UFA, March 27 (Itar-Tass) – A representative delegation from the Republic of Bashkortostan has studied the experience of preparations for the BRICS summit in Durban (South Africa), the press service of the republican government told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.
The republic plans to use the experience of the kind in its preparations for hosting of the summits of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and the South African Republic) due in Ufa in 2015, the press service explained.
The members of the delegation familiarised themselves with the work of the infrastructure facilities of the Durban international airport (King Shaka Airport). “This issue is of huge importance for Bashkortostan, as the republic plans to carry out large-scale reconstruction of the Ufa airport by the upcoming summits,” the press service emphasised.
The guests from Bashkortostan gave special consideration to the preparation of the Durban ICC Arena international centre, which now hosts major events of the summit, as well as bilateral talks and a signing of final memorandum. The members of the delegation familiarised themselves with major rooms of the conference centre, studied the working conditions of the participants in the summit in the missions of the countries, as well as visited hotels to familiarise themselves with the living conditions of the summit’s guests and venues of cultural events.
“Over the time of the trip, the delegates from Bashkortostan met with organisers of the BRICS summit and the BRICS Business Forum, which allowed them to get an idea of the meeting of the heads of state and government under the BRICS aegis,” Director of the Office-Group non-profit organisation for the promotion of projects for the preparations for the SCO and BRICS summits in Ufa in 2015, Ruslan Mirsayapov said.
“We have managed to receive appropriate documents and a list of protocol formalities necessary for the hosting of guests and their accommodation,” he said.
“Ufa is almost ready for hosting summits of the kind,” Mirsayapov is confident, adding, “I believe that future participants in the 2015 summits will be satisfied with the organising of their work.”
According to preliminary estimates, about 60 billion roubles (USD 1 = RUB 30.860 will be spent for the preparations for the summits. Of them, about a third will be assigned from the republican budget.