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Dmitry Gorbachev: “The Vologda Oblast is a region with a highly differentiated economy”

Date: June 22, 2024 Time: 16:22:06

The first deputy governor of the region explained why businessmen choose the Vologda region for serious investments

Photo: Andrei Minaev

– Our guest is Dmitry Gorbachev, First Deputy Governor of the Vologda Region. Dmitry Nikolaevich, our regions have been living under sanctions for quite some time, and many of them have already developed their own recipes for how they can survive in the conditions that have developed, quite difficult conditions, frankly. Many have learned to use complexity for good. If we talk about the Vologda region, why should an investor, choosing where to go with his money, with his project, choose the Vologda region?

– I absolutely rightly noted that we were in a difficult situation in 2022, but now the turning trend is clearly visible. In general, Vologda Oblast is a region with a very differentiated economy, we also have a highly developed industrial sector, companies like Severstal, practically one of the largest steel producers, PhosAgro (fertilizer production). A highly developed timber industrial complex, with deliveries almost all over the world. Well, and brands well known to the layman, for example, like Vologda Oil. It’s already food. By the way, few people know, but the Vologda region is the number one subject, the top 1 in the production of black caviar legally. Such a little-known fact, but nevertheless of high quality and demand.

– Speaking of investors. Just today, at the St. Petersburg Forum, investments with a total volume of more than 30 billion were signed, and there are plans to increase them. Everything is moving towards the fact that we will actively create platforms with preferential treatment. This is a special economic zone. We are now at the final stage, we are actively attracting residents, and we have already decided on the first group. Speaking of other sources of competitive advantage in our region, I would like to say that we are doing well in terms of logistics. This is the proximity to the main centers of federal economic growth: St. Petersburg, Moscow, a developed network of federal highways, railway communication, Volgo-Balt, three airports in our small region. All this contributes to the intensification of business activity, and now we are seeing it.

– As you said, there are two economic flagships operating in the region, PhosAgro and Severstal. Interestingly, both players were associated with small and medium-sized companies at the time of the crisis. What are the results of this partnership, how will it continue to develop? Is it such a situational story or will they cooperate for a long time?

– I would say we have a systematic approach that we’ve been implementing for many years, but now it’s entering a whole new paradigm. Speaking of recent years, in 2022, the total volume of purchases made by large companies (Severstal and PhosAgro) from the SME segment, if we talk about all the territories of the Russian Federation, is about 75 billion rubles, if we talk about the regions of the Vologda Oblast, then it is 26 billion. Growth by 2021 is more than 9%, which indicates that this trend of consumption of products from the SME segment by large companies is growing.

At the same time, we’re now entering a whole new configuration, I think this could be a case at the federal level, of federal importance in terms of ensuring technological sovereignty. Because the big companies represented by Severstal, PhosAgro, the government of our region and the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs have united in the so-called industrial cluster. A cluster that is already entering the joint product development model, that is, they are not only buying, but also providing the necessary conditions. In turn, large businesses guarantee demand by setting prices, and the region provides the necessary support measures. Well, in such an environment, SMEs can now safely develop and promote their product.

– The Vologda region really has a very large tourist potential. What do you think the region lacks to be a leader in domestic tourism?

– Now we have set ourselves an internal task to increase the tourist flow. In general, the demand for domestic tourism is now clearly observed. We base ourselves on three areas, well known to all. This is Veliky Ustyug, the birthplace of Father Frost. Our fairy tale wizard, famous, known to all, will be 25 years old this year. But we see that this project needs to be taken to the next level. Today we have just reached an agreement in principle with one of the main investors for the construction of an amusement park, a hotel chain, which will increase the flow, according to our estimates, three times. In addition, we reconstructed the airport in Veliky Ustyug. This allows you to attract more tourists. And together with the Russian Railways, a weekend train was launched, which allows people from big cities to spend two wonderful days in the homeland of our fairy-tale wizard in a weekend mode.

The second direction is “Russian Shores”, 360 kilometers along the Volga-Baltic. This is our famous spiritual treasure – Belozersk, Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, Vytegra, Sheksna, Cherepovets – a city where you can get acquainted with industrial tourism, visit companies (again, there is such a format for excursions), visit the homeland of the famous painter of battles Vasily Vasilyevich Vereshchagin and oil producer Nikolai Vasilyevich Vereshchagin. Well, and the development of our traditional places – Vologda, with a museum of Russian lace, including the Vologda Kremlin. The richest spiritual cities like Totma, small towns (Sizma and others), which are already attracting hundreds of tourists, but we are working to intensify growth in this direction.

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Puck Henry
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