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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 congratulate the organizers of the IX International Forum on Industrial Safety – the GCE Group and its partners for holding the Forum and for gathering the representatives of public authorities from numerous countries, the representatives of industry as well as safety experts to discuss ‘what’s new’ in safety.»

Lukasz Wyrowski

Lukasz Wyrowski, Officer in Charge, Secretariat of the UNECE Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents