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.
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
The project will be carried out in partnership by AICSI -
and the Regional Economic Development Agency - St.Petersburg
- one of the major organizations for the development of
small and medium-sized enterprises operating in the region.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
- 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:
APPLICATION FOR DISPLAY OF INTEREST
HERE TO ACTIVATE THE APPLICATION FORM
REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
AICSI, Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development
of International Exchanges
G. Antonelli, 41 00197 Roma
Tel. +39 06 80 665735 (r.a.) - Fax +39 06 80693791
E -mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contacts Ermanno Sorvillo - Secretary General
Francesco Battaglia - chief advisor
Paolo Zappetti- advisor