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Novosibirsk issues an invitation to take part in a dialogue

9 October 2018

From 23rdto 25th October 2018, a Russian-German Cultural and Economic Forum will be taking place in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk. The organisers are planning to bring together more than 500 delegates and leading figures from industry, science, culture and public life in both Germany and Russia. 

At the forum, investors, businesspeople, and academics from Russia and Germany will give talks. There will also be an exhibition of innovations from Siberia. A separate module of the conference will deal with the “green economy” and will focus on modern technologies for resource conservation and on questions concerning the disposal and treatment of waste. There will also be round table discussions for the delegates dealing with, for example, questions of how business and science interact and how competitive advantages can be secured through scientific research. 

The organisers of the conference include the government of the Novosibirsk region, the Russian national daily newspaper “Rossijskaja Gaseta” and the autonomous regional association of Russian Germans in Novosibirsk. The forum receives financial support from the presidential fund of the Russian Federation and from the International Association for German Culture. The key partner of the forum is the Siberian Coal Company. The PR agency KaiserCommunication GmbH is an official partner of the forum in Germany. 

As Guntram Kaiser, founder and CEO of KaiserCommunication, the Berlin-based agency for public relations and marketing communication, explains, “At the present time, direct dialogue between representatives of different countries and regions is more important than ever. For it is only through dialogue that we can overcome myths and inaccurate perceptions. The Russian-German Cultural and Economic Forum is not only an opportunity to present some of the specific results of cooperation between these two countries; it also creates a platform for developing new contacts in business, science, and culture, which in turn can lead to further partnerships and joint projects.” 

Currently, there are approximately 200 companies in Siberia in which German investors have an equity stake – and half of these are located in the Novosibirsk region. In total, more than 5,000 German companies are active in Russia. In 2017, investments flowing from Germany to Russia totalled more than EUR 1.5 billion. According to a study conducted by the German-Russian chamber of foreign trade, 70 percent of these companies want to maintain their activities in Russia at their current level, and 20 percent are planning to expand their activities. 

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