Agenda: President's instructions following the 8th Eastern Economic Forum, additional subsidies for the reconstruction of protective hydraulic structures in the Jewish Autonomous Region, financing the restoration of the Mariupol seaport, support for investment projects to create modular non-permanent tourist accommodation facilities.
Opening remarks by Mikhail Mishustin:
Good afternoon, colleagues,
Before we move on to the agenda of the Government meeting, I would like to talk about the instructions given by the President during his speech at the 8th Eastern Economic Forum.
They cover a whole range of important industries, the successful development of which is essential to improving the quality of life of our citizens in the Far East. This will create new opportunities for local residents and, importantly, attract young specialists from other regions to work on major projects.
The Government constantly monitors these issues. We visit the Far East regions to get feedback and track what else can and should be done to fulfill the tasks set by the President.
Briefly about the steps to be taken.
First of all, it concerns the regulatory framework for individual housing construction. It should be ready as early as autumn, and it involves the same mechanisms for protecting shareholders as for multi-storey buildings. This will allow people to save their money or take out a mortgage loan for construction. It is important that the tools currently in place, including the Far Eastern mortgage scheme, are also taken into account. Its size will be increased to 9 million roubles for citizens who need housing over 60 square metres.
The President has also instructed that preferential mortgages at two percent be made available to all employees of the defence industry, without any restrictions, as was envisaged for doctors and teachers in the Far East.
Another important area is air transport in the district. By 1 March next year, a plan of action will have to be prepared and all possible measures will have to be taken into account, from the construction of new airports to the supply of Russian planes and helicopters.
Special attention should be paid to preserving the unique nature in these regions. We have discussed with you the recently adopted decisions that allow tourists to visit our national parks without overburdening the environment. The head of state noted the need to allocate additional funds for such protected areas in the Far East.
In addition, the President instructed that the mechanism of the cluster investment platform for financing manufacturing companies be refined so that it is focused on the development of the Far Eastern economy and so that more modern large-scale knowledge-intensive industries take root in this macro-region.
Another area of focus is the preparation of a programme for the development of energy capacities in this federal district for the next 26 years. The document should be drawn up as soon as possible, with the involvement of major energy companies. And, of course, a mechanism for its project financing should be included.
We will expand the strategy for the development of the mineral and raw materials sector, supplementing the federal project on geology with a section on the study of subsurface resources in the Far East and Siberia.
We will also continue building a liquefied natural gas production centre in the Murmansk Region. It will be supplied by the new Volkhov - Murmansk - Belokamenka gas pipeline. And we will determine who will construct this infrastructure.
Together with the heads of the Russian regions, we are ready to continue supporting investors, wherever they invest: in the social sphere, in the spatial development of the regions, in any other areas.
Colleagues, please look carefully into the President’s instructions. If necessary, prepare proposals on possible amendments to the draft federal budget for the next three years so that all tasks are fulfilled.
Now to today’s agenda.
The Government continues its systematic work to protect settlements in the Far Eastern Federal District from seasonal floods. Of course, all these measures are a priority and are personally overseen by the President.
Large projects are being implemented to strengthen river bank lines, create dams and other relevant facilities in order to protect the most vulnerable areas of the country from high water. Such measures will help ensure the safety of our citizens, as well as the safety of their property, residential buildings and, of course, transport and utility infrastructure which is of the utmost importance.
Today we will additionally allocate more than 500 million roubles to the Jewish Autonomous Area to complete the upgrading of protective hydraulic structures in the village of Leninsky on time. The federal budget has over 1.7 billion roubles for such purposes in the next two years.
In line with the presidential instructions, these facilities must be completed by the end of next year. Their total length will be more than 14 km. They will protect over 5,000 local residents and prevent damage worth billions of roubles.
Next is assistance to the regions.
The President has set a task of raising the new regions to the average level in Russia for quality of infrastructure, social services, and many other parameters of quality of life. In March, the head of state visited Mariupol personally and talked with people living there.
The only deep-sea cargo harbour on the Sea of Azov is located there, through which thousands of tonnes of construction materials and other goods and raw materials that are extremely important for people and businesses are transhipped.
However, the key facilities of the seaport of Mariupol need to be rebuilt, including railway depots and sidings, electrical substations and workshops, warehouses and roads.
We will allocate about a billion roubles for these purposes this year.
This solution will increase the port’s capacity, increase the stability and connectivity of the transport system in the south of Russia, which is of paramount importance for the construction of housing, the operation of industrial enterprises and ensuring the supply of people with everything they need.
Another important topic.
In line with the President’s instructions, we continue to support investors, who invest in projects to create modular non-permanent accommodation facilities. They are building hotels and glamping sites, providing our people with an opportunity to relax in comfortable and safe conditions. We are carrying out this work as part of the national tourism project.
At the beginning of summer, we have already allocated about 8 billion roubles for these purposes.
Today we will allocate another 10 billion roubles, which will be received by 58 Russian regions within two years.
Thus, over 8,000 hotel rooms will be built, which will become a significant boost for the development of the regions. And by the new holiday season in 2024, people will have a wider choice of vacation options. This was met very positively by investors and regional authorities, since the demand for such structures is very high in Russia.