At the forthcoming 4th Yalta International Economic Forum, Opora Rossii All-Russia public organization for small and medium enterprises plans to raise the issue of making small and medium-sized businesses in the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol legal, the organization’s President Alexander Kalinin told TASS on Friday.
“I have talked to business people in both Sevastopol and Crimea. I should say that the business community in the Federation’s new constituent entities is very active, with many small companies operating. One of the problems in the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol is the abundance of illegal small and micro businesses. One of the topics to be discussed at the forthcoming YIEF will be how to make these businesses legal”, he told the agency during a meeting in Yekaterinburg in which Russia’s Prosecutor General Yury Chaika participated.
“We are going to take part in the Forum and raise the issue of making business in Crimea legal”, Kalinin said.
According to him, under Ukrainian rule, self-employed individuals were reluctant to “establish a formal relationship with the state”.
“We believe that small and micro businesses should go legal, as they tend to construct buildings that are not safe in terms of fire safety. We have discussed the issue of making underground businesses legal with Head of the Republic of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov and Head of Sevastopol Dmitry Ovsyannikov. We are going to continue these efforts with respect to the Crimean business”, the organization’s President pointed out.
Yalta International Economic Forum is an annual international business event held in Crimea since 2015. The fourth Forum is due to take place on 19–21 April. More than 3,000 delegates from Russia are expected to attend, while the number of foreign YIEF participants will grow 2.5-fold to 500.