On July 8th 2015 - in the midst of the exhibition stands of the INNOPROM International Industrial Trade Fair – came the official announcement that India will become the Partner Country of the Trade Fair in 2016.
The symbolic ceremony of passing the Partner Country status took place in Press Conference format, in which a spokesman from China – the INNOPROM-2015 Partner Country – gave an account of the preliminary achievements of the Heavenly Kingdom's participation, followed by a representative from India – the Partner Country for 2016 – speaking of India's expectations from partnership with the event.
The speakers at the Press Conference were the Minister Plenipotentiary, Trade & Economic Affairs Advisor to the Embassy of the People's Republic of China to the Russian Federation, Mr Zhang Di; Minister of the Embassy of the Republic of India to Russian Federation, Ms Anjali Pandey; and First Deputy Chairman of the Sverdlovsk Regional Government, Mr Alexei Orlov.
“One year ago, we signed an agreement between our countries for our involvement as Partner Country in INNOPROM-2015. Thanks to everyone's hard work, we opened a wonderful exhibition, in which one hundred and thirty-three Chinese companies appear today. There is much that Russia and China can do together, and in the future we must continue to develop our rewarding collaboration” stated Mr Zhang Di - the Minister Plenipotentiary, Trade & Economic Affairs Advisor to the Embassy of the People's Republic of China to the Russian Federation.
“Now, about the Partner Country for 2016! I can tell you that we've already reached a decision. India has accepted our proposal to become the Partner Country for INNOPROM-2016. We have also made a preliminary decision on the topic for the 2016 event, in collaboration with our colleagues. The topic will be “Industrial Networks”, revealed Mr Alexei Orlov. Mr Orlov went on to say that India's involvement in INNOPROM-2016 will open new horizons for collaboration between Russia and India. “It's our hope that Indian business, and the involvement of Indian partners in Russia's largest and most important industrial trade fair will hail new opportunities, and the Russian-Indian business relationship will hit a qualitatively new level” Mr Orlov declared.
The Minister of the Embassy of the Republic of India to Russian Federation, Ms Anjali Pandey took up this theme, saying that it was a great honour for India to become the Partner Country of INNOPROM-2016. “We are delighted and honoured to become the INNOPROM-2016 Partner Country”, said Ms Pandey.
The Indian Minister carried on saying that “India and Russia have a long history of economic ties and mutual friendship. We are longing for every opportunity to bolster collaboration between our two countries. It is our feeling that INNOPROM is exactly the right event to prompt a new impulse, and take its place as the perfect opportunity for both supporting existing business contacts, and forming new ones. Companies in my country are very eager to take an effective role in shaping durable and long-lasting collaboration.”