Registration is open for IV International Agricultural Dairy Forum November 8-9, 2017

dairy forumIV International Agricultural Dairy Forum organized by the Government of the Moscow Region with support of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation will take place in the House of Government of the Moscow Region, November 8-9
Main topics of the Forum in 2017 are the dairy industry’s common challenges and development strategies in today’s world. Representatives of Russian authorities, industry alliances, business communities and foreign guests will discuss a wide range of issues related to the development of the dairy industry in Russia and around the world.
Speakers and Forum participants will summarize the preliminary results of three years of sanctions in the dairy industry and assess the feasibility of electronic veterinary certification and the requirements of the Customs Union. Within the Forum’s sections and round tables discussions will be held on the structure of state support for the industry and countermeasures for falsification in the dairy industry.
The business program of the Forum will also include topics related to the development of the world dairy market, a reduction in demand for dairy products, the role of business and cooperation in the production of milk. Cluster solutions in the dairy industry will be a separate topic of the Forum.
On the platform of the Forum will take place an exhibition with presentation of dairy products, industrial equipment, and results of the investment projects related to dairy industry in Moscow Region.
To participate in the Forum, you need to go through the registration procedure at Participation in the Forum is free of charge.

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The Ministry of Economic Development presented the Q2 2017 Russian regions ranking for management of the one-stop-shop public services

mfcThe ranking results were announced by Russian Economic Minister Maxim Oreshkin at the Russian Forum for Government and Municipal Service Multifunctional Centers (MFC) held in Svetlogorsk (Kaliningrad Region).

The regions were evaluated on the basis of multiple indicators, including the percentage of their inhabitants who have access to one-stop-shop government and municipal services, the number of services in the mandatory list that are rendered through MFCs, compliance with the rules of MFC management and the single corporate identity, etc. The information and analytical system for monitoring the quality of public services (IAS MQPS) used by regions to evaluate the quality of MFC service delivery was also taken into account during ranking.

In the final ranking, all regions of the Russian Federation were divided into four levels, from a higher downwards to a lower position. 53 regions demonstrated a higher performance management of the MFC network having scored more than 80 points out of the possible 100, during the ranking.

The Voronezh Region is at the top among the leading regions with the highest scores, the head of the Russian Ministry of Economic Development said.

“This demonstrates the region’s systemic approach. Our colleagues there keep up with continuous advance and improvement and this deserves the highest praise,” said Maxim Oreshkin.

The high-scored regions also include the Republic of Dagestan, the Primorsky Territory, the Lipetsk Region, and the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

Four regions which have scored less than 55 points, such as the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, the Pskov Region, and the Republic of Crimea, are at the bottom.

“Their regional authorities need to take comprehensive measures to remedy the situation,” said Oreshkin.

Measures taken by the higher executive branch agencies in the Russian regions to manage one-stop-shop government and municipal services rendered via MFCs are quarterly evaluated by the Ministry following the Decision of the Governmental Commission for Administrative Reform dd. September 9, 2014. The evaluation shows that the executive branch agencies responsible for the implementation of the MFC network project across the Russian regions demonstrate high performance, meet the targets set out by Presidential Executive Order No. 601 dd. May 7, 2012, and comply with the applicable laws governing MFC activities.

However, when giving his talk at the Russian MFC Forum, Maxim Oreshkin noted that the Ministry of Economic Development planed to improve the ranking methodology in the future, since the ranking did not always reflect the applicants’ credits and focus on their needs.

“The Moscow agglomeration is a good example. Although it is ranked high in the region ranking, technically, it is not among the absolute top leaders. In many ways, it is the most advanced region in terms of MFC service management. My Document centers in Moscow are popular with the citizens, with queue times not exceeding 15 minutes,” stated the Minister.

Another path for improving the ranking is to increase the reliability of the data used during the ranking.

“We plan to start analyzing the data that will be collected in an automated mode directly from MFC information systems from as early as December. It will include verified information about operating MFCs and their boxes, the quantity and composition of services provided as well as queue times,” explained Oreshkin.


Russia moves five places in WEF’s Global Competitiveness Report

image_31Russia was ranked 38th among the 138 countries surveyed in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report published on September 26, moving up five places and “rebounding strongly from the 2015–16 recession”. This made a faster advance than moving up by only 2 places in 2016.
In a separate ranking, for the World Bank’s Doing Business 2016 report, President Vladimir Putin has set a target for Russia to be in the top 20 best countries to do business in by 2018. When Putin set this goal Russia was ranked 121 but in last year’s ranking in 2016 it narrowly missed taking the 51st slot among 189 countries after climbing 11 places in the previous year.
The latest Global Competitiveness Report notes that despite the progress, Russia’s economy remains highly dependent on mineral exports and its prospects remain uncertain.
The weak links in Russian economy include the financial market (ranked 107th), in particular the banking sector, the report said, joining Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s in their concerns over banking stability and the cost of the ongoing banking sector clean-up.
Other weak categories include aspects of institutional quality such as property rights (106th), judicial independence (90th), and corruption, which remains one of the most problematic factors for doing business.
“Russia has passed new laws to increase the minimum wage (2015) and protect temporary employment (2016), which have lowered labor market flexibility (75th, down 18 places),” the report also notes, while admitting that this “may have a beneficial overall effect by restoring domestic purchasing power.
Compared to last year’s survey, the macroeconomic environment improved the most (50th position), with Russia traditionally scoring strongly in market size (6th place), higher education and training (32nd), and infrastructure (35th).
Another international rating, the 2017 Economic Freedom Index compiled by the Heritage Foundation in February, placed Russia at the 114th position in the ‘Mostly Unfree’ category (countries from 93rd to 157th rank) with a score of 57.1 of 100.
Although compared with last year’s survey Russia’s score gained 6.5pp, the report by the conservative US think tank commented that the country’s economy is “severely hampered by blatant disdain for the rule of law and for the concept of limited government”.


AstraZeneca invests in Russia

astrazeneca-plantAstraZeneca, an international biopharmaceutical company, announced that it obtained the approval of inter-agency commission for the conclusion of a special-purpose investment contract (SPIC).
Under SPIC, AstraZeneca will invest an additional 1 billion rubles in upgrading and organizing the Russian production facilities to manufacture innovative drugs with no analogs in Russia for the treatment of socially important diseases. The portfolio includes 4 cancer drugs, 3 medicines for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, a medication for the treatment of bronchial asthma, an innovative hypoglycemic drug, and a medicine for the treatment of gastrointestinal tract diseases. SPIC will come into force after its signing and will be effective for 10 years. The company has become the first in the pharmaceutical market to obtain the approval from inter-agency commission.
Pascal Soriot, Chief Executive Officer of AstraZeneca, said, “Russia is an important market for AstraZeneca. We want to expand the access of patients to our innovative drugs by localizing their manufacturing. The special-purpose investment contract is a very important step along this path. The approval of SPIC is the result of productive dialog between the relevant agencies and AstraZeneca, which serves as a guarantee for expanding the investments in Russia to the benefit of Russian patients and the public in general.”



Sverdlovsk region

ekaterinburgThe Sverdlovsk region is one of the most developed ranking first among Russian regions which are attractive for investment. Population of the region is 4,5 million people. It ranks fifth in terms of industrial production; fourth – in terms of wholesale turnover and third – in retail turnover.

Historically the Sverdlov region is specialised in ferrous and non-ferrous metal industries, mechanical engineering, metal working and power industry. Production of electronics and optical equipment is well developed. Also the region has great opportunities in the sphere of communication systems.

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Contact Information:
Administration of the Governor of the Sverdlovsk region
and the Government of Sverdlovsk region
620031, Ekaterinburg, pl. October 1
Bodies 8 (343) 354-00-95, 362-18-51

Nizhny Novgorod Region

nn-novgorod-location_enToday Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod Region sees economic and geopolitical development. The investment climate in the Nizhny Novgorod Region belongs to the most favourable in Russia. The region renders maximum support to an investor at all project phases.

Priority investment projects in Nizhny Novgorod region
The region can grant priority status to a project based on a competitive selection of investors applying for governmental support.
Once an investment project is granted priority status, the investor can obtain support of both financial and/or non-financial nature.
Financial governmental support includes tax benefits (for profit tax and property tax payers), rent-free land allotments, and partial loan interest refund.
Non-financial governmental support suggests backing applications to federal authorities for the assistance to investors that implement investment projects and rendering aid in the establishment of business infrastructure, which includes finding land plots to set up operations pursuant to investor’s specifications.

The Nizhny Novgorod Region locates almost centrally in European Russia, on the East European Plain, also called the Russian Plain, nearly equally (1,000+ km) far away from the seas in the west, the north, and the south.

It borders with the Kostroma Region in the north-west, the Kirov Region in the north-east, Mariy-El and Chuvashia in the east, Mordovia in the south, Ryazan Region in the south-west, and the Vladimir Region and the Ivanovo Region in the west.

The NNR has a temperate continental climate. Winters are cold, long, and snowy with average January temperatures at around -12 degrees, while summers are moderately warm with average July temperatures at +19 degrees centrigrade. The central and southern districts are warmer. The average annual precipitation of 500 – 550mm is distributed unevenly: it increases to the north-west and decreases to the south-east, where droughts may occur.

The northern border of the famous Russian chernozem (black humus) soil crosses the region. The European dark coniferous boreal forest, or taiga, merges into mixed and broad-leaved woods in the south with large meadow steppe areas occurring.

Volga divides the region into two main parts: the left-bank Zavolzhye bottom lands and the right-bank hilly and trenched upland.

The total length of over 9,000 rivers in the region is 32,000 km; 600 of them are over 10 km long. Volga’s major right tributaries, Oka and Sura, are navigable. The largest Volga tributaries within the region are Vetluga and Kerzhenets. The rivers’ banks are quite picturesque and attract water tourists. The regional terrain also comprises some 3,000 lakes and water storages.

The region’s capital city Nizhny Novgorod is an important transportation hub. The ramified network of waterways, railways, and motor roads secures reliable links with other regions either supplying raw materials, or purchasing regional products, as well as with major cultural centres.

Over 31,300 km of public motor roads and over 1,200 km of railways are available in the region. An international airport is situated 12 km from the capital city. About 1,100 km of navigable waterways route across the region’s territory. Europe’s largest river Volga is the main waterway. Creating a chain of hydro plants allowed to maintain the depths suitable for regular navigation. Volga, its tributary Oka, and a system of channels connect the Nizhny Novgorod region with all seas surrounding European Russia (the Baltic, the White, the Azov, the Black, and the Caspian Sea), as well as with Moscow, St. Petersburg, and the Urals.

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Contact Information:
603082 Nizhny Novgorod, Kremlin, building 2
tel: +7 (831) 411-82-16
fax: +7 (831) 411-83-27

Major events of the Roscongress Foundation’s in Russia

The Eastern Economic Forum will take place on 6–7 September, 2017 on the campus of the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) on Russky Island (Vladivostok).

The Eastern Economic Forum is a unique platform for cooperation between representatives from the worlds of business and politics, as well as members of the expert and media communities from Russia and the Asia-Pacific region. Key areas of focus for the Forum’s 2017 programme will include strengthening business links in the Asia-Pacific region, an in-depth expert appraisal of the Russian Far East’s economic potential, and increasing the region’s competitiveness and financial appeal. The new conditions for investment in the region, where the entire government administrative structure is geared towards meeting the needs of business, will also be presented.

The VI Eurasian Forumin Verona will take place on October 19-20, 2017.

The Forum has brought together more than 600 delegates from Austria, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belgium, Belarus, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, China, Malta, Mongolia, Russia, Slovakia, France and Switzerland. Among the participants there were representatives of the business community, political and public circles, diplomats, experts and journalists.

The delegates have discussed new projects, models of interstate interaction and economic cooperation in the modern context; they deliberated over the development aspects of the innovative infrastructure of the Greater Eurasia, as well as cooperation in energy, industry, technology, transport, agriculture and agroindustry. The participants have also touched upon the development of the geopolitical environment in Eurasia and the prospects of interregional cooperation between different countries.

The ‘Russian Energy Week’ Energy Efficiency and Energy Development International Forum will take place in Moscow from October 4-7, 2017.

The goal of the event is to demonstrate the prospects of the Russian fuel and energy industry and realize the potential of international cooperation. Six main pillars have been identified for the Forum’s business programme: the development of the gas, oil, and coal industries, petrochemicals, and electricity as well as energy conservation and improving energy efficiency. The Forum will be attended by the heads of major global and Russian energy companies.

The XIX World Festival of Youth and Studentswill take place on October 14–22, 2017, the main events taking place at the Sochi Olympic Park.

World Festival of Youth and Students will be the largest event in the field of international youth cooperation and will bring together more than 20,000 of young people from 150 countries around the world. XIX Festival should be a new milestone in international cooperation, to unite the future generations around the ideas of peace and friendship, keeping the history of the festival movement!

This is a platform for dialogue, global form of communication: through discussions, cultural programs, sports, through free communication to find ways to confront the challenges that younger generation is facing today.

World Youth Festival will unite the community of young leaders in various fields – representatives of NGOs, youth, who achieved success in science, art, sports, pedagogy, IT, politics, and best representatives of the student community, compatriots and foreigners who are interested in Russian culture.

The Russian investment forumwill take place in Sochi on February 15-16, 2018

The Russian investment forum is a traditional platform for presenting Russia’s investment and economic potential. The Forum is held with the participation of the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev.

St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will take place in St.Petersburg on May 24-26, 2018

St. Petersburg International Economic Forum is an efficient platform for discussions and deliberations in search of solutions to global, regional, and national challenges and pressing issues in a large number of areas. SPIEF’2017 brought together a record number of participants – over 14,000 business representatives, heads of international organizations, officials, experts, scientists, and media from more than 143 countries.

Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Organizing Committee – Executive Secretary Anton Kobyakov said: “In 2018, the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will once again demonstrate Russia’s readiness to hold a mutually beneficial dialogue with the international community on the key issues of the global agenda concerning the economy and finances”.

Udmurtia Horizons of Cooperation

1200px-Coat_of_arms_of_Udmurtia_svgThe Udmurt Republic is one of the rapidly developing and investment-attractive regions of the Russian Federation with great potential for innovation and big competitive advantage.
The republic’s enterprises, along with military equipment, produce equipment for nuclear power plants, telecommunications systems for space, sporting and hunting weapons, communications equipment, radio electronics, medical equipment, oil and gas equipment, food products and so on. All products manufactured in Udmurtia are known for being high quality, reliable, innovative, environmentally-friendly and much in demand in home and foreign markets.
The Udmurt Republic is always open to new ideas and technologies and committed to boosting foreign economic activity. We support the existing exporters and help new companies to promote their products in the world markets.

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Contact information

Republic of Udmurtia, Izhevsk, Pushkinskaya Street, 214
Phone:+7 (3412) 497-010
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Republic of Udmurtia, Izhevsk, Pushkinskaya Street, 214
Phone: + 7 (3412) 497-015, 497-441
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Republic of Udmurtia, Lenin Street, 101
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Tel. / Fax: + 7 (3412) 733-532, 733-581, 733-585,
733-587, 733-591, 733-624, 733-664
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Executive Director – Yevgeniya Vitaliyevna Trofimova

JSN “NPO Protect” – producer of the polymeric products

npkprotectThe company manufactures the polymeric production with high performance characteristics. The products are widely used in such fields as construction, laying and repairing of roads, agriculture, landscaping.

Company produces high-quality geotextiles, geocells, geogrids for road stabilization, plastic nets for home and garden, signal and protective tapes, road cones and precautionary protections.

More than 10 years of experience and steady leadership on the Russian market;
More than 10 branches in various cities of Russia and the CIS;
More than 100 titles of high quality polymeric production;
More than 1000 effective decisions for all the fields of activity.

All these facilities are offered to the clients of JSN “NPO Protect” – one of the largest manufacturing enterprises in the market of polymeric materials of Russia.

The products can be obtained in large and small cities of the Russian Federation, such as Krasnodar, Samara, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Perm, Ufa, Chelyabinsk and more than 20 other cities where the JSN “NPO Protect” branches are opened. The main office of the company locaqted in Pereslavl-Zalessky.

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Contact Information:
152023, 28, Magistralnaya street, Pereslavl-Zalessky
Tel 8 (800) 200-10-93 (free call around Russia),

OKHRANNAYA TECHNIKA: manufacturer of high-performance outdoor security perimeter systems.

perimetrCompany “OKHRANNAYA TECHNIKA” is a Russian manufacturer and developer of the modern and high-performance outdoor perimeter systems.

The technical solutions provide the perimeter protection of any object: from private property or small offices to big state and commercial objects.

There are no territory and language limits for us. Products are delivered to any EU countries, the Middle East, Australia, North Africa and South Asia.

Company produces the complete security solutions to detect an intruder trying to damage the business, private or state property. These are high-performance microwave, wire-wave and vibration intrusion sensors for the perimeter protection, as well as the auxiliary equipment.

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Contact Information:
P.O. box 45, Zarechny, Penza region, 442960, Russia
Tel/fax: +7 (8412) 65-53-16 (multichannel)