John Bonar has now been in Russia for about a month. After a week in Moscow he then crossed the country and seven time zones to Vladivostok in Primorsky Krai where he is basing himself and setting up a regional office for Yes-to-Business. His schedule has been a non-stop round of meetings and discussions and will continue to the end of the month.
His impressions of Vladivostok are that it is filled with Asian tourists. From the Koreans who enjoy the breakfasts in his hotel to the Chinese who grab him on the street for a photo opportunity!
He has been guided by afar by the extremely effective Oxana Romanchuk, the UK Ambassador for Opora Russia who now serves as a YTB adviser and on the ground by Elena Demidenko, an adviser to the Vice-Governor of Primorye Krai, Konstantin Bogdanenko. A new type of bureaucrat is present in Primorye, John says. Successful businessmen with patriotic leanings are being persuaded to step aside from their businesses to instil an entrepreneurial sense in the administration’s bureaucrats. Those who cannot adapt to the new pro-business attitude will be reassigned and more suitable candidates will fill their roles. The rule of law prevails now in what was once the lawless East.
So far he has engaged with a millionaire businessman with regional retail interests and agreed in principle a partnership in an industrial venture; the new head of the local investment agency; the Chairman of the local branch of Opora Russia, the largest entrepreneur organisation in the country; the rector of the Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service who has expressed interest in Relex contributing to educating the blockchain entrepreneurs passing through the Crypto Advisory Agency run by the university and lastly, the Chairman of the Duma of Vladivostok who is an enthusiastic welcomer of new business ventures The local legal department of Opora Russia headed by Andrei Obrashko is now trusted with registering the legal entities desired by John and he is currently planning to appoint local General Directors for the new companies.
High on his list of things to do is get a business plan completed with local knowledge for the first investment project to be submitted to the Free Port of Vladivostok authorities by Yes-to-Business.
He has also been firmly pointed in the direction of Suifenhe, the burgeoning Chinese city on the border with Primorye to explore opportunities with the Mayor and administration.
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