Two Tatarstan cities entered the TOP 10 best single-industry towns in Russia at once. The results of the rating for 2020 were summed up by the Single-Industry Towns Development Fund (VEB Group.RF) on the site of the Russian News Agency TASS. The top ten cities that showed a high level of socio-economic development included Naberezhnye Chelny and Nizhnekamsk. The event was attended by regional governors, as well as Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan - Minister of Economy of Tatarstan Midhat Shagiakhmetov.
"Our single-industry towns are not standing still and are getting stronger every year. They participate in various breakthrough projects, use not only the support measures of the Single-Industry Towns Development Fund, but also the VEB.RF Group. This gives them a new impetus to development, the desire to open new horizons. Our TOP 10 cities are the ones you need to focus on. They were able to transform their territories, make them beautiful, interesting, attractive to residents, tourists and investors. And this became possible thanks to the well-coordinated work of the team of the city, the region and the Foundation," the General Director of the Single-Industry Towns Development Fund Irina Makieva said in her speech.
Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Sergey Galkin said that among the single-industry towns, there are those that successfully cope with the tasks of economic diversification. Nevertheless, there are single-industry towns where the situation remains tense.
Midhat Shagiakhmetov on behalf of the President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov thanked the Government of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia, the Fund for the Development of Single-industry Towns for the creation of new development opportunities that the single-industry towns of the republic have received for many years of support.
"The Republic is actively participating in all federal programs to support single-industry towns. Thanks to this, more than 13 thousand jobs have been created and 33 billion rubles of investments have been attracted. Thus, with the support of the Single-Industry Towns Development Fund, key highways have been reconstructed in Naberezhnye Chelny and Nizhnekamsk. The engineering and road infrastructure of industrial parks has been created.The created infrastructure made it possible to attract such large business entities as Haier, X5 Retail Group, OZON and Wildberries to single-industry towns, and ensure the development of small and medium-sized enterprises of the republic," the minister said.
The Minister of Economy noted the importance of further support of single-industry towns. In particular, one of the important tasks is to continue active work on economic diversification in the single-industry town of Zelenodolsk. Earlier, the Ministry of Economic Development proposed to change the criteria for determining single-industry towns in Russia, including excluding from their list those that are located within 50 km from regional capitals.
"Our joint efforts have led to the fact that the structure of the economy of single-industry towns is currently being diversified, new industries are developing. But, nevertheless, there are many tasks ahead. I fully support the Governor of the Samara region Dmitry Azarov on the need for a more flexible approach when reviewing the criteria for attribution to single-industry towns (50 km). In Tatarstan, this is the city of Zelenodolsk, whose economy has just begun to diversify, I would like to bring the launched processes to a logical end," added Midhat Shagiakhmetov.
As part of the award ceremony, the single-industry city of Naberezhnye Chelny was pointed out in terms of economic activity. The city team actively attracts investors and cooperates with the Single-Industry Towns Development Fund on financial and non-financial instruments. We note that Naberezhnye Chelny is constantly included in the TOP 10 single-industry towns of Russia.
"In Naberezhnye Chelny, the largest automobile plant in the country and the world, Kamaz, worked two days a week, today it is working with an increase of 20%. Now it is not only a city of automakers, but also a city where refrigerators, televisions, washing machines are produced. This is all the result of the work of the Single-Industry Towns Foundation, the Government of the Republic of Tatarstan and the Mayor's Office of Naberezhnye Chelny," said the Mayor of Naberezhnye Chelny Nail Magdeev.
In Nizhnekamsk, in 2020, the attitude of the single-industry town to the economic situation improved and the potential for entrepreneurial activity in the field of SMEs increased. The award was received by the former head of Nizhnekamsk Aidar Metshin and the head of the Executive Committee of the Nizhnekamsk Municipal District Ramil Mullin.
"There are a lot of emotions, we have done the work together, not everything is measured by finances, but by the irreversibility of the launched process, we have made a big step under the leadership of Irina Vladimirovna, which moves on, this is the most important thing," said Aidar Metshin.
The rating of single-industry towns is held annually. It helps to identify the strongest and most promising sides of single-industry towns-leaders, as well as to identify the best projects to improve the quality of life of citizens.
The TOP 10 best single-industry towns included: Naberezhnye Chelny and Nizhnekamsk of the Republic of Tatarstan, Tolyatti of the Samara region, Novoulyanovsk of the Ulyanovsk region, Gubkin of the Belgorod Region, Pavlovsk of the Voronezh Region, Cherepovets of the Vologda Region, Kotovsk of the Tambov Region, Magnitogorsk of the Chelyabinsk Region and Nevinnomyssk of the Stavropol Territory.