St. Petersburg and Hokkaido are ready to cooperate in various fields

On Thursday in Sapporo, the governors signed a protocol on the action plan (road map) for the development of cooperation between St. Petersburg and Hokkaido for 2018-2022. The parties discussed the development of cooperation in various fields, including education, healthcare, urban economy, tourism, culture.

Governor of St. Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko and Governor of Hokkaido Prefecture (Japan) Harumi Takahashi agreed on cooperation in the fields of education, healthcare, urban economy, tourism and culture, the RIA Novosti correspondent reports.

“We are interested in your experience in the field of solid domestic waste management, which is relevant for St. Petersburg, since we refused to recycle waste at landfills and we need deep waste processing. Your luggage in this industry is of special interest to us… I would like to mention more one of the directions related to water treatment and sanitation.The delegation is the head of our water canal.Our water canal is considered one of the best in Russia, and on the basis of a water canal we have opened a higher educational institution – the water academy. PWM Japanese colleagues will be interesting to get acquainted with this experience, “- said Poltavchenko.

He also invited Japanese manufacturers of auto components to participate in the automotive cluster of St. Petersburg. According to him, cooperation in the field of education is important.

At the meeting, cooperation agreements were signed between St. Petersburg State University and the Prefectural Medical University, as well as between School No. 83 in St. Petersburg and the Sapporo Ritsumeikan School.

“Within the framework of our meeting, relevant documents have been signed, as well as the development of school exchange.In our city, two schools are engaged in in-depth study of the Japanese language, I think that school exchanges will make it possible to intensify relations between people.This kind of links contribute to the development of mutual trust between countries and specific regions, “Poltavchenko said.

Harumi Takahashi expressed hope for the expansion of ties with St. Petersburg. “I highly appreciate the rate of growth of exchange between our regions and I very much hope for the expansion and strengthening of such ties,” she said.

The head of Hokkaido also suggested to the St. Petersburg delegation to get acquainted with the developments in the field of unmanned transport technologies, which are being developed by the University of Hokkaido. She also noted the importance of developing cooperation in the field of culture and tourism.

“Regarding the field of culture and tourism, I would like to express my gratitude to the fact that there will be a concert of Mikhailovsky Theater ballet dancers, I think this is an excellent opportunity for Hokkaido residents, in particular for those who have connections with Russia, as well as for children, I hope that the concert will help to activate relations between our regions and will allow us to bring closer the distances between Hokkaido and St. Petersburg, and this will become an impetus for the development of relations, “she said.

The official delegation of St. Petersburg led by Governor Georgy Poltavchenko visits the city of Sapporo (Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan). The delegation also included: the chairman of the legislative assembly of the northern capital Vyacheslav Makarov, the vice-governor Oleg Markov, representatives of the St. Petersburg branch committees, municipal enterprises, business, health, education and culture.

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