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HONG KONG, September 30 (Itar-Tass) - Joint projects in the regions are establishing Singapore as a promising partner for Russia, offering experience in creating technoparks and industrial zones "of great interest to us in recent years," Russia's ambassador to the southeast Asian nation told Itar-Tass.
“Singapore is a sort of laboratory for modern management and a very promising partner for Russia,” said diplomat Leonid Moiseev reviewing results of a Russia-Singapore Business Forum last week.
“Our regions are interested in the Singaporean experience in creating highly productive and efficient enclaves where most advanced methods of management and export production are used,” Moiseev said as he assessed discussions at the Singapore event. Moreover, he said, Russian regions had “discovered Singapore as a school for training personnel of different levels,” he said.
The forum, held for the eighth time, was "a very prospective platform" to establish relations at the regional level, bringing together deputy prime ministers from both states.
Ambassador Moiseev said that besides long-standing links between Singapore and Russia's republic of Tatarstan, partnership was advancing with Pskov region in north-west Russia "to construct an economic zone on Russian territory for Singaporean people to conduct business and at the same time to train personnel and prepare future managers for the region.” He pointed also to "closer cooperation with Tomsk region in the Siberian federal district and with authorities in the Russian capital.
"Singaporeans are ready to cooperate on the master plan for Moscow’s expansion. We also expect a big delegation from St. Petersburg at the end of the year to exchange work experience in the urban environment,” the diplomat added. Other projects included Singapore's participation in building an airport in the Russian Far East port city of Vladivostok for the 2012 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit and forward plans to build airports in the North Caucasus region. Central Russia's Kaluga and the Jewish Autonomous Region in Russia's Far East wanted to develop joint projects in agriculture.
Singapore had established itself as an attractive travel destination, Moiseev said. Seventy thousand Russian tourists had visited the city-state last year and the Russian community there united 5,000 compatriots, he added, announcing plans to open a Russian cultural centre there. Trade between the two nations had increased by a third to reach more than 4.8 billion dollars last year, fuelled by the activities of companies such as Gazprom and Lukoil.