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Joining the Far Eastern Federal District: Entrepreneurs' Confidence in Tomorrow
In Transbaikalia discussed the problems and prospects of business development in the region
Grigory Kuranov and Oleg Skufinsky, deputy presidential plenipotentiary to the President of the Far Eastern Federal District, met with Chita entrepreneurs on August 22 as part of the business forum, "Work in Transbaikalia." During the plenary session that opened the event, Deputy Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Oleg Skufinsky, who oversees the socio-economic bloc, noted that all the preferences that were developed for the Far East fully extend to Transbaikalia.
Ten months in the Far Eastern Federal District
“The Trans-Baikal Territory has been a part of the Far Eastern Federal District for ten months and in this short period the territory of rapid development (TOR) has been created in the region, the Far Eastern Hectare program has been launched. This program also provides additional support measures for those who want to build a house on a hectare - mortgage is planned at 2%, ”said Oleg Skufinsky.
According to him, today a number of other preferences are being discussed that will be introduced in the near future in the territory of the region - the Free Port of Vladivostok, a simplified procedure for obtaining an electronic visa for tourism development, infrastructure support programs, and project financing.
“The volume of projects and initiatives, the experience of the head of the region, Alexander Osipov, gained in the Ministry of the Russian Federation for the development of the Far East to support entrepreneurship and improve the investment climate, will allow Transbaikalia to rise in the top rating of investment attractiveness,” said the deputy envoy.
Speaking about the Far Eastern experience, Skufinsky noted that the instruments of economic development that were introduced in the Far East made it possible to increase foreign direct investment in the economy of the Far Eastern Federal District from 2 to 33% over several years and to develop 1800 projects worth about three billion rubles.
Came with problems
An open dialogue with its organizers and entrepreneurs was also held as part of the business forum. Thus, Leonid Kuzmitsky, the head of the regional branch of the Delovaya Rossiya public organization, named high tariffs and taxes, especially local ones that can be regulated, among the problematic issues hindering business development.
“Frankly, with the advent of the new leadership in the region there is a feeling that something will definitely change. Much has already been done. And there is a great hope that the tax burden will be reduced for entrepreneurs, ”said Kuzmitsky, a sore subject.
Waiting for a change for the better and Director of Cascade Plus LLC Nikolai Arapov. According to him, at a business forum he saw a lively interested conversation.
“Here is a more lively discussion, listen to the opinions of those involved. I don’t know what the result of this meeting will be, but I think it’s positive. ”
The Director General of Regiongazservice Said Sharafutdinov has the same opinion.
“Honestly, at first I did not believe that there would be a serious conversation, but judging by how decisions are made and how answers are given, at least to those questions that I asked, hope and confidence in tomorrow begin to appear. At least representatives of the embassy and the Ministry of Eastern Development promised to deal with my questions. They approached very carefully the other problems that entrepreneurs shared. ”
During the performance and. about. Minister of Economic Development of the Trans-Baikal Territory Andrei Kefer drew the attention of representatives of the presidential envoy to the "historically subsidized budget" of the region.
He asked when developing instruments for the development of the Far Eastern Federal District with respect to Transbaikalia to take into account the financial hunger of the region, which has accumulated a lot of infrastructure problems. According to Kefer, you need to approach comprehensively, but decisively. In turn, according to the head of the region’s economic department, the Trans-Baikal Territory government will remove administrative barriers for small and medium-sized businesses in the region. Kefer noted earlier that an agreement was reached with the All-Russian Popular Front to coordinate this work.According to and. about. Minister, the presence of administrative barriers, which were also discussed at the "Work in Transbaikalia" business forum, directly affects the investment rating of the Trans-Baikal Territory. Now the region is ranked 84th