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The Government discusses ways to improve investment attractiveness of Yakutia

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At the last St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, it was noted that the investment attractiveness of Yakutia, in comparison with other subjects of Russia, has lost two positions. The reasons for this and ways to improve the investment climate in the region were discussed on June 7 at a meeting of the coordinating commission in the government of the republic.

Opening the meeting, Prime Minister Evgeny Chekin reminded that the regular surveys and studies will begin in October: "There are about four months left. Most of the time when we could constructively change the indicators, improve them, has already passed."

The results of the National Rating of Investment Attractiveness of the Subjects of the Russian Federation, held by the Agency for Strategic Initiatives, were announced at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Yakutia took 58th place in the general integrated rating of the regions, losing two positions compared to the previous year.

As well as last year, the leader is the Republic of Tatarstan. The top five includes the Chuvash Republic, Moscow, Tula and Kaluga regions. In the Far East, positive dynamics is observed in three regions: the Amur region rose in the ranking by 31 positions (47th place), Khabarovsk Krai - by 33 positions (40th place), the Jewish Autonomous Region became the third in the Far East and took 50th place. And Kamchatka lost 11 positions (68th place).

The main factors that have affected the decline in Yakutia's position are the indicators in the rating, according to which the republic due to geographical, transport distances, the presence of significant infrastructural limitations cannot compete with other regions (quality of road networks, development of telecommunications, timing of connection to engineering infrastructure).

About 80% of the rating indicators (35 out of 44) are based on a survey of entrepreneurs or experts. Yakut businessmen assess conditions for conducting business and investment activities in the republic as low.

Taking into account this aspect, the Cabinet noted that it is necessary to pay special attention to work with the business community in terms of increasing information literacy in the provision of state and municipal services.

Adviser to the head of Yakutia Ekaterina Kormilitsyna, Public Representative of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives Levan Saakadze, First Deputy Minister of Economics Maya Danilova and others were interested in the issues of communications with the Agency for Strategic Initiatives, the Internet portal on investment activity, etc.

"Indicators such as the state of the road network, for example, are present every year. If we believe that we cannot reach category A on this indicator for a number of objective reasons within the next decades, we were to formulate our own position a long time ago and to notify the Agency for Strategic Initiatives. We have only two tools: a high-quality implementation of the roadmap and the establishment of effective interaction with the Agency for Strategic Initiatives. It is not necessary to engage in rhetoric,"- said Evgeny Chekin.

During the meeting, proposals were voiced to improve the investment climate in the republic. In particular, it is proposed to organize the work of a "hot line" for entrepreneurs in order to apply to the executive authorities. Another proposal is to introduce a new quality control mechanism (timing, application review process, validity of refusals and suspension) of providing various services, including state and municipal ones, to businesses, and to monitor the legitimacy of exercising control and supervisory activities.