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Premier to lead government delegation to Russian Federation

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Premier Stanley Mathabatha will lead a government delegation comprising MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development, Joyce Matshoge and Economic Development, Environment and Tourism, Seaparo Sekoati on a mission to the Russian Federation that is expected to depart on Monday, 18 October and return on 24 October.
This mission is a follow-up of the First Interregional Forum on Small and Medium-Size Business of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Head of State Council as well as Heads of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) States and government. The meeting was held at Ufa, the capital of Bashkortostan province.
The forum aims to create a permanent integration group for small business of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and Brics member states; find the best practice of legislative and financial support for entrepreneurship; develop proposals to facilitate access of SMMEs to the regional markets of the SCO and Brics member states and to provide mechanisms and instruments to support interregional innovation and investment initiatives.
Mathabatha and his entourage will visit the Bashkortostan, a federal subject of Russia.
It has a population of more than four million with mineral resources and crude oil. The strategic objective of the visit to the Bashkortostan Republic and Ufa City would seek to firstly formalize government-to-government relations by proposing a twinning agreement between Limpopo and the Bashkortostan Republic through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which will be underpinned by cooperation of universities and with technical training and a formal partnership programme between the University of Venda and the Ufa Science Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The Limpopo Economic Development Agency and the Limpopo United Business Front will develop an MOU with Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Bashkortostan Republic, exploration, mining and mineral beneficiation, metals beneficiation and high-tech industries development and agro-processing including animal husbandry and diary production.
Air-freight/cargo issues for the movement of perishable and other valuable cargo between Ufa International Airport and Polokwane International Airport as a cargo hub for Russia and Southern African Customs Union import and export trade will be discussed and tourism and a first intra-continent tourism package will also be on the discussion list.

Story: NELIE ERASMUS
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