Židan: “The visit to the Russian Federation was successful and goals were achieved”The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, Dejan Židan, visited the Russian Federation on 16 and 17 January 2017. The purpose of the visit, on which the Minister was accompanied by an economic delegation and representatives of scientific institutions, was to further enhance and expand economic and other forms of cooperation with the Russian Federation in the fields of agriculture, forestry, and food. The visit was also intended to review and make final preparations for all of the necessary activities in anticipation of the visit by the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, to the Russian Federation in February.
Minister Židan expressed his satisfaction with the visit. “The first goal of the meeting between the Slovenian and Russian delegations was to pave the way for signing some specific contracts,” he stressed. Židan is certain that Pahor's visit will be very important, as this is a visit to Russia by an EU Member State, and he further emphasised the major economic impact of the visit. “Namely, contracts worth hundreds of millions euros will be signed, and cooperation on scientific research will also be enhanced,” the Minister added.
On the first day of the visit, Židan had a meeting with the Russian Minister of Agriculture, Alexander Tkachev. Among other things, the ministers discussed cooperation related to the Slovenian initiative to introduce World Bee Day. “Russia actively supports Slovenia’s initiative and wishes to obtain Slovenian expertise in this field,” Židan clarified for the media. The Minister continued his visit at the Lomonosov Moscow State University, which is among the most significant and prestigious universities in the world. The University is preparing for closer cooperation with Slovenian universities; some cooperation agreements have already been signed and some are expected to be signed during President Pahor’s visit. Discussions were also held on further intensifying cooperation between the Agricultural Institute of Slovenia, the Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Moscow State University.
Minister Židan started his second day of the visit at the Russian State Agrarian University, which is the most important university for agriculture in Russia. “We wish to strengthen work in the field of joint scientific research, and we agreed today to link the two faculties,” the Minister stated. The Slovenian delegation was then received by the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation. Minister Židan and Minister Nikolai Nikiforov reviewed some details concerning President Pahor’s visit and found that Slovenia has been successfully cooperating with Russia through its companies in the field of telecommunications and technology transfer. At the Russian Ministry of Energy, investments in the Russian energy network were also discussed, and the Russian delegation assured Minister Židan that doors would remain wide open to Slovenian companies in this field.
In the Action Plan for the Priority Activities of Ministries and Government Bodies, the Russian Federation is defined as a country to which special attention is to be paid. Within the framework of the priority in the field of internationalisation, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food cooperated closely last year with the Republic of Tatarstan. This year, the focus will be on mechanical technology related to agriculture and forestry and on increasing food production, in which the Russian Federation is currently investing heavily.
Caption: Russia holds prospects for business deals worth hundreds of millions for Slovenian companies