It is a great honor to welcome you on behalf of the residents of the Jewish Autonomous Region!
The Eastern Economic Forum is one of the main business events not only for the Far East, but for the whole country. It is a productive international platform that gives the regions an opportunity to demonstrate their investment potential and to conclude cooperation agreements with companies in the countries of the Asia-Pacific region and Europe.
The Jewish Autonomous Region is located at the crossing of several transportation routes. It is rich in mineral resources and has a great potential in ecological and ethnocultural tourism. Favorable conditions for investors and comfortable business development have been created in the region. Full support is granted to obtain a status of a resident of the Territory of Advanced Development.
Investment attractiveness is a priority in the work of the authorities. We are open to cooperation for the development of the Jewish Autonomous Region and the Far East in general and we work to make the region attractive to our business partners.
I invite all the participants of the Eastern Economic Forum to visit the hospitable land of the Jewish Autonomous Region!
The City of Birobidzhan
Amur, Tunguska, Umri, Bolshaya Bira, Bidzhan.
According to its climatic conditions the region is one of the most favorable regions in the Far East. Winters have low snowfall and are cold, summers are warm and humid.
36.3 thousand km2
156.5 thousand people
Development of mineral resources, forestry and wood processing, agriculture, tourism.
The main concept of the pavilion of the Jewish Autonomous Region is “A Rainbow Bridge”. A rainbow is the key component. It symbolizes peace, happiness, good. It is the core element represented on the flag of the region as a symbol of aspiration to go up, to grow and to develop. The exhibition displays ethnic, natural uniqueness and investment attractiveness, as well as the importance of health of the nation.
A rainbow is an important symbol of the region and its use in the structure played a crucial role at the stage of selection of design direction.
Location of the plot on both sides of the walkway allowed us to erect “a rainbow bridge” across the walkway placing at the top an observation platform, which is the key element of the pavilion.
The bows are lit at night covering the pavilion with a colorful dome. According to some beliefs there are treasures hidden at the other end of the rainbow. And in the Jewish Autonomous Region “at the other end of the rainbow” there is a lot of treasure, i.e. friendly people, pure nature, new innovative projects.
The radius of the bows has been calculated in such a way as to provide a comfortable passage for people and vehicles beneath them compactly hugging the passage.
The left side of the podium is used for a summer outdoor café with dishes of the regional cuisine. The stairs to the observation platform are located at the back of the building.
is a writer called a Jewish Mark Twain
In place of the modern Birobidzhan there was a railway station
Every two years there is an International
Festival of Jewish Culture and Art held in the JAR
is the only autonomous region in Russia
Chief Rabbi of the region Eliyahu Riss
is the youngest Rabbi in Russia
Birobidzhan train station
is the first stone building of the city
There is a monument to the
first Jewish settlers in Birobidzhan
a Jewish seven-branched candlestick, symbolizes a tree of life. A fountain in a shape of menorah is at the train station forecourt in Birobidzhan
A Red Listed Ussury Crane inhabits
in the wildlife reserve “Zhuravliny”
The Trans-Siberian Railway runs through the
Jewish Autonomous Region
This year, as we celebrate the Forum’s 5th anniversary we have an opportunity to look back on everything that has been achieved since 2015. It was the first time when Vladivostok hosted the trendsetters from Russian and international business communities, government officials, foreign dignitaries, researchers, and experts – in other words, everyone who was prepared to cooperate with Russia and work in the Russian Far East; everyone, who was ready to launch new production facilities and develop those already in place; everyone, who aimed to create new jobs, construct roads, housing, and hospitals – namely improve the life of our Eastern territories.
The goals we set 5 years ago appeared unattainable back then. We discussed a broad range of topics: expectations and development prospects, creating new economic regimes and improving the investment climate, passing legislative initiatives and changing legal framework, putting new social infrastructure in place and helping regions reach their potential – in other words, we were talking about the future. Some were hopeful, some remained skeptical, yet there was only one thing that mattered: we were ready to act as one. And today, that future has become our present.
The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin designated the development of the Far East as a national priority of the entire 21st century. At the behest of the President, a whole new economy is being created in the region. Large companies as well as small and medium-sized businesses can count on tax breaks, administrative preferences, concessional loans, and support from the state development institutions.
A lot has been accomplished during the last 5 years: over 40 legislative initiatives that sustain investment activity and improve the social sphere have been passed; 20 advanced special economic zones and 5 free ports have been put in place. These measures resulted in over 1,780 new investment projects worth over RUB 3.8 trillion, and 230 new enterprises appeared. The government provides targeted infrastructural and financial support to the investors. Over 70 thousand people received free land and now are building houses and farms on their ‘Far Eastern hectares’.
17 different countries invest in the Far East: China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, to name a few. Since 2014, nearly 32% of all direct foreign investment came to our region.
The Far East itself has expanded: Zabaikalsky Krai and the Republic of Buryatia joined the Far Eastern Federal District, while the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East now oversees an additional region: the Russian Arctic Zone.
When it comes to the social sphere, the ‘Unified Subsidy’ mechanism has provided existing measures with additional stimulus. 57 centres of economic growth have received funding for the construction of schools and nurseries, hospitals as well as medical and obstetric stations, cultural centres and sports facilities. These centres are home to over 80% of Far Easterners.
A fair amount of good work has been done. Economic growth in the FEFD exceeds 4%, which is two times greater than the Russian national average. However, we are now faced with another objective: increasing economic growth in the Russian Far East to 6% per year. We also must figure out how to improve the quality of life in the Russian Far East and in the Arctic so that it exceeds the Russian national average. These objectives have been set by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.
Our goal is to make the Russian Far East more accessible to investors and comfortable for the people that live here, providing them with the confidence that their dreams will become a reality in the nearest future.
Many topics that were brought up at previous Forums ended up serving as the foundation for the development and passing of legislation, the implementation of new business support measures, and the improvement of the Far East’s social welfare. I am confident that this Forum will continue contributing to the open dialogue between businesses and authorities, experts and researchers, sociologists and demographers.
I would like to wish Forum guests and participants all the best. The Russian Far East is open for cooperation: we value each partner, every opinion and every initiative that helps develop our country!