YURY TRUTNEV: SYSTEMIC CONDITIONS BEING CREATED FOR DEVELOPING RUSSIA’S FAR EAST
20 January 2017
Russian President Vladimir Putin has held a working meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential Envoy to Russia’s Far Eastern Federal District Yury Trutnev. At the meeting, the two discussed the socioeconomic situation in Russia’s Far Eastern regions and plans to develop the macroregion as a whole.
According to the Deputy Prime Minister, work to meet the objective set by the Russian President of accelerating socioeconomic development in the Far East is under way. “First and foremost, we are working to put the systemic conditions for development in place”, he emphasized.
The Deputy Prime Minister pointed out that five federal laws have been adopted within the last year “with the purpose of improving both living conditions and the investment climate. The most important of these that I’d like to mention is the law on tariff alignment. We have created four new free ports, improved the mechanism for regional investment projects, and adopted a resolution to allocate hectares of land free of charge”, he added.
“This is ongoing work. We are presently developing 11 pieces of draft legislation for the current year, including a bill to simplify the visa entry system for Vladivostok Free Port, and 22 government acts, some addressing integrated issues such as the development of Komsomolsk-on-Amur – this is work to develop regulations”, Yury Trutnev emphasized.
“As far as results on a more practical level are concerned, in the last year 24 new enterprises have been launched with the help of state support mechanisms, and more than 1,000 jobs have been created”, he added. Four free ports and five advanced special economic zones have also been created. Nearly 500 investment projects are presently in development.