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Minister Židan concludes his visit to the Russian Federation

Moscow, 11 February 2017 – Today, the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food of the Republic of Slovenia, Dejan Židan, concluded a visit to the Russian Federation as part of an official visit from Slovenian President Borut Pahor. The official delegation of Slovenia was received by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Medvedev. In the margins of the visit Minister Dejan Židan signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food of the Republic of Slovenia and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation for cooperation in forestry and he also held some bilateral meetings and made some visits.

As a part of his visit Minister Dejan Židan met with the Russian Minister for Natural Resources and Ecology, Sergey Donskoy.  At this meeting the Ministers discussed forestry and specifics in the management of state-owned forests in both countries.  Minister Židan presented a successful transition to a new way of forest management in Slovenia under the new company SiDG.  The ministers agreed to establish a special working group on forestry, to outline further steps of cooperation and the exchange of best practices.  The Russian Minister was particularly interested in Slovenia's activities regarding the World Bee Day initiative, since this year in Russia is dedicated to ecology and related matters.  A wish was expressed that before the United Nations proclaim World Bee Day the two states would organise a joint promotional event in Moscow and, in support of this project, highlight the importance of beekeeping for the environment and food security. 


Yesterday evening a Slovenian-Russian business conference was organised, where President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor addressed the participants. In his address, President Pahor said that the Slovenian and Russian nations are joined by a century of friendship and, further, the two states are celebrating the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations. He mentioned that he wanted this visit to provide the Russian President Vladimir Putin with an opportunity to give new impetus to the Slovenian and Russian business communities. At the round table Minister of Foreign Affairs, Karl Erjavec, underlined the still untapped potential for further strengthening economic cooperation. As the event continued, the participants committed to strengthening economic cooperation between the two countries.  After the business conference during President Borut Pahor’s trip to Moscow Slovenian and Russian companies signed a total of 14 agreements.  Many of them are related to food production.  Minister Dejan Židan took this occasion to express his satisfaction that the Slovenian producers of process engineering have become important in Russia. "As the one who is responsible for food production and, in a way, also for the environment, I am particularly pleased that the Slovenian producers of process engineering have become so important in Russia." As an example he mentioned the Riko agreement on the construction of factory, which is, according to the Minister, based on Slovenian knowledge and the country’s mechanical engineering industry. The Minister noted that they had agreed to hold meetings with Russia in the coming months, in order to verify whether Slovenia can provide Russia with help in building its own food production. “Russia has significant plans in this regard and we can actually offer technology and hardware," noted Minister Židan. 


The second day of his visit Minister Dejan Židan met with a Member of Duma, Anatoly Karpov, who is especially committed to addressing the issues of food security and ecology. As a former chess World Champion, he invited the Minister to a visit chess museum, where he presented the rich history of chess, which holds a highly respected place in Russia. The visit concluded with a visit to Moscow’s main marketplace.