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"Results of Sochi: the year was not in vain"

Khabarovsk Governor Vyacheslav Shport appreciated the participation of the region in the investment forum

In mid-February, the entire Russian establishment, connected with the economy and investments, gathered at the next investment forum in Sochi. The governor of the Khabarovsk Territory Vyacheslav Shport told EastRussia what is happening with the largest projects in the region: the construction of a bypass of Khabarovsk and a pulp and paper mill in Amursk, the development of the Great Ussuri island and the reconstruction of an international airport.

"Results of Sochi: the year was not in vain"
Photo: Press Service of the Government of Khabarovsk Territory
- The site of the Russian Investment Forum in Sochi is another kind of "review" for the regions, summing up the results of the development for the year. Are you satisfied with how the Khabarovsk Territory was celebrated at the forum?

- The forum in Sochi has always been important for us. This time, the most important projects were discussed: infrastructure projects. Infrastructure itself opens up opportunities for investors, allows them to raise funds, and in this regard, the Khabarovsk Territory, of course, there are successes. In two nominations, in the sphere of social infrastructure, we got a good evaluation. Another project, public-private partnership in the construction of the so-called "Eastern bypass of Khabarovsk", was named the best. This is a complex project worth 41 billion rubles: it involves the federal budget, regional and private investors. The road will give an opportunity to attract large investments to the sites of the advanced development area "Khabarovsk", to which there are no access roads of the appropriate capacity, and in Vanino, where we finished last year to build a route of regional importance. The multiplicative effect will be very high. And if we consider the forum as a platform for summing up the results, today we summed up the results: the year was not in vain. And this is the main point.

- Slightly in the shadow in the information plan is another important infrastructure project - the development of the Great Ussuri island on the border of Russia and China. Can you say what is the status of the project now?

- The island is supervised by the Ministry for the Development of the Far East. The concept of its development is developed and is on the approval of the government - it is the competence of the federal level of authority, since the development of the island is closely connected with the issues of border regulation. Our proposal to replace the status of the future border crossing point across the state border on the Great Ussuriysky from passenger to cargo-and-passenger was accepted by the government, and today the process of preparing relevant regulatory acts is underway. At the same time, there is a search for an investor who would be involved in the implementation of the island's shore protection project - without this, construction can not be conducted there. Two of these aspects serve as additional slowing factors for the adoption of the concept of development of the Great Ussuriysk.

- Potential investors say that the shore protection of the Great Ussuriysk on the full version will be too long and expensive. This is true?

- There are real investors in the Great Ussuriysk today, and there is a factor contributing to investments - on the Russian side a bridge has been built on the island. There is a study of how to shore up the lead in stages. The last talks on this matter were during the recent visit of Vice-Premier Yury Trutnev to Harbin and his meeting with his Chinese counterpart, and we took a direct part in it. It is also very important to synchronize the bank protection work with the Russian and Chinese sides. We will find a solution - it is already close. And, by the way, the problem of shore fortification on the Big Ussuriysk is not acute now, it is more important to strengthen large settlements of the Khabarovsk Territory, which were affected by the flood of 2013 on the Amur: Khabarovsk and the Komsomolsk-on-Amur region. As soon as we build defensive dams there, we will throw all our forces on the island of Bolshoi Ussuriysk.

- "The Agency for Attracting Investments" throughout the past year has been vigorously promoting the project of the pulp and paper mill in the Khabarovsk Territory, which Chinese investors are interested in. Is this a live project?



- And alive, and extremely important for us: the company China Paper promises to invest $ 1,2 billion. We have repeatedly met with its representatives, held a number of negotiations. All the proposals and demands that Chinese investors put to us, we fulfilled. The main among the requirements was that the cutting area should be located at a distance that makes the transportation of raw materials to the future combine profitable. The Chinese side is now considering our options for raw materials. Such questions, as you understand, do not dare quickly - after all, a billion or more dollars at stake!

"But is there any movement?"

- Yes, and we will bring it to its logical conclusion. We found a site in Amursk, it will be within the territory of the advanced development of Komsomolsk. But there is no need to hurry. And we have to calculate all the risks, and the investor. We just need a plant for the sake of the plant, believe me, it is not needed. We need to create jobs for residents of Amursk and the Amur region. Investor - to combine provided benefits. A mutually beneficial solution is always difficult to find.

- Will it be an environmentally friendly enterprise?

- The plant will be built in accordance with the most stringent requirements. Why else negotiations so quickly do not go is our basic condition that the ecology was on the first place.

- Tell us, if it's not a secret, what other talks are at the final stage?

- We have a project for the reconstruction of the metallurgical complex in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, the Amurmetal plant. We also held talks in China with a group of companies that propose to reconstruct the plant, investing a lot of money.

- And Japan is interested in projects in the Khabarovsk Territory?

- We found the best option with the Japanese side so far - this is work on projects for growing vegetables in the closed ground joint venture JGC Evergreen. Have already built two large greenhouses with organic products. Now we have allocated the land, we are working on the construction of the third stage of greenhouses, where they will grow strawberries.

- Yes, this is a very successful case, which the entire Far East looks at. Maybe the Japanese are turning with some other proposals?

- Here it works the other way: we put forward proposals for ready projects. For example, proposals were made on medical projects. But the east is a delicate matter, you know. They want to finish the three stages of greenhouses before the end, and only then, perhaps, to take up medicine. And we do not hurry them. We do not need to put the names of projects into a box: they need to be paid off.

- And comment, please, the last decision on investments in the reconstruction of the passenger terminal of Khabarovsk airport.

- We found a solution to the financing and get down to work. In fact, the work has already begun. But the composition of the consortium of investors is a commercial secret, and I will not comment on them.


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