13 May 2019 12:21

Matviyenko hopes for non-standard formats of interaction with Japan

MOSCOW. May 13 (Interfax) - Russia and Japan need to develop cooperation in the sphere of small and medium-sized enterprises and look for non-standard interaction formats, Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko said at the first plenary session of the Russian-Japanese Council of Governors in Moscow.

"Interregional relations can play a key role in strengthening cooperation in the sphere of small and medium-sized enterprises. Thousands of such enterprises are now operating in Russian regions, many of them are engaged in various prospective developments in various sectors of the economy. I believe one needs to look closely at this track," Matviyenko said on Monday.

The speaker called for less use of standard cooperation schemes and for encouragement of new non-standard interaction formats, including involving leading researchers, universities, and entrepreneurs who promote breakthrough creative ideas.

One should not forget about such areas of culture, healthcare and social security of Russian citizens, she said.

"The Federation Council as a chamber of regions will do everything to support the development of effective interaction between the Russian regions and the Japanese prefectures," Matviyenko said.