Business breakfast: Where exporters discuss current issues

Business breakfast: Where exporters discuss current issues
The participants of the first meeting have discussed the development potential of the export market and shared practical recommendations.

The Moscow Export Centre has launched a series of monthly industrial business breakfasts, which will be held as part of the Moscow exporters’ promotion campaign. Exporters will discuss issues related to supporting Moscow export-oriented companies at the business breakfasts.

The first breakfast was attended by heads of the Moscow Department of Science, Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship and Moscow Export Centre as well as representatives of the largest businesses and other organisations.

The participants discussed the development potential of the export market and shared practical recommendations on how to resolve some issues. In addition, they concluded that logistics and customs procedures impede exports and increase costs.

The Moscow Export Centre opened in 2016.

“Together, we can consolidate our efforts to promote Moscow products on foreign and regional Russian markets. Our activities include exhibitions, education projects and help with certification and patent procedures,” said Head of the Moscow Department of Science, Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship Alexei Fursin.

The participants of the business breakfast proposed specialised meetings clubs where exporters could share their expertise and discuss measures needed to promote localisation. In addition, they also touched on using free economic zones in other countries.

Few exporters have successful marketing experience or the capital needed to promote their products abroad. According to the Moscow Export Centre’s Director General Kirill Ilyichyov, these problems can be resolved if Moscow businesses join the Made in Moscow programme, which allows a significant decrease in expenses for exhibitions.

According to Alexei Fursin, last year total non-energy exports were approximately $24.95 billion, with food accounting for $3.05 billion, which is 35.5 percent higher than 2016.