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Investors from Asia willing to invest in Russian healthcare

UFA. Nov 5 (Interfax) - The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) is attracting Arab and Asian investors to help set up and develop medical institutions in Russia.

"We can confirm great interest among Arab and Asian investors in investing in Russian medicine," RDIF CEO Kirill Dmitriev said at the opening ceremony of a multidisciplinary hospital in Ufa by the group MD Medical Group Investments Plc (MDMG), which manages the Mother and Child clinic chain.

He told Interfax that there is "significant interest" from Arab, Chinese and Japanese investors. "Arab investors actively invest in medicine at home. And they are also interested in developing medicine outside [their] countries, they are interested in investing in clinics in Russia," Dmitriev said.

In China "there are various people, interested in expansion in Russia," he said. "We are discussing various projects in medicine within the framework of the Russian-Chinese Investment Fund," he said. Japanese investors are proposing joint projects in nuclear medicine.

Foreign investment in medicine in 2015 will increase considerably, the RDIF chief said. "We will invest hundreds of millions of dollars."

The RDIF was a core investor in the Mother and Child project in Ufa and attracted leading foreign funds.