There can be no doubt that, these days, any federal news agency or news feed will mention the Far East and the Arctic. Our extreme northeast latitudes have not come in for such attention since the Soviet five-year plans. The President has delivered a message that the rise of the Far East is the priority for the entire 21st century. Special programmes have been made for developing the region for decades to come. Major transport, infrastructure and investment projects have been launched.
‘Projects of the century’ are also being implemented in Chukotka. For a long time, our region has remained a blank spot and ‘terra incognita’ for the inhabitants of their own country, not to mention foreigners. Yet the unique mechanisms of the preferential regimes of ASEZ, FPV and AZRF are working. Nowadays, Chukotka is perceived by the entire world as a north-eastern outpost of Russia with unique mineral and raw material potential and experience working with large investors.
I invite everyone to visit the Chukotka pavilion on the ‘Far East Street’ exhibition. The main idea of our exposition is to show the synergy of human capital and nature of the Arctic, to convey the stature and uniqueness of the region’s natural resources through architectural forms. The pavilion’s interior will be visually and stylistically divided into two parts: the ice of the Arctic and the green flora of Chukotka, to immerse visitors fully into the atmosphere of Chukotka and the Arctic.
I am confident that our exposition will inspire you learn more about Chukotka, to see with your own eyes the unique nature, rich traditions and opportunities offered by the Chukotka Autonomous Region.
Anadyr River, Bolshoy Anyuy and Malyy Anyuy Rivers, Chaun River, Amguema River, Krasnoe Lake, Pekulneyskoe Lake, Elgygytgyn Lake
Chukotka has a harsh climate. In western parts of the region, the temperature reaches -44 °C and -60 °C in winter. The summer is short, rainy and chilly – snow stays in some parts of the region until the autumn
50 thousand people
Mining, agriculture, fishing, fish processing, gold-mining, energy, food industry, tourism
The main idea of our exposition is to show the synergy of human capital and nature of the Arctic, to convey the stature and uniqueness of the region’s natural resources through architectural forms.
There is an awning opposite the main pavilion in the style of a traditional Chukchi sleigh (narty). There is a stage for performances with a built-in LED screen, a guest area, and an eco bar, where desserts and eco drinks made of northern berries will be served.
A large structure in the form of the lighthouse-monument to Dezhnev is located inside the main pavilion. Its lower part will serve as a radio cabin for live broadcasting to radio station ‘Purga’ in Anadyr city.
The eco bar helps our visitors boost their immersion in the Arctic atmosphere with the best delicacies and drinks. The lower part of the lighthouse is complemented by dynamic LED backlighting to add a greater sense of the north, which, in turn, imitates the play of light in ice. To add to the effect of the cold drinks, there is the steam generator between the inner walls of the eco bar.
An additional means for interacting with the Far East Street guests is the immersive excursion by a car that looks like a ship. Passengers will put on headphones and sail between the pavilions listening to the guide and to the music.
The interior of the pavilion is visually and stylistically divided into two parts: the ice of the Arctic and the green flora of Chukotka.
The investment and the tourism potential of the region, as well as its prospects for Arctic development, are presented in the indoor exposition of the pavilion.
A double-sided zone allows guests to submerge themselves in the atmosphere of Chukotka and visit its stunning places. On one side there is an interactive door to Chukotka and the visitor selects the tourist location. There is a screen behind the door that plays a video from the chosen location. Another zone allows visitors literally to walk through the most beautiful places in the Arctic and even run a marathon ‘Running in the Arctic’. This zone is equipped with a treadmill and virtual reality glasses.
Chukotka provides three interactive zones with touch screens for information on companies and their policies toward industrial development in the Arctic. Their navigation is by touchscreen. All information and infographics are located on the curved LED screen on the wall.
Baimsky GOK (Mining and processing plant) and ROSATOM have a separate zone with navigation via the touchscreen. The main surface for the demonstration is a holographic film, as well as screens fixed below and behind it.
One corner of the pavilion presents the historical and cultural heritage of the Chukotka Autonomous Region. It is decorated with archaeological artifacts and household items.
is perfectly circular.
Indigenous peoples of Chukotka harvest whales under a
quota from the International Whaling Commission.
The indigenous peoples of Chukotka call themselves ‘l’yoravetl’yan’,
which means ‘real people’.
Heavy storms and waves 507 meters high
are frequent here.
Chukotka artists make amazing carvings
from walrus tusks.
Chukotka and Alaska are separated by the Bering Strait.
The coast of the Chukchi Peninsula is only four kilometers from Alaska.
Numerous fossilized remains of mammoths and other animals
have been found here – they are perfectly preserved in the permafrost.
Most of the entire territory of Chukotka
lies at more than 1 km above sea level.
The name ‘Chukotka’ originates from the name
of the indigenous peoples – Chukchi.
Chukotka is a peninsula located so far to the east of Europe
that it is geographically in the Western not the Eastern Hemisphere.
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!