Since 2006, the government program Creation of high technologies parks in the Russian Federation has been operating in the country. It is financed on a parity basis by the federal and regional budgets. According to today’s agreements industrial parks in Moscow, Novosibirsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Kaluga, and Tyumen regions, as well as in St. Petersburg and Tatarstan should have been set up by 2010, under the program to be completed in 2014, but it has recently been reported about the possibility of its prolonging for another 4 years.
This was announced by Ilya Massukh, the deputy head of the Ministry of Communications, on Wednesday at the innovative technologies forum InfoSpace. According to him, the Ministry of Communications and the Ministry of Finance of the RF discuss prolonging the program to create the country's industrial parks of high technology till 2018: The program will work. The Ministry of Finance is ready to allocate funds for the program development, - said Massukh.
Earlier this program was prolonged twice, first until 2011 and then - until 2014, but in January this year Shchegolev Igor, the head of the Ministry of Communications, spoke on reasonability of further extension.
According to him, the program will involve cities across Russia, including Vladivostok and Kaliningrad, so prolonging the program for a less period is inappropriate.
There are no comments on the possible estimates of the necessary additional funding for the program in case of its extension so far, as it will depend on new parameters. According Massuh, five technoparks are really working in Russia now, to date the resident companies’ revenues comprise 36 B RUR.
The state has spent about 7 B RUR on the industrial parks, but tax proceeds from technoparks resident companies have already exceeded the costs.