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Crimea to have four industrial parks

Investments will be about 148 million dollars

YEKATERINBURG, July 12, /ITAR-TASS/. Russia plans to organise in Crimea four industrial parks, where investments will be about five billion roubles (about 148 million dollars), Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Georgy Kalmanov said on the sidelines of the Innoprom industrial exhibition on Saturday.

“The peninsula will have industrial parks, most probably four: three in the Republic of Crimea and one in the federal city of Sevastopol. The investments will make about five billion roubles. The money will be used for organisation of necessary facilities of the industrial parks, to where we shall attract investors,” he said.

As of now, the government is focusing on the following development directions in the republic - construction of roads, the Kerch bridge and infrastructures for the energy supplies.

The money for organisation of the industrial parks most probably will come from the Ministry on Crimea directly to Crimea and Sevastopol.

“Crimea has several sectors of industry, which should be developed: shipbuilding, the chemical complex, machinery, and aircraft building. From the financing point of view: we have sector-based state programmes, which will finance these directions. Besides, we believe major Russian corporations and holdings will include the enterprises in Crimea into their production chains, thus offering work for those plants,” the deputy minister said.

Shipbuilding is a major sector for Crimea. The main facility is the Zaliv (Peninsula) plant in Kerch, which does not have enough orders now. The deputy minister says the United Shipbuilding Corporation has been negotiating cooperation between Zaliv and the Vyborg Shipyard and other enterprises. “They are discussing joint work on orders and a gradual integration of the Zaliv plant into the Corporation.”

Crimea also has another shipyard - More (Sea), which produces hydrofoil ships and amphibious ships. “One of the variants to send orders from the shipbuilding facilities to Russia’s other regions.” The deputy minister said “now we do not have a task to assist Crimean industries by direct financial inflows.”

“We need to organise industrial chains between companies, so that the companies could see benefits from supporting the Crimean industries: to give some orders there, to organise modernisation, to keep the staff. Thus, the main objective is to find clients for them,” he said.