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SCO is a platform for practical construction of joint development of the ATR - Galushka
28 September, the Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East, Alexander Galushka, made a presentation on the development programs of the macroregion at the visiting meeting of the Diplomatic Club of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which was held in the Primorye's capital 27-28 September, the press service of the ministry reported.
In September 2014, Russia became the president of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The first event of the Russia's presidency of the SCO was the second meeting of the Ministers of Justice of the SCO member states, which was held 19 September 2014 on the FEFU campus on Russky Island. Representatives of the People's Republic of China, the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India, Mongolia, Pakistan and the Republic of Turkey attended the delegation to Primorye. Within the framework of the chairmanship, Russia intends to hold more than 100 socially significant events.
At the meeting of the SCO Diplomatic Club, issues of development programs for the Far East were discussed. The Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East, Alexander Galushka, stressed in his report that the Russian government today proceeds from the postulate that the XNUMXst century is the century of Asia, therefore, Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared the development of the Far East a national priority for the entire XNUMXst century. To implement this principle, it was instructed to create a network of priority development territories in the Far East.
- The conceptual basis of the TOP should be the conditions for doing business that meet all world standards and are competitive with the key business centers of the Asia-Pacific region. These are serious tax benefits, simplified procedures for granting construction permits, connecting to electricity networks, passing customs, "said Alexander Galushka.
The head of the Ministry of Development and Development reported that in order to implement the accelerated development of the macro-region, a new management system was created, including the Ministry and development institutions, a draft law on TOP was prepared, which will be submitted to the State Duma before October 15. According to him, the bill has absorbed the best advanced experience of the special economic zones of the APR.
“We set ourselves the task of creating such competitive business conditions for investors, so that by comparing the Far East and our territories of priority development with the special economic zones of China, Korea, Japan, they would choose the Far East,” Alexander Galushka emphasized.
He also said that the regions of the Far East are signing cooperation agreements with potential investors, including, for example, the Japanese companies Itochu Corporation, Marubeni.
In his speech, the Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East also paid attention to the importance of the topic of transport infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific region in general and in the Far East in particular. Thus, he stressed that Russia supports the initiative of the Chinese leadership to revive the Great Silk Road, in particular - in terms of the formation of the Silk Road. According to the Minister, the most promising is the development of the Northern Sea Route.
- Russia has traditionally played the role of a civilizational, economic and infrastructure corridor, a kind of connecting link between Asia and Europe, therefore, we have serious intentions to participate in the Silk Road revival project and this is not a literal revival of the existing many years ago, but the formation of modern transport corridors, such as the development of the Northern Sea Route, the modernization of the Baikal-Amur Mainline and Transiba - stressed Alexander Galushka.
He also said that Russia is investing heavily in the modernization of the Trans-Siberian Railway, expanding the geography of Russian cooperation with various countries, in particular with North and South Korea. Thus, the implementation of the agreements reached with the DPRK on switching to settlements in rubles, issuing long-term visas to Russian citizens working in companies-investors has already begun; providing Russian investors with full access to mobile communications and the internal Internet in the DPRK.
“The SCO platform is unique in its kind and significant for all participants, not only as an opportunity to discuss and discuss possible economic cooperation of all APR countries, but also as a platform for practical design,” Alexander Galushka summarized in his speech.
In the framework of the on-site meeting of the SCO Diplomatic Club, the participants also visited the sailing ship “Nadezhda”, the Museum of the submarine, visited the Russian island and met with the leadership of FEFU.