Ulyanovsk Region Approves a Plan to Promote Competition in 2022-2025

Aleksey Russkikh and Gennady Spirchagov signed a document at a meeting of the Coordinating Council for Implementation of the Competition Development Standard. The Governor and the head of the Ulyanovsk branch of the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation also signed an agreement on cooperation and its roadmap.

“Competition development is also an integral part of the regional economic policy and one of the key indicators of its effectiveness. At the federal level, we now have guidelines provided by the National Competition Development Plan for 2021-2025, which will help us ensure stable growth of the economy and welfare in a more systematic and clear way. The documents approved today synchronize activities carried out at the regional level with the National Plan and will become one of the main tools to complete its key tasks,” said Aleksey Russkikh in his welcoming speech.

According to Gennady Spirchagov, the new National Competition Development Plan aims to increase the number of small and medium-sized businesses in Russia to 25 million people by 2025, while also increasing the share of SMEs in state procurement and expanding participation of the private sector in economic activities. For example, the number of for-profit enterprises shall reach 90% in the construction industry.

As noted by the regional Ministry of Economic Development, at year-end 2020, the Ulyanovsk region moved up ten positions in the Rating on Competition Promotion among Russian Regions and entered the top twenty.

“As of today, the share of privately owned enterprises amounted to 100% in 17 out of 34 commodity markets of the Ulyanovsk region. These are the ones related to road management, agriculture, construction, light industry, transport, housing and public utilities, and communication. The share of privately owned companies is above 70% in seven product markets, which corresponds to the planned expectations. They include retail pharmacy industry, wood processing, seed production, heat supply and others,” commented Nikolai Zontov, Acting Minister of Economic Development and Industry of Ulyanovsk Region.

Joint activities for competition development in the region will continue in 2022.