Affairs of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation Andrey Bokarev speaks about the operational aspects of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and BRICS New Development Bank.
The article “Silk Road Fund” describes the Fund activities and its financial elements.
Two studies by the experts of the National Research University Higher School of Economics are devoted to the conjunction of the Eurasian Economic Union and Silk Road Economic Belt and its implications for Siberia and the Russian Far East.
The issue includes the analysis of investment regulation under the Agreement of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Experts of Clifford Chance hightlight practical issues of establishment of joint ventures in Russia.
The readers are also invited to consider key EAEU and Asia-Pacific economic and business forums and other events to be held in January – June 2016.

Full text in English, in Russian 

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Seminar “Operational Aspects of Work with Chinese Investors and Partners”

Seminar “Operational Aspects of Work with Chinese Investors and Partners” organized by the NCC APR jointly with RSPP, KPMG with support by Clifford Chance was held on November 25, 2015

The main aim of the seminar was to discuss practical aspects of cooperation with Chinese partners, in particular investments to China, typical mechanisms for investment and financing from Chinese companies, specific features and stages of approval of outgoing investment and financing in China. The speakers also shared their experience of making agreements with Chinese investors as well as cooperation with the Silk Road Fund and other Chinese financial institutions.
Opening the seminar, RSPP Vice President for International Relations, the member of the NCC APR Board Dr. Marina Larionova emphasized that the relations between Russia and China have a long history and continue to develop extensively. China provides unique opportunities for Russian businesses. Thus, increasing understanding of operational aspects of work with China is vital to guarantee mutually beneficial cooperation.
Head of the School of Asian Studies of the HSE Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, member of the NCC APR Expert Council Dr. Aleksey Maslov shared with the participants the features of Chinese business protocol and negotiating process.
KPMG China Partner Jessica Xie talked about the Chinese foreign investment trends and the Chinese economy sectors which are perspective for investment as well as interests and concerns of Chinese investors in Russia. Jessica Xie also provided a short overview of China`s social and economic development, geographic concentration of foreign direct investment and taxation system.
The seminar participants included the representatives of the Russian companies working in or planning to enter the Chinese market, Russian governmental authorities, consulting companies and law firms specializing in supporting business cooperation with China, and experts.
The seminar caught great interest among business representatives. The number of participants exceeded 150. NCC APR plans to continue the practice of holding such seminars - both country- and sectoral-oriented.
Program (in Russian

Jessica Xie. Introduction to Doing Business in China (in Russian, in English)

Muzaffar Salaev. Typical mechanisms for investment and financing from China (in Russian)

Julie Zhu. Particularities and Stages of Approvals for Outbound Investments in China (in Russian, in English)

Presentation by the Russia-China Investment Fund (RCIF) (in Russian

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