Accelerated development territories must have adequate infrastructure

21 march 2016

The Analytical Center has hosted a roundtable on “Creation of cluster-towns as flagships for the development of territories and the use of corporate governance mechanisms to make the use of state property more efficient”. During the roundtable the participating experts discussed the functions of cluster towns and their potential in the development of territories.

“There are currently a lot of forms that territorial development can take depending on the industry. However, high-quality territorial development can hardly be achieved without an improvement in the living standards,” said the deputy head of the Analytical Center Mikhail Pryadilnikov as he opened the discussion. “We have got numerous examples of industry-specific agglomerations but few of them are positive,” agreed Vladislav Fedotov, CEO and management board member of the Professional Association of Chief Executive Officers Directorium. “Often these problems stem from underdeveloped infrastructure.” Mr. Fedotov believes that new measures are needed to make the use of state property more efficient, with special attention being paid to monotowns.

Rafael Abramyan, Director of the Inter-regional and Borderland Cooperation Department of the Ministry for Economic Development of Russia, talked about the cluster-centered approach to the development of the Arctic areas. He noted that the Arctic region was divided up into several zones, each with its own development plan. This work is being done in alignment with the strategy for the Development of the Northern Sea Route.

Acting Head of the Regional Development Department of Russia’s Ministry for Economic Development Igor Yegorov believes we are already seeing tangible effects from the creation of free economic zones (there are thirty-three of those already). An even newer development tool is the status of accelerated development territory. They attract investors and the goal for the state here is to find breakthrough mechanisms for boosting growth in accelerated development territories so as to promote the development of infrastructure that would attract permanent residents.

Konstantin Guselnikov, ASI representative in Moscow region, noted that "cluster towns represent an opportunity for the development of a brand new type of region".

Experts also discussed the current status and development potential of the Far East, Sevastopol and Crimea, the need for professional education and retraining required by companies pursuing innovative technologies and the construction of "turn-key" towns, the use of state support mechanisms to create cluster towns and the use of corporate governance mechanisms to make the use of state resources more efficient.