25 August 2016

    The instructions concern the transportation situation, demographics and budget in the macro-region, the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East said in a press release.

    Above all, the instructions address funding for a new version of the state programme Socioeconomic Development of the Far East and Baikal Region until 2025.

    “The new version takes into account all the new mechanisms for the development of the Far East and the work that must be carried out for the successful development of the macro-region. It contains benchmarks for budget funding in 2017–2019 in the amount of RUB 46.7 billion annually, which will make it possible to continue consistent work to develop the Far Eastern region”, Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East Alexander Galushka said.

    The President instructed the Russian Government to further consider funding for measures as part of the Far East state programme in the planned amount when preparing the draft federal budget for 2017 and the planned period of 2018–2019.

    At the meeting with members of the Government chaired by the President, Galushka raised the issue of the availability of air travel to regions of the Far East. In order to resolve this problem, the Government along with Aeroflot, Sberbank, VTB, Rossiya Airlines and Vnesheconombank have been instructed to ensure the commissioning of long-haul aircraft. This order is to be fulfilled by December 1, 2016.

    One of the top objectives remains improving demographics in the Far East. The low population density is impeding the development of the macro-region. A decline in population numbers has been seen over the last 20 years, above all due to the outflow of able-bodied citizens, but the situation is gradually changing.

    “The population outflow from Russia’s Far East decreased by 80% over the first half of the year, the best demographic dynamics seen since 1992. People are starting to believe in the prospects for the region and hope has appeared. The primary indicator that proper work is being performed in the region is when people want to live and work in the Far East. This means that people have started believing in the Far East”, Galushka said.

    At the same time, additional measures are needed to improve the demographic situation in the Far Eastern Federal District. The Russian Government and Far Eastern regions must submit their proposals to improve the demographic situation to the President prior to March 1, 2017.