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Raw materials, logistics, food and tourism

Head of the Development Fund of the Far East Alexey Chekunkov spoke about the priority directions of investment

Raw materials, logistics, food and tourism
As previously assumed EastRussiaThe Far East Development Fund received approval from the government subcommittee for the implementation of investment projects in the Far East to invest in a plant for deep processing of soybeans in the Amur Region. At a meeting chaired by Deputy Prime Minister - Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yuri Trutnev, this project was adopted along with the co-financing of the Russian Post logistics hub in the Khabarovsk Territory in the amount of 5,7 billion rubles (the fund's investment is 1,8 billion rubles) and the construction of a transport infrastructure of the Ozerny GOK in Transbaikalia worth 72,9 billion rubles (the fund's investment is 630 million rubles). Today, this is the first and so far the only project in which support from the Far East Development Fund is allocated to a resident of the Far Eastern Advanced Development Zone.

The Far East Development Fund is investing 2,14 billion rubles with a total investment of 5,8 billion rubles in the project for the construction of the second and third stages of a plant for deep processing of soybeans in the TOR "Belogorsk." According to the general director of the company, the initiator of this project is Amuragrocenter - Alexandra Sarapkina, “thus, by now, the financial issues of the I and II stages of the soybean processing plant, the construction of which is planned by the project, have been resolved. It remains to fully understand the financing of the III stage. For the second stage of the project, it was possible to receive funds not only from the Fund, but also from the bank. But the choice of "Amuragrocenter" still fell on the Fund, since the financing conditions put forward by it are better - more profitable for the company. Both the conditions for obtaining a loan, as well as its cost and terms ”.

Alexander Sarapkin notes that "to be approved for funding by the Fund, the project was allowed to comply with all those parameters that are required for the provision of this funding. And not some of its special, distinctive features."

The head of the Far East Development Fund, Alexei Chekunkov, in a conversation with the EastRussia correspondent, noted that cooperation with Amuragrocenter lies entirely in the investment strategy of the Fund of its capital. “Currently, the Fund has four main areas of work in providing funds, each of which has both stronger and less strong initiators,” says the head of the Fund.

“Yes, I recently made a statement on my part that although the Fund's money is cheap and long, it is still available only to borrowers who can provide first-class guarantees of repayment of funds to the Fund,” Alexey Chekunkov, Director General of the Far East Development Fund, told EastRussia. - But the assumption that only raw materials projects or transport tied to raw materials can count on the Fund's support is fundamentally wrong. Today we can definitely say the opposite - that the Fund is engaged not only in resource projects ”.  

According to Aleksey Chekunkov, the first direction of the Fund's allocation is really related to raw materials - but, in addition to the extraction of natural resources, it also includes their processing, and in general represents a very wide range of projects. And the presence of a large explored deposit in the project, although it determines certain financial benefits from its implementation, is not at all a sufficient guarantee for the Fund to return the funds in full. 

The second important area in which the Fund is working to provide funds is logistics. The guarantee of the projects with which the Fund deals in this area of ​​its work is the presentation by the initiators of the base for the sale of their services.

As a third direction, as Aleksey Chekunkov told EastRussia, the food field is in the broadest sense of the word. That is, projects relating to drinking water, food and the rest of the chain of this type of value-added products. A guarantee sufficient for the Fund in this direction is also the presentation of a sales base - a certain number of contracts with customers, the conclusion of which can be calculated after the implementation of the project.

The fourth direction, according to the head of the Fund for the Development of the Far East, is tourism. There are no such projects in the active portfolio of the Fund, but several hotel histories are at the stage of consideration, in which large Russian and international operators are interested. In favor of these projects, says the fact that there is an increasing interest in the Far East for a variety of tourists from the Asian region. Therefore, there is no doubt that these projects will be able to provide the Fund with a guarantee of a refund.

Alexey Chekunkov also drew the attention of the ER correspondent to the fact that “so far from the capital about 17 billion rubles, including a subsidy to the Baikal region, the government subcommittee and the Fund have already distributed 15,9 billion rubles. Free investment capital was reduced to 1,1 billion rubles and in the next two months it will be fully directed to effective projects in the Far East. At the same time, the total value of applications for funding received by the Fund exceeds 1 trillion rubles. In order to continue active investment activities, the Fund needs additional capitalization in an amount that allows to annually send at least 20 billion rubles to support projects. ”

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The Fund for the Development of the Far East and the Baikal Region was established in November 2011 at the initiative of President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. He makes investments in the creation of new enterprises and infrastructure facilities that have a significant socio-economic effect for the development of the region's economy. The form of the Fund's investments is both a loan at 5% per annum for a period of up to 10 years, and participation in the authorized capital. The sole shareholder of the fund is currently the State Corporation "Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs" (Vnesheconombank).
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