During his presentation of the region in the RF Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he emphasized the competitive advantages offered by the region, including the capabilities of the Titanium Valley SEZ
On 29 May, Governor Evgeny Kuyvashev delivered a presentation on the Sverdlovsk region in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation to representatives of about 90 foreign states, federal authorities, and Russian and foreign businesses. The head of the region described the industrial and investment potential of the Middle Urals. It was the first presentation of the Sverdlovsk region at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Sergey Lavrov, commented that the Sverdlovsk region, located on the border between Europe and Asia, is one of the most actively developing parts of the Russian Federation. According to a number of economic indicators, the region is one of the top five leaders: both in terms of gross regional product, and by volume of foreign investments.
“The substantial and versatile potential of the region promotes the increase of its external economic and international contacts. Among the region’s main external trade partners are the CIS countries, leading European countries, the United States of America, India, China and Japan. In total, more than 400 representative offices of foreign companies operate in the region”, said the Minister.
Evgeny Kuyvashev spoke about the current economic and social situation in the Sverdlovsk region, and prospective investment projects taking place on the territory of the region. The governor told how, in terms of the number of diplomatic missions, Yekaterinburg holds third place in Russia after Moscow and St. Petersburg. As for the Sverdlovsk region, it is developing foreign economic relations with more than 140 countries of the world. During the last few years, Yekaterinburg has hosted some very large international events: SCO and BRICK summits, a Russia-EU summit, the forum for inter-regional cooperation between Russia and Kazakhstan, and other major international meetings. In summer 2014, Yekaterinburg will host the World Programming Championship. And in 2018, the Ural capital will welcome the games of the World Football Championship.
“Today, the Sverdlovsk region is a large international site for successful businesses and realization of innovative ideas. These words are confirmed by the Urals international exhibition-forum, INNOPROM, which holds the status of the main Russian industrial exhibition. In 2013 alone, its exposition was visited by more than 60,000 specialists from 70 countries of the world”, the Governor confirmed.
Evgeny Kuyvashev invited participants at the presentation to visit the INNOPROM 2014 exhibition, which will take place in Yekaterinburg in July.
It is important to emphasize that the active advancement of the Sverdlovsk region as a successful international player and investment-attracting territory is a task which the governor has put before the regional government. This is due to the great efforts of the regional authorities in promoting the Middle Urals at different international and federal platforms. This year, such activities have taken place within the frameworks of “Sverdlovsk Region Days” in the Federal Council of the Russian Federation and in St. Petersburg.
At the presentation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Chairman of the Sverdlovsk region government, Alexey Orlov, provided details about the competitive advantages offered by the region, including the creation of the Titanium Valley SEZ, technical and industrial parks, and the development of Yekaterinburg as the largest transport area of the country, along with other projects.
The President of the Sverdlovsk Regional Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, Director General of the Piping Metallurgical Company Dmitry Pumpyansky, emphasized that the organization of which he is head represents the whole spectrum of the Urals economy. Enterprises which are members of the Union produce over 75 percent of the total regional product. “Sverdlovsk region is certainly ready to carry out international investment projects, and industrialists and entrepreneurs in our region are open to cooperation. In general, it all depends on people, and their attitude to what they do. It is for such interested and highly qualified people that the Urals has always been famous”, concluded Dmitry Pumpyansky.
In the course of the presentation, Dietrich Möller, President of Siemens LLC, and Sergey Kravchenko, President of Boeing Russia and CIS, told of their positive experience of working in the Sverdlovsk region. So, according to Dietrich Möller, Siemens has been connected with the region through a very old and successful partnership: the representative office of the company was opened in Yekaterinburg in 1992, and since September 1995, a full-scale office has been operating in the Urals Federal Subject covering all activities of the company. “In Sverdlovsk region, we are carrying out one of our largest investment projects: Siemens and the Sinara Group have created a machine-building cluster in Verkhnaya Pyshma. The result of these joint activities is the manufacture of the “Granite” locomotive and “Lastochka” train”, he explained.
Participants at the presentation at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with information about the Sverdlovsk region using interactive panels, and by watching films about the Middle Urals in Russian and English. Guests were also treated to presentations by Middle Urals creative collectives.