Krasnodar, 3 May – Yug Times. Our today’s interviewee is Sergei Altukhov, chair of the regional Legislative Assembly’s Committee for Industry, Investments, Entrepreneurship, Communications, Consumer and Financial Markets, and Foreign Economic Activity.
Q.: How attractive is the Kuban region for investors if compared with other Russian regions?
A.: There is quite a tough competition in the Russian Federation. Regions are fighting for investors who in their turn tend to scrupulously assess the potential of a concrete region. The investment law adopted in the Krasnodar region is acknowledged one of the best nationwide. I can support such assessment with figures. In 2017, the total volume of investment in the region amounted at 487 billion roubles, or by 6.1% more than a year before.
Q.: How does the structure of investments change?
A.: In the past, the lion’s share of investments would come to the region due to the fulfilment of some mega-projects of federal scale, like the Olympic construction site, construction of pipelines, Kerch bridge, power bridge [to Crimea], and so on. Now, beside such large-scale projects, we staked on the implementation of a big number of smaller projects within the scale from 100 to 500 million roubles - and this approach has fully justified. Currently the investments are mainly growing not at the budget expense but at the cost of private capital. We have overcome the trend toward falling and resumed to the growth - thanks to the private investors.
Q.: The region has adopted the system of tax benefits for investors, managing companies and residents of industrial parks. What kind of additional preferences are being thought of?
A.: Currently we are working on the formation of the regional special investment contract. Governor has signed the resolution that explains its signing procedure, but it has not yet become filled with preferences. What we are suggesting is to set up a 13.5% corporate income tax for the investors being parties to the special investment contract, and a 0.1% tax for the property created, purchased, reconstructed and/or upgraded in the framework of the contract.
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