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    MOSCOW, Mar. 1 (RIA Novosti) - High-tech companies are in favor of setting up technoparks in Russia.

    "Good idea. We were inspired, having heard of the ideas voiced at the very top level," Ilya Prokimnov, Columbus IT Partner's vice-president for business consulting, told RIA Novosti on Tuesday on the margins of the forum organized by the Adam Smith Institute. At the same time, he would like to see concrete steps taken.

    "Unfortunately, it is not quite clear to me what lies behind the ideas of technological breakthrough, if there is any strategy, who is going to implement it and if private companies are going to be involved," Mr. Prokimnov stressed.

    Eduard Oganov, I-Teco's deputy director general for development, spoke for the idea of technoparks in Russia.

    "It is a useful and sought-for idea from the economic standpoint," he said.

    Mr. Oganov believes no additional laws and privileges are necessary to implement the concept.

    "There are more than enough privileges in Russia. I do not think we need any special privileges for technoparks to become a success. From the economic point of view, there is everything needed for the idea to be implemented," he said.

    According to Mr. Oganov, capital will find profitable and effective projects on its own. However, economic and political stability is vital for the technoparks to succeed.

    "Technoparks are about high technology, they are facing the future. However, companies draft long-term plans only when there is stability," he said.

    Veritas Sales Director Vasily Likhovaido, too, supported the technopark concept, calling it a promising path for Russia's economic development to follow. He noted that many foreign companies relied on Russian programmers and that state support was needed for "putting this on the commercial footing".

    The technology park is a type of territorial integration of science, education and production in the form of an association of scientific organizations, design bureaus, education establishments and production companies. Technoparks are often granted tax exemptions.

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