Tatarstan will present republican food products at China’s World Food City

Tatarstan will present republican food products at China’s World Food City
Tatarstan is interested in placing the its companies in the International Import Food Center «World Food City» in Shenzhen. This was stated by the Head of Tatarstan Investment Development Agency Taliya Minullina during the official meeting with the Chinese delegation of the international project World Food City.

Opening its own pavilion with the products of Tatarstan will enable the companies of the republic to get direct access to Chinese trading networks at minimal cost. The delivery of products from the World Food City is carried out in more than 2 million Chinese and Hong Kong wholesale and retail trade stores.

The opportunities of business cooperation between Tatarstan and China in the frames of World Food City in Kazan were represented by the Manager of the complex, Director general of «Shenzhen World Food City Business Management & Development» holding company Mr. Tony Chen Yue, Director General of Russian National Pavilion «World Food City» Denis Voronko and commissioner of the working group of SCO Business Council in the sphere of cooperation in electronic commerce, Director General of «Shenzhe International Center of Cultural Exchange «Kazan» Akhmetzhan Tursuntay.

At the moment, the World Food City can accommodate national, regional and branded pavilions. The total area of the center is 550 thousand square meters. Investments in the project have already exceeded $460 million. It now hosts the offices of the world’s largest companies, office spaces, International Merchandising Center, business hotel. The official opening of the International Import Food Center will take place on October 26.

According to Mr. Tony Chen Yue, the Chinese Import Food Center pays considerable attention to the quality of goods while selecting the resident companies. All of them are subjected to security control. At the moment, only foodstuff is represented in the center, but the product line will be expanded in the future.

«The aim of this project is to provide Chinese inhabitants with environmentally friendly products of high quality. All the goods entering the center are tested for compliance with safety requirements. It is important to distribute qualitative products from the rest of the world throughout China», — manager of the complex Tony Chen Yue noted during the conversation.

«Tatarstan is interested in this site as a point of promotion of Tatarstan’s food», noted Taliya Minullina, the head of Tatarstan Investment Development Agency — chairman of the Board of Directors of the JSC «Export Corporation of the Republic of Tatarstan». She represented economic potential of the republic to the Chinese guests and also noted the interest of Tatarstan in the development of mutually beneficial bilateral cooperation with China. It should be reminded that the turnover between Tatarstan and China increased by 40 % and amounted to $372 million. During the first part of 2017 it increased by 75% and amounted to 280 million dollars.

«We have carefully studied the activities of the International Import Food Center. We are very fond of the idea of such a site. Now, Tatarstan is not very strongly represented in the Chinese food commodities segment, so we need to promote Tatarstan’s products in China using such a site. We are interested in working with Chinese manufacturers in terms of creation of joint productions since a lot of goods may be manufactured in Tatarstan and then exported to China», — the Head of Tatarstan Investment Development Agency Taliya Minullina explained.

Tatarstan Investment Development Agency organized the meetings of the Chinese delegation in the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Republic of Tatarstan and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Tatarstan. The Prime Minister of the Republic Alexey Pesoshin also met the representatives of the World Food City project.

China is one of the most important economic partners of Tatarstan. Since last year the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China is operating in Kazan. The Trade and Economic Representative Office of Tatarstan is operating in Beijing. In 2016, Chinese corporation «Haier» opened its factory in Naberezhnye Chelny. The company is now building the second factory in Tatarstan manufacturing washing machines. By 2019, a Chinese investor will also build an industrial park in Tatarstan.

In 2016, the fertilizer plant «Ammoni» was launched in Mendeleevsk constructed by the Chinese National Chemical Engineering Corporation (CNCEC).

 In September 2017, the Second meeting of the Subcommittee on cooperation in the field of industry of Russian-Chinese Committee for Preparing of Regular Meetings of Government with participation of Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov and Minister of Industry and Information Technology of China Miao Wei was held in Kazan. The Russian-Chinese Congress of Young businessmen was also held in the capital of Tatarstan.
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