Krasnodar, 7 March – Yug Times. The Krasnodar region plans to multiply exports of locally-made products, and it reportedly prepares the conditions for the future breakthrough.
The main declared task of the fourth regional conference of exporters held last Friday at Krasnodar’s Intourist hotel was an attempt of the regional power and business community to formulate their counterarguments to foreign economic threats. The conference attendees asserted that they had managed to do so.
The plenary session of the conference was opened by Anastasia Shishmareva, deputy head of the regional Department for investments and development of small and midsize businesses. She noted that the number of companies involved in export activities grew by 42% last year, as compared to their number of 2017.
In his speech, Vladimir Mostovoi, first deputy head of the regional Department for industrial policy, noted evident achievements of the export activity in the Krasnodar region and identified the main problem faced by local exporters.
“A big disadvantage is that what we are exporting is first of all raw materials or products made after primary processing of raw materials,” he stated. “In the agricultural sector, it is grain; in the chemical industry, it is fertilizers; in forestry, it is round timber or, in the best-case scenario, saw-timber. The main task for the nearest years is to augment exports of sophisticated products, with a high share of added value.”
The plenary session was followed by four panel discussions and master classes dedicated to e-commerce, choice of the export partner and the destination country, and stepwise advice for beginning exporters.
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