08 August 2016

    Magadan Region Governor Vladimir Pechyony meets representatives of the Ministry for Development of the Russian Far East

    The Magadan package plan working group includes Oksana Bondar, First Deputy Chair of the Magadan Region Duma; Yury Grishan, Mayor of Magadan; representatives of the Kolyma local government, and the city administration of the regional capital, reports an official press release from Magadan Region.

    According to Artur Niyazmetov, Russia’s Deputy Minister for Development of the Russian Far East, the package plan will include a list of the main challenges facing the city and ways of addressing them – both through innovative solutions and through existing tools of financial or organizational support from Moscow. The plan is expected to make use of current federal SME support programmes, as well as projects run by the Agency for the Development of Human Capital in the Russian Far East. “With Magadan’s main problem being underpopulation, the majority of the ideas we are proposing are intended to address the problem of attracting professionals to the region. Potential investors need workers,” said Niyazmetov.

    To make Magadan more attractive to future migrants from other Russian regions, Niyazmetov proposes subsidizing air travel to the Russian Far East, and entering into agreements with health resorts and retreats in Vladivostok to provide services.

    So that implementation of the plan can start as soon as possible, it is planned to be approved by mid-December. “If this does not happen, assistance from the federal budget will be postponed to the 2018 financial year rather than 2017,” explained Niyazmetov.

    The initial version of the Magadan package plan is expected to be ready by mid-September. Before then, it will be further discussed with representatives of the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok.

    “In future, not just Magadan, but every municipality in Kolyma will have a package plan. This will make it possible to focus all resources on addressing the primary objectives for each community and urban district, and to create a comfortable work, study and leisure environment for residents,” expressed members of the working group.