TOKYO, October 23. /Corr. Igor Belyaev/. In the Japanese capital hosts conference on investments in real estate “Moscow – international financial center” organized by the government of the Russian capital, the delegation which is headed by the mayor Sergei Sobyanin is now with official visit in Japan.
“This is a very important event because we have not had exchanges at this level between the two cities, said in his opening speech Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in Japan Yevgeny Afanasyev. – The challenge before us is to intensify contacts at all levels, we have a powerful potential and prospects – a very large and not used”. Afanasiev also stressed that, despite the recessionary trends in the international economy, as well as the reduction of trade turnover between Russia and Japan this year, “the interest of Japanese investors in General is not decreasing, but big business does not go away from Russia”. “On the contrary, Japanese companies are looking for new ways and new options,” he added.
Moscow continues to develop
Despite the economic crisis and the devaluation of the Russian ruble, Moscow continues to develop. “Despite the crisis, Moscow steadily moves up in international rankings, – said the head of the Department for external economic and international relations of Moscow government Sergey cheryomin. – So, in the ranking “Doing Business” Moscow has risen from 112 to 62 place – despite the devaluation of the Russian ruble, continues active development of the metropolis”.
Sergey Cheremin said that Moscow has a very low unemployment rate of 1.7%. “In the conditions of crisis this is a very good indicator, and in some areas, we have noted the shortage of specialists”, – he explained.
In the conference “Moscow as an international financial centre” is also attended by the Deputy mayor of Moscow on urban policy and construction Marat Khusnullin and head of the Department for external economic and international relations Sergei cheryomin.
On Thursday the mayor of Moscow and the Governor of Tokyo, yōichi Masuzoe signed a Memorandum of understanding and cooperation between the governments of the two capitals. The ceremony took place on this occasion in the building of the Tokyo city hall.
According to this document, the capital of Japan and Russia will carry out cooperation and exchanges in areas such as urban development and planning; sport and development of sport infrastructure; recycling of municipal waste. The government of Moscow and Tokyo also agreed to continue cooperation in those areas in which it already has, and to develop partnerships.