11.01.2009 11:41
RUEF General Meeting, 19-20/12/08, Kislovodsk


RUEF General Meeting hosted by «Progress”Ltd. was held December 19-20, 2008 in Kislovodsk (Russia).
The RUEF event drew much attention of the Stavropol region authorities who took part in its business program. Among a number of honored representatives was Governor of Stavropol Krai Valery V. Gayevsky, who welcomed RUEF members, as well as  Deputy Chairman of the Government of Stavropol Krai Grigory G. Efremov and Head of the Administration of the Caucasus Mineral Waters and Deputy Chairman of the Government of Stavropol Krai Victor N. Vyshynsky and  Chief Councilor of All-Russia Exhibition Centre Director General of All-Russian Exhibition Centre Jochen Witt.
The RUEF General Meeting began its work with a Round Table «The Russian exhibition industry in the global economic crisis» that was chaired by Sergei Alexeev, RUEF President. Jochen Witt’s presentation was devoted to  «Exhibition industry development in the time of the economic crisis and how it will influence the exhibition activities worldwide». He formed a clear picture and a forecast of the development of exhibition industries in different countries of the world, paying more attention to Russia. «Stable development of the Russian exhibition industry in the economic crisis» devoted to crisis effects in different regions of Russia was discussed by Magomed Kh. Musaev, Vladimir V. Tabachnikov, Andrey V. Kurilov and a number of other RUEF members.
The Round Table finished its work by the summaries made by Sergei Alexeev who reported the results of RUEF survey on the crisis effects occurred in the activities of exhibition companies in Russian regions and dwelled upon measures that can loosen the its effects on the Russian exhibition business.
The RUEF Members discussed the question of the branch information system, suggested for the implementation in RUEF activities by Mr. P. Gritsenko, Director General of "Baltic-Expo" JSC, Kaliningrad.
Mrs. V. Ermilova, Director General of "Dalexpocenter", Ltd, Vladivistok, shared the experience and prospects of cooperation between Russian exhibition industry and China in 2009-2012. She also drew attention of RUEF members to the high level of China companies’ interest regarding their approaching the Russian market and the participation of Russian exhibition companies and Russian enterprises in Chinese exhibitions.
RUEF members approved the new RUEF Statute, RUEF Internal Rules, the Committee of Experts in the sphere of exhibitions, fairs and congress activities as well as 2009 Action plan.
Russian Union of Exhibitions and Fairs Quality Label has been granted to 8 more events organized by the RUEF Members, 4 of them have received the “international” status.
“Mother and Child. Games. Toys. Hobbies” and “Wooden House. Woodprocessing. Wood in Interior”held by CHSC “Russia”, JSC,  Ekaterinburg
“GasSUF” (the status “international”) and “International Ecological Forum”
(the status “International”)  by “International Exhibition Company”, MVK JSC,  Moscow
“AgroRuss” held by “Lenexpo” JSC,  Saint Petersburg
“Products of Yugra Land” organized by “Yugorskiye Kontrakty” Regional Exbn. Center JSC,  Surgut
“Otdykh/Leisure” (the status “International”)  of “Euroexpo” Ltd,  Moscow
“International Chemical Assembly – ICA” (the status “International”) of  “Expocentr” ZAO, Moscow           
After auditing the statistics data the following events have regained the right to use the Russian Union of Exhibitions and Fairs Quality Label:             “Russia Education Week” (“All-Russia Exhibition Centre” State Joint-Stock Company, Open JSC (GAO “VVC”), Moscow), “Surgut. Oil and Gaz” (“Yugorskiye Kontrakty”  Regional Exbn. Center JSC, Surgut).
Kreativ-expo became an associate member of RUEF.
RUEF today:
Members – 81, incl. 68 – full и 13 associate members. Exhibition organizers – 59 (5 – from other countries); service-providers – 12; business related companies -10.
RUEF Quality have 146 exhibition events, incl. one from Moldova.

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