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Two investment projects in Chukotka increased industrial production by 182,8%

In 2014 in Chukotka, the implementation of two investment projects ensured the growth of industrial production by 182,8%. This was announced by the Russian Minister for Development of the Far East Alexander Galushka at a meeting in Yakutsk with Russian President Vladimir Putin, during which the head of state discussed issues of socio-economic development of the Far Eastern Federal District.

According to the minister, who in his report focused on the key priorities that can ensure the recovery of the economy of the Far East, all 18 investment projects selected by the agency for implementation have point and very specific problems.

- We have structured all these problems in great detail and thoroughly and formed the corresponding plans for the implementation of each of the projects, - noted Alexander Galushka. - Removing infrastructure restrictions actually prints out, launches these 18 largest investment projects.

He recalled that the implementation of projects will allow the Far East to receive 2,5 trillion rubles of private investment, and thanks to the creation of priority development territories, it will double the GRP indicator within 10 years.

- Chukotka is a practical real example that we are seeing today, ”emphasized Alexander Galushka. - Thanks to the implementation of two major investment projects this year, the district's industrial production is growing by 182,8%. This is not the Kaluga region, which is often cited as an example, this is the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, where the average temperature is from –4 to –14 per year.

The Minister stressed that Chukotka is also a positive exception for a number of demographic indicators of the Far Eastern Federal District.

- The demographic feature of the Far East is natural population growth, the birth rate exceeds the death rate in the Far Eastern Federal District as a whole, but at the same time, there is still a migration outflow. So, out of nine subjects of the Far East in Chukotka, we, on the contrary, have a migration inflow of the population, - compared Alexander Galushka, noting that in six months, 305 people arrived in the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug thanks to the new jobs created.

- The example of Chukotka, which is far from the most favorable region in terms of natural and climatic conditions, not only in the Far East, but in the country in general, shows that all this can be done, such a development model is realizable. It is necessary to individually and pointwise take on each investment project, to disassemble it in detail, to understand all its problems and to bring it from beginning to end, '' the minister summed up.

As the governor of Chukotka, Roman Kopin, noted, in addition to the climatic difficulties, the district has a number of other infrastructure restrictions, including transport and energy, but the Okrug government is working to resolve these problems, the region's press service reported.

- Yes, Chukotka has nuances - with transport accessibility, energy. These are large-scale questions, so you need to understand that they will not be resolved overnight. We are progressively working on this. We expect that the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and the Ministry of Energy will support our proposal to merge the Chukotka and Magadan energy systems, which will make it possible to use the relatively inexpensive energy of the Ust-Srednekanskaya HPP, which means lower electricity tariffs for the population and investors. The project requires significant financial investments, but this is a long-term prospect, and it has good reasons. Regarding the transport issue - we also have a number of decisions on which the work is being carried out in the region, - commented Roman Kopin.

The Governor added that currently two more large investment projects are being prepared in the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug - the Bering coal basin and the Baimskaya ore zone. The second is the most ambitious one, in particular, it provides for the development of airport, port, road infrastructures, and the construction of a mining and processing plant.

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