Today, Russia-wide Forum entitled “Private Operators of Communal Infrastructure” is held in Moscow. As our special correspondent, Yelena Matseiko, reports from the ground, the event was dedicated to attracting concessions in the housing and utility sector.
While in the past there were few of them, now one can observe a concession boom in Russia. Over 183 billion roubles of private investments have been attracted in the country’s housing and utilities.
900 concession agreements have been concluded over this period of time. According to the Forum’s participants, there is a progress in elaboration of modern concession legislation.
At present, much more favorable environment, than in other countries, has been created for private entities operating in the housing and utility sector.
As the head of the Housing and Utilities Department at the Russian Construction Ministry, Oksana Demchenko, pointed out, the key troubles impeding concessions’ implementation are the regional authorities’ resistance to access of private investors and lack of qualified managers.