"The Analytical Center today serves as a go-between between the regions and the federal government," said Deputy Head of the Analytical Center Mikhail Pryadilnikov opening the Agile-session on the development of the regional elements for the Demography national project. Mr. Pryadilnikov noted that he believes it to be a key project because all the other projects aim to improve the quality of life of the population and you need to have a population for that.
The session was strategic in nature and featured presentations by representatives of federal ministries participating in the national project as well as team work by the managers of similar projects in regional governments. This format creates a synergetic effect and helps Russian regions to better coordinate and share experience in order to achieve their goals in the most effective way possible.
"The Demography national project includes five components focusing on health, physical activity, support of families with children and the elderly and each of these components is a project on its own with its own performance indicators," said Deputy Head of the Department for Demographic Policy and Social Welfare of the Ministry of Labor Elena Strakhova. "All the targets included in the Decree of the Russian President must be taken into account and must be achievable in each region." At the same time she noted that social welfare is not part of this project and all the proposed measures must be first and foremost of demographic nature.
Kirill Orlov, Deputy Head of the Science and Education Department of the Ministry of Sports and the Head of the Ministry's Project Management Office, said that the Sports as a New Way of Life project was currently in a state of constantly being tweaked and updated, especially with regards to how to get the general public more engaged in sports and fitness, seeing that there is so much demand for fitness and healthy living options in the country. "Regional projects cannot just be carbon copies of the federal project, the regional government should use the federal project as a general blueprint and make their own proposals, including unorthodox ones," Mr. Orlov told the participants of the session.
Representatives of the regions split up into two teams and held an effective session under the guidance of the Project Olympus contest assessors Egor Kryunkin and Andrey Lyakin. As a result of team work proposals were made regarding what changes should be made to the federal and regional components of the Demography national project.