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Germany Plays a Vital Role In Developing Russian Markets

Published: May 18, 2004 (Issue # 969)



  • German technology maintaines a constant presence in the local market.
    Photo: Alexander Belenky / The St. Petersburg Times

Germany has been the biggest Western trading partner of Russia since 1972. In 1997 it overtook Ukraine and became Russia's biggest trading partner altogether, according to the Moscow-based Delegation of German Industry and Commerce.

All types of German businesses are represented in Russia, including many small enterprises.

According to the Moscow-based Verband der Deutschen Wirtschaft's web site www.vdw.ru, Germany has been the No. 1 foreign investor in Russia in 2003, ahead of Cyprus, Britain and the United States.

CITY PARTNERSHIP

Germany was the city's leading trading partner in 2003, according to a report by City Hall's external relations committee.

Trade turnover rose 16 percent last year to $1.025 billion with exports rising 3 percent and imports 19 percent.

Germany occupied first place among importing countries to the city with imports values at $841 million while exports lagged far behind at $184 million, putting Germany fourth among export destinations for goods from St. Petersburg.

Exports were as varied as bronze, timber, machine tools, aluminum, chemicals and ships while imports included fast moving consumer goods, vehicles, paper, cardboard and optical equipment.

Germany invested only $45 million in the city last year, maintaining a trend of decreasing investment since 2001. In 2000 the Germans invested $116.5 million or 10.2 percent of all foreign investment in the city, the report said.

At the beginning of last year, accumulated German investment was $158.1 million, with $119.4 million of this direct investment.

About 400 German companies are currently registered in the Northwest region and the community's life is focused on the House of German Business in St. Petersburg where regular meetings and seminars are held and information is exchanged.

150 YEARS OF SIEMENS

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Wednesday, Oct. 22


English teachers can expect to receive a few useful pointers today from Evgeny Kalashnikov, the British Council regional teacher, during the EFL Seminar this afternoon hosted by the British Book Center. The topic of today’s seminar is “Grammar Practice.”


Young Petersburgers will get the chance to jumpstart their careers at “Professional Growth,” a job fair and forum featuring more than 40 major Russian and international companies vying for potential candidates for future positions. The forum not only is a chance to network but also to learn more about the modern business world and to understand what it takes to get the job you want.



Thursday, Oct. 23


AmCham’s Public Relations Committee meeting is scheduled to meet this morning at 9 a.m. in their office in the New St. Isaac Office Center.


Sportsmen get their chance to stock up on all kinds of gear at the Hunting and Fishing 2014 exhibition starting today at Lenexpo. Everything from rods and reels to boats, motorcycles and equipment for underwater hunting will be on sale so that any avid outdoorsman can always be prepared.



Friday, Oct. 24


SPIBA’s ongoing “Breakfast with the Director” series continues today, featuring Tomas Hajek, Managing Director of the Northwest Division at Danone Russia. Hajek will be discussing collaborations between businesses from different cultures. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel and all who wish to attend must confirm their participation by Oct. 23.


Get your gong on at “Sounds of the Universe,” a concert at the city planetarium this evening incorporating six different gongs to create relaxing songs that will transport you upwards into the stratosphere. Tickets are 700 rubles ($17).



Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop culture, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the club’s website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit “Neophobia” at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBA’s Marketing and Communications Committee’s round table discussion on “Government Relations Practices in Russia” this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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