The Ministry of Agriculture of Russia establishes a network of attachés with a mission to promote cooperation in agriculture. As of today, attachés took office in Mexico, Thailand, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Peru, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Angola, and Ethiopia.
Their responsibilities include drafting proposals for cooperation development, working on international agricultural agreements and contracts, establishing contacts with government and business representatives, and facilitating negotiations between Russian companies and potential partners. The establishment of a network of attachés will encourage the promotion of domestic agricultural products and foodstuffs on foreign markets, and strengthen the country's export potential.
“The pandemic has made some adjustments to the schedule. Nevertheless, the first attaches have already taken up their duties, and we expect our cooperation with foreign partners to develop significantly. Representatives of the Ministry will soon go to South Korea, China, Vietnam, and Israel. By the end of the year, approximately 30 more attachés will start working in foreign countries if the epidemiological situation allows”, the Minister of Agriculture of Russia Dmitry Patrushev said.
Among the Ministry's representatives abroad are the best graduates of the Agricultural Attaché professional training programme, which has been implemented at MGIMO since 2019. According to the plan, attachés will be sent to 50 foreign countries by the end of 2022.