Opening Asia for Russia

Japanese investors and small businesses in the Far East started working together

25.09.2017 58 просмотров

Japanese investors who invested in projects in the Far East began to involve regional small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in their implementation, experts and representatives of residents interviewed by TASS noted with the participation of Japanese capital from Advanced Development Territories (TOR) and the Free Port of Vladivostok (FPV).


At the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF), SME Corporation signed a roadmap with Japan's JETRO aimed at s s Russian small and medium-sized businesses being able to supply their products to Japanese automakers.

Part of the plan

The efforts of the Russian authorities to support SMEs and development of the Far East "begin to bear fruit — businessmen of the two countries are beginning to interact more actively, the share of non-commodity exports from Russia is growing, bilateral cooperation in new industries is gaining momentum,", says Vitaly Savenkov, a leading specialist of the expert and analytical center of the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU).

"The Japanese side is increasingly showing interest in medicine and innovations, trying to support its SMEs when they enter the Russian market, and is also very pleased to see Russian SMEs being built into the production chains of the largest Japanese corporations ,  ;— he noted.

"The development of SMEs in the Far East received a tremendous impetus with the introduction of the TOP and FPV modes, while the bulk of the projects are planned to launch in 2018-2019  . Thanks to these efforts, Russian entrepreneurs have significantly improved the quality of their products, received state support for their undertakings, found new partners, investors and sales markets. Taking into account the positive geopolitical trends of rapprochement between Moscow and Tokyo at the level of heads of state, the diversification of economic cooperation towards  SMEs looks appropriate and  promising  — the expert added.

Overcome stereotypes

In his opinion, Russian entrepreneurs should overcome the negative stereotypes of their Japanese partners.

"Japanese business was apprehensive about opportunities to work in the Russian market. Because of this, until recently, quite a lot of negative stereotypes about doing business in Russia  —  — Savenkov said.

In turn, a representative of Khabarovsk Airport OJSC, which, together with a consortium of Japanese investors (Sojitz Corp., Join and Jatco), is implementing a project for the reconstruction of one of the largest in terms of passenger traffic of the air terminal in TOR "Khabarovsk", the head of the press service of the company, Marina Kravchenko, emphasized the fundamental desire of the Japanese colleagues to carefully study the details when working with  Russian partners.

"With the mutual desire of partners from Japan and  Russia can and nbsp;need to find common ways to solve problems, especially since our state today creates effective tools for the development of investment activity in the Far East  — — Kravchenko believes. "There are examples of very effective activities: a clear understanding of the goals and objectives, well-coordinated teamwork, meeting deadlines and quality, — people with their own hands create a reputation for themselves and provide a perspective. On the on the other hand, there are examples when small businesses, participating in tenders, behave incorrectly" — she appreciated her experience.

Requirements for contractors

Representatives of enterprises with Japanese capital and "daughters" companies from Japan also note the specifics of specific requirements for contractors. This, in particular, was announced at Khabarovsk airport and in subsidiary Japanese "Iida Group Holdings" "First Wood Primorye" (woodworking and construction).

"We we have specific requirements, and there is a question of the possibility and desire of those partners who will work with us", — told a member of the board of directors "First Wood Primorye" Sergei Belyaev. According to him, the company has certain requirements for contractors, and in the further, when entering other regions of the Far East and west of the country, it will also accredit partners in order to maintain the quality level.

< p>"We plan to build both villages and detached houses in Primorye and Khabarovsk Territory. In  in this case, we need both the supply of materials, and the manufacture of building structures, because the house consists of a huge number of parts, and our task is to choose high-quality, and the more in this quality is domestic, the better ,  ;— added Belyaev. He said that the company had already delivered two demonstration houses in Vladivostok, and local entrepreneurs helped construct them    the representative of Khabarovsk Airport noted the rigidity of Russian legislation towards investment projects in transport infrastructure. "In certain types of work specialize in single organizations operating throughout the territory of the entire country" — she added.

At the same time, the main guideline when choosing domestic suppliers should be economic efficiency, according to the Russian-Japanese company Mazda Sollers (Primorsky Territory). "We have a large supplier base from Russian companies. Tooling and auxiliary materials for the needs of production are purchased in Russia  — said a representative of a car assembly plant.

According to him, any large enterprise creates a multiplicative effect around itself, since its operation requires the involvement of a large number of various suppliers of materials and services. "We are focused on indicators of economic efficiency for the enterprise and carry out a competent selection of suppliers", — summarized in Mazda Sollers.


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