We keep doing a good job on schedule. We have a lot of new suppliers now. <…> And we are going to keep working even harder as we try to address the global goals outlines for us by the President and the Government. Those include a new highway from Moscow to Kazan via Nizhny Novgorod. We are expecting an investment volume in the area of 550 billion roubles and we plan to attract many SME companies to be a part of construction process — Alexander Sokolov, Deputy Chairman of the Board for Competition Policy, Russian Highways State Company .
Let’s talk about numbers in general: the first year we launched special procurement procedures the volume was at 62 billion, now it is nearly 130 billion. The overall procurement volume from the SME companies that enter via regular competitive process is exceeding 130 million — Yuri Zafesov, Director, Procurement Department, Rosseti.
We saw this example in Lipetsk. In the early 2000s, Indesit bought Stinol and outsourced all the internal components production: plastics, rubber, etc. You know how many companies appeared in Lipetsk? Over a hundred. These are new entrepreneurs. It is an example that should be followed — Vittorio Torrembini, Vice President, Association of Italian Entrepreneurs in Russia (GIM Unimpresa).
The overall procurement market from SMEs today exceeds 3 trillion roubles. Today, this is one of the key drivers for SME growth, as well as pushing forward the development of innovation and technology — Sergey Glukhov, General Director, Leaders’ Club.