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Russia’s Ivanovo Oblast Seeks Cooperation with Tajikistan in Textile Industry

Friday 27 March 2015

DUSHANBE (Asia-Plus) – Russia’s Ivanovo Oblast is interested in resuming cooperation with Tajikistan in textile industry. Mohammad Egamzod, a spokesman for the Tajik Embassy in Moscow, says this issue was discussed at a meeting of Tajik Ambassador to Russia Imomuddin Sattorov with Ivanovo Governor Pavel Konkov that took place in Ivanovo yesterday.

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Location of Ivanova oblast in Russia.

“In the course of the talks, Konkov noted that a delegation of Ivanovo Oblast plans to visit Tajikistan in May”, Egamzod said. The delegation is expected to visit, first of all, Khatlon Province with which Ivanovo Oblast signed a cooperation agreement.

Ambassador Sattorov reportedly outlined agriculture as area for implementation of joint projects. According to him, Tajikistan could supply its farm produce to Ivanovo Oblast. Cotton fibre is Tajikistan’s leading agricultural export commodity, contributing 16% of total exports (it is second only to aluminium, which accounts for a staggering 60% of the country’s exports).

The Russian Federation is divided into 83 subjects (subyekty), of which 46 are oblasts.

Ivanovo Oblast is an oblast. Its three largest cities are Ivanovo (the administrative centre), Kineshma, and Shuya. The principal centre of tourism is Plyos. The Volga River flows through the northern part of the oblast.

Industry in Ivanovo Region is subdivided into several main sectors, including the light, chemical and petrochemical, forest, and metal-working industries. The primary and the most developed sector is the light industry, made up of the clothing, knitting, textile and shoe industries. Companies in this sector employ half of the region’s industrial workers. The textile industry, which began developing in the last quarter of the 17<sup>th</sup> century, is of fundamental importance. Textile companies in the region produce half of Russia’s textiles.

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