VLADIMIR PUTIN AND SHINZŌ ABE DISCUSS DEVELOPMENT OF BILATERAL COOPERATION IN RUSSIAN FAR EAST
16 December 2016
As a result of the Russian President’s visit to Japan, a number of intergovernmental and interdepartmental documents were signed, as well as various agreements between organizations of the two countries, reported the Russian President’s official website.
Vladimir Putin is currently paying a two-day visit to Japan. During talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, the prospects for developing trade, economic, and investment cooperation in the Far East were specifically discussed.
Prime Minister Abe confirmed Japan’s interest in urban development in Vladivostok. It is worth noting that within the framework of the eight-point plan for expanding economic relations between the two countries, one of the focus areas was urban planning aimed at creating a comfortable and clean environment conducive to a pleasant and active lifestyle.
As part of the negotiations, the parties welcomed the participation of Japanese companies in the development of the international airport in Khabarovsk. There was support for the implementation of a project in Primorsky Territory by Japanese company Iida Group Holdings in the field of wood processing and the construction of wooden housing. At the suggestion of the Russians, the Japanese investor increased their planned investment in the project and the degree of harvested wood processing.
The parties discussed further development of Russian–Japanese joint ventures to build greenhouse complexes in advanced special economic zones (ASEZs). First and foremost, this involves construction of the second phases of the JGC Evergreen greenhouse complex in the Khabarovsk ASEZ and the Sayuri complex in Kangalassy ASEZ.
Vladimir Putin invited Japanese investors to participate in building the Amur gas processing plant. The Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East is currently considering creating the Svobodnenskaya ASEZ, which would offer significant benefits and incentives to investors in the project. The Russian President also noted the importance of further developing joint oil and gas extraction projects on the island of Sakhalin. Moreover, the parties both confirmed a mutual interest in the Sakhalin–Hokkaido gas pipeline construction project, agreeing to intensify efforts at the commercial level.
At the meeting, the possibility of creating a medical cluster at Vladivostok Free Port was discussed, along with the opening of Japanese medical institutions in the macro-region.
Vladimir Putin proposed resuming work in the format of a council of heads of Russian and Japanese regions. Such a council was in existence and operated successfully from 1967 until 2010.
During the negotiations, Shinzō Abe confirmed his desire to attend the third Eastern Economic Forum which will take place on 6–7 September in Vladivostok.