Federal Minister of Transport to visit Russia from 13 to 15 November 2011
Ramsauer: German industry stands side-by-side with Russia
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The Federal Minister of Transport, Peter Ramsauer, is to visit Russia from 13 to 15 November 2011 with a high-level business delegation to promote the interests of German industry. The aim of the visit is to engage in an exchange of views with the Russian partners on specific infrastructure projects and to provide political support to the activities of German industry in Russia.
Before his departure, Mr Ramsauer said:
"With my foreign trade and investment initiative, I want to open doors for Germany industry by increasing awareness throughout the world of the knowledge and expertise of our companies, especially in the infrastructure sector. I consider it especially important that small and medium-sized enterprises should also benefit from large-scale projects, for instance by participating as highly specialized component suppliers."
Russia will be hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and the 2018 World Cup, and these two events alone present it with the challenge of modernizing its entire infrastructure.
"For German companies, whose high-quality products and services are famous worldwide, there are enormous opportunities here. In the rail sector, for instance, there are plans for two ambitious projects to construct high-speed lines between Moscow and St Petersburg and from Moscow to Yekaterinburg via Kazan, with trains operating at speeds up to 400 km/h.
"Personal contact is absolutely essential if you want to make real progress. The representatives of the rail, aviation, shipping and construction industries will have an opportunity to discuss joint projects directly with their Russian partners."
The central event of the two-day visit will be a Russo-German transport dialogue in Moscow on Monday, chaired by Ramsauer and his counterpart Igor Levitin, at which all participants will gather around one table.