KALUGA, January 28 (Itar-Tass) – The Kaluga region plans to draw at least 40 billion roubles (USD 1 = RUB 30.05) of private investment in the creation of a special economic zone (SEZ) Lyudinovo, Kaluga Governor Anatoly Artamonov told reporters. A relevant agreement on the setting up of the special economic zone of the industrial type in the town of Lyudinovo was signed by the governor and Russian Deputy Minister of Economic Development Oleg Savelyev at the end of the preceding week.
In Artamonov’s words, a set of documents total worth of nine billion roubles have already been signed in the process of the SEZ creation. The related projects will start soon after the signing of the aforesaid agreement. In addition, in compliance with the contracts signed and the documents to be inked, about 3,000 new jobs will be created in the SEZ, the governor said.
The new SEZ will mainly focus on the processing industries. Besides, the town of Lyudinov is known owing to its machine-building and metal-processing enterprises. “We have got a whole range of agreements on the manufacturing of car parts,” Artamonov said.
In addition, a large wood-processing plant is expected to be set up in the SEZ. “The relevant talks have already been held. A part of accords has already been achieved,” the governor said.
According to him, the first facilities of the SEZ will be commissioned this year. The activities for the creation of the relevant infrastructure have been started.
“The implementation of the project is aimed, first of all, at the reduction of the currently-existing imbalance in the social development of the southern and northern districts of the Kaluga region,” Artamonov said, adding that the development of the northern and central parts of the region is now rather intensive, while the current development of the southern and southwest districts is insufficient.
The creation of the SEZ is expected to intensify the stepping up of the social and economic development of the Kaluga region as a whole, he said.
The SEZ of the industrial and production type Lyudinov is being created in the Kaluga region in compliance with the Russian government’s decree of December 28, 2012.
Lyudinovo is a town and the administrative centre of a district in the southwest of the Kaluga region. It is located 65 kilometres of Bryansk and 188 kilometres southwest of Kaluga. The village of Lyudinovo was first mentioned in 1626. Later on, it grew into an industrial town and was granted town status in 1938.
Five special economic zones of the industrial and production type are now being developed in Russia, including those in the Republic of Tatarstan, in the Lipetsk, Sverdlovsk, Samara and Pskov regions. The SEZ in the Kaluga region is the sixth SEZ of the kind to be created in Russia.