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Two subjects of the FEFD reduced investment attractiveness

Amur region and Buryatia fell in the NRA rating

Two subjects of the FEFD reduced investment attractiveness
The other day in the Ministry of Development сообщилиthat the Sakhalin region entered the top-10 regions of Russia with the greatest investment attractiveness, taking the sixth place in the country and the first among the subjects of the Far Eastern Federal District. Authorities cite another rating of the National Rating Agency (NRA) - a reputable independent center of expertise. EastRussia found that in the NRA study one could find news that was not positive for the Far East.  

Making a reservation that any rating, even with its seeming scientificness and objectivity, does not always reflect reality, EastRussia draws several important conclusions from the new rating of the NRA. 

First, the 2018 rating for the year was calculated on the basis of mixed indicators: 55 of 29 indicators were introduced for the 2017 year, 26 - for the first half of the year 2018. Thus, the rating reflects the situation that is relevant to the beginning or middle of the current year. 

Secondly, according to the degree of investment attractiveness, the NRA divides the regions into three groups (with high, medium and moderate attractiveness), within each there are three levels. In the new rating, the investment attractiveness of almost all of the DFO regions is confirmed at last year’s level, with the exception of two subjects - the Amur Region and Buryatia. 

It is important here that, judging by the assessment of the NRA, the positive dynamics of the investment attractiveness of the Far East is absent. Formally, they remain attractive for investors in their previous positions, which means that the efforts of the authorities of all levels, undertaken over the past year, have disappeared in vain. 

The table of investment attractiveness of subjects of the FEFD according to the NRA

Subject DFO
Level of
Rise or fall
Sakhalin Region
Confirmed by
Khabarovsk Krai
Confirmed by
The Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
Confirmed by
Magadan region
Confirmed by
Chukotka Autonomous Okrug
Confirmed by
Amur Region
Primorsky Krai
Confirmed by
Confirmed by
The Jewish Autonomous Region
Confirmed by
The Republic of Buryatia
Trans-Baikal Territory
Confirmed by

The second aspect is the current position of the subjects of the FEFD in the rating. According to independent experts, unfortunately, only Sakhalin, Kolyma, Yakutia and the Khabarovsk Territory belong to the group of high attractiveness in the Far East, despite the fact that there are preferential conditions for investors throughout the DFO, in which the state ready to build enterprises infrastructure and give tax breaks, and works free port. Chukotka, Priamurye, Primorye and Kamchatka still belong to regions with medium attractiveness for investors, and the JAR, newly acquired Buryatia and Transbaikalia, belong to the group with low investment attractiveness. 

At the same time, Buryatia and, oddly enough, the Amur Region over the past year, according to the NRA, lost their positions - their position in the ranking decreased. 

Regarding the Amur Region, the agency gives a separate commentary, which looks like this: “The Amur Region has moved from the category of regions with“ high investment attractiveness ”(IC3 group) to the category of regions with“ medium investment attractiveness ”(IC4 group). During the first half of 2018, in The Amur Region recorded a steady decline in industrial production (minus 3% in January-June 2018, which is one of the weakest results both in the Far Eastern Federal District and among the regions of Russia), despite the fact that for some other indicators (for example, in terms of investments in fixed assets, which grew by 2,6% in the first half of the year), the Amur Region managed to show more positive dynamics, this was not enough to maintain the region's position among the leaders of the rating. "

Thus, the NRA states that there is a lack of positive dynamics in assessing the investment attractiveness of the regions of the Far East, and in the case of two subjects, even its decline. 

Alas, it’s premature to be proud of such results. 
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