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4 May 2012

Omsk entrepreneurs appreciated advantages of Sicilian family business

On May 4th 2012 in Omsk Regional Fund For Small Business Support and Development was held press-conference with participants of business mission "Innovative export-oriented SMEs: mutually beneficial cooperation". The business mission was held in the period of April 23-28, five companies of Omsk region visited Sicilia with support of the Fund. Its President Vjacheslav Fedjunin told that business mission of Russian entrepreneurs to Sicilia had taken place for the very first time in the history of Russo-Italian relationship.  Delegations of four Russian regions (Krasnodar region, Stavropol region, Kaluga region and Omsk region) took part in the business mission. Italian part was presented by more than 150 companies, 42 of them came to meet with entrepreneurs of Omsk region. Vjacheslav Fedjunin noticed that the entrepreneurs mostly wanted to get experience, to adopt new production technologies, to create joint ventures and to buy equipment.
A number of officials including Russian general council in Sicilia Vladimir Korotkov, president of the Sicilian Regional Assembly Francesco Cascio, headquarters of the Palermo Chamber of Commerce and Industry, of regional branch of the Italian employers' federation Confindustria, governor Raffaele Lombardo, mayors of several Sicilian towns.
Mr. Fedjunin mentioned that deals discussion of Russian companies with a famous Sicilian lawyer's office was one of the key agreements of the business mission that had to provide Omsk entrepreneurs with legal security.
Two years ago sole proprietor Elena Dubogray got a grant on meat-processing factory creation. She is highly interested in experience of Italian farms to well use her own production areas and to improve technical process.
Sole proprietor Leonid Granenko was interested in close circuit meat packing and poultry equipment.
Sole proprietor is in modernization process of his bakery, expected sum of investment goes up to 30 000 000 RUB. In Italy he had a chance to see necessary equipment at work. Head of peasant farm enterprise Nickolay Sharkanov went there with the purpose to get going cultivation of hard wheat to produce high quality pasta.
Mr. Fedjunin summarized that the business mission’s results couldn’t be estimated at the moment. Omsk entrepreneurs had to consider possibilities of cooperation with Italian companies in different spheres including joint venture, technology exchange and employee training.
Reciprocal business mission of Sicilian entrepreneurs is supposed to take place in October. But it’s necessary to detect interest of Omsk companies in Italian business before. Mr. Fedjunin added that contacts with Sicilian officials had already been established.
Review of the business mission participants:
Nickolay Sharkanov, head of peasant farm enterprise "Doverie"
I visited Italia to learn on technology and pasta equipment. I was surprised to learn that they don’t sell buckwheat and millet in stores, and oatmeal is sold in pharmacies. I had an idea to create joint venture based on Italian technology. We’ve made the offer to Italian manufacturer.

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