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Crimea economy to grow 7% per year in next 3 years

Published time: April 16, 2014 11:30
Edited time: April 16, 2014 16:25
The city embankment in Yalta, Crimea. (RIA Novosti/Mihail Mokrushin)

The city embankment in Yalta, Crimea. (RIA Novosti/Mihail Mokrushin)

The economy of Crimea could expand by 6-7 percent annually through 2017, says Russia’s business advocate Boris Titov. Most of the growth is expected to come from tourism, agriculture and manufacturing.

"The Crimea needs the construction of inexpensive three-stars hotels to provide tourists with high-quality service. It could allow Crimea to compete with Turkey, Egypt and even with Russia's Krasnodar Krai resorts," according to Titov’s report to the Russian president.

"Russian small business can provide a considerable part of the investment into tourism development in Crimea," he added.

At present the GDP per capita of Crimea is comparable with the poorest and least developed regions of Russia - Ingushetia and the Chechen republic. But despite the fact that the Crimean economy is in a difficult situation, it’s not hopeless. Crimea and Sevastopol can become the growth leaders among Russian regions, says Titov’s report produced in association with the Institute for Energy and Finance.

The business ombudsman suggests developing agro-industry in the Crimea by establishing new wineries. "The opening of these plants will allow a 15 percent increase in wine production. But to supply them it is necessary to plant 4 thousands hectares of new vineyards annually for the next 3-5 years", he says.

Commissioner for Entrepreneurs’ Rights Boris Titov (RIA Novosti/Grigoriy Sisoev)

Titov suggests Crimea’s return to Russia will positively impact the development of industry in the region, which is currently running at just 5-15 percent of capacity.

In order to stimulate the economy of Crimea, Titov suggests creating a special economic zone in the region, to introduce tax breaks for businesses, to allow the municipalities to provide tax "holidays" for small business, and also to create a network of industrial parks and business incubators.

Comments (21)

 

Tsar Cube 19.04.2014 16:37

I for see Turkey's economy plummeting, since they practically survive or Russia tourism right now. The treasure trove that is Crimea was too long neglected by Kiev and will get the attention it deserves now in Russia's rightful hands :)

 

hooya 17.04.2014 16:30

Russia regional development minister said: 'Today, our Crimea looks no better than Palestine.' There are enormous infrastructure problems.

7 0% of Crimeans earn a living from tourism. 70% of tourists come from mainland Ukraine, so don't expect them to drive freely to Crimea now that the Russians man the border.

Eve n the Russian travel agencies report a high number of cancellations of vacation packages to Crimea. Russians don't bite; they rather fly to Turkey (than drive thru Ukraine.)

A nnexation, occupation, sanctions, instability drive tourists away from Crimea.

 

NLsp 17.04.2014 15:40

If tourism in Crimea really takes of then hotels in Egypt and Turkey no longer have to advertise "no Russians" in order to get hard currency paying guests. A win-win situation all around. As I sincerely doubt any hard currency will flow into Crimea for a very, very long time. The amount of Rubles being invested in Crimea will have to be considerable to reach a consistent level of growth anywhere near 7%.

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