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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, and helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

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Alexander Kalinin

Alexander Kalinin

President, All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses OPORA RUSSIA
Quotes
03.09.2021
EEF 2021
National Jurisdiction and Trust in International Relations as a Guarantor of Inward Investment
Our position is that we want fines for small businesses to be at the same level as those for sole traders, and hope to have support on this matter. It’s all completely transparent. If you are on the register, your fine will be the same as if you were a sole trader. That would equate to an 80% reduction in fines for small businesses. That would cause people not to be apprehensive of incurring a ruinous fine for making a mistake
03.09.2021
EEF 2021
National Jurisdiction and Trust in International Relations as a Guarantor of Inward Investment
The number of inspections under the management system for the first six months of this year grew by 48%. A lot of issues are to do with international logistics and customs clearance. There is also the issue of how entry points operate. We have been allocated public funds to ensure that the Primorye-1 and Primorye-2 entry points open in 2023–2024. However, entrepreneurs are worried that this will not be done, because work is not actively under way
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
Small Businesses in the Urban Economy of the Far East
60% of small and medium businesses in cities are commerce and services. According to the Federal Statistics Service, in 2019 small and medium businesses accounted for 19.8% in the gross territorial product of the Far East. The regions are very different. The ones that have more mining facilities have fewer small businesses. At the same time, SMEs have an employment rate of 30% or more, which means they are really important for the society
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
Small Businesses in the Urban Economy of the Far East
I would like transport corridors Primorye 1 and Primorye 2 to get launched in 2024. Business is wondering when the transport corridor through Bolshoy Ussuriysky Island will be put into operation? It is important for export. I would like to avoid a gap between what is being declared and what is being done. We need to practice what we preach
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
Russia–Italy Business Dialogue
For our part, as an SME organization, we can help provide support to projects (of Italian entrepreneurs – Ed.). We have an office in each region and several hundred entrepreneurs, through whom we can provide recommendations. We can provide a certain level of hospitality for an Italian entrepreneurs, because the countries do differ quite a bit. I call for creating more business projects
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
The Changing Face of Small Business: New Challenges and Objectives
Increasing the number of employed people to 25 million by 2024 is one of the national goals outlined by President Vladimir Putin in the June decrees. During the pandemic we have faced a lot of challenges. Out of 5,900 [thousand, Ed.] companies that existed in the beginning of 2020, 1,100,000 have closed, 780,000 have opened, which means that, on the one hand, its number decreased by 260,000, but the timely measures by legislative and executive authorities <...> helped many people who lost their businesses become self-employed
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
The Changing Face of Small Business: New Challenges and Objectives
Small business has deep roots in our country, it began with merchant classes, artisans, developed fair trade. There were dynasties of merchants and industrialists. So the entrepreneurship has had a special status. The Russian state has always relied not only on large industrialists and merchants, but also on mass entrepreneurship. We can recall the manifesto on freedom of entrepreneurship by Catherine II of 1775; the guild reform of Alexander I, which gave all classes the right to open factories and plants; the Soviet Union law on cooperation in the USSR, which allowed cooperatives to engage in any types of activity that were not prohibited by the law. Now small businesses in our country account for 21% of the gross domestic product and provide over 20 million jobs
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Is the New Normal a Temporary or Permanent Phenomenon?
A mandatory standard should be introduced into the Code of Administrative Offenses: the first inspection can only lead to a warning, not a fine. <...> Our second initiative is the following: the size of the fine for those on the SME register should be the same as for individual entrepreneurs. The third point is to exclude duplication of fines. Today fines are imposed on both the legal entity and the director. Let's punish only one of them
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Is the New Normal a Temporary or Permanent Phenomenon?
Regulatory action should only be taken after consulting with those you regulate. This is the key to success. Then the community sees these measures as their own – we have discussed them, we came to a consensus, it is necessary to comply
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Is the New Normal a Temporary or Permanent Phenomenon?
You can fine companies. For example, GUM, if I remember correctly, was fined with 500,000 or a million for violation of the mask requirements. We understand this. But if a micro company with three employees received such fine, it would close immediately
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Is the New Normal a Temporary or Permanent Phenomenon?
Starting 1 July there will be eight types of control: monitoring, company shutdown, if necessary – there are many levers. But the vague wording ‘in case of a threat to life and health’ is now used too often: before the pandemic, there were 1,300,000 inspections, during the pandemic this number fell to 500,000. These measures are now being cancelled. Will there be over a million of them again? Will there be 240 billion in fines again? We do not support it, at least as far as small and medium-sized businesses are concerned
03.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Is the New Normal a Temporary or Permanent Phenomenon?
The fact that in Russia there was no second and third lockdown led to a much faster economic recovery than in most countries. Excluding some industries, such as air transportation, fitness, concerts and exhibitions, today we have already exceeded pre-pandemic turnovers. In small business, the official employment has even increased over this year
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Presenting the Results of the Russian Regional Investment Climate Index
And in this situation, feedback — and there is a survey for entrepreneurs — becomes critical, which adds points. And those governors who on a systematic basis every month meet with business associations, with investors, with the entrepreneurial community, they scored these points, which allowed them to move forward in this dense group. Therefore, I would urge that this be established on a systemic basis — constant direct communication with investors
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Presenting the Results of the Russian Regional Investment Climate Index
It is very important to put things in order in the digitization of capital repair funds. We have done a lot at the federal level; these are regional funds. People still run around with bundles of paper and travel around the regions. Let’s digitize capital repair funds; maybe we will create a federal standard so that if we talk about „digital“, then, including major repairs, small business, first of all, will carry out on the best practices of the 21st century for capital repairs as well
02.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Digital Services for Businesses
The future is already here. It’s inevitable and those who fit into digital services will be riding high. They will have a business, a workforce, and a decent salary, and our country’s wellbeing ultimately depends on this
02.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Export: Where and How SMEs Can Sell
There are few small businesses in Russia. They are catastrophically undercapitalized. You need to make a profit and capitalize, capitalize, and capitalize again. Because if we compare a small enterprise in Russia and Germany, everything appears to be similar, except the capital owned by a small Russian company is several times less than that of a German company. You need to capitalize, so turn a profit and invest it in your enterprises above all else
02.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Export: Where and How SMEs Can Sell
Now we are focusing on creating new exporters ... and new export products. […] First, it should be easy, convenient, and pleasant to export, and second, it’s a change in the quality of export. [...] The result is new players, new markets discovered, new niches, new products, and learning to be globally competitive in new niches
05.09.2019
EEF 2019
Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises as a Driver of Economic Growth
If a new generation does not enter the small business world, there will be no one to move it forward. Today, it is critically important to engage young people in our schools and universities
05.09.2019
EEF 2019
Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises as a Driver of Economic Growth
Today, not only the electronic channels, but also systemic interactions with business associations in other countries are important for small Russian businesses to be export oriented
05.09.2019
EEF 2019
Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises as a Driver of Economic Growth
Many entrepreneurs complained about the cadastral valuation made in Primorye Territory. It is believed that the cadastral valuation was overestimated by several fold
05.09.2019
EEF 2019
Increasing the Investment Appeal of the Far East
It is necessary to ensure a smooth transition from a fixed tax on potential gross income to the patent taxation system. <...> Unless it is done, we are to face a surge of social tensions and small business dropping off the radar,”
05.09.2019
EEF 2019
Increasing the Investment Appeal of the Far East
The Far Eastern small and medium enterprises turnover grew by 5.2%. But on the other hand, the number of employees in SMEs decreased by 3.7%. That is 40 thousand people. <...> The personnel issue is becoming the most acute
05.09.2019
EEF 2019
Increasing the Investment Appeal of the Far East
Several regions of the Far East are switching to cadastral valuation and relevant taxation. In Primorye, the cadastral valuation grew 2–10 times. <...> Real estate owners are under serious risk, their survival is jeopardized
08.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Access Granted: Loyalty Rating of SMEs’ 50 Biggest Customers
The completion acts should be filed electronically with very clear schedules: in case of services provided, the completion act should be signed within 30 days or a formal complaint must be filed. If it is filed electronically, then an entrepreneur – should they be forced to go to court – need not to bring tonnes of letters. Just print out the exchange from a state-run server and let it be the basis for litigation
09.04.2019
International Arctic Forum 2019
Small Business, Big Potential
It is necessary to spell out the specifics of small business participation in the procurement of those companies implementing large-scale projects in the Arctic
09.04.2019
International Arctic Forum 2019
Small Business, Big Potential
As of 1 January 2018, we had 295,000 small businesses in these nine regions [along the Northern Sea Route, - Ed.], which employed 900,000 citizens, and as of 1 January 2019, already 291,000 entities employing 875 thousand. That means there are 4,000 fewer businesses and 25,000 fewer employees
14.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
The Role of the Regions in Popularizing Entrepreneurship
The success of the small business national project primarily depends on the situation in the regions. Efforts are required on the part of business, government, and society to make entrepreneurship a respected endeavour. This triangle – business, government, and society – needs to be equally sided, with each side having an effective input
14.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
Export Accelerator: Learning to Trade Globally
We have government support measures, but it appears that either we [small businesses — Ed.] knock the wrong doors, or we do not fit into those doors. <...> We want ideas on how to support small enterprises to be borrowed from business associations
13.09.2018
EEF 2018
The Young People of the Far East
Educational platforms for children and youth in administrative centres, I think, will be created in every capital, including each capital of the Far Eastern Federal District. <...> Educational institutions are a matter of utmost importance. The key question is the mandatory course for Foundations of Entrepreneurship in Russian secondary schools
13.09.2018
EEF 2018
The Young People of the Far East
Next year we’re launching the ‘Self-employed’ project. This can be a very easy way to start your business. <...> This project, however, will be launched in just four regions — Moscow city, Moscow region, Republic of Tatarstan, and Kaluga. But if it takes off quickly, it will spread through the whole country by 2020
13.09.2018
EEF 2018
The Young People of the Far East
The Far East is becoming a place where we should create a new big centre of growth, a region of attraction, so that it would be trendy to go to, especially for young people. But most importantly, so that you could get rich quickly there. <...> Big money is invested in infrastructure, in the quality of life here
13.09.2018
EEF 2018
The Young People of the Far East
I have been to Yakutia. <...> There is a company there <...> that is entering the American market, making video games. One of the largest video game companies in the world. <...> They created a whole school there, i.e. this is already a cluster. They simply learned how to sell it over there, but to make it here
12.09.2018
EEF 2018
The National Project to Develop SMEs: What Will Be Done in the Far East?
Public organizations must play an enormous role. Only every tenth entrepreneur is a member of a public business organization in Russia. And this is probably one of the reasons why our business environment is not what we would like it to be
12.09.2018
EEF 2018
Protecting Investors’ Rights in the Far East
The key issue is competence, both in business and in law enforcement […] Business should self-organize and improve its literacy in the legal sphere
12.09.2018
EEF 2018
Protecting Investors’ Rights in the Far East
If business does not feel protected, it’s obvious there won’t be any investment
12.09.2018
EEF 2018
Protecting Investors’ Rights in the Far East
A unique feature of the Far East is that there aren’t so many people and not so much business here, and the system of law enforcement as well as control and oversight is the same here as it is throughout the rest of the country […] Therefore, there is an impression that the pressure on business is higher here
25.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Presentation of the Results of the Russian Regional Investment Climate Index
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
26.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Major Russian and Foreign Corporations vs Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Building Trust between Customer and Supplier
We have always advocated quotas. Particularly, we have the French experience to look to. In the 1970s, France used this mechanism to grow hi-tech businesses, and the French succeeded
26.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Major Russian and Foreign Corporations vs Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Building Trust between Customer and Supplier
Certification and accreditation should be simple and comprehensible for small business.
26.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Major Russian and Foreign Corporations vs Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Building Trust between Customer and Supplier
A lot of procurement has shifted to sole suppliers. This is a troubling trend. Two years ago, 45% were sole supplier tenders; now they number over 50%.
26.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Major Russian and Foreign Corporations vs Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Building Trust between Customer and Supplier
There is a headliner, a state corporation, but small businesses organize a host of services around it – and this is the key to success. Essentially, we establish an eco-system for growing hi-tech manufacturing, and we are already seeing results