Foreign economic relations of constituent entities of the Russian Federation
Rostov region profile
Geographical location, population, administrative division
Rostov region is included in the Southern Federal District. It borders five Russian regions – Voronezh, Volgograd regions, Stavropol, Krasnodar territories and Kalmykia. In the South-West it is washed by the Taganrog Bay of the Azov Sea. Rostov region has long land and sea border with the Ukraine.
Rostov region is located in the southern part of the Eastern European plain and partly in the Northern Caucasus, occupying a vast area (101 thousand square kilometers) in the basin of the Lower Don river.
The Don is one of the largest rivers in Europe (1870 kilometers). It is navigable like its main tributaries Seversky Donets and Manych.
The Don region is predominantly located in the Steppe Zone and enjoys fertile soils. The most south-eastern area is a transitional area between the steppes and the semi-deserts. The maximum elevation above sea level is 253 meters. The picturesque reserve ''Rostovsky'' is listed in the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves.
Rostov region has an ethnically diverse population of more than 4 mln. people. The majority of residents are the Russians. According to the National Population Census of 2010, the number of the Armenians, the Ukrainians, the Turks, the Azerbaijanis, the Romanians, the Belarusians, the Tatars, the Chechens and the Koreans in the region is also high.
The Governor of the Region is Vasily Yurievich Golubev.
The administrative center of the region is Rostov-on-Don, with the population over
1 mln people. The distance to Moscow in a straight line is 1,076 kilometers.
Rostov-on-Don was one of the eleven Russian cities that hosted XXI FIFA World Cup games in 2018. 5 matches took place in Rostov-on-Don during FIFA World Cup with total attendance of Rostov Arena by 214,198 spectators.
Rostov-on-Don was founded in 1749 as a customs-house. Shortly after
St. Demetrius of Rostov’s fortress was built around the customs and the city grew quickly near it.
Other large cities of the region are Taganrog, Azov, Shakhty, Novocherkassk, Volgodonsk, Novoshahtinsk and Bataysk.
Economic potential and logistics infrastructure
Rostov region enjoys favorable geographic location. The abundance of natural resources, well-developed transportation infrastructure and high availability of human resources contribute to the development of the region as one of the largest centers of diversified industry, progressive agriculture, science and culture.
Rostov region holds leading positions in both the Southern Federal District and Russia in regard to economic achievements and output of goods and services.
The range of economic activity puts Rostov Region within top 13 territorial entities of the Russian Federation.
The largest share in the region’s economy is taken by industrial production. The Industrial Production Index in January – November 2020 was 100.9%. Manufacturing industries make the most prominent impact on the rates of development of industrial production (98,5%).
Rostov Region is on top in production of grain harvesters; machines designed to harvest grain, oil, leguminous and cereal crops; equipment for nuclear facilities. Another important sector of economy is production of heavy main-line locomotives, steam boilers, heavy-duty helicopter and steel pipe manufacturing industries.
The power-transmission system of the region has a total capacity of 7 thousand megawatts and is the largest in the Southern Federal District. There are main types of power generation: nuclear, thermal, gas, water.
Significant contribution to the development of the production sector has been made by Taganrog Metallurgical Plant, Combine Plant “Rostselmash”, Novocherkassk Electric Locomotive Plant, “Rostvertol”, “AEM-Technologies”, “Atommash” in Volgodonsk, LLC “Rostov electrometallurgy plant”, JSC “Novoshakhtinsk oil plant”.
Rostov region is also the largest fuel and energy region for the European part of Russia. Its explored reserves of coal amount to 6,5 bln tons. About 90% of the deposits are high-quality anthracites. The region is a national leader in output of clean anthracites.
The Regional Law “On industrial policy in the Rostov region” (of 20.10.2015
№ 418-ZS) outlines measures for stimulation of industrial activity.
Rostov region is one of the largest agricultural regions in Russia. It takes 4% in the total area of the country’s farmland. Grain industry in crop farming is most prominent.
The main grain crops produced in the region are: spring barley, corn, millet, rice, buckwheat, peas, and soybeans. The leading industrial crop is sunflower. The region harvests at average 11 mln tons of grain crops per year, of which sunflower harvests – up to 1.4 mln tons, and vegetables – more than 600 thousand tons. Fruit growing and vinery are also developed. Annual production of grapes exceeds 15 thousand tons.
Livestock farms specialize in dairy, cattle, sheep, horse and poultry breeding. Fishing industry is another well-developed agricultural sector. Meat production comprises on average 300 thousand tons of meat (live weight), over 1 mln tons of milk and
2 bln eggs.
Food and processing industries take a leading role in manufacturing activities (in volume of shipped goods). Over 150 large and medium-sized enterprises, and more than 500 small businesses operate in this economic sector, giving jobs to 42 thousand employees. Their overall contribution to industrial output is 17.2%.
In 2019 the region was among top 10 Russian regions in production of main agricultural products. The Rostov region ranks:
1st for wheat production;
2nd for production of cereal, leguminous crops and sunflower;
3rd for egg production;
5th for milk production;
6th for production of vegetables;
20th in meat production (live weight).
Rostov region is a leader in export of food commodities (regional share in the Russian export is 20%) in Russia:
in 2020 export volume of agricultural commodities amounted to 5.5 bln US dollars (66% of the regional export);
in 2019 export volume of agricultural commodities amounted to 4.5 bln US dollars (55% of the regional export);
in 2018 export volume of agricultural commodities amounted to 5.4 bln US dollars (60% of the regional export);
in 2017 export volume of agricultural commodities amounted to 4.1 bln
(60% of the regional export).
95% of the export good structure (in monetary terms) is taken by grain, fats and oils of animal or vegetable origin, seed cake, leguminous crops, oil seed.
Rostov region has advanced facilities for grain storage. There are 62 functioning grain elevators, grain (port) terminals and cereal receiving stations with a maximum storage capacity 4 mln tons of grain, 2.9 mln tons of which are elevator tanks and 1.1 mln tons are storage facilities. Export shipment is carried out from
32 port terminals.
Development of export of agricultural production of the Rostov region looks attractive for investment in Azov-Don basin and related infrastructure projects. Currently 5 investment projects on construction of terminal complexes for grain and general cargo transshipment in ports of Rostov, Azov and Taganrog are being implemented.
The brands “Zolotaya semechka”, “Zateya”, “Pudov”, “Beliy medved”, “Donskoy molochnik”, “Tavr”, “Azov confectionery factory”, “Molodets”, “Radost Vkusa”, “Matushkin gostinets”, “Ayutinsky khleb”, “Donskie traditsii”, “Vepoz”, “Pechenie Morozova” and others are widely known not only in the Rostov region, but also abroad.
Transportation infrastructure of the Rostov Region is represented by railway system local and federal highways, sea and river ports (5 ports), international airport in Rostov on Don “Platov” and forms part of the “North-South” transcontinental transport corridor. Federal highway “Don”, the railway line Moscow-Rostov-Caucasus, the shipping route by the Don river from the centre of Russia to the Black and the Mediterranean seas, and the air corridor St. Petersburg-Moscow-Caucasus region.
According to JSC Russian Export Center, Rostov Region was number 8 in the top 10 regions in terms of volume of exports in 2019. The Rostov region ranks the 12th (1 bln 430 mln US dollars) in Russia in the category “non-resource energy export” and the 5th (6 bln 870 mln US dollars) in Russia in the category “non-resource non-energy export”.
Rostov region leads trade relations with more than 149 countries.
According to the Southern Customs Office, the Rostov Region's foreign trade turnover for 9 months of 2020 amounted to 7.9 billion USD, including exports – 6.04 billion USD, imports –1.9 billion USD. Trade turnover decreased by 5.6% compared to the same period last year. The positive balance amounted to 4.2 billion USD. Leading trading partners of the Rostov region: Turkey – 18.3%, Ukraine – 14%, China – 7.8%, Egypt – 7%, UAE – 5.9%, Saudi Arabia – 3.1%, Kazakhstan - 2.9%, Bangladesh – 2.8%, Belarus – 2.5%, Italy – 2.4%, Switzerland – 2%. Mauritania, Gabon, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Zambia, Djibouti and a number of other countries are noted among the new trading partners.
The main export commodity groups are represented by:
–food commodities – 54.9% (4 bln 533 mln US dollars);
– mineral products – 26.2% (2 bln 163 mln US dollars);
– machinery, equipment and vehicles – 6.6% (548.9 mln US dollars);
–ferrous and non-ferrous metals – 5.1% (418 mln US dollars);
– chemical produce – 4.2% (345 mln US dollars).
27 international events were organized in 2020.
Due to pandemic and consequently closed borderlines a number of international events were held in the online mode: video conferences with Embassy of the Republic of Korea, with Russia Trade Representative in Japan, Switzerland and Turkey; VII Forum of Belorussian and Russian regions, II International municipal forum of BRICS countries, German-Russian Forum in cooperation with International Association “Twin cities”, interregional forum “Exporter’s Day”, 9th session of Subcommittee on regional cooperation of Russia – Japan Intergovernmental committee on Trade and Economic affairs, video conference with the Republic of Belarus dedicated to organization of 11th session of Working Group on Rostov region – Belarus cooperation.
In November and December a number of video conferences were held: with embassies of Monaco, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Republic of Zambia.
3 official delegations of the Rostov region were sent abroad to participate in international exhibitions, forums, negotiations, presentations. One of the most prominent events among them was Days of the Rostov Region in the Republic of Azerbaijan. The event was successfully held in March in Baku and was attended by the Governor of the Rostov region Golubev V.Y. who held a meeting with the President of Azerbaijan Aliev I.G. As part of the event a business Forum was organized with participation of several managers of Don enterprisers.
In 2020 a reception of Italian and Turkish delegations was arranged.
International cooperation and foreign trade department in collaboration with federal executive authorities has accomplished the task of organization of “exit” trips for Russian Federation citizens willing to leave foreign countries for home. In 2020 our region accepted 1346 compatriots, 441 of them being Rostov region residents from Uzbekistan, Armenia, Thailand, Turkey, Israel, India, the USA, Vietnam, and Indonesia.
Uzbekistan Consulate General in Rostov-on-Don was provided assistance with organization of returning of Uzbek citizens to their native land. (over 8000 returned back from the Rostov Region to the Republic of Uzbekistan by special trains and planes). The 2020 ended with the meeting of consular corps, accredited on the territory of the Rostov region, with the Deputy Governor of the Rostov region A.Y. Izotov.
The following diplomatic units operate in Rostov-on-Don: Consulates General of Armenia, the Ukraine, Romania, Honorary Consulates of Abkhazia, Seyshelles, Spain, Macedonia and France. Since March, 2011, Representation Office of the Embassy of Belarus in the Russian Federation has been functioning in Rostov-on-Don.
Rostov region has signed 20 international cooperation agreements (agreements, protocols, memorandums, declarations of cooperation) with the following countries: Abkhazia, Armenia, Belarus, Hungary, Vietnam, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, the Ukraine, Finland, and France.
Rostov region has a number of competitive advantages for development of tourism industry: favorable geographic location – the north and the south of the country are linked with a transportation corridor; rich cultural and historical traditions, natural and climatic peculiarities, vast water resources of the Don and Taganrog Bay of the Azov Sea.
The tourist market of the Rostov region is represented by 908 tourism industry organizations, including 219 travel agencies, 63 of which carry out tour operator activities concerning the reception of tourists and 626 accommodation facilities with the total room capacity for 37 thousand people. 2019 brought more than 1.5 mln tourists to the region.
The sights of the South of Russia – the city of Rostov-on-Don, the cities of Azov (one of the oldest in South of Russia) and Taganrog, Novocherkassk, the Cossack villages and recreational facilities of the Lower Don and Taganrog Bay of the Azov Sea – make the region very attractive for tourists.
The following museums are also very popular as the tourist visiting centers: the State Museum-Reserve of M.A. Sholokhov (Sholokhov and Bokovsky areas); Azov historical and archaeological and paleontological museum-reserve (Azov); Archaeological Museum “Tanais”» (Myasnikovsky area); Razdorskiy Ethnographic Museum (Ust-Donetsk area); Starocherkassk Historical and Architectural Museum-Reserve (Aksai area); Taganrog State Literary and Historical-Architectural Museum-Reserve (Taganrog). Each year large-scale events dedicated to the Don traditions and historical events are organized at their territory. The focal point of the region are the festivals “Defense of Taganrog 1855”, “The Siege of Azov” (national festival of military historical clubs devoted to the Azov siege of Don Cossacks in 1641), “The Great Silk Way on the Don”, the gastronomic festival “Don fish soup “, the ethnographic festival “Don Vine”, regional enogastronomic festival “Don Valley”.
Another significant feature of 2020 was grand opening of national military history museum complex “Sambek Heights” in August (Sambek village, Neklinovsky district). The complex impresses by its immensity, scale, usage of interactive solutions. Thanks to harmony of architectural and landscape solutions a unique thematic space was created. The memorial naturally blends into the green planting and fountain zones. The Complex was erected upon an initiative of war veterans and under support of participants of search and military-patriotic movement.
The Rostov region has strengthened its position in the “Golden league” of the National Tourist Ranking and in top 5 most popular destinations for international tourists in Russia (alongside with Moscow, St. Petersburg, Krasnodarskiy Territory and Republic of Adygea). Don land occupied the second place in the “Russian gastronomic tourism“ nomination in the prestigious competition “Traveler`s Award 2019“ (held by the popular science magazines “National Geographic“); the “Don Vine” festival in number 1 in top 3 national vine festivals, cities of Rostov on Don, Taganrog and Novocherkassk are in top 10 popular Russian tourists destinations during May holidays and summer.
Rostov region is one of the ten most sports-oriented regions of Russia.
From 1952 to 2016, 238 athletes from the Rostov region took part in the Summer Olympic Games. In total, they won 122 medals (47 gold, 34 silver, 41 bronze).
More than 536 Don sportsmen joined national teams of Russia in 2020.
By the end of 2019 Don sportsmen had won 4875 medals in official national competitions, including 611 medals – at international level.
1.9 mln people or 48.7% of the total population of the region do sports and are engaged in athletics. This ratio puts Rostov region in the top 5 of Russian regions.
Rostov region created the system of mass sports competitions allowing to engage people of all ages and social groups, starting from school-goers to pensioners, into physical training exercises. More than 26 thousand physical and sports events with participation of 1.1 mln people are organized annually.
There are 130 sports-training organizations in the Rostov region. The total number of athletes in the sports-training system is more than 109 thousand people.
Rostov region is represented by 19 professional teams on the all-Russian and international competitions. These are the best of them:
handball team "Rostov-Don" is the most titled club in Russia (multiple champions of Russia), in 2016, as part of the Russian national team, 6 female athletes of the club won gold medals of the XXXI Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, in 2019, in the Russian national team, 9 athletes won Bronze medals at the World Handball Championship in Japan;
in 2014, the “Rostov” football club won the Russian Cup, in 2016 won silver medals of the Russian Football Championship among the Premier League teams, and in the 2016-2017 season took part in the Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.
More than 10.5 thousand sports facilities function on the territory of the region, which is 1020 more compared to 2013 year. The level of throughput capability of sports facilities compared to 2013 increased by 24,5% and reached 57,2%.
Within the period 2013 – 2020, more than 9.6 bln rubles of budget funds have been allocated for the development of sports infrastructure in the Rostov region, including about 1.9 bln rubles from the federal budget.
255 sports facilities have been built, reconstructed and overhauled at the expense of budget funds, including 16 swimming pools with gaming halls, 24 sport halls, 187 sport grounds, 25 football fields, 2 ice rinks, rowing canal "Don".
In 2020, 63 sports facilities have been built or reconstructed at the expense of budget funds.
The largest sports facility in Rostov-on-Don is rowing canal “Don”, the sports infrastructure of which allows training athletes in 16 Olympic disciplines.
Since 2013, 292 sports facilities have been built or reconstructed; more than 4.5 bln rubles have been raised for this purpose, including 494.8 mln in 2020.
Favorable investment climate is created in the Rostov region. The investment policy of the Rostov region is developed in accordance with the investment Strategy of the Rostov region until 2030 and the State program of the Rostov region “Economic development and innovative economy” (sub-program “Creating a favorable environment for attraction of investments to the Rostov region”).
Investment Board under the supervision of the Governor of the Rostov region operates in order to implement the policy of the Regional Government for attraction of investments, its main objective is to assist investors in execution of their projects. Similar Boards have been established in each municipality of the Region.
The most significant investment projects in social sphere are included in the list of “100 investment projects of the Governor of the Rostov region”, which as of 01.12.2020 includes 49 large scale investment projects with a total volume of investments over 320 bln rubles. These projects will create more than 18 thousand extra jobs in the region. The vast majority of projects are carried out in traditional for the Rostov region sectors: industrial production, including fuel and energy industry, agriculture.
The wind power sector is quickly developing in the Rostov region. Several windparks with total cost of more than 70 bln rubles are being built in the territory of the region.
In 2019, the plant LLC “Bashni VRS” for the production of wind power units was commissioned. In 2020, LLC “VetroStroyDetal” plans is to complete the implementation project of creation and development of industrial modular steel towers production for wind power plants with a capacity of 2.5 MW. The plant for the production of modular steel towers for wind power plants, VetroStroyDetal LLC, is successfully operating. In total, 7 wind farms with a total capacity of more than 700 MW will have been commissioned in the Rostov region by the end of 2022.
Since 2011, 75 investment projects from “100 investment projects of the Governor of the Rostov region” have been successfully commissioned.
Since 2004 non-commercial partnership “Investment Promotion Agency of the Rostov region”' has been functioning in the Rostov region (hereafter IPA).
The main aim of the NP IPA is to attract investors to the Rostov region and support the projects on all stages. NP IPA is engaged in the selection, supervision and support of projects, participation in business visits and negotiations, assisting in the selection of land sites and obtaining information about investment activity in the Rostov region. As of 01.12.2020 the NP IPA’s portfolio includes 78 investment projects with a total volume of investments 178 bln rubles.
Since 2014 JSC “Regional Development Corporation” has been functioning in the Rostov region (hereafter RDC). The company provides investors with information and consulting services, coordinates with local authorities, advises on the acquisition of land rights needed to implement projects. There are companies which function to implement socially important infrastructure projects of the RDC together with private partners, which makes investment into infrastructure of the region more attractive to investors. The RDC aims to attract investors to implement resource- and capital-intensive infrastructure projects, as well as to ensure the development of economic sectors. The RDC is actively involved in the improvement of federal funding mechanisms to support the implementation of investment projects.
According to the Rostov statistics agency, the volume of attracted investments in 2019 was 284.2 bln rubles. At the end of 9 months in 2020, the RDC attracted 207.7 bln rubles of investments.
Large foreign investors have already implemented their projects in the Rostov region: Praxair (USA) built a gas-filling station for the production of industrial gases; Air Products (USA) built a plant for the production of industrial gases; the company AFD Group SA (Switzerland) embarked on a project to establish a centralized collection and disposal of epidemiologically hazardous industrial waste of class “B” in the territory of the Rostov region and the city of Rostov-on-Don. Company Mars Inc. (USA) built a plant for the production of pet food in Aksai district; Louis Dreyfus Company (France, Netherlands) implemented a project for the construction of the terminal for transshipment of agricultural products in the Azov district; the company Olam International Limited (Singapore) implemented the construction project and reconstruction of Azov grain terminal of “Outspan International” ltd in Azov district; Cargill (the USA) – grain port terminal in Rostov-on-Don; Bunge (the USA) - grain port terminal in Rostov-on-Don; hypermarket Castorama (Great Britain); hypermarkets Auchan, Leroy Merlin, Decathlon (France), Metro Cash & Carry, Selgros Cash & Carry (Germany); FM Logistic (France) – logistic center; Itella (Finland) – logistic center. The reliable partners of the Rostov region are Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and the Guardian (USA).
A set of state support measures have been developed on the territory of the Rostov region:
- income and property tax relief;
- subsidies to compensate expenses for engineering infrastructure objects;
- subsidies to compensate part of loan interest charges which was raised for implementation of investment projects in industrial sphere;
- targeted support of investment projects by the Government of the Rostov region and non-profit organization “Agency of investment development”. Full support of investment projects is based on “one window” principle;
- land lease without bidding for large-scale investment projects and objects of social, cultural and communal purposes;
- the list of “100 Governor's investment projects”, includes the largest and most socially important for the economy investment projects;
- government guarantees on investment projects on the basis of competitive bidding.
The following foreign companies received support: “PepsiKo Holdings, “Coca-Cola HBS Eurasia”, “The Guardian”, “Auchan”, “Ikea”, “Merinos”, “Mars”.
Progressive investment legislation has been adopted in the Rostov region, suggesting a set of preferential advantages for potential investors. The bases of the regional investment legislation are:
- Regional Law of 01.10.2004 № 151- ZS “On investments in the Rostov region”;
- Regional Law of 10.05.2012 № 843- ZS “On the regional taxes and certain tax matters in the Rostov region”;
- Regional Law of 02.07.2008 № 35- ZS “On the granting of state guarantees of the Rostov region”;
- Regional Law of 20.10.2015 № 418-ZS “On industrial policy in the Rostov region'”;
- Regional Law of 25.02.2015 № 312-ZS “On the criteria, which are to be met by social, cultural and municipal organizations, large-scale investment projects, for the purpose of provision of land for rent without bidding”;
- Resolution of the Government of the Rostov region 15.10.2018 № 637 “On approval of the state program of the Rostov region'' Economic development and innovative economy”;
- Resolution of the Government of the Rostov region 22.03.2012 № 218 “On the order of state support of investment activity of organizations from the regional budget”;
- Resolution of the Government of the Rostov region 23.09.2015 № 603 “On the support of investment projects on the territory of the Rostov region”;
- Resolution of the Government of the Rostov region 14.11.2011 № 128 “On the Investment Board under the Governor of the Rostov region”;
- Resolution of the Government of the Rostov region 06.03.2014 №
137 “On approval of the list of cases in which is not required to obtain a building permit in the territory of the Rostov region”;
- Resolution of the Government of the Rostov region of 18.02.2016 №
95 “On the decision making procedure concerning concession agreements, where the Rostov region acts as the grantor, for a period exceeding the validity of the approved limits of budgetary obligation”;
- Resolution of the Government of the Rostov region of 30.03.2016 № 227 “On an authorized organization”;
- Resolution of the Government of the Rostov region of 13.10.2016 № 697 “On granting subsidies to organizations regardless of their organizational and legal status for reimbursement of expenses on creation of engineering infrastructure objects, which are an integral part of the investment project, and (or) their connection (grid connection) to electric power, gas and water supply and sanitation systems”.
- Resolution of the Government of the Rostov region of 01.04.2017 № 246 “On commission on evaluation of public-private partnership projects, concession agreements, in which the Rostov region is a public partner (concedent)”.
- Resolution of the Government of the Rostov region of 05.04.2017 № 249 “On interdepartmental interaction of executive bodies of the Rostov region during preparation and implementation of public-private partnership projects, concession agreements, in which the Rostov region is a public partner (concedent)”.
- Resolution of the Government of the Rostov region of 15.03.2017 № 187 “On some issues of guarantees provision on behalf of Government of the Rostov region”;
- Resolution of the Government of the Rostov region of 13.08.2020 № 722 “On the authorized body”.
Regional innovative system, development of the National Technological Initiative (NTI) markets
The Rostov region is a territory with great scientific, educational and innovative potential.
Within the period 2015 – 2019 the volume of shipped innovative goods in the region reached 466.7 bln rubles. Innovators received 4 467 services amounting to 572.3 mln rubles (523.4 mln from the federal budget).
By the end of 2019 large and medium-sized enterprises had shipped innovative products amounting to 62.7 bln rubles. The share of innovative goods, works, services in the total volume of works and services provided by Rostov region enterprises makes up 4.9%.
The volume of shipped innovative goods in 2019 puts the Rostov region to the 19th place among Russian Federation constituent entities and to the 2nd place among Southern Federal District entities (after the Krasnodar Territory).
Analysis of innovative processes development on the Rostov region territory revealed increase of innovation activity among large and medium-sized enterprises. At the end of 2019 the share of enterprises implementing technological innovations made up 32% and level of innovation activity of organizations in the region – 17.6%.
The Rostov region takes leading position in patent statistics among Sothern Federal District entities. The greatest number of patent applications is submitted from the Rostov region every year. In 2019, in despite of decreased number of applications, in total 765 applications were submitted which included patents for inventions, utility models and industrial designs. The share of Rostov region in the total volume of patents applications in 2019 made up 33.9%
Based on the quantity of patent applications and received patents for inventions, the Rostov region ranks among the top-10 regions in the rating of the Russian Federation entities.
The Rostov region supports NTI projects and actively participates in their implementation. The process of NTI development involves design and creative teams; technology companies, willing to introduce new solutions; leading universities, research centers, business associations of the country; development institutes, expert and professional communities, ministries concerned.
At present the Rostov region possesses all the instruments for consistent development of federal initiatives. Main components of NTI infrastructure have been created: “Foresight-movement” has been organized, “Quantorium” and a network of teamwork spaces “Boiling points” have been functioning, six centers “My business” have been opened.
The key object of innovation infrastructure is Autonomous Non-Commercial Organization “Innovations Agency of the Rostov region” (the Agency). The Agency holds annual competitions, innovation and inventive projects; it also communicates information on all forms of support for innovative activity, operating results of innovative and high-tech enterprises in mass media and social networks.
The Agency-based Innovation Promotion Fund (grant schemes center) provides annual increase of grant support for Don innovators. The amount of raised funds within 2018 – 2019 years reached 421 mln rubles. In 2020 Innovation Promotion Fund received more than 300 applications amounting to a total of more than 500 mln rubles.
The total innovative structure of Rostov region includes more than 60 objects.
In order to develop innovative imagination among children and young people a network of youth innovative and creative Centers (YICC) is being developed in the region. At the present moment 6 YIC Centers have been functioning which received subsidies from the regional budget. Starting from 2019 large and medium-sized enterprises have been receiving financial support as part of “Acceleration of small and medium-sized enterprises” project. For the period 2021 – 2023 the volume of regional budgeted funds on this project amounts to 5.3 mln rubles every year.
As part of the follow-up to the May decree №204 of the President of the Russian Federation, at instigation of the Governor of the Rostov region Golubev V.Y. pursuant to Resolution of the Government of the Rostov region of 07.08.2019 №566 the Southern world-class scientific-educational center was created in the region. The Center is named “Digital transformation of agricultural and industrial complex” (hereafter Southern SEC), it has been organized and developed in order to provide cooperation of Don Science and export-oriented industry. The Southern SEC comprises Southern scientific center of Russian Academy of Sciences, Don State Technological University, Southern Federal University, Rostov State University of Economics, Novocherkassk Polytechnic Institute – practically all leading educational and scientific institutions of the region. Industrial partners are represented by: Novocherkassk Electric Locomotive Plant, Agrocom, Rostselmash, YugStroyInvest, ROSTVERTOL, Donenergo, Rostov branch of Rostelecom, etc.
Members of Southern SEC will engage in developing breakthrough design solutions in the sphere of smart agricultural and industrial complex and agricultural machine building.
One of the most prominent development projects of SEC is creation of Innovative Technology Center “Don Valley” which is supposed to be the innovative-technology growth area of the South of Russia.
- an Investment portal of the Rostov region
- a portal for small and medium-sized enterprises of the Rostov region
- an innovative portal of the Rostov region
- portal Don tourism
- Investment Promotion Agency of the Rostov region