Tomsk region continues cooperating with East Asian countries


The delegation of the Tomsk Region headed by Vasily Potyomkin, Deputy Governor for Economy, Investment Policy and Property Relations, took part in the 14th meeting of the General Assembly of the Association of North East Asia Regional Governments (NEAR) held in the Republic of Korea.

NEAR unites 79 regional administrations from six countries: Russia, DPRK, PRC, Mongolia, the Republic of Korea and Japan. The meetings of the General Assembly of NEAR are held once every two years.

Representatives of Tomsk State University and Tomsk Polytechnic University were also a part of the regional delegation.

The first day of the visit included meetings with Andrey Kulik, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in Korea, and Aleksandr Masaltsev, Russian Trade Representative in Korea.

The Ambassador noted the special importance of interregional contacts as well as cooperation in science, education and humanitarian areas.

Tomsk residents discussed perspective trends for the development of exports to Korea, such as agricultural and food products including Tomsk wild crops, ice cream, canned fish, rapeseed oil, timber, wooden house construction products.

Aleksandr Masaltsev mentioned the activity of Tomsk companies aimed at entering the Korean market and invited them to participate in exhibitions at the facilities of the Trade Representation pavilion.

The next part of the program for Tomsk delegation included meeting with the mayor of the metropolitan city of Ulsan, which Tomsk has been twinned with since 2003, a visit to Ulsan University, negotiations with the NEAR Secretary General, and also meetings with representatives of regional authorities of China, Mongolia, Korea and Japan.

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