On June 12, at the Governor’s Palace of the Kazan Kremlin, Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov had a meeting with Ambassador of Denmark to Russia Thomas Winkler, who arrived on a working visit in Kazan.
Minnikhanov thanked the Ambassador for his visit to Tatarstan and noted that today it is especially important to contribute to the development of business relations at the regional level.
“I am glad to meet you again in a special day – the Russia Day in Tatarstan. Tatarstan, as a region of Russia, and Denmark have a great potential for cooperation, it is necessary to work aggressively together to implement it. It is important to preserve our business relations and political differences should not affect business", Minnikhanov said.
He noted that enterprises of the oil and gas chemical complex of Tatarstan – Tatneft Oil Company, TANECO Refining and Petrochemical Plants Complex, Nizhnekamskneftekhim Petrochemical Company and regional universities cooperate with the Danish company "Haldor Topsoe".
Tatarstan President also noted that Rockwool Group, a multinational manufacturer of mineral wool products headquartered in Denmark, is actively working in the region. The company opened one of the Europe's largest plants for manufacturing non-combustible materials at the Alabuga Special Economic Zone in 2012.
During the meeting, Minnikhanov emphasized that the foreign trade turnover between Tatarstan and Denmark had grown tenfold by the end of 2017 as compared to the previous year and exceeded 100 million US dollars. But the best times should be taken as a starting point, when the trade turnover exceeded these figures.
He also outlined the sectors that are most interesting for the region for mutually beneficial cooperation: high technologies, power engineering, machine building and machine-tool industry, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, agro-industrial complex, investment and innovation-production sphere.
Winkler emphasized that Tatarstan and Denmark “have a powerful basis for further cooperation”. He expressed confidence that there are prospects for increasing trade turnover.