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The Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
The Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation is a federal agency under the executive branch responsible for drafting national policy and legal regulation for:
- analysis and forecast of social and economic development;
- development of business activities, foreign economic activities (excluding foreign trade), property relations, as well as bankruptcy and financial recovery of organizations;
- valuation, land relations (excluding agricultural lands), State Real Estate Cadastre, cadastral accounting and cadastral activities, cadastral valuation of land plots, state monitoring of land plots (excluding agricultural lands), state registration of real estate, geodesy and cartography;
- state statistical activity, investment activity and state investment;
- development of inter-state, federal targeted programmes (long-term targeted programmes), departmental targeted programmes, development and implementation of programmes aimed at the social and economic growth of the Russian Federation;
- establishment and operation of special economic zones in the Russian Federation;
- administration of state tangible assets, placing of orders for delivering goods, and work and services for state and municipal needs.
Concerning foreign investment opportunities among other departments of the Ministry of Economic Development it is worth mentioning the Department for Investment Policy and Development of Private/Public Partnership.
The Department performs the following functions:
- developing proposals on matters of state investment policy aimed at making the Russian economy more attractive to investors, and stimulating investment in the Russian economy; improving and supporting Russia’s favorable investment image abroad, creating favorable conditions for Russian investors abroad and removing obstacles to attracting foreign investment into the Russian economy;
- participating in the work of intergovernmental commissions on investment-related issues;
- coordinating the activities of federal executive bodies aimed at attracting foreign direct investment into the Russian economy;
- providing organizational support for the work of the Russian Government’s Consultative Council on Foreign Investment in Russia;
- participating in the preparation and implementation of efforts to promote the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum;
- providing assistance in the implementation of investment projects, including those which involve foreign investors;
- organizing participation by the representatives of Russia’s executive authorities and the administrations of the constituent entities of the Russian Federations in international economic and investment events with a view to attracting investment into the Russian economy and supporting Russia’s investment abroad;
- developing proposals to improve and expand public/private partnership in the investment sphere, including the development of regulatory documents, in furtherance of the legislation on concession agreements;
- preparing, selecting and monitoring projects to be implemented based on public/private partnership;
- taking part in negotiations with international financial organizations with a view to signing international agreements on joint projects;
- preparing opinions on the adequacy of investment projects, comprehensive investment projects and concession projects of nation-wide importance which are based on public/private partnership, for the purposes of Russia’s socioeconomic development and promoting state investment in the medium term perspective, as well as related industry development strategies approved by the Russian Government;
- controlling the preparation and implementation of projects implemented with the involvement of international financial institutions, within the Ministry’s terms of reference;
- taking part in the work of interdepartmental commissions and councils on projects implemented with the involvement of international financial institutions;
- coordinating activities on the preparation and holding of the annual St. Petersburg international economic forum;
- organizing the reception of citizens, ensuring the full and timely consideration of their oral and written applications, the passing of respective decisions and sending of responses to the applicants within the time frame determined by the legislation of the Russian Federation.
Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation
The Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation is a federal executive body with policy-making and regulatory functions in civil and defense industries, as well as in aviation technology development, technical regulation and standardization, science and technology for national defense and security, foreign and domestic trade.
Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation
The Federal Customs Service is an authorized federal executive authority, which is carrying out its duties and functions in accordance with the Law of the Russian Federation with regard to the development of state policy and legal regulations, oversight and control over the customs issues, as well as the functions of currency exchange regulatory agency and special counter-contraband activities and other crimes and administrative violations control.
Intergovernmental Commissions (IC) are an effective instrument for developing bilateral relations. Their main functions are as follows: organising negotiations with our partners, coordinating the activities of ministries and departments, as ICs cover the entire range of our trade, economic, investment and cultural cooperation, and opening dialogues with businesses and business councils, which are popping up in most of countries. In addition, ICs supervise the development of promising projects that are vital for modernisation and new areas of economic cooperation.
Russia participates in a large and diverse international system, including 86 commissions and 270 working groups with foreign partners.
The countries with which we have intergovernmental commissions account for 92% of our trade, 94% of foreign investment in Russia and 86% of Russian investment abroad. These countries are our key partners and the future of our cooperation largely depends on the operation of these intergovernmental commissions.
Twenty Russian IC delegations are headed by deputy prime ministers, 52 by federal ministers and 16 by deputy ministers and directors of federal services.
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation:
- is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization uniting its members for meeting the tasks and goal objectives set out in the Russian Federation Law on Chambers of Commerce and Industry in the Russian Federation and the Chamber's own Charter;
- represents the interests of small, medium-size, and big business and it encompasses all business sectors – manufacturing, domestic and foreign trade, agriculture, the finance system, and the services;
- promotes the growth of the Russian economy and its integration into the world economic system and it provides favorable conditions for the advancement of all business sectors.
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation gives priority to the following objectives and lines of activity:
- Contributing to the development and large-scale application of innovations, modern technologies and also promotion of the knowledge-driven economy;
- Representing and protecting the business community's interests in government agencies and local authorities;
- Active participation in drafting of laws and other regulatory acts affecting the interests of entrepreneurs and establishing an efficient system for independent expert analysis of such legislation;
- Participating in building up and development of business service infrastructure, broadening the sphere of the services rendered to businesses by the Chambers, enhancing the quality of these services and make them more accessible to businesses, nongovernmental and government agencies, and municipalities;
- Establishing and cultivating links with foreign partner organizations and business quarters, and international business organizations;
- Assisting in efficient and constructive settlement of civil law disputes by developing various forms of arbitration proceedings;
- Promoting of goods and services produced by Russian businesses on the domestic and foreign markets;
- Encouraging the principles of civilized conduct of business and social responsibility in the business environment;
- Formation of a positive image of Russian producers of goods and services.
The RF CCI envisages promoting mutually rewarding cooperation between small and big business, in the innovative endeavor, above all.
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation is a member of the International Chamber of Commerce, the World Federation of Chambers of Commerce, the Eurochambers, the Council of the Chairmen of Chambers of Commerce and Industry in CIS Member Countries, and other international and regional organizations.
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation provides the following services:
- Expert examination of goods;
- Appraisal of property;
- Holding of exhibitions and fairs;
- Intellectual property protection;
- Information services and legal consultations;
- Keeping of nongovernmental registers of experts in goods inspection and property appraisal, and the Reliable Partners Register;
- Verifying of force-majeure circumstances;
- Execution of documents related to international economic activity;
- Accrediting of foreign firms.
Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs
The Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) is an independent non-governmental organization. The Union has a membership base of over 120 regional alliances and industry associations representing key industries of the economy, including the fuel and energy industry, the machine-building industry, the investment-banking sector as well as the military industrial complex, the building industry, the chemical industry, and light and food industries. The RSPP has in its ranks more than 328 thousand members representing industrial, scientific, financial and commercial organizations and individual members in all Russian regions. The Union has concluded agreements on cooperation with over 70 similar business community organizations in the USA, Germany, Italy, Israel, France, China, Japan, and other countries.
RSPP main lines of activity:
- Initiate new bill drafts and make continuous efforts to improve the existing legislation, including such areas as taxation, debureaucratization of the economy, small and medium business development, liberalization of foreign exchange regulation and the customs policy, legal, pension, and banking reforms, science and industry, investment policies, the natural monopoly reform and the agroindustrial complex;
- Maintain regular contacts with authorities at the federal and regional level to keep them informed about the efficiency of applicable laws and to protect the interests of industrialists and entrepreneurs;
- Hold round tables, forums, conferences and public discussions on key issues of business development in Russia; participate in business clubs, associations, committees and commissions to present the views of the business community, to resolve jointly the problems of cooperation between companies and to maintain effective contacts among RSPP members, including enterprises, industry associations, and regional alliances;
- Develop regular bilateral and multilateral relations with business community organizations in other countries; provide assistance to Russian businessmen in developing their export capabilities, overcome discriminatory restrictions on export of goods and services from Russia and attract foreign investments for domestic production development;
- Coordinate, through the medium of International Council for Cooperation and Investment, efforts of Russian companies and companies with foreign capital in improving the Russian investment climate, especially in the spheres of technical regulation and licensing, customs regulation, taxation, capital markets, regional investments. Facilitate efforts of Russian companies in their investment and trade activities abroad;
- Keep the general public informed of the place and role of the Russian business in carrying out the prosperity-oriented reforms through public activities, including expositions, presentations and awards (Best Russian Enterprises, High Social Efficiency Organization) and through ongoing interaction with the mass media.
Organization of Small and Medium Business «OPORA RUSSIA»
The all-Russian Non-governmental Organization of Small and Medium Business «OPORA RUSSIA» was founded in September 18, 2002 as a voluntary, self-steered and public association of citizens and legal bodies, founded on the basis of general purposes.
The Organization key objective is assistance in consolidation of the Russian entrepreneurs in forming favorable conditions for the development of entrepreneurship and stimulating an effective development of the national economy.
Major goals of OPORA RUSSIA:
- Representation of small and medium business interests in the dialogue with the State Authority;
- Public examination and analysis of state bodies decisions on the matters of small and medium business;
- Elimination of economic basis of corruption; Assistance in the formation of a ‘middle class’ as a guarantee of the gradual economic development of the country;
- International cooperation with foreign small and medium size enterprises (SME) organizations.
OPORA RUSSIA is a legally established entity and operates under the law of the Russian Federation. OPORA RUSSIA unites two organizations: first one is the all-Russian non-governmental organization of small and medium business «OPORA RUSSIA» and the second one is non-profit partnership “the all-Russian union of business associations «OPORA»”. Non-profit partnership «OPORA» unites more than 129 non-profit organizations in Russia. There are 80 regional Departments in OPORA RUSSIA’s structure, from Kaliningrad to Kamchatka, which protect the entrepreneurs’ rights in regions. OPORA RUSSIA and non-profit partnership «OPORA» together representing 350 thousand people who create more than 5 million jobs.
OPORA RUSSIA is an influential organization on the all-Russian political scale. Activists of the organizations take part in every-day work of many commissions of experts and working groups, acting within the main Russian government Departments and agencies, cooperate with the Administration of the Russian President, the Russian parliament (the State Duma) and the bank structures. OPORA RUSSIA is a faithful partner of other business unions (for example, the Russian Union of Industrials and Entrepreneurs, which unites representatives of large-scale business) and civil society's institutes.
International Cooperation Department of the Organization coordinates and resolves SME problems in the foreign economic field. The Department provides information, consulting and expert support in preparation for Governmental commissions, Working groups and International forums.
International activity and development of business contacts between the Russian SME with foreign entrepreneurs is the priority line of activity of OPORA RUSSIA.
OPORA RUSSIA, managing the implementation of projects and programs in international collaboration of the domestic SME, created a legal framework and coordinated the implementation mechanism of the joint business-projects with participation international businessmen. Particularly, cooperation agreements are signed and the basic frameworks of collaboration are defined by the following international entrepreneur associations:
– OSEC Business Network, Switzerland;
– Confederation Generale des Petites et Moyennes Enterprises;
– Federation of Finnish Enterprises (FFE);
– The U.S. Russia Center for Entrepreneurship;
– China Economic Cooperation Center;
– Shanghai Center of Small and Medium Business;
– International Enterprise Singapore;
– Singapore Business Federation;
– Korea Federation of Small and Medium Business (KFSB);
– Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry;
– Association “Marche Russia”;
The main objectives of OPORA RUSSIA's international activity are:
- Monitoring the experience of international business development in SME through the organization of multiple events together with the international partners (conferences, forums, seminars, meetings and etc.), and data-exchange on bilateral activity in SME;
- Support and rights’ protection of the foreign companies, which are members of partner organization of OPORA RUSSIA on the territory of the Russian Federation;
- Rights’ protection of the Russian entrepreneurs overseas by the foreign partners of OPORA RUSSIA;
- Informing foreign partners of OPORA RUSSIA about the activity of the Organization and business offers from our members;
- Assistance to the Russian SME associations, firms and companies in keeping fair events in Russia and abroad;
- Information provision and providing advice services to the members of OPORA RUSSIA on international relations activity;
- Experience exchange on support and development of SMEs at the state and regional levels;
- Consulting on legal, tax and economic issues under implementation of the foreign economic projects in SME’s sphere;
- Developing the system of mutual recommendations when looking for foreign partners in SME sector;
- Participation in preparation of the documents for relevant ministries and agencies of Russia on key issues of foreign economic activities in SME;
- Proposal preparation.
Russian Business Councils
Russian business councils with foreign countries are established to promote joint economic projects and facilitate cooperation between Russia and foreign business communities.