New ASEZ and FPV projects are supported by the State in order to minimize the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. By the end of the year, it is planned to launch 137 enterprises in the Far East, 51 of them have already been put into operation.
The Far East Development Corporation and the Ministry for Development of Russian Far East are closely monitoring the problems and needs of residents of the ASEZ and FPV, informing investors about existing state support measures and providing assistance in their application.
The state support measures for Far East entrepreneurs include extend tax payment and reporting deadlines, a moratorium on tax sanctions and initiation of bankruptcy proceedings; a ban on inspections at small and medium-sized businesses, and a reduction of insurance fees and repayment holidays. An effective form of support is interest-free salary loans for small businesses, micro-enterprises and individual entrepreneurs. Medium and small businesses got the opportunity to defer payments on existing loans.
“In addition, unique support tools are being developed and applied on stable feedback basis from the business,” said Nikolay Zapryagaev, Deputy General Director for Residential Policy and Information Technologies of FEDC.Thus, the Far East Development Corporation provided the arrival of 100 unique highly qualified foreign specialists to participate in investment projects of 13 residents of the ASEZ and FPV in the Primorsky and Khabarovskiy Regions with restrictions on international air traffic.
“Employees of the ASEZ Primorye management company (a subsidiary of FEDC) have done a great job of coordinating the departure from Harbin to Vladivostok with highly qualified specialists and high-tech equipment adjusters. Additional personnel are required to participate in the commissioning of foreign-made equipment at the resident enterprises, which is to be launched in 2020-2021 and is to provide hundreds of new jobs for residents of the Far East,” Nikolai Zapryagaev noted.
Various departments also took part in it, including the Chinese Consulate General in Vladivostok, the Russian Embassy in Beijing, Federal Air Transport Agency and the Aurora airline. It should be noted that the investors financed the flight.
The foreign specialists also carry out installation and commissioning works in Arnika company, ASEZ “Nadezhdinskaya”. The project includes construction of two high-tech enterprises to produce vitamins, antibiotics, pro- and prebiotics, and special feed ingredients for animals that have no analogues in Russia.
“Currently, we have completed equipment installation of the 1st plant and are starting the 2nd, and we are already carrying out commissioning work. A vitamin plant will be launched in September and product release for Russian and foreign consumers will begin in 2020,” said YegorAvramov, Deputy General Director of Arnika LLC.
The foreign personnel will also carry out commissioning of equipment for Spassky Timber Processing Complex-Group, the resident of FPV, which will ensure operation of the complex in the timber and stone processing in 2020.
To date, under agreements with FEDC, 2,513 residents with projects worth more than 4.6 trillion rubles are engaged in investment activities in the ASEZ and FPV, their implementation will create 178.2 thousand jobs. 334 projects have already been launched, in fact, there are more than 958.3 billion rubles of private investment have been financed, 43,692 jobs have been created.