Heads of the CCI of Pridnestrovie met with the Ambassador of Slovakia to Moldova Pavol Ivan

The heads of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Pridnestrovie held an official meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Slovak Republic to Moldova Pavol Ivan. Bilateral cooperation development was the main subject to discuss.

Welcoming the distinguished guest, the President of the CCI of Pridnestrovie Vasily Kozhan noted that at present about 200 companies representing not only large but also small and medium business are the members of the CCI of Pridnestrovie. In turn, the CCI of Pridnestrovie is a member of such international associations as the World Chambers Federation of the International Chamber of Commerce, Business Council of the International Black Sea Club and the Association of CCIs of the Central Federal District of the Russian Federation.

According to the President of the CCI, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected interaction with international organizations and embassies, however, today there is a willingness to intensify such synergy.

Vladimir Isaev, the Vice President of the CCI of Pridnestrovie, presented priority areas of the CCI activities, significant experience of international projects implementation and business missions organization.

Pavol Ivan informed about business mission of a Slovak trade delegation to Kishinev planned for autumn 2022. During the meeting, the sides also discussed trade turnover indicators between Pridnestrovie and Slovakia.

It should be noted that this Central European country is now consistently among the top 10 EU member states – trade partners of the PMR in terms of exports. According to customs statistics, in the first five months of this year, Pridnestrovian supplies to the Slovak Republic amounted to more than $ 2.1 million, and the entire trade turnover was just over $ 3 million.

On average, the trade turnover with Slovakia is at the level of 10 million dollars a year. As the Ambassador remarked, there are reserves for increasing mutual trade. In Slovakia, the products of Pridnestrovian agriculture and processing industry may be in demand, and in the PMR, respectively, the products of the chemical, electronic and machine–building industries from the Slovak Republic.

During the meeting, Vasily Kozhan pointed out obstacles faced by Pridnestrovian enterprises in conducting foreign economic activity. In particular, the President of the CCI cited the example of the Moldova Steel Works which in February-April was limited in its ability to import raw materials.

At the end of the meeting the sides expressed appreciation for the attention paid, agreed to maintain regular contacts and promote the development of bilateral cooperation.