Journal section "Regional economics"

Free Port of Vladivostok: Development Conditions, Prospects, Risks

Krasova E.V., Ma Y.

6 (42), 2015

Krasova E.V., Ma Y. Free Port of Vladivostok: Development Conditions, Prospects, Risks. Economic and Social Changes: Facts, Trends, Forecast, 2015, no. 6 (42), pp. 108-122. DOI: 10.15838/esc/2015.6.42.6

DOI: 10.15838/esc/2015.6.42.6

Abstract   |   Authors   |   References
One of the priority directions of Russia’s state policy with regard to territories’ development is the development of the Far Eastern region. The free port of Vladivostok is one of the key projects that are currently being implemented in the southern part of Primorsky Krai and they focus on boosting the socio-economic development of Vladivostok city, Primorsky Krai and the Far Eastern region as a whole. The goal of this research is to consider the conceptual issues of the free port of Vladivostok, to outline the conditions and prospects of its operation and identify risks associated with its future development. The article defines the modern concept of “free port”, characterizes historical experience of the “free port” regime in Vladivostok in the end of the 19th century, substantiates the strategic importance of using the free port of Vladivostok as a tool of intensive growth of Russian Far Eastern territories. The article also discloses the essence of the free port of Vladivostok as a means to promote free entrepreneurship, which is used to increase freight traffic through the port of Vladivostok, increase foreign trade, attract new investments, create new industries and develop the port’s infrastructure. The article provides a review of the main tax benefits and perspectives of the free port of Vladivostok in terms of the gross regional product formation. Analyzing the mechanisms of effective functioning of the free port of Vladivostok, the authors identify the short-term (mid-term) and long-term priorities and operational risks for the free port of Vladivostok. The article also touches upon some issues concerning the response of some foreign countries to the creation of the free port of Vladivostok


gross regional product, free port of vladivostok; customs regime, port infrastructure, tax privileges, economy of primorsky krai, integration into the asia-pacific region, support for entrepreneurship, attraction of investments

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