The reporters arrived in the capital city of Yakutsk to attend the International Conference on Climate Change and Melting of the Permafrost held from March 22-24 during Russia's alternate chairmanship of the Arctic Council for the 2021-2023 tenure.

Head of the Republic of Sakha Aisen Nikolaev

Nikolaev believed that the strategic geo-political location of the Republic of Sakha in the Far East will positively step up such relationships. In particular, he mentioned a project to establish a transportation corridor that could connect Yakutia with Asia and bring Yakutia's products to ASEAN countries and vice versa. He also outlined possible areas of cooperation, including mineral exploitation.

He said a Yakutia delegation had visited Vietnam and identified several areas for positive cooperation with Vietnam, from tourism to mineral export from Yakutia.

This year, Yakutia will join international exhibitions held in Vietnam, he said, adding that he is delighted at welcoming Vietnamese businesspeople to Yakutia to explore opportunities.

According to him, investment climate in Russia and Yakutia in particular has significantly improved. Yakutia leaps to the 13th place from 50th in 2018 in the rankings of investment-friendly localities in Russia.

Regarding the development of cultural and sports ties with Yakutia, he revealed that Yakutia will host the Summer Games "Children of Asia" next year, one of the largest sports events for children in Asia, and invited ASEAN member countries, including Vietnam, to join this major event.

Source: VNA