Mayors Promote Their Regions' Advantages
- The Moscow Times
- Oct. 18 2013 00:00
- Last edited 20:22
The Moscow Times interviewed more than 50 mayors and governors for its Beyond Moscow series, asking many of them about what they saw as the reasons for investors to be interested in their respective cities or regions. Below is a selection of some of the answers.
Arkhangelsk Mayor Viktor Pavlenko
Arkhangelsk is the cultural, educational and engineering capital of the Russian north. We will develop housing, energy and infrastructure.
Arkhangelsk is a gateway to the Arctic. Arctic exploration offers a great potential for the city's development in terms of new jobs and investment.
Astrakhan former Mayor Sergei Bozhenov
The convenience of Astrakhan's geographical position. The Silk Road passed through Astrakhan, and today's transportation corridors through the city and the region — north to south and west to east — have deep historical roots.
There is a green light and a positive attitude on the behalf of the governor and myself to any investor — whether it is someone building a small stall, a drug store, a big business center or a factory producing iron or cement. Incentives offered to those doing business include tax breaks, low rents on land for industrial construction, and administration officials who provide advice and assistance to investors.
And in Astrakhan there are a lot of beautiful women. The mix of blood — Slavic and Asian — creates something special. No man could resist: you can admire, fall in love, get acquainted and, possibly, get married!
Grozny First Deputy MayoráIsmail Khusainov
Areas foráinvestments have been analyzed, theácapabilities ofáthe city's infrastructure have been investigated, andáa number ofáinvestment projects will be offered foráimplementation ináGrozny.
Grozny is relying onáthe experience ofácities such as Kazan, Istanbul andáAnkara, where healthy investment climates have already been created, byámeeting with top officials ofáthose cities.
Ináa nutshell, vacant niches foráthe development ofábusiness are awaiting investors ináGrozny. Theáabsence ofástrong competition, aálack ofáred tape andálocal government support are key prerequisites foráattracting investors andácreating new production facilities andájobs.
Kazan Mayor Ilsur Metshin
Kazan is the leader among the country's 10 largest cities as far as business opportunities are concerned. Kazan tops the list, thanks to its cost-efficient procedures for establishing company and property registration.
We are located in the central part of Russia and a strategically important route from Moscow to the Far East — and from Western Europe to China — goes through Kazan. Besides, the city is situated on one of Russia's most important waterways — the Volga River and is near the confluence with its major tributary, the Kama River.
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Mayor Andrei Lobkin
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk has industrial potential with its large mineral reserves. Ináthe short term, housing, food, energy, communication, trade, consumer services, theáfinancial andácredit system, andátourism will be further developed. Theácity has many opportunities foráinvestment projects, including comprehensive development ofásuburbs, andáprojects related toágas. Theáadministration ofáYuzhno-Sakhalinsk is working toáimprove theácity's infrastructure andáreduce administrative business barriers.