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Medvedev to hold conference on improving conditions for transaction of business

April 04, 2014, 2:15 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, April 04, /ITAR-TASS/. Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will travel to Ulyanovsk on Friday for a meeting with the expert council to the RF government to discuss wayd to imptove conditions for the transaction of business, and will also launch a new trucks manufacturing plant at the Ulyanovsk autoworks (UAZ).

Together with experts, Medvedev "will consider government priorities for the 2014-2015 period to create favourable conditions for the conduct of business,, refine administrative regulation, and measures to improve business climate," a government press service official specified.

Arkady Dvorkovich, RF Vice-Premier, Mikhail Babich, plenipotentiary presidential representative in the Volga Federal District, Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade, Sergei Morozov, Ulyanovsk Region Governor, and members of the business and expert communities will participate in the meeting, which is to take place in the grounds of the Ulyanovsk technology transfer center.

"An investment agreement will be signed in Dmitry Medvedev's presence on the establishment of a Karlinsky industrial cluster in the Zavolzhye (trans-Volga area) industrial zone," the government official pointed out.

In the territory of the industrial cluster, it is planned to create the necessary infrastructure, including independent heat and electric power supply facilities (TETS), as well as water-supply and sewerage facilities, roads, etc.

Organizers of the industrial custer hope to draw not less than 20 foreign investors. All work will be done by the Swiss development engineering company DegaGroup in conjunction with the Ulyanovsk Region government. The Company has already successfully implemented a similar project, a Dega Cluster Noginsk.

The concept of the cluster envisages amalgamation of production, logistics, and trading centers and social infrastructure facilities; the provision of all the necessary utility lines; and a full package of designing and building services.

Such an approach is expected to enable resident companies of the cluster to reduce expenses to the minimum, avoid juridical and financial risks, and effectively to address personnel-related matters.

On Friday, Medvedev will also attend a ceremony marking the start-up of the manufacture of cross-country trucks "Isuzu"at UAZ.

At present, the OAO (public joint-stock company) UAZ is one of Russia's leading automotive industry enterprises, specializing in the production of of full-drive low-tonnage cross-country trucks and spare parts for them. The output of the autoworks is exported to more than 30 countries.

In January 2014, UAZ did a large amount of work to modernize the industrial plant.

Last year, a decision was taken to expand the parameters of the ZAO (private joint-stock company) Sollers-Isuzu project and on a transition to arrangements for a full-cycle production (welding, painting, and asssembly) of Isuzu trucks with a carrying capacity from 1.5 to 6.6 tonnnes. A new truck-cabin welding shops is being created at UAZ to apply this technology.

The immediate plans provide for arranging the production of another two models of medium-tonnage Isuzu trucks to carry 12 and 18 tonnes. At the same time work is under way to localize the component base. The level of localization is currently 30 percent. In 2015, it will grow up to 40 percent resultant of arranging for the production of Isuzu truck chassis at UAZ.

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