Oleg Melnichenko and Makhmud-Ali Kalimatov held a working meeting at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Thursday, June 3, 2021.
They signed a document establishing the interaction of the two regions and the expansion of their relations in the economic, scientific, technical, cultural and other spheres. It is based on the principles of trust, equality and partnership.
"The Penza Oblast aims to establish cooperation with the Republic of Ingushetia in the field of investment and development of small and medium-sized businesses. We want to implement joint projects in education, healthcare, culture, sports, tourism, and many other industries," Oleg Melnichenko stressed.
He noted that the two Russian regions are united by the name of Mikhail Lermontov. The poet grew up and developed his personality in Tarkhany near Penza, but served in the Caucasus, dedicated his best works to it, and died there. Today the great poet's creative heritage attracts much attention to the places of his life, so it is a reason to organise tourist routes there.
"I believe that the cultural ties established by our great countryman need to be intensively developed," the acting head of the Penza Oblast added.
According to Makhmud-Ali Kalimatov, who has long worked in the Samara Oblast and visited the Penza Oblast, he is ready to develop cooperation between the two regions of the Russian Federation.
The Agreement approved in St. Petersburg, in particular, provides for interaction in the field of information and telecommunications technologies, creation and development of knowledge-intensive industries, exchange of experience in creating a comfortable living environment, cooperation in the agro-industrial sector, construction, housing and utilities, and youth policy, as well as trade relations.