Caucasus press review (July 20-26)
The ‘Ingushetia’ Newspaper reported that the head of the republic, Yunus-bek Yevkurov, met members of a delegation of Chinese investors, who informed him about the results of their visit. Representatives of the Luke company, which deals with cattle breeding, crop farming, implementation of new technologies, construction, development and exploration of lands, visited several agricultural companies of the republic and an area where an agricultural Russian-Chinese complex is due to be built. It will be an experimental base for environmentally friendly agricultural products; a producing sector connected with crop farming, cattle breeding and fish farming; a producing sector of deep process of agricultural products; a center of Internet sale; a logistics center; a chilling department; a scientific and experimental base; alternative energy sources; and development of eco-tourism. According to investors, such a center will stimulate the development of Ingushetia, neighboring regions, and contribute to an increase in the living standards of the republic’s residents.
The head of Ingushetia said that the offers were real and beneficial for both sides. He stressed that all investors have the same conditions, and they must be followed, i.e. they must not pollute the environment; all produced products must be environmentally friendly; and local residents must be involved in all the companies. The Chinese side will organize training for them.
Cooperation between Abkhazia and the Russian regions is developing. Abkhazia-Inform reported that on July 23rd the head of Tatarstan, Rustam Minnikhanov, and a delegation of Abkhazia, headed by President Raul Khajimba, met in Kazan. Minnikhanov reminded at the meeting that the basis for relations between the two republics was the Agreement on Friendship and Cooperation which was signed by the first presidents of Tatarstan and Abkhazia in 1994. “In 20 years great changes have taken place in Tatarstan; colossal experience was accumulated; and we are ready to share it. It can be used in implementation of the programs which exist in your republic. We are ready to participate in programs for the development of Abkhazia and are open for consultations,” he said. Minnikhanov pointed out that trade turnover between the republics is not large and expressed the desire to intensify work in this direction. According to him, promising directions for cooperation are tourism, construction, the agricultural industry, healthcare, sports, culture and education. “Our universities are open for your students,” Minnikhanov added. He also said that working groups are to be established to develop positions on key directions of cooperation. Hadjimba stressed that today Abkhazia has great opportunities connected with tourism, agriculture and hydroelectric power. He also expressed interest in Tatarstan’s experience in establishing special economic zones.
The Agreement on Cooperation and Partnership was signed between the Public Chambers of Abkhazia and Kabardino-Balkaria last week. According to the document, the Public Chambers of Abkhazia and the KBR will improve ties which are directed at development of institutions of civil society, extension of social, cultural, and scientific contacts between the peoples of Abkhazia and the KBR. The agency notes that the Public Chamber of Abkhazia is actively cooperating with the Public Chamber of Russia. Agreements on cooperation have been signed with the Public Chambers of several Russian regions, including the Nizhny Novgorod and Voronezh Regions.
Recently the President of Abkhazia received an offer from the head of the Dmitrov Municipal District of the Moscow Region, Valery Gavrilov, on development of cooperation in the spheres of agriculture, education, culture, social issues and the environment, ‘Republic Abkhazia’ reported. According to the newspaper, the offers are a result of meetings and consultations between the authorities of the republic and the authorities of the Dmitrov District. The administration of the Dmitrov District is ready to organize a workshop, inviting heads of the regions and cities of Abkhazia, on decision-making in the sphere of economic and social issues. It is also reported that farmers of the Dmitrov District are ready to implement certain projects in Abkhazia. The Dmitrov Fishery Technological Institute is ready to welcome school leavers from Abkhazia to the university, according to programs of higher and professional education.
‘Dagestanskaya Pravda’ reported that the opening of the concrete product plant ‘Stroidetal’ with a capacity of 60 thousand square meters of products per tour. Equipment for the plant was provided by the German machinery companies EPC and Henkel. According to a representative of EPC in Dagestan, Frank Werfel, only Rostov-on-Don has a similar concrete product plant in Russia.
The director of the enterprise, Kamaludin Magomedov, said at the opening ceremony that the plant will produce reinforced concrete slabs, shaft rings, and other building construction supplies. Products of the plant can be used in low-height construction, as well as for skyscrapers of 16-18 storeys. The production is based on modern Germany technology, the use of which will limit heat loss during the use of buildings. Speaking about salaries, they will be more than 20 thousand rubles. More than 70 jobs have already been established at the enterprise; overall there will be 150-170 of them in the future. 10 refugees from Ukraine are working at the plant.
Development of the fisheries sector has been a priority in the agricultural and industrial complex of Kabardino-Balkaria since 2014. 'Kabardino-Balkarskaya Pravda' reports that this is connected with the fact that the republic has unique fisheries capacity – 10 thousand ha. About 30 kinds of fish live in local rivers.
According to an expert in the sphere of aquaculture, PhD (Biology), Professor Muhammad Shakhmurzov, it has always been beneficial to breed fish in the KBR, especially today when the sector is a priority in the agricultural industry. The republic has unique conditions for breeding many valuable species of fish. Almost all the regions have favorable climatic conditions and natural potential for development of the business. “Implementation of programs for import substitution, a high demand for domestic products, certain support by scientific organizations, excess of human resources in rural areas and the large number of lakes and rivers make this direction very attractive economically, socially and environmentally,” the scientist says. He also notes that the region has great opportunities for development of intensive fish breeding.
Moreover, within implementation of the regional program for development of the tourist cluster, there is an opportunity to develop recreational fishing, when tourists can fish and then taste their catch immediately.
What can a child do in a city in summer? 'Dagestanskaya Pravda' raises the question of organizing children’s vacations.
According to the newspaper, today the capital of the republic has no facility which would deal with children’s education in summer.
According to statistics, in the first half of the year, children committed 206 crimes in the republic, 65 of them in Makhachkala. 264 teenagers are under focused attention by policemen in the capital. Some of them are children from wealthy families. In two summer months, 9 crimes were committed by teenagers in the capital, 17 children suffered in car accidents. The newspaper believes that in summer teenagers demand more attention.