Towards Eurasia

Twenty-one entrepreneurs and executives from the Russian Federation completed the MP at ARGE NBL in Dresden in early summer in 2015. Despite the continuing difficult situation regarding economic policy and relations with Russia, things are still running well “at the grass roots level”. Establishing contacts and exchanging experiences with open German companies, from which one can learn a lot, are not the only things that are running smoothly; in Germany, the Russian participants also met a large number of interested potential business partners for their companies.

The cooperation exchange at the Leipzig Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a convincing example: 25 German companies and organisations expressed their interest in establishing contact with individual participants or the entire group, and the company representatives present had come from far beyond the region. Just as remarkable was the participation of a member of the Federal State Parliament of Saxony, who, through his attendance publicised the companies within his constituency.

Zhanna Chrispuschina, managing director of a logistics company in Voronezh, wants to expand her company’s logistics centre and subsequently also offer its logistics services on an inter-regional basis and is thus looking for interested engineering companies and equipment suppliers. “We are looking for a partner who can build our new logistics centre and offers all services from a single source. We want to establish Voronezh as a hub for logistics services between Europe and the rest of the Eurasian area. I want to get the equipment and the know-how in Germany.”

Know-how was the central topic for the Russian business people. How does a country secure its best brains and ideas in times of economic uncertainty, and how does it drive innovations and competitiveness forward? The promotion of innovative start-ups, technology parks and centres for founders was in demand. In this field, Germany has a lot to offer: the Adlershof technology centre in Berlin was able to impart a great deal of their own experience with the promotion of innovations to the MP participants. Alexandr Krasnoslabodzew, who himself is the manager of a founder centre in Barnaul, was very impressed: “I have received so much input and made so many contacts that I am now equipped with everything I need to expand my founder centre into a technology park of regional importance. We want to make it to the top 10 in Russia by the end of the coming year. International networking is the most important thing here!”

The results of this one-month programme are impressive. On the basis of their experiences and the skills acquired, the Russian executives came closer to realising their cooperation goals, developed their cooperation projects further and have specific business transactions in the pipeline. If all goes well, the planned business transactions will bring over four million euros.

By Roman Bannack
ARGE Konsortium Neue Bundesländer (new federal states consortium), Dresden