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Russia establishes academic chair to promote ag exports

Dmitry Patrushev, the Head of the Ministry, took part in a meeting of the Academic Council of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) to deliver a speech on the prospects for cooperation with the University in terms of training personnel capable of effectively promoting domestic agricultural products onto foreign markets.

He believes that prompt increasing of agri exports by 2024 urges a specialized national system to support the industry. The AIC attaché network representing the national agricultural department at key export markets should become one of the drivers.

In 2019, the Ministry’s academic chair “International Agrarian Markets and International Business Activity in the Agro-Industrial Complex” will start operating at MGIMO. Its graduates will bear the knowledge appropriate to promote domestic agricultural products abroad, working both in B2B and B2G.

“The experience of the major exporting countries proves that efficient agro-industrial attaché practices reduce time and costs of agricultural producers entering new markets by smart guidance of agri supplies featuring certain competitive advantages and ongoing expanding the range of exported goods”, said Dmitry Patrushev.

Involvement of MGIMO and agricultural universities in solving the problem of professional training is sure to help establish really highly qualified professionals fluently speaking even rare foreign languages, having agricultural insight, and also able of using cutting-edge business modeling tools. The Minister expressed confidence that the Ministry of Agriculture and MGIMO collaborating this way should contribute to the implementation of Russia's foreign policy and economic interests.

“MGIMO has always trained personnel much apt in international economics. Following the needs of the market and pursuing the Russian national interest we perceive the need for qualified personnel eager to promote Russian agricultural producers throughout agri markets all over the world”, said Anatoly Torkunov, the Rector of MGIMO.

Source: Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation

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