Meeting of the Council for Priority Project Contest took place in Moscow on the 19th of October chaired by Oleg Fomichev, State Secretary-Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade. Clusters qualified for participation in the contest were named. The contest Global Leading Clusters in Terms of Investment Attractiveness was announced by Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Russian Federation in June 2016.
22 applicants took part in the contest. Experts of the Ministerial Council reviewed all applications and prepared their opinions. Additionally, two applications were defended in face-to-face mode. They were presented to experts and members of Priority Project Council by teams of clusters.
Short list of clusters qualified for participation in the project was approved at the meeting. 11 clusters from 11 regions of the Russian Federation were selected. Pharmaceutics, biotechnology and biomedicine cluster of Kaluga Region was included in the list. Inclusion in the list of Global Leading Clusters in Terms of Investment Attractiveness will enable the Kaluga Pharmaceutical Cluster to use various supports tools provided by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Russian Federation, by other agencies and development institutions, will enable to achieve outperforming growth rates, to develop mechanisms to support entrepreneurial activities and integration in added-value global chains.
“Participation in the project was a landmark event for the cluster, because it made possible not only to develop and approve at the session of Kaluga Region Government the strategy of cluster development until 2020, but also to identify unique developments and projects of cluster members, implementation of which will allow us going global and achieving RUR 50 bln annual cluster production output”, - Anatoly Sotnikov, Director General, Innovative Development Agency-Center of Cluster Development JSC, noted.
“I would like to praise our team for its high professionalism and concerted efforts and to thank the Ministry of Economic Development of the Kaluga Region, heads of leading cluster companies and regional research institutes for their genuine interest and support. High marks awarded to our application by the members of Ministerial Priority Project Council, by experts and colleagues from other regions testify that we created really efficient management system of the cluster, which became growth point not only at the regional level, but also at the federal level”, - Irina Novikova, Executive Director, Kaluga Pharmaceutical Cluster Non-Commercial Partnership, pointed out.