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The federal target program for the development of the Kuril Islands at 2016-2025 is a priority

Based on the results of the meeting of the Government Commission on the Socio-Economic Development of the Far East, Dmitry Medvedev instructed the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East to submit to the Government by April 1, 2015 the draft Federal Target Program "Social and Economic Development of the Kuril Islands (Sakhalin Region) for 2016-2025."

At the meeting, the Government approved the Concept of the Federal Target Program "Social and Economic Development of the Kuril Islands (Sakhalin Region) for 2016-2025 years", prepared taking into account the new model of the development of the Far East. The mechanisms for stimulating economic growth, the integrated use of the natural resource potential of the region, as well as the competitive advantages of the geostrategic position of the Kuril Islands were envisaged.

In accordance with the Concept, the Ministry of Regional Development of Russia is the state customer-coordinator of the program.

The goal of the program is a comprehensive development of the social sphere, economy and infrastructure, which will provide attractive living conditions and management for the population of the Kuril Islands.

To achieve this goal, it is supposed to solve the following tasks: creation of competitive growth points that ensure advanced social and economic development; development of transport and communication links, including the provision of uninterrupted cargo and passenger traffic between the mainland, Sakhalin Island, the Kamchatka Peninsula and the Kuril Islands; providing residents of the islands with affordable and comfortable accommodation.

The solution of the tasks set will create the basis for dynamic social and economic development of the region, will allow to modernize the social and transport infrastructure, create conditions for the development of the processing industry and increase the purchasing power of the population of the region.

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