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'Russia’s Far East Initiatives in Troubled Geopolitical Times' - a report by three researchers from the Norwegian Institute of Foreign Affairs (NUPI) was published as Valdai paper #92 by the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club. The authors are Senior Research Fellow, Head of the Research group on Russia, Asia and International Trade Helge Blakkisrud, Research Professor Elana Wilson Rowe and Senior Research Fellow Roman Vakulchuk.

Summary:

The China–Russia rapprochement forms the centrepiece of Russia’s much hyped policy of a ‘turn to the East’, a policy aimed at transforming the Russian Far East from a territorial backwater into a new gateway to China, North-East Asia and beyond. In 2013, President Vladimir Putin declared the development of the Far East a ‘national priority for the entire twenty-first century’.

Historically, the Russian Far East was rather a garrison on the distant frontier. But today there is a new development model for the region that is expected to turn it into the gateway to the East, the region of growth and cooperation aimed to reap the benefits of rising Asia, particularly China. New institutions, projects, and financing have been provided for this purpose.

What progress has been made so far in implementing the Eastern vector in Russian domestic and foreign policy? Have the ambitious plans indeed borne fruits, like President Xi declared? And what are the main drivers behind the ‘turn to the East’? Do worsened geopolitical relations with Western European actors intensify the turn? Or is it driven by the perceptions of opportunities and long-term objectives in the Asia-Pacific region?

The Valdai Paper #92 presents a critical and independent view on Russia’s Turn to the East by the European authors.

Read or download the full report in English or in Russian.

 

 

 

East West Arena 2018  in Narvik

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East West Arena 2018 is organized on 20-21 November 2018 in Narvik by companies Expandum in Gällivare, Progressum in Kiruna and Futurum in Narvik.

East West Arena is a boundless meeting place and knowledge arena for the entire business community, where the opportunities to make new business across the border are great. The large region including Finland, Luleå, Kiruna, Gällivare, Narvik, Harstad and Lofoten / Vesterålen offers great possibilities!

You can attend seminars, book your own meetings, have stands and exhibition, mingle and meet other participants. This is where you will find your next customer or partner! During the conference, it will be possible to connect, make business and build networks. Organizers look forward to your participation!

Prices
Hotel NOK 1090,- per night

Participation day one: 20/11 – NOK 1500,-

Participation day two: 21/11 – NOK 550,-

Tapas Dinner day one: 20/11 – NOK 375,-

More information and program: www.eastwestarena.com

 

On 11 October 2018, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Norway to the Russian Federation Rune Resaland presented his credentials to President Vladimir Putin. According to tradition, after this ceremony, an ambassador is officially recognized as a representative of his country in the other state. Thus, Rune Resaland officially assumed the post of the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to the Russian Federation.

In this capacity H.E. Ambassador Resaland will host the official reception of the Norwegian-Russian Forum VI, taking place in Moscow on 18 October 2018.

Ambassador Resaland has served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1986. He was Secretary of the International Committee and Head of the International Department in the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget) 1999-2003. Rune Resaland served as Minister-Counsellor at the Washington Embassy, D.C. 2003-2007, and later held positions as Senior Adviser, Head of Department for Security Policy and the High North, Deputy Director General 2008-2014 and Director General 2014-2018 in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ambassador Resaland

 Photo credit: Norwegian Embassy in Moscow

Open position announcement from Norwegian Embassy in Moscow.

Nowegian Embassy in Moscow is currently accepting applications for the position of a commercial counselor. Application deadline is 28 September 2018.

Job description and contact information is available for download in Norwegian only.

Application can be submitted at jobbnorge.no

 

Registration for the Norwegian-Russian Business Forum VI is open!

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Dear NRCC members,
It is with great pleasure that we announce that registration for the Norwegian-Russian Business Forum VI is open!

The Norwegian-Russian Business Forum VI will be held on 18 October 2018 in the facilities of the Сongress Centre of the CCI of Russia in Moscow.

Please see previously sent email.

Please note that our office will be closed for summer holidays in July.

We thank you all for the first half of 2018 and look forward to seeing you at the next NRCC’s event! 

Have a great summer vacation!

 

 

 

 

Resource Report Exploration 2018

Dear NRCC member, please find Resource Report Exploration 2018. 

Page1Introduction of the Resource Report Exploration 2018: 

Substantial remaining resources on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) continue to offer big opportunities in both mature and less-explored areas. Increased knowledge, better data coverage, new working methods and innovative technology open new exploration opportunities and can yield a number of commercial discoveries. The companies must explore and discover more in order to maintain activity and production over time.

Oil and gas from the NCS have generated massive revenues to help make Norway a very wealthy country today. The petroleum sector is the country’s largest industry measured by value creation, government revenues, investment and export value. Petroleum operations accounted in 2017 for about 14 per cent of Norway’s gross domestic product. They were responsible for 19 per cent of total investment and 17 per cent of government revenues. Sales of oil and natural gas provided some 40 per cent of total Norwegian export value in 2017.

Download here the full report in PDF format.

 

 

Eastern Economic Forum 2018

Dear NRCC members, please find below an invitation to the Eastern Economic Forum 2018

Snimok ekrana 2017 04 21 v 10.44.09Eastern Economic Forum 2018 will take place on 11-13 September in Vladivostok, Russia.

Key objectives of EEF: strengthening ties between the international investment community, Russian business, and federal, regional, and local government bodies; conducting a comprehensive expert assessment of the economic potential of the Russian Far East and improving the region’s competitiveness and attractiveness to investors both nationally and internationally; showcasing new investment and business opportunities such as advanced special economic zones, Vladivostok Free Port, and state support for high-potential investment projects. 

Please visit https://forumvostok.ru/en/ for more information. 

 

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