Thursday 3 June 2021 – 19:36
Forum Petersburg, Italy-Russia companies “like the Maneskin and Manizha”
Round table at the Spief on recovery, exports, economic cooperation
Rome, June 3 (askanews) – Italian and Russian companies in Europe such as Maneskin and Manizha at Eurovision: the comparison is original and the author is Aleksandr Shokhin, the president of the Russian Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Union, who at the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg (Spief) pointed out that the Italian group and the Russian singer of Tajik origins were among the few to present a song in their mother tongue at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. more in Europe ”, in times of pandemics and economic and commercial relations complicated by international tensions and sanctions.
Shokhin spoke at the Italy-Russia panel organized as part of the Economic Forum on the banks of the Neva, 24th edition after the break imposed last year by Covid-19, with Qatar as the guest of honor and many entrepreneurs testing the ground of the Russian restart. Representatives of the main Italian companies and groups active in Russia, from Intesa Sanpaolo to Maire Tecnomont to Enel, Pirelli, Danieli, but also Sace.
On the Russian side, in addition to Shokhin, the president of SkolTech and Renova Group Victor Vekselberg, according to which between Italy and Russia “dialogue works, cooperation is bilateral, it is a two-way road, with projects that do not only concern big business “. The proof, says Vekselberg, are the nine students from Italy at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, which already has 40 Italian graduates. “We are proud, even in a difficult situation, cooperation with Italy in this and other fields is an encouraging example,” said the entrepreneur.
Ambassador Terracciano summed up the picture, listing new projects and bilateral agreements at the start. It is true that the geopolitical situation remains tense and a tightening cannot be excluded, observed the head of mission, “however in Russia investments and consumption are recovering” and consequently new opportunities appear “for our exports and our companies”. Moreover, no Italian company left Russia during the pandemic, he pointed out. The first fruits are visible: in the first quarter of 2021 the trade between Italy and Russia grew by 9.3% and is moving “quickly towards pre-pandemic levels”, Terracciano pointed out.