05 July 2016

    The Agency for the Development of Human Capital in the Far East has extended the deadline for its competition to find the best idea on how to use one hectare of land in the Russian Far East, following numerous requests from applicants who have not yet submitted their entries, reports a press release from the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East.

    The creators of the five best ideas on how to use a ‘Far Eastern hectare’ will receive valuable awards and have the opportunity to attend the Eastern Economic Forum, taking part in the business and cultural programme.

    “So far, we have received more than 400 entries to the competition. There has been a vast range of ideas, from setting up eco-hotels, dairies, apiaries, and children’s centres, to harvesting wild herbs, developing low-rise construction, and much more. We are receiving proposals not only from individual citizens, but also from not-for-profit organizations and enterprises. In the last few days of June, there was an increase in the number of requests to extend the competition deadline. We have met our applicants’ requests and are continuing to accept entries for a further two weeks,” said Sergey Gabestro, Deputy Chair of the Ministry’s Public–Private Partnership Committee.

    The aim of the competition is to identify and replicate the best options for using the plots of land. Entry is open to residents of Russia aged 11 or over, and to not-for-profit and for-profit organizations registered in Russia.