Russia and Sweden agree on joint projects in the Arctic
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Russia and Sweden agree on joint projects in the Arctic

Presidential Advisor Anton Kobyakov and Swedish Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Malena Mard discussed aspects of Russian-Swedish cooperation at a meeting in Moscow. The key areas for cooperation will include interaction in regional multilateral organizations (the Council of the Baltic Sea States, Barents Euro-Arctic Council, the Arctic Council, and the Northern Dimension and its partnerships). They will work on tightening up security and stability in the Baltics, and are also planning to continue cooperating on environmental issues.

The Swedish ambassador noted at the meeting that she was interested in attending the Arctic — Territory of Dialogue International Arctic Forum, which is being held in Russia in 2021. The forum is held in Russia once every two years. Its business agenda includes discussions of important issues like Arctic development with new technologies, evolution of human resources in the Arctic environment, economic growth od the Arctic zone, rational exploitation of resources and sustainable development in the Arctic.

"I will immediately talk to my colleagues about it in Stockholm. It's very important for Sweden to promote cooperation with other countries when it comes to the Arctic area. The participation of the Swedish delegation, headed by Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, in the International Arctic Forum in 2019 showed how high these Arctic issues are on the Swedish agenda," Ambassador Malena Mard said.

In addition, she assured the Russian side that she would talk to Swedish business circles and officials about other Roscongress Foundation activities — the Eastern Economic Forum and Russian Energy Week — scheduled in Vladivostok and Moscow, respectively, for September and October 2020.

The diplomats also considered the plans for implementing shared initiatives and establishing a project activity center, which is to be administered by the Roscongress Foundation and an authorized Swedish entity.

"The goal of the activity center is to coordinate efforts and approve a joint work plan to carry out the common investment and business projects of our countries. Priority is given to the exchange of proposals on promising investment, export, trade and other business projects as well as the exchange of expert and analytic information," reports the Roscongress press service.

During the meeting they also discussed the two countries' investment cooperation, evolution of the Russian-Swedish business dialogue, participation in international activities and they exchanged ideas on new collective projects.