26th SPICE Meeting 53rd ICECE Work Group Meeting

Samara, Russia
25 – 27 May 2000

Samara is one of the very few Russian regions with a positive economic development. The regional government proudly publishes the fact that Samara is a net tax payer to the federal budget—means the region receives less tax money from Moscow than it pays to the national budget. Although people in the region may not be too happy about this fact, it is an indicator for economic development which to a significant extend is fueled by foreign companies who already invested in the region. Oil and gas industry as well as air and space industry are key contributors to this development and a focus of foreign interest. No surprise the German companies coming to Samara for a Russian German Business-to-Business Cooperation Forum found very interesting partners and projects. This event was targeted at a selected group of small and medium enterprises. The organizers, Veniamin Kaganov and his team on the Russian and SPICE/ADT on the German side, could bring together business partners with much potential. The city of Samara helped the guests feeling well, for example with a firework, great summer weather and all-night entertainment on the Volga River Promenade.