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  • ALEXANDER GALUSHKA ON DEVELOPMENT OF THE FAR EAST: A YEAR AGO WE HAD PLANS AND TARGETS; NOW WE HAVE SPECIFIC RESULTS AND NUMBERS

    12 May 2016

    Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Russian Far East Alexander Galushka chaired a meeting to discuss the region’s pace of development, using the Khabarovsk Territory as an example. The meeting was attended by Deputy Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Vladimir Solodov, Governor of the Khabarovsk Territory Vyacheslav Shport, CEO of the Far East Development Corporation Denis Tikhonov and Deputy to CEO of the Far East Development Fund Ruslan Sarkisov, in addition to representatives of the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East, the Government of the Khabarovsk Territory, local governments, state-owned companies and the business community.

    The meeting focused on creating an infrastructure in existing advanced special economic zones and establishing new ones in the Khabarovsk Territory, the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East said in a press release. Alexander Galushka noted that some progress had been achieved in development of the Far East, mentioning certain tools and platforms that had been created: “Advanced special economic zones, the Free port of Vladivostok, ongoing infrastructure support for investment projects, the functioning Far East Development Fund. Interaction with representatives of trade organizations and other public associations is under way”.

    The Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East noted that, on balance, a year after the new economic policy for the region was enacted, the Far East had transitioned to a qualitatively different level: “A year ago we had plans and targets; now we have specific results and numbers, and the first factories have appeared. Foundations are being laid for new-quality development of Komsomolsk-on-Amur, to make it another contemporary dynamic development centre for the 21st century Far East.”

    Governor of the Khabarovsk Territory Vyacheslav Shport concurred and said that “colossal work has been done over a short period by the Government of the Khabarovsk Territory, heads of municipalities and leaders of the urban districts of Komsomolsk-on-Amur and Khabarovsk, where priority development areas have been established. A legal framework has been created and documents have been signed. Today we are launching new projects.”

    The Khabarovsk Territory is now home to two advanced special economic zones: the Khabarovsk and the Komsomolsk. Core sectors in those areas include transport and logistics, manufacturing, aircraft building and agroindustry. More than 30 investors have already applied to register projects in the advanced special economic zones for a combined total of almost RUB 50 billion.

    Establishing the necessary infrastructure for the existing advanced special economic zones was a special topic of the discussion. Alexander Galushka said that the results of those efforts would be presented to investors at the upcoming Eastern Economic Forum in early September: “We have to pay attention to how these efforts are progressing, to what has been done and what needs to be done in the future – something that we will tell investors about at the Eastern Economic Forum on 2–3 September. This work must become well-paced, organized and carefully planned”.

    The Minister singled out the need to be investor-orientated and to focus on investors’ needs, noting that “promptness and convenience are important to them: as little time as possible should pass between an application being filed and a project being launched.”

    The meeting also discussed potential establishment of a new advanced special economic zone: the Nikolayevsky, which will work mainly with fisheries. Governor of the Khabarovsk Territory Vyacheslav Shport pointed out that the project would make a substantial contribution to development of this Territory and the entire Far East.

    The new priority development area is expected to host nine investment projects worth a total of almost RUB 4 billion and to create 1,395 jobs.