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Cooperation with France

France is one of the main foreign trade partners of the Tyumen region.

According to the Ural Customs Administration, the trade turnover of the Tyumen region with France in 2019 amounted to 181.8 million US dollars, of which export amounted to 118.4 million US dollars, import - 63.4 million US dollars.

For reference: in 2018, the foreign trade turnover of the Tyumen region with France amounted to 555 696.79 thousand US dollars, of which export - 500 638.45 thousand US dollars, import - 55 058.34 thousand US dollars.

The predominant product groups in the export structure are: 27 group of foreign trade activities “Mineral fuel, oil and products of their distillation” (gas oils, liquefied propane), 29 group of foreign trade activities “Organic chemical compounds” (ethane, butane, isobutane), 85 group of foreign trade activities “ Electric machines and equipment, their parts ”(starters, oil separators, multi-phase AC motors, copper conductors); the main share in the import structure falls on the 39th group of foreign trade activities “Plastics and products from them” (copolymers of propylene, plates, film, tubes, hoses), 73th group of the foreign trade activities “Products from ferrous metals” (drill pipes, fittings, flanges, nuts , screws, metal structures and other products from ferrous metals), 84 group of TN VED “Nuclear reactors, boilers, equipment and mechanical devices; parts thereof ", 85 group of foreign economic activity" Electric machines and equipment,parts thereof "(instruments and tools for air navigation, conductors, amplifiers, security alarm devices, water heaters, circuits of conductive elements), 90 group of foreign economic activity" Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, control, precision, medical or surgical instruments and devices; parts and accessories thereof. "

Successful projects of France in the Tyumen region are:

- an investment project implemented by the Schlumberger service company: a plant for the production of high-tech energy-efficient pumps; Schlumberger Perforation System Accessories Plant and one of the largest training centers in Siberia.

- Investment project of the Danon group of companies “Yalutorovsky Dairy Plant”. The decision to implement a large-scale investment project in the Tyumen Region for the reconstruction of the Yalutorovsky Dairy Plant with an investment volume of about 3 billion rubles was made in 2013. On February 6, 2015, the Danone group of companies completed the first phase of the reconstruction of the Yalutorovsky dairy plant, within the framework of which a new, modern curd production workshop was created.

In Tyumen, opened shopping centers of the companies Auchan, Leroy Merlin, hotel "Mercure" of the group "Accor".

The products of the French company Schneider Electric are quite popular in the Tyumen region: the Slovtsov museum complex, the Winter Sports Center “Pearl of Siberia” and many other iconic objects of the region are equipped with power supply, fire extinguishing, smoke exhaust, and dispatch systems.

Representatives of the Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Consul General of France in Yekaterinburg repeatedly visited the Tyumen region.

In the field of geological exploration in the oil and gas sector, we should mention the Agreement signed between the Tyumen company Sibgeoproekt and the French company Beisip-Franlab on joint implementation of programs to simulate the processes of formation and movement of hydrocarbons for more efficient exploration of oil and gas, signed on January 27, 2011 in Paris.

In addition, in 2011 Sibgeoproekt LLC and Beisip-Franlab jointly conducted work to assess the investment attractiveness of the project to build a plant for liquefying associated petroleum gas in the north of the Yamal Peninsula.

In addition to cooperation in industry, active ties in the field of agriculture.

A significant result of the Russian-French cooperation at the regional level is a contract concluded in September 2001 between the regional supply and marketing cooperative "Meat Cattle Breeding" and the company "Societe Nouvel Bernard" for the supply of pedigree beef cattle to the Tyumen region. This was preceded by a series of preliminary meetings at the level of the leaders of the region and the Copper Pyrenees region, France.

Chronology of visits

In 2002, 1,425 heads of breeding beef cattle of the breed were brought into the Tyumen region: Obrak, Limousine, Salers, Charolais.

On February 13, 2006, an official delegation of the Schlumberger company headed by the President of the company Maurice Dijol and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Schlumberger Andrew Gould paid a visit to Tyumen in connection with the official opening of the plant for the production of electric submersible centrifugal pump installations, as well as laying the symbolic first stone in the foundation of the Schlumberger Siberian Training Center.

March 28, 2007 presentation of the investment potential of the Tyumen region in the MEDEF hall in Paris. Organizational assistance was provided by the Embassy of Russia in France, the Trade Representation of the Russian Federation in France, the Association of French Industrial Enterprises MEDEF.

June 7, 2007 - a visit to Tyumen by a delegation of French businessmen headed by the trade attache of the Embassy of France Philippe Bon in the framework of Franco-Ural business meetings.

December 5, 2007 - a visit to Tyumen by a delegation of French oil and gas companies on the initiative of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris, the French Federation of Mechanical Engineering and the Union of Oil and Gas Equipment Manufacturers of France.

January 22, 2008 visit of representatives of French companies led by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the French Republic to the Russian Federation, Mr. Stanislas de Laboule, with the aim of developing and deepening bilateral cooperation with the Tyumen region in the trade, economic, scientific, technical and humanitarian fields.

On June 7-9, 2008, a visit to the Tyumen region of the delegation of the Total company, led by the Consul General of France in Yekaterinburg, Claude Croix.

March 25-26, 2010, the visit of the Consul General of France to Yekaterinburg, Claude Croix, his lecture at the Information and Library Center of the Tyumen State University on the topic: "Modern French literature at the turn of the century."

February 3, 2011 a visit to the Tyumen region by the Consul General of France Pierre Filatoff. During the visit: an introductory meeting with the Governor of the Tyumen region V.V. Yakushev, visiting the technological company Schlumberger Tyumen LLC, the Lukoil-Western Siberia LLC company, participating in the grand opening of the Arto, Theater and Its Double exhibition at the Tyumen Drama Theater.

February 22-24, 2011 visit of the Governor of the Tyumen region V.V. Yakushev to Paris: business meetings, visiting the SIMA international agricultural exhibition, meeting with French Minister of Agriculture Brunole Meer.

November 8, 2011, the visit of the Consul General of France in Yekaterinburg, Pierre Filatoff, to discuss initiatives to create a Center for French culture on the basis of the regional scientific library, a branch of the Presidential Library. B.N. Yeltsin.

On December 7-9, 2011, the visit of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France to Russia, Jean de Gliniasti, led the French business delegation.

In February 2013, the Governor of the Tyumen region V.V. Yakushev visited France, where he met with the President of the European Judo Union.

On April 9, 2013, the meeting of the Deputy Governor, Director of the Department of Investment Policy and State Support for Entrepreneurship of the Tyumen Region, Vadim Mikhailovich Shumkov, with the President of the International Mission MEDEF Champagne-Ardenne, Advisor to France on Foreign Economic Affairs Philippe Verber. Livestock issues were raised, promising areas of cooperation for the construction of a plant for sorting and processing waste were outlined.

On July 15-17, 2013, the delegation of the UBIFRANCE Trade Mission of the French Embassy in Russia visited the Tyumen region for the first time.

On July 19, 2013, the Governor of the Tyumen Region Vladimir Yakushev met with the president of Danone in the world, Frank Ribou, and the general director of the Danone group of companies in Russia, IvLegro. Participants discussed a large-scale investment project in the Tyumen region for the reconstruction of the Yalutorovsky dairy plant. According to Iva Legro, “investments in the Tyumen region are the largest for the company in Russia. The choice of region is not accidental. Thanks to the support of the government of the Tyumen region, the dairy industry of the region is developing successfully. Together, we can raise it to a new, higher level, which will create new jobs and improve the well-being of residents. "

On August 7-8, 2013, the Consul General of France in Yekaterinburg Michel Baran visited the Tyumen region for the first time.

On October 24-26, 2013, a visit to the Tyumen region (Tyumen, Tobolsk) by the French delegation led by Michel Baran, Consul General of France in Yekaterinburg. The French delegation visited Tobolsk, visited Tobolsk-Polymer LLC, took part in the Russian-French exchange of contacts, visited Antipinsky Oil Refinery CJSC, TNK-Uvat LLC in Tyumen.

On June 9, 2014, the visit of the Consul General of France to Yekaterinburg Michel Baran to the Tyumen region, took place. Tyumen, Tobolsk.

On October 30-6, 2014, a delegation of the Tyumen region paid a visit to Lille (France) to participate in the European Championship of Youth Professional Skills EuroSkills - 2014, as part of the delegation of the Russian Federation WorldSkills Russia.

February 17-18, 2015 visit of the Schlumberger company representative.

February 18, 2015 as part of the II Tyumen Investment Forum “Investments. Industrialization. Regions. The Breakthrough Logic ”visited Tyumen and also took part in the round table“ Interaction with foreign investors: new opportunities for cooperation and risks in the current economic conditions ”: Michel Baran, Consul General of France in Russia; Pavel Shinsky, General Director of the Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce.

On April 15-16, 2015, the Consul General of France in Yekaterinburg Michel Baran visited the Tyumen region. The visit took place as part of the celebrations on the occasion of the opening in Tyumen by the hotel operator of the Accor group of companies of the new Mercure Tyumen Center 4 * hotel. During the visit, the Consul General met with Alexis Delaroff, Regional Director of AccorHotelServices in Russia, Georgia and the CIS, Christian Karaoglanyan, Development Director of AccorGlobalOffice, Samvel Torgomovich Stepanyan, Chairman of the Board of Directors of ARSIB Holding Group.

On May 12-16, 2015, a delegation of the University of Lorraine, led by President Pierre Müzenhardt, visited the Tyumen Region, Tyumen, Tobolsk.

March 2-5, 2016 Tyumen region, years. Tyumen, Yalutorovsk was first visited by the Consul General of France in Yekaterinburg Eric Mill. He visited the Yalutorovsky Dairy Plant, where a ceremony was held on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the founding of the plant (currently, it is part of the Unimilk Company OJSC in the Danon Group of Companies in Russia). Eric Miye met with the Governor of the Tyumen region Vladimir Yakushev, with the Deputy Governor of the Tyumen region Vadim Shumkov. The Consul General also visited the Tyumen Technopark, where he was presented with modern developments in the field of oil and gas production and the environment. One of these developments was a unique intelligent control station for oil wells.

April 25-26, 2016 in the French Republic in Paris and Lyon, in the framework of participation in the “ROAD SHOW ASI in France”, organized by the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI) (together with the Analytical Center Observo at the Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce and MEDEF International), representatives of the Tyumen region headed by the Deputy Governor of the Tyumen region, head of the Representative Office of the Government of the Tyumen region in the state authorities of the Russian Federation P.V. Tarakanov.

During the visit under the ROAD SHOW ASI program, many events took place, such as presentations of the investment potential of the regions of the Russian Federation in the office of MEDEF International, as well as in the CCI of Lyon, a session of G2B negotiations with French companies –Bonduelle, SanofiPasteur, FM Logistic; FranceExportea, AquariusAbroad, AirSerenity, Decathlon, KBS Genetic, ALEX, LeroyMerlin, Polyter on cooperation and investment in projects in the field of agriculture, pharmaceuticals, logistics, retail, new technologies and other areas in the Tyumen region. A visit to the headquarters of Schneider Electric, a meeting with the Vice Mayor for International Cooperation and Investment Attractiveness of Lyon, Alain Galliano, with representatives of the Economic Development Agency of Lyon, representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Lyon.As part of the final events of the ASIA ROAD SHOW in France, in Lyon, a joint meeting of the joint delegation of the Russian Federation (including representatives of the Tyumen region) with the administration of the united region Auvergne-Rhônes-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes) headed by the Vice-President of the region Philippe Meunier took place.

On May 24, 2017, the Consul General of France in Yekaterinburg, Eric Mille, visited the Tyumen region, the city of Tyumen. E. Miyeh took part in the Day of the Exporter and in the discussion of the key topic of this event - in the round table “New Opportunities and Promising Export Markets”. Within the framework of the Exporter's Day, an expanded meeting of the Governor of the Tyumen Region V.V. Yakushev with representatives of the diplomatic corps of foreign states.

On June 15-16, 2017, representatives of French companies headed by the Director General of the Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI FranceRussie) Pavel Shinsky paid a visit to the Tyumen Region. The delegation included representatives of world famous French companies - Legrand, Sanofi, Clemessy, Servier, Total SA, Orange. The main purpose of the visit is to get acquainted with the investment potential of the region, visit industrial enterprises, meet with officials, and strengthen trade and economic ties.

Within the framework of the visit, a meeting was held with the Deputy Governor of the Tyumen Region Vadim Shumkov, visits to regional enterprises: Antipinsky Oil Refinery, Service and Repair Center of the Agtreko Company, Steklotekh LLC, Tyumen Plywood Plant LLC, Pyshminskaya Poultry Factory, Utair- Engineering ”and JSC Mostroy-11.

In the Chamber of Commerce of the Tyumen region, business negotiations were held between Tyumen and French enterprises.

Representatives of the French business also visited the Tyumen Technopark, at the industrial parks of the Infrastructure Development Agency.

At a meeting with the Director of the Department of Health of the Tyumen Region, Inna Kulikova, representatives of the pharmaceutical companies Sanofi and Servier expressed interest in implementing joint projects to provide patients with innovative treatment methods.

On March 26-28, 2018, Tyumen Oblast was visited by Johan Vanderplaets, Senior Vice President of the French company Schneider Electric, and President of the company in Russia and the CIS. As First Vice-President of the Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Russia, Mr. Vanderplaets headed the delegation of European companies. At an official meeting with the Deputy Governor of the Tyumen Region Vadim Shumkov, a discussion of the formats of joint work took place. Schneider’s products are quite popular in the Tyumen region: the Slovtsov museum complex, the Winter Sports Center “Pearl of Siberia” and many other iconic objects of the region are equipped with power supply, fire extinguishing, smoke exhaust, and dispatch systems.

On September 7, 2018, negotiations with the head of the EASTMED INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT company Olga Krutolapova, who is a localization consultant for the French company AnalyticBiosurgicalSolutions (ABISS), were held at the Representative Office of the Government of the Tyumen Region in state authorities of the Russian Federation in Moscow. The main topic of the meeting was to discuss the possibility of localizing the production of polymeric polypropylene nets and other products that are used in urological surgery. In October 2018, ABISS representatives visited the Tyumen region. As part of the visit program, we visited MIM LLC, one of the largest manufactures in Russia in the field of medical devices. As a result of the meetings, the possibility of organizing a joint venture with MIM LLC is being considered.

On November 1-2, 2018, the Tyumen Oblast was visited by the business mission of the Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI FranceRussie), headed by Director General Pavel Shinsky. This is the second such visit to the region in the past two years.

In addition to the leaders of the chamber, the delegation included representatives of the French business: Dekatlon, Orange, Sanofi, Legrand, TechnipFMC.

The purpose of the visit: getting to know the investment potential of the region, visiting industrial enterprises, meeting with officials, strengthening trade and economic ties.

At an official meeting with representatives of French companies, the Deputy Governor of the Tyumen region Vakhrin Vyacheslav Mikhailovich spoke about the successes of the Tyumen region in developing the economy, French projects implemented in the region, forms of support for the Tyumen business, about new investment proposals, outlined the directions for further cooperation:

- The possibility of cooperation in the field of industry,

- Projects in the field of healthcare, pharmaceutical production,

- Implementation of joint ventures in the field of oil and gas engineering.

In accordance with the program of the visit, visits were made to the enterprises of the Tyumen region: Elektrostal Tyumen Metallurgical Plant, Antipinsky Oil Refinery CJSC, LUKOIL-WESTERN SIBERIA Representative Offices, Gazpromneft-Yamal, Messoyakhaneftegaz. For representatives of the company "Sanofi" organized a visit to GAUZ TO "MKMTS" Medical City ".

In GAU TO “West Siberian Innovation Center” a meeting was held with the leadership of the Agency for Infrastructure Development of the Tyumen Region JSC, the Fund “Investment Agency of the Tyumen Region”. They discussed the prospects of cooperation, the conditions for the sale of enterprises on the sites of the industrial park, the measures of business support in the region.

In November 2019, a delegation from Tsogu took part in the first Salon of Regional Siberian Higher Education in Paris, which was held with great success in the French capital as part of the Trianon Dialogue. This international event was organized with the aim of enhancing academic and scientific cooperation between Siberia and France and promoting Siberian universities in France and French in Siberia.

On December 10-11, 2019, the Commissioner for the Protection of the Rights of Entrepreneurs in the Tyumen Region L.K. Nevidailo took part in a meeting of the working group at the Council of Europe headquarters in Strasbourg as part of the project "Protecting the rights of entrepreneurs in the Russian Federation from corruption practices at the municipal level." During the meetings, an exchange of views took place with representatives of France, as well as the Group of States against Corruption and the European Court of Human Rights, recommendations were made regarding joint anti-corruption work.

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 1 student from France is studying at the Tyumen State University in full-time studies, five masters programs of double diplomas are being implemented, operating under cooperation agreements with universities in France. The Tyumen State Medical University also works in the framework of agreements on cooperation with universities in France, and the Tyumen Industrial University cooperates with higher educational institutions of France under the program of international academic mobility.

Perspective directions in the development of bilateral foreign economic relations:

- the possibility of cooperation in industry, including light and furniture,

- cooperation in the field of oil and gas engineering,

- a joint venture to create a plant for the production of chipboards, wood-polymer composites could become mutually beneficial

- project for the construction of a plant for the production of cement and building materials,

- A project to organize pharmaceutical production on the basis of one of the industrial sites in Tyumen,

- joint projects in the field of healthcare, tourism development, scientific and educational exchanges.