ST. PETERSBURG, March 14. Russia’s first export support Center (AEC) domestic products was opened in St. Petersburg on the basis of the previously generated Center of import substitution and localization, reports journalist.. He created to help the St. Petersburg manufacturers of export-oriented products to enter foreign markets and to increase export potential of Russia in General.
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“All services of the center for export oriented enterprises will be provided free of charge. I think we will see a lot of new names, and old, already proven,” – said during the opening ceremony, Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg Sergei Movchan.
“The centre is a platform of international and interregional cooperation, in which city the company will present its products. Export hub in stationary format in the form of the exposition is created in Russia for the first time”, – said the Chairman of the Committee on industrial policy and innovation Maxim Meiksin.
The exhibition presents enterprise engineering and metal products, pharmaceutical industry and medical industry, as well as light and food industries, electrical equipment, IT-technologies and electronics. The centre will undertake its work in close cooperation with the Federal Executive authorities, Russian trade missions to foreign countries and public associations of entrepreneurs.
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“In addition, the industrial unit of the city administration develops the program of export support for the Petersburg manufacturers totaling $ 1 billion. It will help to start export of local products abroad to replace falling domestic demand. In 2016, the Committee would like to emphasize on it for about 360 million rubles, the funding in the budget plan to provide during the spring adjustments,” meiksin said.
According to him, the program is planned to include subsidization of transportation for the Petersburg manufacturers, the costs to adapt products according to international standards and technical requirements, compensation of interest rates on export loans and more.
As previously reported with reference to Meiksin, more than 250 enterprises of St. Petersburg are export oriented, 76 of them have become residents of the center of import substitution. “We actively work on creation of the catalogue of export-oriented enterprises, to contribute to their promotion on the foreign markets”, – said the head of the steering Committee. At latest in 2015 the meeting of the Industrial Council of the city of St. Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko noted that the import substitution centre at the Fairgrounds in the future should become a platform for the promotion of exports, which is necessary to start concrete work in 2016.