Skopje, 19th June 2012 (MIA) – Today, at the Business Forum in the City of Vladimir, government delegation visiting the Russian Federation, headed by Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, will promote investment opportunities and advantages for starting-up and doing business in the Republic of Macedonia.

It is envisaged for the government team, also comprising Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Zoran Stavreski, Minister of Economy, Valon Saraqini, and Minister without Portfolio in charge of Attracting Foreign Investments, Bil Pavleski, to meet Vladimir Region Governor, Nikolai Vinogradov.

Vice Prime Minister Stavreski, оn behalf of Macedonian Government, and representatives of the Government of the Russian Federation will sign Agreement on Mutual Recognition of Documents over Acquired Education and Academic Titles. The Agreement harmonizes the norms for recognition of education diplomas acquired at school and university in both countries and sets the basis for enhancing mutual cooperation.

Macedonian economic team started its visit to the Russian Federation by visiting Moscow, where it participated in the Business Forum organized by the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Prime Minister Gruevski met Moscow Region Governor, Sergey Shoygu, as well as „Protek Group“ management team.

Investment opportunities will be presented tomorrow before businessmen from the Russian City of Nizhny Novgorod, where Government delegation will also meet Nizhny Novgorod Region Governor, Valery Shantsev.

Prime Minister and government delegation will visit St. Petersburg on Thursday and Friday. During the visit, government delegation will present the advantages for starting-up and doing business at the Business Forum, being organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of St. Petersburg. Prime Minister Gruevski and government delegation will also attend the opening of the plenary session of the International Economic Forum of St. Petersburg, within which he will meet the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. This prestigious Forum is traditionally attended by renowned economic experts, analysts, businessmen and politicians.

In St. Petersburg, government team will also meet management teams of the following companies: "Gazprom”, engaged in production of natural gas, “Stroytransgas”, engaged in distribution and management of natural gas and “Lukoil”, dealing with production and trade of oil and oil derivatives.

Prime Minister Gruevski will open Macedonia’s Honorary Consulate in St. Petersburg and meet Leningrad Region Governor Alexander Drozdenko.

Republic of Macedonian and Russian Federation established diplomatic relations on 31st January 1994, under its constitutional name. Political relations between the two countries are characterized by positive development trend in all areas of mutual interest. Significant feature of the bilateral relations is intensification of high-level visits.

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