02 September 2016

    On the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum Vladimir Putin met with potential investors in the Far Eastern Federal District.

    President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon, friends, it is a pleasure to see you.

    Actually, we met with some of you yesterday, at the booths where you told me about your plans and achievements in the Russian Far East. So, I would like to begin this meeting by expressing my gratitude for your contribution to Russia’s efforts to develop the Far East, including Primorye Territory and also Khabarovsk Territory, Amur Region and all the way to Kamchatka and Chukotka.

    You can see that we have been working energetically in the past few years to create favourable conditions for doing business in these regions. We have created a system of business support measures and instruments in the Russian Far East, such as priority development areas and the Vladivostok Free Port. As you know, there are now five free ports in eastern Russia that offer very good business terms and a minimum of administrative encumbrances. At the very least, we are trying to ensure that our administrative efforts help businesses rather than hinder their initiative with restrictions.

    You may also know that we have created 13 priority development areas and free ports in five regions, as I have said. The priority development areas and the free ports have approximately the same benefits and preferences.

    Our meeting has been held at your request, but my colleagues and I are happy to be at this meeting. We consider it very important, because we want to hear your opinions on our achievements in creating conditions for economic development in the Far East and what else we should do towards this end. Of course, the most critical and objective parties to this process are those who bear the brunt of project implementation, that is, you. Therefore, we will be glad to hear your opinions and to adjust our work accordingly.

    I will end my monologue here to listen to what you have to say.