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The National Union of Milk Producers has come up with an initiative in exchange for the establishment of a free trade zone.
Vedomosti.ru 28.02.2014, The National Union of Milk Producers (Soyuzmoloko) has proposed that New Zealand invest in Russian dairy production in exchange for the creation of a free trade zone. A Statement from Soyuzmoloko distributed on Friday talks about this.
On Friday the prospects for the creation of a free trade zone with New Zealand were discussed at a meeting of the Russian Minister of Agriculture, Nikolai Fyodorov, with the New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser, the New Zealand Ambassador to Russia, Hamish Cooper, and the Chair of the Board of Fonterra, Theo Spirings. The Chairman of the union, Andrei Danilenko, is worried by the opening of borders for New Zealand dairy products, the Statement says. In his view this could lead to a reduction in production by Russian companies and the bankruptcy of small and medium enterprises which are today on the border of profitability.
The losses of domestic dairy factory workers could be compensated for by the growth of investments in production on the territory of Russia on the part of New Zealand investors, the Sozyumoloko Statement says. Danilenko proposed to Fonterra that it create additional capacities for the production of 1 million tonnes of liquid milk in Russia.
Earlier Soyuzmoloko had already sent an appeal to Nikolai Fyodorov, Vice Premier Arkadii Dvorkovich, and First Vice Premier Igor Shuvalov, about the danger of creating a free trade zone. At the beginning of February Andrei Danilenko set out his position at a meeting with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. As an outcome of the meeting, Mr Medvedev instructed the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Finance, jointly with (agricultural sector) unions,  to undertake an analysis of the economic consequences of a free trade zone with New Zealand for the (Russian) Agro-Industrial Complex by 25 May 2014.

 

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