Far East and Baikal to be Developed under New State Program

18 june 2015

A meeting on ways to optimise the Russian government’s state programme for the socio-economic development of the Far East and Baikal region was held at the Analytical Center.

Participants of the event included the authorised representative of the Russian President in the Siberian Federal District Nikolai Rogozhkin, the Accounts Chamber auditor Yuri Roslyak, the Deputy Minister for Economic Development Alexander Zybulsky, the State Secretary, the Deputy Minister for the Development of the Far East Kirill Stepanov, the Governor of the Zabaykalsky Krai Konstantin Ilkovsky, the Head of the Republic of Buryatiya, the Chair of the Government of Buryatiya Vyacheslav Nagovitsyn, the Governor of Irkutsk Region Sergey Eroschenko, the Deputy Chair of the government of Amur Region Tatiana Chusova, the Deputy Chair of the government of Khabarovsk Territory, the Minister for economic development of Khabarovsky Krai Victor Kalashnikov, the Deputy Chair of the Government of Sakhalin Galina Pavlova, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Buryatiya, the Head of the authorised representative office of the Republic of Buryatia with the Russian President Anatoly Lekhatinov, the Deputy Chair of the State Duma and the Federation Committee for Natural Resources and Environment, Buryatiya representative Mikhail Slipenchik as well as other government officials and experts.

"It’s a relevant topic today," Nikolai Rogozhkin said in his address,"There are many documents on the development of the Far East and Baikal Region and it would be great if today as a result of our dialogue they get in full force."

"A new model for the development of the Far East is being created, so tools for its implementation should be developed ," said Kirill Stepanov,"The state Program should become an integrated tool for managing the accelerated development of the Far East.’

The Head of the Analytical Center’s Department for Regional Policy and Far East Development Sergey Aristov reminded the participants that the goal of the Program is to effect accelerated socio-economic development in the region and create conditions that would encourage people to relocate to the region. "We suggest two major regions being identified, the Far East and the Baikal region, because historically different approaches have always been used to stimulate development in these two territories. The program must comprise two stages: the first one will complete in 2020 and the second one will be implemented between 2020 and 2025. We also need to put specific ministries and people in charge of implementation," he said.

Yuri Roslyak noted that the Far East and the Baikal regions are adjacent to each other and should thus be developed in tandem. "We need to create conditions that would ensure far better living standards for the population - housing, healthcare, education and the like here, without this basic infrastructure in place we will not be able to achieve our economic goals either," the Accounts Chamber auditor believes.

In Mikhail Slipenchuk’s opinion, ‘the Program’s goals must be aligned with the goals of the other state programmes aimed at effecting accelerated development in the Far East.’ Representatives of the Governments of the territories being discussed shared their ideas as well.

The experts noted that the Program that is supposed to be developed by the Ministry for Economic Development should be ready within 2-3 months, in time for its target approval date of December 20, 2015. The Head of the Analytical Center Konstantin Noskov suggested making the Analytical Center the coordinator for the preparation for the Program and his proposal was adopted.