Agenda: support for school construction projects in the regions, development of children’s recreation infrastructure, and additional funding for mobile base stations equipment.
Mikhail Mishustin’s opening remarks:
Good morning, colleagues.
The Government is giving special attention to the construction of schools. It is an integral condition for the further development of our country. Children should not only receive the necessary knowledge but do this in a comfortable, modern and well-equipped environment.
There is a special federal project in this area. Substantial funds are allocated to increase capacity in the general education system.
To date, over 4.5 billion roubles have been redistributed among the regions. This can accelerate the creation of nearly 5,000 new school places in eight constituent entities of the Russian Federation.
The projects to be financed include a school in Bayangol, Republic of Buryatia. During a recent trip to the Far Eastern Federal District, we discussed this issue in detail with Alexei Tsydenov, the head of Buryatia. Allocations from the federal budget will help settle the issue of dilapidated educational establishments in that republic.
The list also includes a school in Omsk; the reginal authorities are short of funds to complete its construction. During that trip I also met with Acting Governor of the Omsk Region Vitaly Khotsenko. He asked for support and for additional funds. This issue has been settled.
We will also use these funds to complete the construction of schools in the republics of Kalmykia, Mari El and Mordovia, the Stavropol Territory and the Yaroslavl and Ulyanovsk regions.
Our next issue has to do with the improvement of conditions for children’s recreation. We discussed this issue in detail with Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko during a meeting with senators. She is paying close attention to this matter.
There are about 40,000 establishments In Russia where children spend their vacations every year. Their staff incudes mentors and medical personnel, who are always ready to help. Such camps are regularly modernised, and new camps are established.
For example, 1 billion roubles has been earmarked this year as per the President’s instructions for building about 50 places where children can stay in 15 regions. Over 12,000 children will be able to use them this year. There is great demand for the programme based on co-financing by the regions.
We will double our contribution to this co-financing programme by allocating another 1 billion roubles. By the end of this year, about 100 new premises will be built in 30 regions where over 20,000 children and teenagers will be able to spend their holidays.
We believe that our young citizens will spend their holidays productively there, meeting their peers, enjoying beautiful nature and historical and cultural landmarks, of which there are so many in our country, and will also improve their health.
Let’s go over to the next issue. The Government continues to support the creation and manufacturing of advanced products.
The President pointed out that it is extremely important to use available sovereign technological achievements and designs of innovative Russian companies.
This is especially important in telecommunications, a sphere that traditionally used foreign equipment the import of which has been suspended.
During a strategic session on the telecommunications industry development held in June, we had an in-depth discussion on ways to accelerate the implementation of Russian solutions.
We will allocate an additional 3.5 billion roubles this year for the production of mobile base stations to accelerate the operators’ transition to 5G. Overall, nearly 12 billion roubles have been allocated from the budget for this purpose in the past three years.
This will ensure mobile coverage based on Russian-made equipment, boosting our advance towards technological sovereignty and giving our people access to fast and reliable communications.
We also hope that R&D projects in this sphere will be effective and that our companies will continue to design national solutions and improve the existing systems.