When welcoming the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Austria in the Russian Federation Johannes Eigner, who came to the Tyumen region for the first time, the Governor noted that it was eleven years ago when Austrian partners visited Tyumen last time. The Region has dramatically changed over those years.
“The Tyumen Region is one of the most stable regions of the Russian Federation in economic and social aspects. The rates of economic growth exceed the average Russian rates. The main factor of this positive dynamics is the development of industry. Today this sector makes the biggest part of gross regional product. Over the last ten years it has become more than two times bigger, the industrial production output has grown thrice”, underlined Alexander Moor.
The region’s head told about the last years’ major investment projects: Antipinsky Refinery, Tobolsk-Polymer, the project of Ural Mining Metallurgical Company, Tyumen Plywood Manufacturing Plant, and the project of lysine production. In particular, he dwelt upon the system of regional support for foreign investors.
According to the Governor, cooperation of the Tyumen Region with Austria has been actively developed in a number of areas since 1992. In 2007, a contract for purchase of cattle by the Tyumen Region, namely breeding bulls and Simmental cows, was signed. Tyumen animal breeders got an opportunity to take advanced training courses visiting stock breeding enterprises of Austria. A number of mutually beneficial meetings and negotiations supported by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture of Austria were held in Hänzel and Neusiedl.
Today Tyumen food and processing industry enterprises purchase technological equipment for meat and milk processing from Austrian manufacturers.
Alexander Moor noted that the regional trade turnover with Austria is yet relatively small. Nonetheless, foreign trade turnover at the end of 2018 grew almost six times as compared to 2017 and amounted to a little over eleven million US dollars. Prevailing types of goods in the structure of Tyumen export goods are wood and wood ware. Austria exports equipment, accessories, mechanical devices, electrical machines as well as different plastic goods.
Johannes Eigner thanked Alexander Moor for reception and shared his impressions concerning the visit to the Tyumen Region. “Today we visited Antipinsky Refinery and Slovtsov museum site, and met the management of the State University of Tyumen. In particular, I am impressed with a new approach and a new format of education in your School of Advanced Research. In Austria we lack that”, remarked the Ambassador. According to Johannes Eigner, there are already some arrangements for education partnership with the region.
“The Government of the Tyumen Region welcomes the extension of cooperation and joint projects in the scientific and cultural spheres. We are ready to offer other directions for partnership. Among them is the implementation of projects in petrochemistry and oil-and-gas machine engineering, food and wood processing industries”, underlined Alexander Moor.
According to the Governor, there are also good prospects for extension of cooperation in the sphere of medical and business tourism. Open, active and mutually beneficial partnership between the region and Austrian investors will have a positive impact on the development of bilateral relations between the Tyumen Region and Austria, as Alexander Moor believes.
“Mr. Eigner, please, convey the invitation to Austrian entrepreneurs working in Russia to visit the Tyumen Region to get acquainted with our potential and to consider the possibility of production localization in the region. I am sure that this visit of the delegation of the Austrian Embassy will be followed by the visit of business delegation to our region”, summarized the Governor.
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Austria in the Russian Federation Johannes Eigner has welcomed Alexander Moor’s invitation and noted that in Austria there are companies which have solid experience in oil-and-gas machine engineering and wood processing, and which may become potential investors. The parties have agreed to plan a visit of the Austrian delegation to the Tyumen Region in 2020.
Source: Press service of the Governor of the Tyumen region