SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE "LOTUS"

Dear ladies and gentlemen!

First of all, let us express our appreciation for the opportunity to present the investment potential of our region and demonstrate priority directions of investment cooperation. A priority for the Government of the Astrakhan region is to work with investors, the willingness to support with all the forces every interesting investment project. Investment legislation of the region is one of the most progressive in the country and guarantees the rights of investors. The most important resource of the Astrakhan region has always been and remains openness to new ideas and new business partners. We hope that the presented information will become an important argument in favor of choosing our region as a platform for the implementation of projects.

The Governor of the Astrakhan region

Alexander Zhilkin

THE ASTRAKHAN REGION AND ITS IMPORTANCE

Astrakhan region is among the most industrially developed regions of Russia. Positive dynamics on all key indicators increased in the last few years. The volume of investment increases from year to year. The volume of investments in 2014 amounted to 112.6 billion roubles that in 2,5 times exceeds the level of 2005 taking into account inflation during this period. If we talk about the structure of investment, in the industry of shipbuilding investment volume increased by 6.8 times, transport and communications – by 4.2 times, manufacturing – by 1.3 times, production of minerals increased by 7,3 times. Astrakhan region is developing faster than national average pace for several years. The trajectory of development shows fold excess performance of the region in investment growth rate, the dynamics of industrial production, construction, finance .

Among strategic partners of the Astrakhan region are the companies with world name – such as "LUKOIL", "Gazprom", "The United Shipbuilding Corporation", "Schlumberger", "Ecosystem", "Knauf", "Russalt" and many others. The government of the Astrakhan region signed long-term cooperation agreements with most of these companies. Within these agreements, the joint investment programme being implemented with the involvement of educational, scientific institutions and business representatives of the Astrakhan region.