Moscow – PhosAgro CEO Andrey Guryev, who heads the Russia–Brazil and Russia–Argentina business councils, discussed prospects for strengthening cooperation through the councils with the ambassadors from the two Latin American countries.
During videoconferences with Brazilian Ambassador Tovar da Silva Nunes and Argentinian Ambassador Ricardo Ernesto Lagorio, the officials assessed the prospects for increasing trade and developing economic ties in the post-COVID era.
Mr Guryev, who is the co-chairman of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Coordination Council to Combat Coronavirus, also spoke about systemic measures implemented by Russian industry to protect employees and residents from the pandemic.
As an example, he cited PhosAgro, whose workforce is ensuring the safe and uninterrupted operation of facilities producing mineral fertilizers for farmers in Russia and in more than 100 countries all around the world, including Latin America.
“I would like to give due credit to you and to PhosAgro for the measures that you have taken. Once again, they underline PhosAgro’s high standards and concern for the safety of your workers,” said Brazilian Ambassador da Silva Nunes, who went on to discuss the preventive measures being implemented in Brazil.
Ambassador da Silva Nunes emphasised that Brazil intends to continue dialogue through the business council, but online as a result of the pandemic. At his suggestion, a discussion took place on issues that could be raised during the BRICS summit in St Petersburg, including the continuation of stable supplies of Russia’s main export to Brazil, mineral fertilizers, which are important for the sustainable development of local agriculture.
Argentinian Ambassador Lagorio discussed the impact of the quarantine measures taken by the Argentinian authorities. During a discussion about the prospects for economic relations between Russia and Argentina, he noted that the basis for the development of such relations are the high-quality products, state-of-the-art technologies and investment opportunities available in both countries. He proposed the creation of joint ventures between Argentine and Russian companies, as well as the possibility of teaming up in third markets.
Ambassador Lagorio suggested holding an online meeting of the councils of entrepreneurs of Russia and Argentina.
“In difficult times, you have to continue working, even if it’s online,” said the ambassador.