The Working Group of the Organizing Committee on the preparation and holding of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) and the ‘Far East Street’ Exhibition:
Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation – Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District (Chairman of the Organizing Committee)
Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation (Deputy Chairman of the Organizing Committee – Executive Secretary)
Deputy Chief of the Presidential Executive Office, Presidential Press Secretary (Deputy Chairman of the Organizing Committee)
Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Russian Far East and the Arctic (Deputy Chairman of the Organizing Committee)
Deputy Chief of the Presidential Foreign Policy Directorate
Deputy Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District
Deputy Plenipotentiary Envoy of the President of the Russian Federation to the Far Eastern Federal District
Rector of the Higher School of Economics National Research University
Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation
Deputy Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation
Deputy Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Russian Far East and the Arctic
First Deputy Minister of Education of the Russian Federation
Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
Governor of Jewish Autonomous Region
First Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation
Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation
Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation
Governor of the Khabarovsk Region
Deputy Chairman of the VEB.RF State Development Corporation
Deputy Director of the Federal Protective Service of the Russian Federation
Head of the Secretariat of Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation – Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yury Trutnev
Acting General Director of the Russian Far East and Arctic Development Corporation
Deputy Head of Federal Customs Service of Russia
President, OPORA RUSSIA, Russian Non-Governmental Organization for Small and Medium Business
Chairman of the Board, President of the Russian Federation Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Governor of Primorsky Territory
Governor of Chukotka Autonomous Region
Acting Rector of Far Eastern Federal University
Head of the Control Service, Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation
Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board, Sberbank
Chief of the Presidential Protocol Office
Deputy of the Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District
Governor of the Sakhalin Region
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
General Director of the Russian Export Center
Head of the Government of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
General Director of Far East Development Corporation JSC
Governor of the Magadan Region
Deputy Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation
Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation
Governor of the Amur Region
Governor of the Zabaikalsk Territory
Deputy Chief Executive Officer, The Roscongress Foundation, Director of the Eastern Economic Forum
Deputy General Director for Strategy, Service and Marketing of the Aeroflot – Russian Airlines
Special Representative of the Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation for Arctic Development and Deputy Chair of the State Commission for Arctic Development
Head of Development Priority Areas Directorate of the Government of the Russian Federation
Head of the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing
General Director of Rosseti
Deputy General Director, Head of Regional Directorate of the Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting Company
Deputy Minister of Healthcare of the Russian Federation
Chief of the Presidential Experts’ Directorate
Head of the Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography
Governor of Kamchatka Territory
Deputy Minister of Construction Industry, Housing and Utilities of the Russian Federation
Chief Executive Officer, The Roscongress Foundation
Chief of the Presidential Department for Supporting Activities of the State Council of the Presidential Executive Office
Chief of the Presidential Press and Information Office
Head of the Republic of Buryatia
Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation
Deputy Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation
Mayor of Vladivostok
Deputy Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation
Deputy Minister for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters of the Russian Federation
This year, as we celebrate the Forum’s 5th anniversary we have an opportunity to look back on everything that has been achieved since 2015. It was the first time when Vladivostok hosted the trendsetters from Russian and international business communities, government officials, foreign dignitaries, researchers, and experts – in other words, everyone who was prepared to cooperate with Russia and work in the Russian Far East; everyone, who was ready to launch new production facilities and develop those already in place; everyone, who aimed to create new jobs, construct roads, housing, and hospitals – namely improve the life of our Eastern territories.
The goals we set 5 years ago appeared unattainable back then. We discussed a broad range of topics: expectations and development prospects, creating new economic regimes and improving the investment climate, passing legislative initiatives and changing legal framework, putting new social infrastructure in place and helping regions reach their potential – in other words, we were talking about the future. Some were hopeful, some remained skeptical, yet there was only one thing that mattered: we were ready to act as one. And today, that future has become our present.
The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin designated the development of the Far East as a national priority of the entire 21st century. At the behest of the President, a whole new economy is being created in the region. Large companies as well as small and medium-sized businesses can count on tax breaks, administrative preferences, concessional loans, and support from the state development institutions.
A lot has been accomplished during the last 5 years: over 40 legislative initiatives that sustain investment activity and improve the social sphere have been passed; 20 advanced special economic zones and 5 free ports have been put in place. These measures resulted in over 1,780 new investment projects worth over RUB 3.8 trillion, and 230 new enterprises appeared. The government provides targeted infrastructural and financial support to the investors. Over 70 thousand people received free land and now are building houses and farms on their ‘Far Eastern hectares’.
17 different countries invest in the Far East: China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, to name a few. Since 2014, nearly 32% of all direct foreign investment came to our region.
The Far East itself has expanded: Zabaikalsky Krai and the Republic of Buryatia joined the Far Eastern Federal District, while the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East now oversees an additional region: the Russian Arctic Zone.
When it comes to the social sphere, the ‘Unified Subsidy’ mechanism has provided existing measures with additional stimulus. 57 centres of economic growth have received funding for the construction of schools and nurseries, hospitals as well as medical and obstetric stations, cultural centres and sports facilities. These centres are home to over 80% of Far Easterners.
A fair amount of good work has been done. Economic growth in the FEFD exceeds 4%, which is two times greater than the Russian national average. However, we are now faced with another objective: increasing economic growth in the Russian Far East to 6% per year. We also must figure out how to improve the quality of life in the Russian Far East and in the Arctic so that it exceeds the Russian national average. These objectives have been set by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.
Our goal is to make the Russian Far East more accessible to investors and comfortable for the people that live here, providing them with the confidence that their dreams will become a reality in the nearest future.
Many topics that were brought up at previous Forums ended up serving as the foundation for the development and passing of legislation, the implementation of new business support measures, and the improvement of the Far East’s social welfare. I am confident that this Forum will continue contributing to the open dialogue between businesses and authorities, experts and researchers, sociologists and demographers.
I would like to wish Forum guests and participants all the best. The Russian Far East is open for cooperation: we value each partner, every opinion and every initiative that helps develop our country!