19 Oct '07
Based on the results of the first half of 2007, the Tomsk region has come out Russia´s eighth in terms of fixed investment growth rate. Apart from the commodity trade sector, known as the region’s chief source of profit, Tomsk region has seen dynamic development of innovative and science-intensive business.
Tomsk region was selected as home to one of the four Special Economic Zones (SEZ) of technical-innovative type, being established in Russia. Speculating over the region’s development strategy, regional authorities reckon on two major growth factors, namely on natural resources and areas of research, education and innovation.
Governor Victor Kress said in an interview to the ITAR-TASS news agency that the region’s general innovation strategy and Tomsk SEZ development project required “the generation of 50,000 new highly intellectual high-paid jobs in Tomsk over the coming 15-17 years.”
“We place our stake on two main development factors: the region’s natural reserves and the fields of science, education and innovative advancement,” the Governor added.