Alexander Moor met with the Ambassador of Austria
Welcoming the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Austria to the Russian Federation, Johannes Aigner, who first arrived in the Tyumen Region, the Governor noticed that the last time the Austrian partners were in Tyumen eleven years ago. Over the years, the region has changed significantly.
“The Tyumen region is one of the most economically and socially stable regions of the Russian Federation. The growth rate of the economy exceeds the average Russian. The main factor of positive dynamics is the development of industry. Today this sector forms the largest part of the gross regional product. Over the past ten years, it has more than doubled, the volume of industrial production has tripled, ”said Alexander Moore.
The head of the region told about the largest investment projects of the last years: Antipinsky Oil Refinery, Tobolsk-Polymer, the project of the metallurgical company UGMK-Steel, Tyumen Plywood Plant, the project for the production of lysine. Separately focused on the system of regional support for foreign investors.
According to the governor, cooperation between the Tyumen region and Austria has been actively developing in a number of areas since 1992. In 2007, a contract was signed for the purchase of cattle in the Tyumen region - breeding bulls and Simmental cows. Tyumen livestock breeders had the opportunity to undergo refresher courses with a trip to the livestock enterprises of Austria. With the support of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, a number of mutually beneficial meetings and negotiations took place in the cities of Höntsele and Neusiedl.
Today, the Tyumen enterprises of the food and processing industry are purchasing technological equipment for processing meat and milk from Austrian manufacturers.
Alexander Moor noted that while the region has a relatively small trade turnover with Austria. Nevertheless, according to the results of 2018, foreign trade turnover increased by almost six times compared with 2017. And made up just over eleven million US dollars. The predominant commodity groups in the export structure of Tyumen goods are wood and products from it. Equipment, components, mechanical devices, electrical machines, as well as various plastic goods are imported from Austria.
Johannes Aigner thanked Alexander Moore for the reception and shared his impressions of the visit to the Tyumen region. “Today we visited the Antipinsky Oil Refinery, visited the Slovtsov Museum Complex, met with the leadership of Tyumen State University. I am particularly impressed with the new approach, the new type of education in your Advanced Research School. We, in Austria, do not have that yet, ”said the ambassador. According to Johannes Aigner, there are already certain agreements on partnership with the region in education.
“The government of the Tyumen region welcomes the expansion of cooperation and joint projects in the field of science and culture. We are ready to offer other areas of partnership. Among them: the implementation of projects in the petrochemical industry and oil and gas engineering, food processing industry, wood processing ", - said Alexander Moore.
According to the governor, there are good prospects for expanding cooperation in the field of medical and business tourism. An open, active and mutually beneficial partnership between the region and Austrian investors will have a positive impact on the development of bilateral relations between the Tyumen region and Austria, said Alexander Moore.
“Mr. Aigner, please convey an invitation to Austrian entrepreneurs working in Russia to visit the Tyumen region in order to get acquainted with our potential, to consider the possibility of localizing production in the region. I am convinced that after the visit of the delegation of the Austrian Embassy, the visit and business delegation to our region will follow, ”the governor concluded.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Austria to the Russian Federation Johannes Aigner supported the invitation of Alexander Moore and noted that in Austria there are companies with extensive experience in oil and gas engineering, wood processing, which could become potential investors. The parties agreed to schedule a visit of the Austrian delegation to the Tyumen region in 2020.