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  • RUSSIAN FAR EAST MAY SERVE AS TESTING GROUND FOR NEW MEASURES TO ENCOURAGE DEMOGRAPHIC GROWTH

    26 July 2016

    The draft Concept for Demographic Policy in the Russian Far East to 2030 was discussed at a meeting of the Far Eastern Federal District Demographic Policy Working Group, chaired by Deputy Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East Sergey Kachayev, according to a Ministry press release.

    The strategic goal for demographic growth in the Russian Far East is to stabilise the population at between 6.2 and 6.3 million by the year 2020, and then to promote an increase to 8 million people by the year 2030.

    One pressing issue is attracting both domestic and foreign workers to the region. The Russian Far East offers a wide range of measures to support investors. In particular, new sources of economic growth, advanced special economic zones (ASEZs), are being created, as well as a network of free ports and a favourable investment climate. An employment market analysis indicates that by 2021, around 80,000 new jobs are planned to be created in the Far Eastern Federal District, of which 27,200 will be at enterprises in ASEZs, including over 20,000 at the Free Port of Vladivostok.

    A model programme for demographic growth will be designed for each region of the Far East, taking into account specific local characteristics. Each area will also have a programme to improve the health care and social services systems.

    “Development in the Russian Far East involves building and applying new solutions and standards. The Far Eastern Federal District may become a testing ground for measures to encourage demographic growth. We look forward to hearing expert proposals which can be implemented in practice in the very near future”, said Kachayev.

    Expert proposals will be reviewed at a special roundtable discussion at the Eastern Economic Forum. The Concept is scheduled to be adopted by the end of 2016.