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Gold fever in the land of the Russian bear

Gold fever is spreading among foreign investors: The rise of Russia as an industrial player, which was also in evidence at the Hanover Fair 2013, offers enormous opportunities. Just don't count your chickens before they hatch – ‘the Russian Bear’ is still very much a developing economy.

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cd Vet Naturprodukte GmbH

Healthy alternatives for animals

The overdose of antibiotics in food animal production is considered a problem with serious repercussions. The risk of developing resistance rises each time bacteria are exposed to antimicrobials. Resistance opens the door to treatment failure and leads to an increasing number of infections. cd Vet Naturprodukte GmbH situated in Fürstenau, Germany, decided to bank on a completely different approach. The company develops and produces natural pet products based on natural ingredients that help to prevent diseases.


Interview with Russian expert Michael Harms

Investing in Russia is not 'witchcraft'

The German-Russian Chamber of Commerce (AHK) in Moscow is helping Russia’s midsize firms get on their feet – with Germany’s famed ‘Mittelstand’ as its role model. German investors in Russia have been dissatisfied with the supplier infrastructures and the lack of skilled labour on the ground, says AHK Chairman Michael Harms in an interview with International Trade News.



An economic powerhouse with a future but in need of reform

Russia as the partner country for the HANOVER FAIR 2013: A large audience got a great impression of the geographically largest country in the world, its enormously rich raw materials and its industrial potential. In 2014 and 2018, two mammoth sporting events will thrust Russia into the world spotlight: next year’s Winter Olympics and four years later, the Soccer World Cup.


Merkel and Putin hold talks at the Hanover Fair 2013

Good business and a topless protest

Merkel, Putin and topless demonstrators calling the Russian President a “dictator”. Seldom has a trade exhibition attracted such a high level of public interest as the Hanover Fair 2013. Its role as both an international business platform and a stage for political expression became clear on the 8th April as the German Chancellor and the Head of the Russian Federation completed their joint tour of the event. more...

Grant funds

Russian regions court companies with promises of grants

By 2015, around 500 million euros will have been invested in small and medium-sized businesses in the Russian Federation. Foreign SMEs are also to benefit from these funds to a greater extent than before. Getting hold of grants from existing and planned investment funds, however, is not straightforward. Russian guest author and legal scholar Dr. Anna Minaeva shines a light on the grant jungle. more...

Guest commentary by Dr. Eckhard Cordes, Chairman of the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations

Visa requirements cost billions

The abolishment of visa requirements between Russia and the European Union, according to guest author Eckhard Cordes, ex-Metro CEO and head of the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations, would be a “recovery plan for free.” He finds fears of increased criminality and illegal immigration unfounded. more...


How foreign companies evaluate the Russian market

A clear verdict – falling both positively and negatively – is how member businesses of the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations and the German-Russian Chamber of Commerce (AHK) evaluate the business climate in Russia in 2013 according to a recent survey. International Trade News lays out the arguments on both sides. more...

Hanover Fair 2013 – Interview with Dr. Jochen Köckler, a Member of the Board of the Deutsche Messe AG

Energy giant Russia takes a new industrial course

Russia is far from satisfied with its position as one of the biggest energy producers in the world. An unprecedented campaign of modernization, started in crisis-torn 2009 and adopted by President Vladimir Putin as his own personal crusade, it hopes to achieve the transition to modern industrial nation. As the partner country to the 2013 Hanover Fair, Russia hopes to demonstrate its ability as an innovator at eleven leading trade shows. International Trade News talked to Dr. Jochen Köckler, Member of the Board of Deutsche Messe AG, about the opportunities that Russia’s new industrial focus offers for foreign investors. more...

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