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Raise the flag to run twice as fast

Minvostokrazviti summed up the results of the work and is preparing for new realities

Bright March seaside sun and fresh frost met the participants and guests of the final board of the Ministry of the Russian Federation for the development of the Far East 6 March in FEFU on Russky Island. The duty annual report event left strong impressions. For the current team of the Ministry it was already the fifth in a row, and although each year the college was called "final" (such is the schedule), this time the sound of this word was special. However, about everything in order.

Raise the flag to run twice as fast
Photo: the press service of the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia
The college began ... with a hanger. The parallel is not accidental - it was felt that the organizers carefully worked over the script not one day: every detail was carefully thought out. Atmosphere from the very morning in the building "B" FEFU (the very one in which the entire business program of the Eastern Economic Forum is traditionally held) was charged by a military brass band. The queue in the wardrobe took a little time, but no one was in a hurry - they were already greeting each other, hugging, kissing people, so accustomed to each other during the time of active teamwork. Officials, business, public figures - such a composition of the Far Eastern and Muscovites (and almost the entire composition of Minsk Vostok came from the capital) are not met every day. Many did not see each other since September, with VEF. On the one hand, the news accumulated, on the other - worried about the intrigue of the future event. 

Symbolism event was added and the book "The Newest History of the Far East," which in convenient cases was spread out across all the chairs in the hall. According to the authors, the "newest" period began in December 2013, when Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the development of the macroregion as a national priority for the entire 21st century. Further, as in the history textbook - in an understandable and accessible form, from date to date, from the milestone to the milestone, from the catastrophic flood - to investors' interest in the new economic realities in the Far East.

And the story was happening right before our eyes. Before the participants had time to sit down and really check into social networks in anticipation of the start, the solemn introduction of the flags was announced. To the sound of the march, the guard of honor brought in the flag of the Russian Federation, followed by another panel, depicting a two-headed eagle with a VEF lotus on its chest. The flag of the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East (and it was he) was handed over to Minister Alexander Galushka, who raised it on outstretched arms and then kissed it humbly. "The Ministry for the Development of the Far East now has a flag," the minister informed the audience. "This is a great honor and an even greater responsibility. I wish all employees of the ministry to be worthy of our flag."

It should be noted that the traditional reporting event of the Minsk region for the last three consecutive years was held in Moscow. And now here - in Vladivostok. A huge hall, two projectors and four screens. More than three hundred participants. The fact that the collegium will be special was indirectly indicated by plaques in the presidium - in addition to Deputy Prime Minister Yury Trutnev and Minister Alexander Galushka, the names of presidential aide Igor Levitin and First Deputy Prosecutor General Alexander Buksman were identified. 

The meeting was opened by Deputy Prime Minister Yury Trutnev, who immediately started with the figures. "In 11 days, the election of the president of the Russian Federation will take place," he said. "In May, a new Russian government will be formed, so today we must sum up the results of the four-year work on fulfilling the Russian President's mandate for the accelerated development of the Far East." Looking back, I want to say that these four years have flown by like a few months. "Apparently, this was because we had a lot of work."

Listing the main achievements of both the cabinet (30 new laws, 150 government decrees) and the field part of the work of any official ("Specific work was carried out for each project"), Yuri Trutnev called what the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East considers the result of four years of work: "1200 initiated projects, 120 thousand jobs, 3,7 trillion rubles of declared investments, of which 121 billion rubles have already been invested in 100 new enterprises built in the Far East. 26% of foreign investments in Russia go to the Far East. In 2018-2020 here 199 new social facilities will be built ". 

Yuri Trutnev called on the staff of the ministry he supervises to analyze the quality of the created preferential regimes on a daily basis and "improve the quality of governance at the regional level." "Our current places from 40 to 84 in the national rating (investment climate. - EastRussia) directly contradict the tasks set by the president, here we all need to pull ourselves up," said the Deputy Prime Minister. 

This point, you need to think, very carefully listened to the leaders of the subjects of the federation of the Far Eastern Federal District - they came to the college almost full-time, only the governor of the neighboring region of neighboring region Vyacheslav Shport did not have enough. Yury Trutnev also proposed to reduce the level of administrative pressure on business threefold, "to learn how to solve the problems of the development of large projects", including the Great Ussuri island on the Amur and the Russky Island near Vladivostok, which are "in pre-launch condition".  

"And lastly, until the end of the work of the government of today's composition, 62 days are left, I ask the Minister for the Development of the Far East to draw up an exact plan, which during this time should be done by the ministry to continue work on the direction entrusted to us," Yury Trutnev summed up. 

Alexander Galushka, taking the floor, remembered how everything started for his team in Minvostokrazvitiya - then the ministry should have called the Ministry of Restoration: "We started at the Mylkinsky dam where people stood as a living shield defending their hometown of Komsomolsk-on-Amur from the pressure In September 2013 started the year when the largest flood in the Far East was at its peak, when 200 thousand people were recognized as victims, 12 thousand people were left homeless on the threshold of cold weathers.For one year 224 thousand square meters ters housing, 1,4 thousand. km of roads, 760 social and power facilities have been re-established. "  

Further, the minister played with figures a little, telling, for example, that new investment projects at 90% are not related to mining (that is, they diversify the traditionally resource-producing economy of the Far East) and 70% are aimed at export (and hence the export orientation of the new model development of the Far East as it triumphed). The mention of the construction project of the Amur Gas Processing Plant Gazprom for 950 billion rubles. as the country's "largest construction project", undoubtedly demonstrated the importance of Minvostokrazvitie's contribution to the country's economy, although all this was more about the future than the present. 

The minister used the phrase "already today" more than once, speaking of what has been achieved, although he could not resist the traditional forecasts of billions in the rhetoric of the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East. "By the end of this year, 200 new enterprises will be opened in the Far East, 250 billion rubles of direct investments have been made, 15 new jobs have been created," promised Alexander Galushka, boldly stepping far beyond the 62 days of work mentioned by Yuri Trutnev that remain with this the composition of the government of the Russian Federation. 

They could not help pinpointing other prospects for the near future at the college as well - a "new cycle," as Alexander Galushka put it. Thus, the Ministry of Education has finally disclosed its plans to prepare a methodology for subsidizing up to 1% of loans for entrepreneurs in priority sectors (the draft of the relevant government act is on the portal for several weeks already) and the rules for the operation of branches of foreign banks in the Freeport of Vladivostok (without the right to work with natural persons, unfortunately). 

The Agency for Investment Promotion and Export Support will open an office in Brussels (as well as in Mumbai, Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing, in Harbin it already exists), and investors will finally get an investment court to resolve their disputes. In addition, Indian Investor Days and European Investor Days are to be held this year for the first time. 

The theme of administrative pressure was also raised. "We pass laws on one, on benefits, preferences, and then all this, although not completely," eats up "administrative pressure," honestly admitted Alexander Galushka. More than 50% of residents of TOP and SPV faced checks in 2017 year, but there is also a positive: the joint board of the Prosecutor General's Office and the Ministry developed in 2017 a number of measures in support of investors, among which, for example, the ban to remove hard drives of working servers for the time of investigative activities against investor companies. 

“We see very positive and beneficial effects,” he said about cooperation with the Prosecutor General's Office than twice the number of unscheduled inspections). 

It is also noteworthy that soon all state-owned companies will have to coordinate with the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East not only their investment programs, but also all strategic planning documents. This means that the ministry will be able to influence the tariffs for transportation to the Far East by Russian Railways and Aeroflot, the rates at AHML, the products of the SME Corporation, and so on. "The list of state-owned companies is not approved by a directive of the government, as was usually the case, signed by the Deputy Prime Minister, but by the decree itself. There are 40 of them, in fact, all the largest companies that are needed in the Far East," the minister noted. By 2025, state corporations will invest 2,76 trillion rubles to the economy of the Far East, he stressed. 

The positive attitude of the minister was contagious: acceleration has been going on for four and a half years, but, as it turned out, it has just begun. 

The Governor of the Amur Region Alexander Kozlov said directly: “There is such a phrase:“ You need to run as fast to stay in place. And to get somewhere, you have to run at least twice as fast. ”This is a phrase from“ Alice in Wonderland ”, - the Governor of the Amur Region indicated the primary source. - She suits us today. Those requirements that are today in work with federal ministries, they must adhere to this concept - to run twice as fast. Because the sections that are in state programs today require many times more funding. "" Even in the context of the words "Far East," the word "distant" is considered not in the concept of territories far from the center, but in terms of far-reaching plans, prospects, which will form the basis for the development of all our regions, "the governor added.

Dmitry Alekseev, general director of CSN group, said that his company, which actually started with retail, is moving to the construction of "comfortable neighborhoods where people would just like to live": a low-rise village on the seashore for creative professionals, a new type of multi-apartment houses and even a whole neighborhood. 

Deputy CEO of NOVATEK Denis Khramov announced an investment of $ 1-1,5 billion in a LNG terminal in Kamchatka. 

The recipient of the "Far Eastern Hectare" Natalya Bugayets, who creates the Forest School near Mount Pidan in Primorye, revealed her secret, which is that in Russia "there is another resource that can be invested": "This is the beauty of that land, on We still have the corners of nature that have remained unchanged since the pre-glacial period, since the time of the dinosaurs.There are places which, thanks to their unique energy, attract a huge number of tourists. " 

Director of the Primorsky State United Museum named after V.K. Arsenyev Viktor Shalai addressed the board members with "one nice idea": "Let us, speaking about the importance of the region and its prospects, achieve the inclusion of the objects of the Vladivostok fortress in the UNESCO World Heritage List."

A good end to these emotional performances was the words of the famous actor Sergei Zhigunov, who came to the board on his way to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, where the first festival of television feature films "Morning of the Motherland" was to begin a day later with the support of the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East. “Every time I come to Vladivostok, I feel a sense of pride. It is proportional to the wear and tear on my body that occurs after flying these insane distances. It is connected with the fact that feeling this wear and tear, I understand how great my country is. light, I understand how great the people are who managed to create such a huge state, "said Sergei Zhigunov and proposed to create his own film studio and film school in the Far East.

I wonder if in this film studio will finally remove the series about the Far East, which will be watched with ecstasy by the whole country.
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