“I'm pleased to be among entrepreneurs today. The job of mayor is akin to entrepreneurship. There are goals, objectives, risks, and results that are seen by everybody. There are no invisible results. And your results belong to everybody – the Russian society at large is taking advantage of them. And I would propose to rechristen this day into the day of the Russian Entrepreneur, with capital “E”. I think it would be the right thing to do,” said the mayor.
Sergei Sobyanin reminded the audience that this year Russia is marking the 100th anniversary of its attempt to do without entrepreneurs.
“The experiment was massive and turned out a complete disaster. Without an entrepreneurial foundation the huge country just fell apart. It was entrepreneurs who saved it, when over a handful of years in the 1990s they restored the normal life here,” said the mayor.
He went on to say that the recent crises have underscored the maturity of local entrepreneurs and their sustainable competitive advantages. No sanctions, limitations, or lack of foreign investments have weakened the entrepreneurial community. Some industries have demonstrated even stronger growth than before.
According to the mayor, Moscow has seen no decline in fixed investments. The number of small and medium businesses registered in the city is on the rise. The number of registered entrepreneurs per capita in Moscow is twice higher than that in all the other regions of Russia.
The Government of Moscow is focused on supporting and fostering entrepreneurship. There are 30 technology parks and 30 industrial complexes in the city; their residents gain maximum preferences on taxes and non-tax payments. Specialized territories host over 1,500 hi-tech companies that employ more than 80,000 people.
The city's innovative infrastructure includes more than a thousand sites, such as engineering centers, business incubators, prototyping centers, and shared resource centers. The introduction of a patent taxation system for small business was very successful. In 2016, the city issued 55,000 patents.
“What does the city need to do to retain entrepreneurs? First and foremost, it needs to develop the basic infrastructure. Any highway, any road interchange, any metro station gives an impetus to business growth in the adjacent areas. For example, the Moscow Central Ring went through dozens of depressed industrial areas, and today we're witnessing the emergence of entrepreneurial initiatives focused on the development of these areas,” noted Sergei Sobyanin.
Moscow has developed a system of financial, educational and legal support measures for small and medium enterprises. There are more than 800,000 SME registered in the city.
He also said that Moscow is about to implement a whole set of tax incentives and preferences for local businesses. These measures include a reimbursement of up to 50% of expenses pertaining to the technological integration of industrial facilities, and a 15% reimbursement of new equipment costs for residents of technology parks. New investment projects in prioritized development areas will receive a profit tax abatement of up to 10%.
Business Spring 2017 is taking place at the International Trade Center. The event is organized by the Government of Moscow jointly with Opora Rossii, a national public organization of small and medium entrepreneurs. The theme of this year’s forum is “Global Cities in Competition for Business Talents.” Featured in the agenda are panel discussions, business sessions, master classes, and presentations. Digital Business, an exhibition of local innovative products, will be open throughout the event. An on-site business services center will provide consulting on various issues pertaining to entrepreneurial activities.
Source: © Mos.ru
Sergei Sobyanin Opens Business Spring 2017
Sergei Sobyanin attended the opening ceremony of the Business Spring 2017 forum on May 26, the Russian Entrepreneurship Day. In his welcome address the mayor gave his best wishes to Moscow entrepreneurs and emphasized their importance for the economy of the city.
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