Advisory Board of Heads of Russian
Regional Representative Offices held a meeting in Moscow. The event was
organized by the Roscongress Foundation. The main focus of this meeting was
fostering Russias small and medium enterprises. A number of federal projects
designed to incentivize entrepreneurship were presented at the meeting along
with best regional practices in this area.
«Meetings of the Advisory Board
for the regions offer a platform to exchange experiences and showcase Russias
regions best practices. The Advisory Board was first convened in May this year
and has already asserted itself as an effective body. From now on, the Boards
meetings will be held regularly. The major goal is to identify and replicate
best tools that help implement national projects and tackle social and economic
challenges. This is a unique opportunity for regional authorities to explore
successful practices, showcase their strengths, and work out optimal
development strategies in key areas,» said Anton Kobyakov, Advisor to the
President of the Russian Federation.
welcoming speech, Armen Khachatrian, Deputy CEO of the Roscongress Foundation,
emphasized the Boards work high practical value: «After each session, we
prepare analytical reports that are later sent to heads of federal executive
bodies, heads of regions, and stakeholder organizations. The Boards previous
meeting was focused on regional exports. We reviewed best practices from across
the country, described most successful cases in a clear structured way and put
them into our analytical report. Today a number of regions have already begun
to implement those new solutions».
Olesya Teterina, Deputy Director
of the Department for the Development of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and
Competition of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation,
presented best practices aimed at development and promotion of entrepreneurship.
Olesya Teterina gave the board an update on the progress of the National
Project «Small and Medium-Sized Businesses and Support for Individual
Entrepreneurs» and the work of «My Business» Centers. The latter integrate all
the support infrastructure for SMEs on a single platform and operate under the
«Development of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises» programme and Federal
Programme for «Economic Development and Innovations». «My Business» Centers can
become an experimental platform for implementing best regional practices. The
presentation of the project will take place on 30 August 2019 in Kaliningrad.
Denis Saliy, Head of the Representative Office of the Government of
the Kaliningrad Region under the Government of the Russian Federation,
presented a selection of regions best practices in the field of SMEs,
including projects promoting social entrepreneurship and a startups competition
«Business battle». Alongside that,
Kaliningrad region has also created and is successfully running a program aimed
to help regional SMEs access the markets of Moscow and the Moscow region.
Reaching Moscows markets is a relevant issue for many entrepreneurs across the
Grishchenko, Deputy Director at Delovaya Sreda (Business Environment), spoke about
educational support for SMEs and about the «Business Environment platform»,
providing entrepreneurs with information on most relevant and important topics,
as well as with results of various studies.
Udmurt Republic presented several unique solutions for encouraging entrepreneurship:
several educational programs, a franchising development program, and assistance
in registering a business. Mikhail Khomich, Permanent Representative of the
Head of the Udmurt Republic to the President of the Russian Federation Deputy Chairman of the
Government of the Udmurt Republic, delivered a report on the results of the
acceleration program that operates in the Republic. Graduates of accelerators
first track achieved an aggregate turnover increase of RUB 240 million, 11 companies
doubled their revenues. Mikhail Khomich expressed his willingness to share all
the best practices coming from this project with colleagues from other regions
to secure further dissemination of this successful experience.
Advisory Board of Heads of Representative Offices of Russian Regions was
convened under the initiative of the Roscongress Foundation. The Board brings
together heads of Russias regional representative offices in Moscow. At its
meetings the Board addresses major issues of federal and regional agendas,
discusses real «success stories», and explores the ways of replicating
successful practices and scaling them up within the framework of national