Russian Government approved the updated concept of the INOTomsk project
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed the government decree on the updated concept of the project to create in Tomsk Region an innovative center INOTomsk. The document was signed on January 14 under No.22. Today, January 20, it was published on the website of the Russian Government.
The Decree approves the concept of the project and the implementation roadmap for the years 2015–2020.
The Decree says,
“The Concept unveils opportunities for the development of the engineering potential of Tomsk Region based on its existing academic and industrial capability, development of the transport and communication infrastructure; ensures coordination in the development of the territories contained in the Tomsk Agglomeration such as the city of Tomsk, the Special Economic Zone of Tomsk, the closed city of Seversk. The concept also includes industrial clusters in fields such as nuclear technology, petroleum chemistry, electronic instrumentation engineering, information technology, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, renewable natural resources.”
The Decree also says that “the actions described in the Concept will enhance utilization of innovative technology by the industries of Tomsk Region which provide the most input in the economy. They will also make Tomsk Region more attractive for investors.”
“Dmitry Medvedev approved the development thrust which had been proposed by the citizens of the region,” commented Governor of Tomsk Region Sergey Zhvachkin. “The updated Concept is the result of months-long cooperative effort of the region’s government, heads of 12 federal agencies, and leaders of Russia’s largest companies and scientific institutions.”
The goal of the updated Concept is to create a competitive innovative territorial center in the Tomsk Agglomeration. To that end, the region’s authorities shifted the focus of the innovations policy from supply to demand and provided measures to improve the competitiveness of both the academic complex and the industry. Small and medium business play an important role in the project, as well as state-owned corporations and vertically integrated holdings which carry on business in Tomsk Region such as Gazprom, Rosatom, SIBUR, Gazprom Neft, Mikrogen and others.
The updated Concept involves the development of five clusters: Manufacturing Excellence, Science and Education, Innovative Technology and New Business, Smart and Convenient City, and Business Environment. The project’s budget until 2020 exceeds 200 billion rubles. Business investments account for 65%, federal and regional budgets provide 35% of the budget.