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Tatar-Bashkir Report: June 9, 1999

9 June 1999
Tatarstan's Leaders Met With Russian Officials
The president of Tatarstan, Mintimer Shaimiev, met with Russian Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin in Moscow on 8 June, Tatar Television reported. The two leaders discussed economic and policy questions of mutual interest, including prospects for developing several enterprises in Tatarstan. Tatarstan's State Council Chairman Farid Mukhametshin attended a meeting of the Federation Council's Committee on Federation Affairs, Federal Treaty, and Regional Policy in Moscow on 8 June. The same day, Mukhametshin met with the board chairman of the Russian Bank of Regional Development.

Hungarian Trade Representation In Tatarstan To Be Closed
Hungary's trade representation in Tatarstan will be closed at Budapest's initiative because of the recent lack of success in its activities, Tatar-inform reported. The Hungarian mission was opened in Kazan in 1992. Until 1996, trade turnover between Hungary and Tatarstan grew, but in 1997 stagnation set in, followed by the August 1998 crisis. The headquarters of the mission will be taken over by a Hungarian company operating in Tatarstan. Recently, Hungary closed down similar representations in St. Petersburg and Ufa.

KamAZ Operating without Losses
The KamAZ truck concern has been operating without loss for last two months, Tatar Radio reports. In May, production at the plant totaled some 450 million rubles, including more than 1,000 trucks and some 2,300 Oka cars. Every tenth automobile was exported. According to agreements concluded by the KamAZ trade-financial company, the percentage of production for export is to be raised to 20 percent.On the domestic market, one-third of the company's automobiles are reportedly paid for by barter.

Invalids' Rehabilitation Program To Be Developed
Tatarstan's Cabinet of Ministers approved on 8 June a draft document on additional measures proving facilities and social support for invalids. Government officials told Interfax-Eurasia that under the document, republican programs on social aid for and the rehabilitation of invalids should be developed. The program would include vocational training, employment opportunities, and educational grants.

Agenda Of Parliament's Next Session Set
A 7 June meeting of the State Council's Presidium drew up the agenda for the next parliamentary session. Among 12 issues to be discussed are draft legislation on hoax terrorist reports, amendments to the draft laws on natural resources, the protection of the environment, state support for young families, and a draft water code, Tatar Television reported.

Compiled by Gulnara Khasanova