The rating was presented on Friday at St. Petersburg International Economic Forum that Sergey Zhvachkin attended. According to the rating, Tomsk region moved up from the 23rd place to the 12th one.
“INO Tomsk” enabled us to gain about 10-12 points in this rating. <…> The project (“INO Tomsk”) allows eliminating all interdepartmental barriers – one of the most terrible things of Russian economy” – said the region head, speaking at the Forum.
Mr. Zhvachkin explained that the integrated project had appeared when it had been born in that Russia had dozens of support tools available but all of them were sectorial, used different funding sources and were realized by different development institutions.
He has added that in the short run the region will get another similar tool – development strategies for municipal structures. “We set ourselves quite overarching objectives, <…> but a region resident, who lives 500 or 700 km away from the capital of the region, doesn’t really care how much oil the region will produce. <…> This is the task for the authorities. It is important for him (the resident) that he has transportation, connection, shops and work”, - explained Mr. Zhvachkin.
In his turn, Andrei Sharonov, Dean of the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, has pointed out that one of the elements highly appreciated by the rating experts is efficiency of the regional project offices. “Another thing that wasn’t a know-how but definitely assisted the process was the use of large federal projects and development of their own infrastructure of small and medium-sized enterprises around (them)” – recognized he.
Earlier on, it was reported that the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev had signed the decree on update of the regional innovation cluster project “INO Tomsk” up to the year 2020 so that it would take in account interests of the region residents, academic complex and real sector of economy. The cost of all the activities, planned up to the year 2020, will exceed 200 billion rubles.