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Forum “Investing in Regions – Investing in the Future”

The largest regional investment forum "Investing in Regions – Investing in the Future" organized by Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation with support of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives to Promote New Projects took place this week in Moscow.

Deputy Chairman of the Government of Leningrad region – Chairman of the Committee for Economic Development and Investment Activity Dmitry Yalov and representatives of Economic Development Agency of Leningrad Region participated in the event.

The RDIF gathered more than 700 participants, including representatives of government bodies and development institutions from 78 subjects of the Russian Federation, Russian and foreign businessmen, as well as leading international investors.

The programme of the forum started with the plenary session “Attraction of investments in the regions – fulfilment of economic potential of Russia”, its speakers included Chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Valentina Matvienko, CEO of RDIF Kirill Dmitriev, President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Alexander Shokhin, General director of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives Svetlana Chupsheva, CEO of Mumtalakat Holding Company (Beihrain) Mahmoud Al-Kukheji, etc.

“After all, Russian regions shape the future of plans, decisions, development programmes of the country. So in order to use their potential and existing unique advantages as efficiently as possible authorities, regional business should carry out proper investment policy,” noted Valentina Matvienko in her speech during the plenary session. “One of important conditions for attraction of investments is clear rules, absence of bureaucratic delays and corruption, “one-stop-shop” principle for preparation of documents, various benefits and preferences for business ready to invest in different projects.”

During the forum its participants discussed the process, methods and tools for attracting foreign investment in the Russian regions. Discussions at thematic sessions of the forum were devoted to current trends and expectations from regional investments. Strategic and financial investors from more than 20 countries shared their successful experience of investing in Russian regional projects.

At the forum, RDIF and ASI launched the Project Office for Attracting and Supporting Investments in the Regions of the Russian Federation. The new structure will become a “one-stop-shop” for foreign investors in Russia, acting as a channel of communication between project operators, investors, representatives of regional authorities and development institutions.

Dmitry Yalov participated in a session “PPP-projects in the regions. Priority directions and implementation tools” and told about experience of Leningrad region in implementation of public-private partnership projects.

PPP-projects of the region are being implemented in social sphere – construction of a regional medical rehabilitation centre and the network of swimming pools and in the sphere of housing and utilities – modernization of water supply and water disposal facilities.

Dmitry Yalov noted that the Government of the region takes specific steps in order to attract investors to participate in public-private partnership projects: subjects of concession agreements receive tax benefits, investors receive administrative support at all stages of project preparation.  

“The unprecedented high number of forum participants confirms a serious interest in attracting foreign investment in the Russian regions. More and more companies realize that in order to effectively interact with foreign partners, it is necessary to structure projects correctly, to present them with high quality and to show flexibility in negotiations. I am confident that through joint work we will be able to build an effective system for selecting promising projects, where RDIF will act as an investment filter, as well as to establish interaction between investors, companies and regional authorities at different levels, creating the prerequisites for a qualitative investment breakthrough in Russian regions, ” noted Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF).

 

Source of information: Russian Direct Investment Fund 

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