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Expert: We need to find balance between industrial safety and import substitution


"A double-edged sword"

Russia needs to find balance between import substitution and industrial safety concerns. This was a point of view of Alexander Moskalenko, President of GCE Group, which he expressed during the XVI International Forum on Industrial Safety, BNA reports.

“Opinions were expressed during the Forum that if industrial safety is the main focus, than import substitution should be put aside. On the other hand, if there are more sanctions imposed, we can lose in safety. It is a double-edged sword”, Moskalenko noted.

Earlier a representative of Technoavia company, a working wear manufacturer, complained about challenges caused by import substitution. According to him, it is very difficult to find quality accessories for footwear and even laces in Russia. However, it is true only for premium products. Cheaper and simple footwear ranges are supplied with domestic components by 81%.

Import substitution was made a national priority in summer 2014, after the first two waves of sanctions had been imposed on Russia by the EU and the USA. Increasing the share of local production is one of the key objectives set for the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade.

The International Forum on Industrial Safety is held in St. Petersburg every year. In 2018, it is the 16th time. This year the Forum venue is Hilton Hotel St. Petersburg Expoforum. The conference was attended by more than 170 people from different states. The organizer is GCE Group.

Source: Business News Agency

Forum participant’s opinion

«I would like to thank GCE Group for the invitation to XII International Forum on Industrial Safety. I’m glad that our country sent me as a delegator this year as it is the first time Tajikistan took part in this event. Further we will try to participate more actively. When I return to Tajikistan, we will discuss with my colleagues all the topics presented in the Forum. The most significant topics discussed, from my point of view, were mines accidents, high pressure vessels explosion and many others. I hope more presentations will be dedicated to mines operational safety next year and I hope we will report next time.»

Alyamov Isroil

Alyamov Isroil, First Deputy Head
General Office on State Supervision over Safe Conduction of Works in Industry and Mining Supervision under the Government of Tajikistan