YEREVAN, October 13. / ARKA /. The Commerce and Industry Chamber of the Russian Federation is ready to make all efforts to expand and strengthen the links between Armenian and Russian business leaders, Vladimir Padalko, head of a department at the Russian Commerce and Industry Chamber said today in the Armenian capital.
"The Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has good infrastructure for exchange of business information, including with Armenian regions. I officially declare that the Russian Chamber of Commerce will respond to all proposals from Armenia. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity, we will bring for you good friends and partners,” Padalko said on Friday at the opening of the Armenian-Russian business forum in Yerevan.
He stressed that Russia has already gone through a shock crisis period, and despite the experts’ forecasts about complicated year of 2013 against the background of the situation in the EU and falling U.S. markets, ‘I see no threat to Russia's economy and development of cooperation with our partners. "
The business forum is part of the Second Russian-Armenian interregional forum "Russia and Armenia: Cross-Regional Dialogue 2012", which is taking place October 12-13 in Yerevan. The participants are representatives of the central and regional governments, business, non-governmental organizations of Russia and Armenia.
Armenia's trade with Russia in 2011 increased by 11.9% from 2010 to $1.1 billion. Armenian exports to Russian surged by almost 39 percent to $222.7 million, while imports of Russia-made goods grew by 6.8 percent to o more than $891.7 million. According to the National Statistical Service of Armenia, Armenia's trade with Russia in January-August 2012 increased by 22.8% when compared to the same period in 2011 to $818.5 million.-0-