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  • 21 Jan 2022 9:00 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    At the end of 2021, foreign business associations, including Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association (CERBA), appealed to a number of state bodies of the Russian Federation with a proposal to amend the current legislation and simplify medical examinations for foreign employees, including for highly qualified specialists (HQS) and their families.

    1. The Ministry of Health of Russia has already prepared a draft on amendments to the procedure for medical examination, which is supposed to increase the validity of medical documents from 3 to 12 months. Earlier, Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association (CERBA) has repeatedly appealed to state bodies with a request to consider the possibility of a one-time medical examination by foreign employees and their family members during the validity period of the work permit issued. Lobbying on this issue continues.

    2. The list of medical organizations that have the right to conduct medical examinations of foreign citizens in Moscow has also been expanded, starting from January 21. These medical organizations include such as: JSC "Medsi Group of Companies", JSC "Medicine", JSC "European Medical Center" and others (the full list is in Russian).

    3. In addition, the transfer of medical documents to the Ministry of Internal Affairs through the Migration Center at the address: 18, Bakhrushina str., building 1 (the cost of the service is 10,000 rubles). Thanks to this paid service, you do not need to visit the Sakharovo migration center.

    For more information about the list of medical institutions and the comprehensive service for the transfer of medical documents, please visit the website of the Multifunctional Migration Center.

  • 11 Jan 2022 3:45 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    Dear CERBA Members and Partners,

    According to the information kindly provided by CERBA Corporate Member – Intermark Relocation, please be informed that changes to the legislation, which amend the rules of extending or reducing the allowed period of stay in Russia, took force on December 29, 2021.

    Which law introduces the changes?

    • Federal Law No. 274-FZ of 01.07.2021
    • Order of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia of 11.22.2021 No. 926 "On approval of the Procedure for making a Decision on Extending or Reducing the Period of Temporary stay of a foreign Citizen or a Stateless Person in the Russian Federation"

    What are the changes?

    1. Visa-free nationals, who are family members of a Russian national or a foreign national who has a permanent residence permit and permanent address registration in Russia, may extend the period of stay in Russia for up to 1 year from the date of arrival with possibility of multiple extensions for another year.

    Spouses, children, parents, grandparents and grandchildren are considered family members.

    2. The allowed period of stay of foreign employees from EAEU countries is extended upon a written request submitted by the host party or such foreign national. Previously the rules stated that the term of stay was to be extended based on the notification of labour contact conclusion submitted to migration authorities by an employer.

    NB! In practice, the extension of stay of visa-free foreign nationals is usually done together with their migration registration for the relevant period.

    The period of stay may be extended for the period of validity of a labour contract. In case the labour contract is open-ended, the period of stay may be extended for 1 year from the date of arrival with possibility of multiple extensions for another year.

    3. The extension of stay of family members of EAEU employees may be performed based on a request submitted by the principal EAEU employee in person.

    Intermark comment: Based on this we cannot rule out that district migration offices may start requesting personal presence of an EAEU employee for performing migration registration of their family members in cases when the validity period of such registration exceeds 90 days from arrival.

    4. The new rules establish the procedure of reducing the period of stay of foreign nationals in case they evade the obligatory fingerprinting and medical checkup procedures as per the requirements of the law dated 01.07.2021 No. 274-FZ or in case a disease has been diagnosed during such checkup:

    • In case a migration authority reveals such a fact, it will issue a decision to reduce the allowed period of stay within next 3 business days
    • The migration authority informs the foreign national of obligation to visit the migration office and collect the official notification
    • The foreign national must exit Russia within 3 days from the date when the decision was made

    Who is affected?

    Foreign nationals arriving in Russia for the purpose of work or for the period above 90 days.

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    You can read an original version here.

  • 15 Dec 2021 2:43 AM | Dalila Rakhimbek (Administrator)

    Dear CERBA Members and Partners!


    Please accept our heartfelt congratulations on the occasion of the Independence Day of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Our best wishes go for the further prosperity of Kazakhstan and the well-being of all its citizens!


    CERBA Kazakhstan

  • 09 Dec 2021 4:44 AM | Dalila Rakhimbek (Administrator)

    About making changes to decree of the Chief State

    sanitary doctor of the Republic of Kazakhstan

    dated October 26, 2021 No. 48


    In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection COVID-19 among the population of the Republic of Kazakhstan, I DECREE:

    1. To amend the Resolution of the Chief State Sanitary Doctor of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated October 26, 2021 No. 48 "On the recognition of passports / certificates / certificates of vaccination against coronavirus infection COVID-19 in the Republic of Kazakhstan" the following changes:

    Clause 1 of PGGSV RK No. 48 shall be stated as follows:

    “Recognize as valid on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan passports /certificates/certificates of vaccination against COVID-19 of citizens issued in the Argentine Republic, Hungary, Georgia, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Jordan, Canada, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Maldives, Mongolia, the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Moldova , The Republic of Peru, the Republic of San Marino, the Republic of Serbia, the Republic of Tunisia, the Republic of India, the Republic of the Philippines, Thailand, the Turkish Republic, the Republic of Montenegro, the Czech Republic, the Republic of Estonia and Japan in accordance with the samples of documents in accordance with the annex to this regulation."

    2. Appendix 1 to PGSV RK No. 48 shall be stated in a new edition in accordance with the appendix to this resolution.

    3. I reserve control over the execution of this resolution.

    4. This resolution comes into force from the date of signing.


    Kazakhstan recognized Canadian covid vaccine certificates (rus).docx


    Chief state

    sanitary doctor

    Republic of Kazakhstan

    E. Kiyasov


  • 07 Dec 2021 12:00 PM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

     

    Gilles Breton, CERBA National Chairman, took part in the online conference "Russian-Canadian Cooperation in the Field of Sustainable Development in the Arctic Region" on December 7, 2021. The conference was the second event in the series of ten conferences on bilateral Russian cooperation with Arctic and Non-arctic states in the area of sustainable development within the framework of ThinkArctic Project, organized by the Roscongress Foundation, the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies, and the Analytical Center for the Government of the Russian Federation. ThinkArctic Project will be conducted within the Program of the Russian Chairmanship in the Arctic Council 2021-2023.

    The Conference brought together experts, representatives of the public authorities, and the business community from both countries. Participants discussed the current state and prospects of the Russian-Canadian cooperation in the Arctic in the field of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the light of Russian chairmanship in the Arctic Council during 2021-2023. Click here to read the official press-release about the event by Roscongress.

    The results of the Conference will further become a part of an analytical report on international cooperation in the field of sustainable development between Russia and Arctic and Non-arctic States. The results of the project will be presented at the high-level panels at international Arctic Forums in April of 2022 and 2023.

    The recording of the Conference is available at the following link: https://roscongress.org/en/events/rossiysko-kanadskoe-sotrudnichestvo-v-sfere-ustoychivogo-razvitiya-arkticheskogo-regiona/about/

  • 07 Dec 2021 5:00 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    Dear CERBA and Partners,

    As you may know, the Arctic Council was established in 1996 as a high-level intergovernmental forum that could address issues faced by the Arctic governments and the indigenous people of the Arctic.

    Being a member of the Arctic Council and current chair, with regard to further Arctic collaboration Russia has developed the program of the Russian Chairmanship in the Arctic Council for 2021-2023, and the document setting Russia’s Chairmanship priorities for 2021-2023.

    Links to relevant documents can be found below:

    Russia’s Chairmanship Priorities

    Programme of the Russian Chairmanship

  • 03 Dec 2021 10:00 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)


    On December 3, the joint memorandum in favor of mutual recognition of vaccination certificates between the countries was signed by the major foreign business associations in Russia, as well as the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP).

    On behalf of CERBA, the memorandum was signed by Nathan Hunt, Founder of the Association and Chairman of the Moscow Board. The signing ceremony took place during the public press conference held at the Moscow premises of "Izvestiya" – one of Russia's most well-known media portals.

    "This is a historic moment of the unification of so many chambers and main business associations of Russia in the person of Alexander Shokhin, the President of RSPP," noted Pavel Chinsky, General Director, Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI France Russie).

    This initiative aims to remove the main obstacle that is currently restricting business representatives from cross-borders travel by appealing to respective states’ governments to recognize foreign vaccination certificates for travel purposes.

    In his speech during the signing ceremony, Nathan Hunt pointed out that international trade and business suffer from current travel restrictions related to COVID-19, and the recognition of certificates of vaccinations from other countries will allow resuming cross-border business contacts. Mr. Hunt also added that mutual recognition of vaccination certificates is in the best interest of all countries, including Canada, and can also contribute to global vaccination efforts.

    The final document will be delivered to the Russia-based Ambassadors of all the countries represented by chambers that signed the memorandum (Canada, Japan, the EU Member States, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States) and will be copied to the Health Ministers of those countries.

    JOINT MEMORANDUM IN FAVOR OF MUTUAL RECOGNITION OF VACCINATION CERTIFICATES

    The undersigned business associations and chambers have agreed on the following joint memorandum regarding the mutual recognition of vaccination certificates:

    - considering that the COVID-19 pandemic and related epidemiological safety measures have had a deep and lasting impact on cross-border mobility;

    - mindful of the importance of cross-border activities and travel for the efficient functioning of the global economy and in particular trade and investment flows;

    - convinced that global vaccination efforts are of prime importance for reallowing and reviving economic activity including international travel;

    - understanding that the registration and certification of vaccines is a complex, regulation driven, and thus inevitably time-consuming process best left to competent health authorities;

    - taking note that there is currently no mutual recognition of vaccinations and vaccination certificates between Russia and some of its most important trading partners;

    - fearing that without mutual recognition vaccination certificates new measures such as QR code requirements for travel might once more have a negative impact on cross-border business activity;

    - certain that against the background of rising infection levels, mutual recognition represents a strong incentive to further bolster global vaccination and re-vaccination efforts;

    - believing that such mutual recognition will stimulate cross-border business contacts as well as trade and investment activities between Russia and its most important economic partners;

    - convinced that such stimulus would be highly beneficial at a time when economic recovery remains haphazard and fragile;

    Undersigned:

    Nathan Hunt, Founder of the Association and Chairman of the Moscow Board, Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association (CERBA)

    Alexander Shokhin, President, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP)

    Tadzio Schilling, Chief Executive Officer, Association of European Businesses (AEB)

    Pavel Chinsky, General Director, Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI France Russie)

    Alexis Rodzianko, President, American Chamber of Commerce in Russia (AmCham Russia)

    Alf Torrents, Executive Director, Russo-British Chamber of Commerce (RBCC)

    Daniel Russell, President and Chief Executive Officer, U.S.-Russia Business Council (USRBC)

    Michael Harms, Managing Director, Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations

    Frédéric Sanchez, Chairman, MEDEF International

    Tim Knoll, Executive Director, German-Russian Chamber of Commerce (AHK)

    Ernesto Ferlenghi, Vice President, Confindustria Russia

    Vincenzo Trani, President, Italian-Russian Chamber of Commerce


    The original text of the Joint Memorandum can be found below:

    English version

    Russian version

    Full video recording is available at (in Russia): https://bit.ly/3IPG5hd

  • 29 Nov 2021 4:00 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    Dear CERBA Members and Partners,

    According to the information kindly provided by CERBA Corporate Member – Intermark Relocation, please be informed that the governmental Operational staff for the prevention of importing and spreading of the new coronavirus infection has decided to restrict entry into the Russian Federation from November 28, 2021 for foreign citizens residing in the territory of South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Madagascar, Eswatini, Tanzania and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and foreign citizens staying in these territories during the last 10 days.

    Air traffic with Tanzania suspended until February 1, 2021.

    In addition there will be organized express COVID testing of Russian citizens arriving from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Madagascar, Eswatini, Tanzania and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the People's Republic of China Republics, Israel, the UK, and foreign nationals arriving from the People's Republic of China, Israel, the UK.

    Which document introduces the changes?

    The decision of the Operational staff for the prevention of importing and spreading of the new coronavirus infection (available in Russian at the following link http://government.ru/news/43922/)

    Who is affected?

    Foreign citizens who reside or stay in the listed countries.

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    You can read an original version here.

  • 25 Nov 2021 2:06 PM | Vera Dedyulya (Administrator)

    Canada-Russia Business Council successfully concludes its final meeting «ESG AND NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN THE NEW REALITY»

    Over 600 participants became a part of the 4-weeks marathon of the 6 sector-focused working groups and a final plenary session on the 18th of November having addressed life sciences, telemedicine and healthcare, cleantech in mining, metals and oil and gas, construction and infrastructure, aerospace and transportation, agri-tech and agri-food as well as ICT. 


    MOSCOW & WWWNovember 18, 2021 – The Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association (CERBA) and the Russian Union of Entrepreneurs and Industrialists (RSPP) are pleased to have hosted the 6th biannual meeting of the Canada-Russia Business Council (CRBC). The CRBC was created to promote a deeper understanding of Russian and Canadian markets and a thoughtful delivery of quality information, analysis and business intelligence on their investment and business landscape. It assembles experts from business, finance, purchasing, government, diplomatic, consulting, academic and non-profit backgrounds to focus on key trends, constraints and opportunities in the bilateral relations  in the context of today’s global economy, Arctic and North development, post-pandemic recovery and ESG. 


    The event was officially opened by the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Canada, who noted that in the past 9 months Canada-Russia bilateral trade turnover had grown by 75% compared to 2020 and pointed out the investment climate improvement priorities. 

    The keynote address was delivered by a prominent Russia expert, renowned economist, Daniel Thorniley, who stated  that “…business in Russia is better for your companies than Latin America, infinitely superior to Africa, much better than the Middle East and better than many markets of Asia.” The participants gained unfiltered insights about investment opportunities in Russia and its market dynamics.

    CRBC’s panelists included the representatives of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation,  Kinross Gold Corporation, Ministry of International Relations and La Francophonie of the Government of Quebec as well as Former Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federation Government. 


    Gilles Breton, the Chairman of the Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association and Co-Chair of the CRBC from the Canadian side outlined the major takeaways from the meeting including a leadership role in all aspects of environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) by CRBC and its stakeholders; trade diversification focus; innovation underpinning the new bilateral trade activity. He also said: “We will have to consider more interaction with our respective governments in terms of removing obstacles to trade or misalignments in the pursuit of sustainable development and trade diversification objectives. In the case of Canada, our work is already cut out for us:  reverse not so much policy but practice that is inconsistent with that of all of Canada’s allies that also happen to be competitors in the Russian market. As part of our interaction with regional and provincial governments, we have seen the need to seek integration with the Arctic Council and the Nordic Council.” Gilles Breton also underscored the people aspect: “Specific comments from some of our stakeholders also remind us that in Canada we need to convey throughout our activities the intrinsically positive image of our business cooperation with Russia and of our Russian partners.”

    The event was moderated by Nathan Hunt, the Chairman of the Moscow Chapter of the Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association. “Canada-Russia Business Council is committed to building, strengthening and promoting long-term cooperation between business entities in Canada and the Russian Federation,” said Nathan. 

    For more information please  visit www.cerbanet.org   or  contact:  Moscow@cerbanet.org

     


    About CRBC

    The Russia Canada Business Council (RCBC) is committed to building, strengthening and promoting long-term cooperation between business entities in Canada and Russia. The impetus for the formation of the Council arose from Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on October 12, 2004. Both leaders expressed a commitment to the nurturing and development of long-term business ties between Canada and Russia.

    The RCBC was created in 2005 by the Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association (CERBA) and the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RUIE) and held its first general meeting in October 2005 in Moscow. The work of the RCBC has been carried out through the establishment of active committees with the participation of Canadian and Russian industry leaders, each focusing on an individual sector of the bilateral trade and investment relationship. In addition, the Council is mandated to assist in resolving any trade disputes and will work towards the reduction or elimination of trade and investment barriers.

    Continued RCBC work provides a welcome opportunity to reaffirm the strong and growing economic relationship between Canada and Russia, providing a solid foundation for broader cooperation and progress in their overall bilateral relationship.



    About CERBA

    The Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association was founded in 2004 with a mandate to enhance and support trade, investment and good relations between the countries of Canada, Eurasia and Russia. CERBA is a unique non- for-profit organization having a network of over 180 corporations. To meet the dynamic needs of its growing membership it has established seven chapters located in Moscow, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver and Almaty. As an association, CERBA provides an extensive network of contacts in the private and public sectors with frequent events, informative seminars on pertinent topics in the Eurasian market, a bi-annual business summit, a quarterly printed Newsletter, committees of the Canada-Russia Business Council (CRBC), and annual trade missions.  Additionally CERBA provides market intelligence, advocates with the Canadian and Eurasian government on key issues, and manages active sector-based committees to promote partnership between CERBA members and their counterparts in Eurasia.



    About the Russian Union of Entrepreneurs and Industrialists (RSPP)

    The Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP), established in June 1990, is a non-governmental organisation promoting the interests of Russia’s business community. The RSPP President is Alexander Shokhin. The RSPP was set up to promote Russian business interests in Russia and abroad, to help make Russia more business friendly and attractive to investors, and to maintain the balance of interests of business, government and society. The RSPP represents the interests of all Russian businesses, regardless of their size, sector or location. The RSPP operates in two capacities: as a non-governmental organisation, and as a national association of employers. This enables the RSPP to promote the interests of its members most effectively.

    For more information about CRBC Meeting, please, visit www.cerbanet.org 

  • 16 Nov 2021 8:00 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    Dear CERBA Members and Partners,

    According to the information kindly provided by CERBA Corporate Member – Intermark Relocation, please be informed that the governmental Operational staff for the prevention of importing and spreading of the new coronavirus infection has decided to resume regular air traffic with Bangladesh, Brazil, Mongolia, Costa Rica and Argentina.

    – The flights will resume effective from December 1, 2021.

    – Passenger rail traffic with Finland will resume from December 12, 2021.

    – Air traffic with Tanzania suspended until December 1, 2021.

    Which document introduces the changes?

    The decision of the Operational staff for the prevention of importing and spreading of the new coronavirus infection (available in Russian at the following link http://government.ru/news/43810/)

    Who is affected?

    Russian and foreign citizens who travel from Russia to the listed countries or vice versa.

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    You can read an original version here.