APPROVAL OF A CO-OPERATION PROJECT WITH THE ST.PETERSBURG REGION

Request of display of interest to participate in the initiative

The Italian Foreign Affairs Ministry has entrusted AICSI - Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development of International Exchanges, based on law 212/92, the technical assistance project "Assistance to the city of St. Petersburg to improve the competitiveness of the local economic system".

THE REFERENCE CONTEXT
The industrial fabric of the St. Petersburg area - characterized by a strong dynamism both of the administration and business - sees among its driving sectors those of productions with highly technological content, metal mechanics, chemistry of light industry (for a long time in decrease), the food industry (in growth), the chemical, petrochemical and rubber sectors, furniture, wood-work, paper and cellulose. Fundamental is the presence of the service sector, which is credited with the majority of local produce.

CONTEXT ATTRACTION
The area of Saint Petersburg presents itself as advantageous to investors both for its socio-economic stability and for its strategic geographical position.
The attraction of foreign capital is supported by a light bureaucracy, by an efficient information system and by an open approach by the Public Administration towards investors and respectful of agreements taken. Economic and tax incentives to investment represent another aspect of the marketing policy on the territory by the state.
The picture of the situation is completed by the contained cost of labor and the quality of local workmanship.
Thousands of companies with foreign capital operate in this context with a production volume amounting to some two billion dollars.

THE PARTNERS
PARTNERS
The project will be carried out in partnership by AICSI - and the Regional Economic Development Agency - St.Petersburg - www.reda.spb.ru - one of the major organizations for the development of small and medium-sized enterprises operating in the region.

OBJECTIVES

The project has the following objectives:

  • Assist in an intensive manner a limited number of Russian enterprises (beneficiary enterprises) to improve their competitiveness and launch internationalization processes
  • Assist a larger group of enterprises in the search for openings and international contacts
  • Improve cooperation volumes between Italian and Russian companies

THE PRODUCTIVE SECTORS INVOLVED

The selection of Russian companies is based on the following first list of activity sectors considered significant in terms of prospects for collaboration with Italian companies:

  • Hotel sector
  • Ship building
  • Packaging
  • Textile
  • Telecommunications
  • Woodwork
  • Wine-making

THE ACTIVITIES

The intervention is directed to a group of significant SME of the economic-productive reality of St. Petersburg with the specific objective of creating the conditions to increase the presence on inter-regional and international markets, with specific reference to the Italian one.
In operative terms, the intervention takes place on two fronts.
In St. Petersburg, main theatre of operations, companies are selected and divided into two groups.
To the first group, although limited, (beneficiary companies) will be supplied a technical assistance package aimed at resolving problems and/or improving approach, organization, methods and instruments to increase the services.
Assistance takes place in Russia with an internship in Italy.
A second and more numerous group of selected companies will receive "light" support services (supply of market data, assistance in the search for partners, presentation to the market, etc.) also aimed at international opening.
In Italy, companies interested in forms of partnership with St. Petersburg will be assisted both by providing the right information and with assistance to activate investments.
The length of the project is 18 months; the work began in February 2002.
Technical assistance (consulting and training) is entrusted to a pool of top-level experts, both Russian and Italian, and to a group of witnesses to outline positive (and negative) cases of industrial or territorial development operations.
The official presentation of the project will take place in two seminars - one in Italy and one in St. Petersburg - the dates of these will be communicated via the media, the project site and directly to the interested parties.

THE POSSIBLE BENEFITS FOR PARTICIPATING ITALIAN COMPANIES

The initiative can supply Italian companies that join the initiative general and specific information with respect to the interests of individuals on productive sectors, companies, in addition to business guide to operate in the area of St. Petersburg.
On the other hand participating companies can obtain guidance on possible local partners and indications on possible economic incentives linked to investments in St. Petersburg.
The project is intended as an observatory and operative instrument for companies reducing the costs for investigation and the autonomous opening of contacts.
The conditions for participation in the project envisage:

  • Hospitality for an internship of the staff of the beneficiary companies sharing with them approaches, methodologies and instruments. Possibilities of collaboration can be evaluated at this time.
    and/or
  • The fruition of information structured on territory, companies, financial, logistics and tax subsidies. The "rules of the game" and of the global support which the project proposes to companies to be able to evaluate and activate possibilities of collaboration with reference to the entire range of selected companies.
  • The providing of information is entrusted to the project internet site currently under production and which will be operational next May. Until that date project messages are entrusted to the sites of the partners:
    www.medita.com/aicsi
    www.reda.spb.ru

APPLICATION FOR DISPLAY OF INTEREST

CLICK HERE TO ACTIVATE THE APPLICATION FORM

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

AICSI, Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development of International Exchanges
Via G. Antonelli, 41 00197 Roma
Tel. +39 06 80 665735 (r.a.) - Fax +39 06 80693791
E -mail: secretariat@aicsi.it

Contacts Ermanno Sorvillo - Secretary General
Francesco Battaglia - chief advisor
Paolo Zappetti- advisor


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