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Decree of December 21, 2021 No. 2371

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Decree of December 21, 2021 No. 2371

On February 1, 2022, an experiment will start in Russia to provide support to small and medium-sized businesses, self-employed and citizens who are just about to start their own business, based on the digital platform of SMEs. The decree on this was signed by the Chairman of the Government Mikhail Mishustin. The new system will make it as easy as possible for entrepreneurs to open, run and develop a business.

The participants in the experiment will be the Ministry of Digital Industry, the Ministry of Economic Development, the Central Bank, the Federal Tax Service and the Federal Corporation for the Development of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SME Corporation). Other federal ministries and departments, development institutions, banks and insurance organizations will be able to join it on a voluntary basis.

As part of the experiment, services for SMEs will be combined in a new ecosystem based on a digital platform developed by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade together with the SME Corporation. She will ensure targeted selection and proactive approval of support measures, as well as the provision of services that are required at different stages of business development. What is important – without the personal presence of entrepreneurs. Government departments – the participants in the experiment will themselves exchange the necessary information through the system of interdepartmental electronic interaction.

It is assumed that each user of the platform will have their own digital profile. Depending on the stage of development and the needs of the entrepreneur, he will be offered certain federal and regional support tools and services, such as “Start a business”, “Tax services”, “Obtaining a loan”, “Document designer” and “Legislative business digest” … In total, by 2024, it is planned to implement more than 20 different services verified by business on the digital platform.

The ecosystem will help solve common problems that entrepreneurs often face. This is both a lack of information about existing support measures, and the need to register separately on different resources in order to receive them, and the obligation to collect a new package of documents with each application.

The experiment is being implemented within the framework of the national project “Small and Medium Enterprises and Support for Individual Entrepreneurial Initiatives”. It will last until February 1, 2025, after which the experience gained will be analyzed and scaled up.

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