The Russia–Argentina Council of Entrepreneurs discussed its performance in 2017 and plans for the next year. The meeting was chaired by Andrey Guryev, PhosAgro’s CEO, Chairman of the Council, and member of the Board of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.
The event was attended by Ricardo Ernesto Lagorio, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Argentina in Russia, Alexander Shchetinin, Director of the Latin American Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Nosov, Deputy Director of the Department for Asia, Africa and Latin America of the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia, Victor Cherepov, Executive Vice President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, Tatiana Legchilina, Deputy Director of the Foreign Economic Relations and Business Councils Department of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Russia, and representatives of Russian Railways, Sinara – Transport Machines, and RUSAL.
The corporates took this opportunity to thank the Council for supporting the interests of the Russian business community, in particular during the recent business mission to Argentina. The mission helped improve relations with the Argentinian counterparts and take considerable steps to bolster bilateral cooperation by setting up business ties with large Argentinian companies and government agencies. In collaboration with the federal authorities, the Intergovernmental Russian-Argentinian Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, and Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Russia enhanced the position of Russian mineral fertilizer producers in international markets, including by negotiating the abolishment of Argentina’s 6 per cent import duties in August.
During a bilateral meeting with his Argentinian counterpart Jorge Faurie in November, Sergey Lavrov, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, noted the importance of the joint forum held by the Russia–Argentina Council of Entrepreneurs for the relations between the two countries.
While still subject to additions and amendments, the agenda for the next year already looks fairly busy.
- In January, Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina, is expected to visit Moscow;
- In February, Moscow will be hosting the 13th meeting of the Intergovernmental Russian-Argentinian Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation;
- In 2018, Argentina will be chairing the G20 and B20 summits.