At the plenary session "Investment map of regions of Russia" the Chairman of the Board of the development Fund of innovative entrepreneurship Popova Ekaterina Vitalievna.
In his opening speech Vice-President of the chamber of Commerce of the Russian Federation Alexander Rybakov said that he supports an annual summit as a significant event, aimed at establishing a constructive dialogue between the public authorities, representatives of the Russian science and business, to stimulate investment processes, improving the business climate in Russia.
Russian entrepreneurs (and, therefore, the Russian economy) today need investment, but still usually don't get them in the required amount; the money, especially "long", in Russia's roads. Yes, according to official data of Rosstat, in 2013 foreign investments in the Russian economy increased by 10 percent compared to 2012 and exceeded 170 billion dollars. But at the same time, the growth of foreign investment was provided mainly by the increase in external debt of Russian companies and banks to foreign creditors rather than through direct investment.
Alexander Rybakov reminded the forum participants that today in the regions to number of objective and subjective reasons is a compression of profitable base of regional budgets, and, on the other hand, there remains the need to increase costs to perform the tasks outlined in the may 2012 decrees of the President of the Russian Federation. It would be better, said the Vice-President of the chamber of Commerce of the Russian Federation, if the regional strategy became, at last, to the greatest extent interconnected with the recently-approved state programs, the implementation of which by 2020 it is planned to spend 80 billion rubles – a sum equal to 5 Federal annual budgets. It would be a way to solve many pressing issues in the country, including "investment issue".
A significant barrier limiting the investment activities is also the imperfection of the tax system. Her change is a long process. But it is possible to quickly apply a number of rather effective measures. We are talking about incentives for business, working on the most needed for the country areas, contributing to the creation of innovative, high-tech economy. It is very necessary, especially for small and medium-sized manufacturing and innovative businesses.
The system of chambers of Commerce and industry of the country takes an active part in the work on improvement of the investment climate in the region, said Alexander Rybakov. Chamber of Commerce of the Russian Federation participates in the development, implementation and monitoring of roadmaps of the National entrepreneurial initiative, working on the implementation of Investment standards in the regions on the implementation of the National rating of investment climate in subjects of the Russian Federation. The creation of a unified system to promote the attraction of investments to the regions, allowing to significantly improve the investment climate, today is a strategic priority of the chamber of Commerce of the Russian Federation, said Alexander Rybakov.
At the plenary session were also made by the Chairman of the Committee Trade and industrial chamber of the Russian Federation on assistance to modernization and technological development of Russian economy Ekaterina Popova, Deputy Minister of regional development of the Russian Federation Mikhail Kruk, Director General, LLC "Panasonic Rus" Masato Nakamura, other representatives of government and business.
The summit successfully held a thematic panel discussion: "Building complex of Russia"; "national security is a priority of state policy"; "Healthy nation – strong Russia"; "Development and implementation of innovative technologies in the oil and gas and energy complex"; "education for the professions of the XXI century: global changes or continuation of tradition?"