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43rd General Assembly of World Trade Centers Association held in Russia

43rd General Assembly of World Trade Centers Association held in Russia


One of the most significant events of this autumn, the 43rd General Assembly of the Association of World Trade Centers held in Moscow and St. Petersburg on September 24-26, 2012. This year the major topic of discussion at the General Assembly is the question of innovation-based development of World Trade Centers and the issue of building a successful cooperation strategy between its members.

Welcoming messages addressed to the delegates of World Trade Centers Association from the President of the Russian Federation  as well as of Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, and the Director General of WTO, Paskal Lamy were read aloud at the official opening of the event.

Members of the Board of Directors of World Trade Centers Association, heads of World Trade Centers, official representatives of foreign states, as well as the President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Sergey Katyrin, the member of the Council of Russian Academy of Sciences, Evgeny Primakov, and Deputy Mayor of Moscow, Andrey Sharonov came to participate in General Assembly.

Whithin the framework of the Assembly, the economic forum `Russia and WTO. A start has been given`, where development prospects of Russian economy in terms of recent entry of Russia into WTO were discussed. Special attention was given to the issue of close economic and commercial cooperation between Russia and global business community.

Delegates of the General Assembly took part in the International Innovation Forum in St. Petersburg where a stand of WTCA represented activities of the organisation around the globe.

Moreover, participants of the Assembly visited a presentation of the World Trade Center St. Petersburg. It was held in PetroCongress Centre where a series of important agreements were signed, registering strategic cooperation and partnership between the World Trade Center of St. Petersburg with Nanjing and Twente.

Gala reception for the Board of Directors of World Trade Centers Association was organised with the support and assistance of the President of WTC St. Petersburg, Serguei Trofimov, and held in the residence of St. Petersburg Mayor, Georgy Poltavchenko. Those who were present discussed a range of the most significant issues of economic, commercial and industrial development of the Northern capital of Russia and its Northwestern region.

At the end of the business programme, delegates of World Trade Centers Association visited the State Hermitage, saw historical monument of St. Petersburg, and took part in gala dinner which closed the General Assembly in the Marble Palace, one of the most beautiful architectural monuments of St. Petersburg. 

Director General of World Trade Center Moscow expressed his thanks and appreciation to the President of RESTEC® and WTC St Petersburg, Mr Trofimov (second from right on photo) for the assistance in WTCA General Assembly execution. 

Based on material by WTC St Petersburg