Opening Asia for Russia

Interview with the head of the Representative Office of the Assembly in Bashkiria Andrey Nazarov

26.02.2021 33 просмотров

Andrey Nazarov, Head of the Representative Office, Deputy Secretary General of the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly, Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Bashkortostan, spoke about the main results of the work of the Representation of the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly in the Republic of Bashkortostan last year and plans for 2021.


Andrey Gennadievich, you head the Representation of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly in the Republic of Bashkortostan, which has been operating in the republic for a year now. And literally at the end of January of this year, you were elected Deputy Secretary General of the Assembly. What is the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly?

This is an international union of non-governmental organizations, it was founded in 2017 in Moscow to unite the efforts of public associations in the development of global integration processes of the states and peoples of Eurasia - the most densely populated region of the planet .

The Eurasian Peoples' Assembly includes representatives of more than 40 countries.

This year, the organization celebrates the fourth anniversary of its activity. The Assembly is headed by the General Secretary Andrey Yuryevich Belyaninov. As for my election to the position of Deputy Secretary General of the Assembly, this allows me to deal with this area on a larger scale.

What is the purpose of the Representation and what goals does it set for itself?
< br> On January 31, 2020, the Representative Office of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly was formed in the Republic of Bashkortostan, and I was approved as its leader.

Education of the Representative Office  was preceded by the signing of an agreement on May 24, 2019 between the Assemblies and the Government of the Republic of Bashkortostan.

The purpose of the agreement for the republic is to expand and strengthen international humanitarian and business cooperation, exchange of experience and information in the field of tourism, culture, education, sports, work with young people, as well as in the commercial and industrial environment, including exports, imports, finances, investments and innovations.

These goals are facilitated by the Representation, which is in close cooperation with the federal apparatus of the Assembly.
< br> But the most important thing that the activity of the Representation is aimed at is the strengthening of trust and friendship between peoples, the expansion of cultural and humanitarian cooperation, the development of peacekeeping and Eurasian integration processes. All this is carried out in conjunction with other organizations that share the same values.

What areas of activity has the Representative Office managed to implement in the year of its existence?

Considering that 2020 has turned out to be not the easiest for the whole world, we took the path of increasing the membership base, namely, we created the Public Council of the Representation of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly in the Republic of Bashkortostan, which included representatives of the largest business associations, trade unions, public and sports organizations. They are represented by well-known people who have proven themselves not only in the republic, but also in Russia.

Members and partners of the Representative Office took part in volunteer activities in such a difficult period for the world associated with the pandemic and the introduction of restrictive measures, when many people needed the help of volunteers.

Support and popularization of sports, a healthy lifestyle were carried out, cooperation with regional federations of wrestling "grappling" and boxing was established.

I also want to note the implementation of a very interesting educational project Heroes”, broadcast on Radio Russia - Bashkortostan, tamed for the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory, in which famous people of the republic talk about the Heroes of the war, home front workers and just about the famous sons of their Fatherland, whose names are named after the streets of cities and regions of Bashkiria.

Within the framework of the Public Council, its members are engaged in the development of certain areas. For example, an expert community has been created to support industry, and work is underway to intensify Russian-Italian cooperation.

Andrey Gennadievich, at the start of each new year, it is customary to take stock and plan for the future. What, in your opinion, was the year 2020 for the republic, how much did it affect business and other areas?

As in the rest of the world, we all feel the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. Therefore, in our region we have developed support packages for businesses, which include various subsidies, grants and tax preferences.

I would also like to note positive aspects. Thus, in the current year, foreign trade turnover with some countries has increased significantly. For example, we can highlight Uzbekistan, Latvia, Turkey, Mexico, Belgium and Azerbaijan.

Despite the pandemic, our companies continue to develop new markets. Last year we were able to establish foreign trade cooperation with Honduras, Ecuador, Sri Lanka, Uruguay, Myanmar, Jordan, Morocco, Benin and Saudi Arabia.

Continuing the conversation about foreign trade cooperation, I would like to note that our Republican Export Support Center took 2nd place among all regions of the country in the rating of the Russian Export Center. 82 regions of Russia were evaluated, and only the Moscow region was ahead of us. Thus, in 2020, the foreign trade turnover of the Republic of Bashkortostan amounted to 4,055.5 million US dollars, while the volume of exports of the Republic of Bashkortostan was at the level of 3,129.7 million US dollars.

We note an increase in the share of non-commodity non-energy exports in total exports region. In January-November 2020, it amounted to 61% (an increase of 11% compared to January-November 2019), despite the fact that the average share of non-resource non-energy exports in Russia amounted to 47.3%.

Achievement Such results were facilitated by the introduction of new measures to support exports in the region as part of the first and second package of measures to stabilize the economy.

Bashkiria was the only region of the Russian Federation that provided exporters with three types of financial assistance: payments to compensate for part of the costs of transporting goods for milestone, reimbursement of part of the costs of international certification of products and "export cashback".

In order to strengthen international cooperation in 2020, we opened a Representative Office of the ANO Congress Bureau of the Republic of Bashkortostan in Turkey, now we are preparing to open a Representative Office of the Republic of Bashkortostan in Kazakhstan .

We plan to continue to help our exporters, providing them with comprehensive support. Thus, we have launched a new project "Emergency Export Assistance", aimed at identifying the export potential of enterprises with their further access to foreign markets. We are also developing our Made in Bashkortostan brand, helping to develop international electronic trading platforms, and training entrepreneurs under the Export Fast and the Furious acceleration program. All measures are aimed at achieving the volume of supported exports in the amount of at least 25 billion rubles in 2021.

I believe that cooperation between the Republic of Bashkortostan and the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly will positively influence both the foreign economic development of our region and on its social and cultural agenda.

What are the Assembly's plans for 2021?

In the plans of the Representation for 2021, in a number of other events, I would like to designate the March Forum "Navruz", where entrepreneurs will discuss innovations in the accounting field, listen to trainings and master classes by famous coaches.

The brightest event of the year for the Representative Office is the Days of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly in the Republic of Bashkortostan, which will be held as part of the VI World Folkloriada in July. During the event, the following are planned: the General Assembly of the Peoples of Eurasia (it takes place every 4 years), the presentation of the Eurasian Games - 2025, a press tour for international and Russian journalists to the tourist attractions of the region, forums on the international standard of doing business and marketing. We will demonstrate to the guests of the Eurasian continent everything that our republic is rich and famous for.

Also, under the auspices of the Representative Office, in 2021, together with the Bashkortostan branch of the United Russia party and the Our Care volunteer center, a forum of volunteers will be held, where prospects for the development of the volunteer movement are outlined.

Another of the most powerful projects of the Assembly and the Republic of Bashkortostan -  organization and holding of the largest Eurasian sports games "Eurasiada" in Ufa in 2025. The program includes both Olympic and non-Olympic sports. Intermediate presentation of the "Eurasiada", as I said, we will hold this year within the framework of the Days of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly in the Republic of Bashkortostan.

Quick questions:

< b>What helps you to be a successful leader, to have time to conduct state and public work, while always remaining in good shape?

If you try, you can be in time everywhere. It helps to have a clear schedule, where it is noted what I have to do in all areas of my activity. I admit, there are a lot of these areas of work and there is not much time left for myself. However, now I am at that time in my life when I want to do as much as possible useful for the people, the republic, our state, and thanks to this goal, I always find the strength to move forward. Hockey helps me keep myself in good shape, we have an amateur hockey team of the Government of the Republic, headed by Radiy Faritovich Khabirov. So, whenever possible, I try to “go on the ice”.

What kind of cuisine do you prefer?

I love Russian and Bashkir cuisine very much, they have a lot of delicious and great meals. I will never refuse borscht, chak-chak, dumplings. If we talk about international cuisine, then, probably, I will single out Italian.

How do you try to spend your free time?

Work takes most of the time,  That's why I try to spend all my free time with my family. The family restores my strength. I love spending time with loved ones, playing with my granddaughter.

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