Russia Calls on ASEAN To Increase Food Exports
Aug. 28, 2014 (EIRNS )–Russian Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev called on the member-nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to increase their food exports to Russia, at a meeting in Myanmar’s capital, Naypyidaw, today.
“I would like to draw your attention to the opportunities that present themselves to ASEAN countries in the sphere of agricultural exports, namely, fruit and vegetables. We are familiar with the high agricultural production standards of your countries, and we would welcome the export of your foodstuffs to Russia, such as seafood, nuts, beef, pork, chicken, in addition to fruit and vegetables,” Ulyukayev said, according to Ria Novosti.
The Russian minister is in Myanmar participating in the ministerial talks between Russia and ASEAN, and the meeting of the Russia-Myanmar international commission for trade and economic cooperation. He pointed out the gradual strengthening of Russia-ASEAN economic ties. ASEAN’s members are Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam.
“Last year, the trade turnover between Russia and ASEAN reached $17.5 billion, and this year we have already topped that figure and expect a 6% rise compared to the last year,” Ulyukayev said.
Ulyukayev also spoke about the growth of Russian investments into ASEAN member states, with $20 billion planned for Vietnam, and $7 billion for Indonesia. The international commission meeting will be attended by 60 representatives of Russian companies keen on working with ASEAN countries.