On behalf of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and on my own behalf, I would like to welcome the participants, guests and organizers of the 3rd International INNOPROM GOLF CHALLENGE, which is held as part of INNOPROM, the largest industrial trade fair in Russia.
The INNOPROM GOLF CHALLENGE is the first and only tournament in Russia bringing together representatives from large Russian and international companies, offering a unique format for business communication in an informal setting over a round of golf.
The tournament gains more momentum every year, and as a platform for international relations is already a beloved tradition. Last year, the event hosted 275 representatives of business and government bodies from Russia and abroad. 72 players joined us from Japan, Great Britain, Sweden, Germany, Korea, India, the USA, Kenya, RSA, and Bahrain to play a friendly game of golf. For the first time ever, the Tournament was also attended by world-class players of the highest level from the European Tour.
In addition to the game, the Tournament is also a unique platform to promote business ideas and make presentations about companies and even countries. Thus, the event placed a special focus on Japan – partner country of INNOPROM 2017. Two teams from the largest Japanese corporate groups took part in the tournament, and the country was represented through a unique cultural program.
This year's INNOPROM partner country is the Republic of Korea, a country with a rich heritage and culture. Over the last decade, golf has become one of the key elements of Korean business culture, as the sport
At the same time, golf also emphasizes positive partnerships, which is important across all industries in all countries. Golf is unique for instilling a deep mutual respect among players, to the game rules, and to the environment. I am certain this harmonious approach will guarantee success at the INNOPROM 2018 international industrial trade fair!
Best of luck to all the participants and guests of the INNOPROM GOLF CHALLENGE. See you at the Pine Creek Golf Resort!
Minister of Industry and Trade of Russia