"Welcome to Murmansk." Photo: Atle Staalesen

Murmansk hopes for investment hike as it secures status as free economic zone

The far northern city says tax benefits are necessary for it to become the «Capital of the Arctic.»
December 20, 2019

Regional Governor Andrey Chibis took federal Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Trutnev on a helicopter ride ahead of this week’s session in the Arctic Commission.

The two men flew over the major construction site developed by Novatek as part of its Kola Yard project, as well as other key development objects along the Kola Bay, the regional government informs.

Chibis hosted the Arctic Commission session that included several federal ministers and top officials, regional governors and state company leaders. The development of natural resources in the Arctic was on top of the meeting agenda and Murmansk argued that it must play a key role in the process.

According Chibis, Murmansk got  what it wanted in the meeting. In early 2020, the region will get status as so-called advanced development region, and the local seaport will officially become a free trade port.

From before, several seaports in the Russian Far East have got similar free trade status.

The regional government has named its initiative the «Capital of the Arctic», and hopes are big for attraction of new investments. Governor Chibis says the liberalized trade and investment conditions creates the basis needed for the region to create «a new quality level of life for people in the Arctic.»

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«The decisions to grant Murmansk status as advanced development region and the introduction of a free port regime allow us to lower costs for investors, which is crucial for the development of the economy of the region and the Arctic as such,» he says.

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