I am glad to present the Russian Federation Ministry of Sports pavilions “Sport – a vital norm” and “Arena GTO” at the 7th Eastern Economic Forum. The pavilions focus on a broad range of visitors by providing not only information stands but also sports platforms.
At the “Sport – a vital norm” pavilion, Forum visitors can acquaint themselves with the Ministry’s main projects, participate in many sessions, learn more about development of higher achievement and mass sports. There will also be a unique exhibition by the State Sports Museum dedicated to the most important milestones in the 100-year history of our country’s sports.
The “Arena GTO” pavilion will host the First Open International Cup of the Far East “GTO Games 2022” during which teams from Russia and other countries will compete. In addition, anyone at the pavilion will be able to meet the GTO complex standards and find out their physical training level.
Last year, Russia’s Ministry of Sports presented, for the first time, the “Sport – a vital norm” pavilion at the EEF. It hosted a unique Vladivostok–Tokyo teleconference involving the Russian team during the XVI Paralympic Summer Games. Pavilion visitors could associate with our athletes and support them during the competition. In total, in 2021, about 70 all-Russia sports federations were represented at the Russian Ministry of Sports pavilion, 12 business sessions were held, and more than 15,000 people from five countries visited the pavilion.www.minsport.gov.ru/en/
In 2022, at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, the Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation is to present, for the first time, two pavilions: “Sport – a vital norm” and “Arena GTO”. Pavilion visitors can spend an interesting time and benefit from the business sessions and interactive sports.
The pavilion “Sport – a vital norm” will provide a platform for productive discussions on developing physical education and sports. Speakers and participants will discuss topical sport-related issues, from the highest achievement in sports and international collaboration to new formats for sports events and prospects for developing mass sports. Here, the Russian Sports Museum will present a new interactive exhibition of the most important milestones in the 100-year history of Russian sport.
The “Arena GTO” pavilion will be a sports activity centre. It will host the First Open International Cup of the Far East “Games GTO 2022”, which will be attended by teams of 11 Far Eastern Federal District regions, as well as the best professional athletes from all over Russia and the CIS.
In the arena, everyone will have a chance to fulfil the standards of the “Ready for work and defense” (GTO) complex in an energizing atmosphere and find out their physical training standard.
In 2021, as part of the Eastern Economic Forum, Russia’s Ministry of Sports presented the pavilion “Sport – a vital norm”. 68 all-Russia sports federations were presented and 12 business sessions held at the pavilion. Over 15,000 people from five countries visited the pavilion during the Forum, and over 1,000 people met the GTO standards.
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!