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The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.

The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 173 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 78 countries worldwide, and 188 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian t.me/Roscongress, English – t.me/RoscongressDirect, and Spanish t.me/RoscongressEsp. Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation: roscongress.org.

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Presentation of the Results of the Russian Regional Investment Climate Index
25 May 2018
Indicators in the national rating have grown for most regions of the Russian Federation

The growth of indicators in the 2018 rating has been colossal. This is the result of planned, systematic work carried out at all levels of government. Interdepartmental interaction, which is traditionally considered the weak point of all large-scale programmes and reforms, has come together and this is the effect. Regional heads have played a special role, of course — Svetlana Chupsheva, Chief Executive Officer, Agency for Strategic Initiatives.

There has been a dramatic upturn in the work of regional teams. Out of 85 federal regions, the business has only noted a decline in 7 of them. It follows that the design of the target models applied this year for the first time has been effective. The target model is a concentration of good practices that have already been implemented somewhere in the existing regulatory environment — Andrei Belousov, Aide to the President of the Russian Federation.

Regional project offices, together with federal agencies, have managed to do something really incredible: the actual result for certain procedures across the country has on average surpassed the target. For example, the period for obtaining a building permit for a model site is now 105 days, while the target value was 129 — Svetlana Chupsheva, Chief Executive Officer, Agency for Strategic Initiatives.

Successful development of a region is the result of cooperation between business and government

Success is in those places where business is involved in the evaluation of the work of institutions and procedures, knows that it is involved there, and knows that the results of its participation will affect the evaluation of the work of specific representatives of government bodies and officials. — Andrei Belousov, Aide to the President of the Russian Federation.

A business needs feedback; we are sufficiently democratic to hold meetings, often on-site. The business determines how efficiently tools and mechanisms are operating today in the region — Vyacheslav Shport, Governor of Khabarovsk Territory.

The Governor [of Sakhalin Region] made the following decision: he asked the ASI to send him a business mission. A big business mission arrived and worked on the island with regional authorities, municipalities, and businessmen for several days. People understood what they wanted, what gave them additional opportunities, and this was probably a factor in improving the situation. — Andrei Sharonov, Dean, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO.

In order to enter the top ten and gain a foothold there, we need a strong, well-equipped team of managers at all levels. The greatest successes occur where there is a team like that and the tools for managing change: investment advice, export support centres, etc. — Alexey Repik, President, Delovaya Rossiya (Business Russia); Chairman of the Board, Group R-Pharm.

Ineffective system of supervision and control over business

In our surveys and studies we’ve recorded that approximately 40% of companies consider the system of supervision and control ineffective. We understand that the issue is quite sensitive, but the situation needs to be addressed. — Alexander Shokhin, President, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP).

There is a number of problems: administrative barriers, excessive pressure on business, additional checks, and we have been talking about this for the last several years, just passing the problem around — Vitaly Mutko, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.

Inadequate infrastructure for business

Respondents are dissatisfied with the workforce, and, in their opinion, the quality of telecommunications and highways is not up to standard. The President of the Russian Federation has pointed out the need to solve infrastructural problems. — Svetlana Chupsheva, Chief Executive Officer, Agency for Strategic Initiatives.

The most difficult thing for us, since we are not the richest region, is to build infrastructure for business: technoparks, industrial parks, business incubators – these things require investment. Today, the regions are feeling the squeeze from the Finance Ministry’s demands not to increase the debt burden, so it is difficult both to fulfil social obligations and to build up infrastructure — Andrey Nikitin, Governor of Novgorod Region.

Legislative imperfection

We must somehow put a stop to the normative itch: we have an incredible amount of documents drowning business, and this affects the investment climate. — Sergey Katyrin, President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation.

We need to raise municipal teams, but when there are 320 municipalities in the territory and each has its own regulator, it’s not easy to do — Maksim Reshetnikov, Acting Governor of Perm Territory.

Searching for new financing instruments

Each region of the Russian Federation is looking for financial instruments to support small and medium-sized businesses. For more than 10 years we have been working with an instrument to subsidize the first instalment of leasing payments. When we go through a leasing operation, we understand that equipment is being purchased and, accordingly, small and medium-sized business is growing technologically. — Vladimir Yakushev, Minister of Construction, Housing, and Utilities of the Russian Federation.

Creating industrial parks

Infrastructure is very important. [...] We turned to industrial parks. At the moment, 3 industrial parks covering a total area of more than 300 hectares have already been launched in the Tyumen region, and one is already almost full. — Vladimir Yakushev, Minister of Construction, Housing, and Utilities of the Russian Federation.

Those of us involved in town-planning policy have sought to reorganize industrial areas and develop commercial real estate to create jobs. We’re talking about offices, industrial parks, multifunctional centres. 15 million square meters of such estate have been built in Moscow over the last few years — Sergey Sobyanin, Mayor of Moscow.

Information support for entrepreneurs and investors

The most important next step is the Proven Business resource we launched this year. We developed it together with entrepreneurs: more than 5 thousand local entrepreneurs took part, and all 45 municipalities were involved. We took all the typical violations that could occur – more than 300 violations of 27 types – and gave recommendations on how to avoid them. The most important thing is that the website contains all the information necessary for an entrepreneur to work with each control and supervisory function and department — Rustam Minnikhanov, Head of the Republic of Tatarstan.

We are developing institutions as centres for supporting export. And what has the result been? Export-oriented enterprises have doubled. There were 92, and now we have 195. — Alexey Dumin, Governor of Tula Region .

I think we need to introduce a kind of a concierge service in all the regions. When a resident from another region comes to us and opens a business, they have a lot of questions: where to take the children to school, to kindergarten, where to set up his/her spouse. We help them find an office and even housing, and we help find employment for family members. — Anton Alikhanov, Acting Governor of Kaliningrad Region.

The region placed very badly in relation to pressure on business by the federal authorities, so we established a headquarters for the protection of entrepreneurs, which addressed issues related to requirements, including tax inspection, and we were able to achieve quite a bit. — Oleg Kozhemyako, Primorsky Territory Governor.

Reducing the number of inspections

We have revised the list of control functions of regional significance and managed to find 10 control functions we could simply exclude from the list. When planning control and surveillance activities for 2018, the number of inspections was reduced by 16%. — Georgy Poltavchenko, Governor of St. Petersburg.

In cooperation with federal structures, we have established balance commissions that allow us to quickly establish relations and reduce the number of procedures required and the number of days spent with federal structures, such as the tax inspection, for example — Sergei Morozov, Governor of Ulyanovsk Region.

Changing legislation in the interest of investors

It is very important how radically we have revised the legislation on investor support, reducing the threshold for investment support by 90%. We tried to make it possible not only for big investors, but also for your medium-sized investor, for any money that is invested in the region to receive support from us by means of benefits and additional administrative support — Andrey Nikitin, Governor of Novgorod Region.

Perfecting the process of training personnel for business

The Czech Republic recounted how it had introduced the foundations of entrepreneurship to its public school education long ago, and after three years, the young people they were producing were the kind that wanted to engage in small business and open up small businesses. [...] We could introduce a class like this to the schools in our regions — Alexander Kalinin, President, All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses Opora Russia.

Improving the quality of life in the regions

The general conditions of life in the region are beginning to influence the business climate: the quality of medicine, sports, recreation, etc. These things are becoming more important, and we must think about how to measure them all — Andrei Belousov, Aide to the President of the Russian Federation.

The material was prepared by the Russian news agency TASS