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02.07.2015

"The idea of recovery of the Silk Road is global and very important for the world economy" (Rustem Khamitov's Interview to the Xinhua News Agency)

"The idea of recovery of the Silk Road is global and very important for the world economy" (Rustem Khamitov's Interview to the Xinhua News Agency)

On 18th of June Rustem Khamitov, the head of Bashkortostan gave an interview to the Xinhua News Agency (China) as part of the participation in the XIX St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

Transcript:

CORR .: The President of the People's Republic of China has put forward the idea to create the Silk Road Economic Belt. What new opportunities this strategy will open up in economic cooperation between Russia and China? Between China and Bashkortostan?

R. Khamitov: Silk Road played a huge role in the history of mankind. This was one of the greatest projects of world civilization.

Nowadays the discussion on the Silk Road recovery or, and that is better, its realization will also be of great importance to the economy of the entire world community.

Of course, we hope that some parts of the Silk Road will be made through the territory of our Republic, for instance, the road connecting the border of Western China and Europe. We understand that the Silk Road will play an important role in the economy of the Republic of Bashkortostan. Geographically our country is not so far from the border with China, it is about 2-2,5 thousand kilometers, but there is no direct road. When it will be made, we will be able to deliver food, petrochemicals, chemicals and many other things from our Republic to China. And vice versa we will get the goods we need. Even more, we need the machines, equipment and new means of production. So I think that the idea of recovery of the Silk Road is global and very important for the world economy as well as for the Russian Federation.

CORR .: How is the preparation for international summits going on?

R. Khamitov: The preparation is almost finished: hotels are built, the infrastructure is ready. The airport is also in order; new terminals are built, take-off runways and parking for aircrafts are repaired. We have completed all the ground work. Now we are improving the summit venue: arrangement of furniture, communication equipment and monitors is in progress.

CORR .: What importance for the development of Bashkortostan the summits will be of?

R. Khamitov: It will be both of economic and social importance. We succeeded in stimulating the development of our city. Residents of the city and the Republic can see now that many interesting new facilities, which are very necessary for our country, have been built. As for the economy, we will intensify the work at the interregional level. We have signed five agreements with provinces of China, so we have started business activity. We see investments from China. This is also a big plus.

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