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INNOPROM is to become a milestone in the development of economy, innovative industries, and social life in Russia and Sverdlovsk Region. With these words, Governor Yevgeny Kuyvashev addressed the participants and guests of the Ural International Exhibition and Forum of Innovations “INNOPROM 2012” in Ekaterinburg on July 12.During the opening ceremony, the head of the region stated that starting from 2010, when the Middle Urals had become the host of the exhibition for the first time, INNOPROM had been growing and developing as an exhibition and discussion platform. This is where science and production meet, where innovative ideas and designs get jump-started, facilitate the development of Russian economy, and improve the quality of life.Yevgeny Kuyvashev noted that INNOPROM is a possibility for the region to attract new investments. He reminded the audience that as of last year the influx of capital into the region amounted to 70%. INNOPROM played a role in that largely.“Any industrial exhibition has long-term effects. I am convinced that thanks to INNOPROM 2012 both Ekaterinburg and Sverdlovsk Region will become better known in the world, get state-of-the-art exhibition infrastructure, new roads, and new workplaces. We need new technologies and new partners in order to improve the quality of life for our fellow citizens even more,” stated the Governor.He also noted that thanks to the success of INNOPROM held last year Ekaterinburg was nominated as a potential organizer of the exhibition EXPO 2020. Preparing and holding the Expo, the city and the region will get a chance to broaden their horizons.“I wish all the guests and participants of the main industrial exhibition of this country good contracts, good contacts, and good communication opportunities,” said Yevgeny Kuyvashev.The official opening of the exhibition ended with the tour of stands. Together with senator Eduard Rossel and the Regional Legislative Assembly’s speaker Ludmila Babushkina, Yevgeny Kuyvashev visited the stands of Sverdlovsk Region, the Ekaterinburg Expo 2020 Application Committee, the Ural pharmaceutical cluster, and UralVagonZavod.