The expert explained the growth of investment in the Leningrad oblast

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The growth of investments in the Leningrad region is provided advantageous geographical position and efforts of the government of the region, told RIA Novosti Director of the Center for economic research of the University «synergy» Andrey Koptelov.

Growth in the third

In the first half of 2018, the volume of investments in fixed assets amounted to 146 billion roubles that on 30% exceeds a similar indicator of last year.

«The volume of investments in fixed capital in the first half of 2018 amounted to 146 billion roubles that on 30% exceeds a similar indicator of last year. The main investments were made by large companies in logistics, manufacturing development, the provision of electricity», — told reporters the Governor of Leningrad region Alexander Drozdenko. According to him, the main source of financing was borrowed.

«The Leningrad region during the last years has firmly maintained its position as one of the most growing regions of the Russian Federation in terms of investment. Annually on this indicator, the region adds about a third, which is characteristic of the most successful economies in the world. For the preservation and multiplication of this growth we have relied on the development of export-oriented development model,» said Drozdenko.

21% for the first half of 2018 Leningrad region managed to increase the volume of exports, he added. In total through the transport gate of the region to foreign countries was sent goods worth $ 3.3 billion. Exports are mainly intended for consumers in the Netherlands, China, Denmark, Finland, USA, Sweden, Estonia, Belgium, Turkey, Norway. In CIS countries, including Belarus and Kazakhstan, from the Leningrad oblast was sent goods for the sum more than 214 million dollars.

Hold the position

About good dynamics of international economic relations was discussed at the business forum «the Third business Day: Russia in Mecklenburg — Vorpommern» Rostock with the participation of the delegation in Leningrad region.

«We expect that we will continue a very good dynamics of economic relations… Based on the fact that in Leningrad region there will be new port facilities in Primorsk, plan to create a «coal stream», which will link the supply of coal via the port of Rostock in Germany and Europe. Also, negotiations about the creation of new delivery options Asian container cargo through the Northern sea route, then via the port of Rostock deliver them to the rest of the port terminals of Europe. I am sure that for such large multinational projects the future,» said during the forum, Drozdenko.

During the visit, the Governor of Leningrad region also met with the managing partner of the group «Knauf» Manfred Grundke, which confirmed the intention to invest in the region.

The parties discussed the implementation of the agreement in 2017 in the framework of the XXI St. Petersburg international economic forum (SPIEF), which provides for investments in the amount of 3.5 billion rubles before 2020 in the modernisation of production «Knauf Petrobord» in the town of Kommunar, Gatchina district of the Leningrad region and its treatment facilities.

«It was important for me to hear that the agreements signed at the SPIEF. In the effective interaction are not only interested representatives of the business but also the region because the company guarantees to city jobs and positively affects social well being of the people as a whole», — said the head of the region.

«Orientation of Russian enterprises on export makes profitable investment in logistics and manufacturing, and a favorable geographical location and the efforts of the government of Leningrad region has led to increase in inflow of investments in the region», — said Koptelov.

In his opinion, a proof of success of actions of the government of the Leningrad region in attracting investment to their region became a seventh place in the rating of investment attractiveness of Russian regions.