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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.

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Saturday, Sept. 20


Starting on Sept. 18 and ending tomorrow is the Extreme Fantasy Wakeboarding Festival in Sunpark by Sredny Suzdalskoye lake in the Ozerki region of the city.


Those after something more laid back can instead head to Jazz and Wine night at TerraVino with legendary jazz guitarist Ildar Kazahanov. 12/14 Admiralteyskaya Emb.



Sunday, Sept. 21


Learn more about African culture and get some exercise during today’s “Djembe and Vuvuzela,” a bike ride starting in Palace Square that includes several stops where riders can listen to the music of Africa or watch short films about the continent. The riders plan to set off at 4 p.m. and all you need to join is a set of wheels.



Monday, Sept. 22


Do you love puppetry? If so, then be sure to go to BTK-Fest, a five-day festival that starts on Sept. 19 celebrating the art. Contemporaries from France, Belgium, the U.K. and other countries will join Russian artists to put on theatrical performances involving a variety of themes, materials and eras. Workshops and meetings are also scheduled for a chance to discuss the artistic medium in further depth.



Tuesday, Sept. 23


Marina Suhih, Director of the External Communications Department at Rostelecom North-West, and Yana Donskaya, HR Director for Northern Capital Gateway are just some of the confirmed participants of today’s round table discussion on “Interaction with Trade Unions” being hosted by SPIBA. Confirm your attendance with SPIBA by Sept. 22.


Kino Expo 2014, an international film industry convention, will be at LenExpo from today until Sept. 26. The third largest exhibition of film equipment in the world, the expo focuses on not only Russia but former Soviet republics as well.



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