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Nikolai Patrushev: "Karelia is Rissia's most importrant Northwest outpost"

Vladimir Bulavin, Nikolai Patrushev and Alexander Khudilainen

Vladimir Bulavin, Nikolai Patrushev and Alexander Khudilainen

The Fourth session of the State Commission for preparation for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Karelia took place on December, 17 in Petrozavodsk under the chairmanship of Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation. Participants of the State Commission have discussed problems of modernization and development of the economy, as well as of the social sphere of Karelia, and have summed up the work in 2014 and evolved a plan for 2015.

Head of Karelia delivers the report

Head of Karelia delivers the report

In his opening remarks Nikolai Patrushev has mentioned that some positive improvements have taken place in the region in many spheres. "There's a number of specific projects which develop at active support of private investors and contributes to better economy of the region. These positive steps are a result of the growing attention of the nation's leadership to problems of the republic and active work of investors. We proceed from the fact that Karelia is Rissia's most important Northwest outpost," - Secretary of the Security Council has told.

Rashid Nurgaliyev speaks

Rashid Nurgaliyev speaks

According to Nikolai Patrushev, strategically considered course of the republic towards long term development and provision of security has been developed. Next year the State Commission will have to consider a number of practical issues focused on solution of practical issues of top priority.

Oleg Belozerov, Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation

Oleg Belozerov, Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation

- It is necessary to take measures for decriminalization of forestry and mining branches of the republic. It is necessary to continue development of the state border infrastructure and the network of border-crossing points. Formation and implementation of investment projects most prospective for the republic and for the Northwest within the scope of the federal target program are quite important. More attention should be paid in 2015 to development of cross-border and international cooperation. Development of the social sphere is the issue of no less importance, - Nikolai Patrushev has pointed out.

Alexander Khudilainen speaks from the rostrum of the State Commission

Alexander Khudilainen speaks from the rostrum of the State Commission

Vladimir Bulavin, Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Northwestern Federal District, has also mentioned that analysis of social and economic situation in constituent entities of the Northwest held by the Administrative Office of the Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy on a regular basis has shown that in 2014 the situation in Karelia has began to improve. In particular, there is industrial output volume growth, the volume of new housing supply has grown, speeding-up of retail business and public catering. Meanwhile, there remains a number of problems the main of which is scarcity of means for development.

Georgy Kalamanov

Georgy Kalamanov

- The decision of President of Russia Vladimir Putin to establish the State Commission was essential and well-timed. Projects important for the region have been launched within the scope of its work, and this is the result of established cooperation between the Government of Karelia, federal ministries and departments, that should lead to serious improvement of the situation in the republic, make its contribution to solution of tasks set by the President in his Annual Address to the Federal Assembly, - Vladimir Bulavin has told.

Vladimir Bulavin

Vladimir Bulavin

Head of Karelia Alexander Khudilainen in his report has presented the major tasks concerning modernization and development of the economy and social sphere of the republic with the next five years. According to his report, the efforts will be focused on improving competitiveness of the basic and creation of new manufactures and sectors of economic activity, development of infrastructure for economic and social spheres. Creation of new enterprises producing chip stone is planned in mining industry. Improvement of the effectiveness of timber processing, including due to reconstruction, modernization, expansion of production in single-industry towns of Karelia is supposed for development of forest industry.

Veronika Skvortsova, Minister of Healthcare of the Russian Federation

Veronika Skvortsova, Minister of Healthcare of the Russian Federation

Alexander Khudilainen has told about projects to be implemented in the republic in the sphere of agriculture, hydraulic power industry, tourism, culture, education, social sphere, as well as plans of development of single-industry towns, transport infrastructure, ensuring the fire safety, development of sport, support of indigenous peoples.

- Today we can already see strategic investors entering the republic, that will enable improvement of living standards of our citizens, as well as improvement of the economy and social sphere, - head of the region has told.

Head of Karelia has thanked Nikolai Patrushev, all participants of the State Commission, heads of working groups for active and fruitful cooperation for preservation and development of economic prospects of the republic.

V.Semyonov, V.Pivnenko, V.Fyodorov and Deputy Heads of the Republic of Karelia

V.Semyonov, V.Pivnenko, V.Fyodorov and Deputy Heads of the Republic of Karelia

Representatives of working groups within the State Commission Veronika Skvortsova, Minister of Healthcare of the Russian Federation; Oleg Belozerov, Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation; Georgy Kalamanov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation; Igor Zubov, State Secretary and Deputy Minister of the Interior of the Russian Federation; Rashid Nurgaliyev, Deputy Secretary of the Security Council of Russia, have delivered their reports.

Igor Zubov

Igor Zubov

There have also been presented some projects already launched or expected to be implemented in Karelia. Among them there are establishing of presidential cadet school in Petrozavodsk, construction of Besovets international airport, perinatal centre, development of Segezha Pulp and Paper Mill, the settlement of Nadvoitsy, etc.

Summing up the work of the State Commission Head of Karelia has observed: "Our main achievement is that we've managed to spark interest of citizens of the republic to preparation for the 100th anniversary of Karelia. Lots of initiatives included in the concept of the federal target program of Karelia's development were proposed by our citizens. Of course, there are some gaps, but today we can see powerful dynamics of social and economic development of the republic. The agreements we'd signed indicate that, as well as prospective plans mentioned today by federal agencies and investors. It means that Karelia's future is good, and our citizens have got to know it."

Nikolai Patrushev chairs the session of the State Commission

Nikolai Patrushev chairs the session of the State Commission

Alexander Khudilainen has told that the Concept of Social and Economic Development of the Republic of Karelia through to 2020 was adopted yesterday. Besides 15 billion roubles of federal funds assigned on its implementation, the program assumes involvement of 123 billion roubles of private investments. "138 billion roubles total is a good money. This is a great impulse for Karelia's development within the next five years," - Head of the region has pointed out.

Session of the State Commission for preparation for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Karelia

Session of the State Commission for preparation for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Karelia

According to Alexander Khudilainen, on the assumption of events taking place in Russia, consolidation and confidence in future are very important.

- In this time of hardship we have an opportunity to withstand, to buils good prospects for the development in Karelia based on priorities specified in cooperation with our people, with the scientific community and with the public. We have a lot of work ahead to implement all our plans and forecasts, - Head of the republic has told.

As Nikolai Patrushev, Chairman of the State Commission, has observed, matters at the session concerned topical and important issues, and problems to be solved yet have been specified.

Heads of public authorities of Karelia

Heads of public authorities of Karelia

On results of the session the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, the Federal State Border Agency in cooperation with the Government of Karelia are instructed to start elaboration of the draft federal target program Development of the Republic of Karelia for the Period through to 2020.

By the decision of the State Commission the sixth working group to be in charge of informational support of its activities was established. This working group will be chaired by Nikolai Nikiforov, Minister of Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin will be informed about the results of work of the State Commission.

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