It is a great honor for me to welcome you on behalf of the residents of Zabaikalsky Krai!
This is the first time Zabaikalsky Krai will participate in this event which offers an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the potential of the regional economy, and to develop new partnerships.
The high investment potential of the region is provided by its cross-border position, rich mineral resources and raw material base, its significant forest resources, the development of tourism.
There are several large mining enterprises and processing plants in the region. Transport and agriculture are also developing rapidly in particular in Zabaikalye works the biggest producer and exporter of rapeseed. International cooperation has a special place in the economic development of the region.
The unique natural areas of Zabaikalsky Krai attract thousands of tourists, both Russian citizens and foreign guests. Alkhanay National Park, Charskie Sands natural landmark, Haatei caves, and the "The Decembrists’ Church" Museum have become a brand identity of the region. And last, but not least, our Zabaikalsky Krai is one of the sunniest regions of Russia.
All the guests of the Eastern Economic Forum are welcome to our region!
Krasnokamensk, Borzya, Nerchinsk, Petrovsk-Zabaikalsky
World watershed of the river basins of the Pacific and Arctic oceans is located in Zabaikalsky Krai. Rivers Shilka, Onon, Selenga and Argun are the headwaters of the river Amur. Rivers Hilok and Chikoy are tributaries of the river Selenga, Olekma and Vitim – of the river Lena.
Climate is sharply continental, winter is continuous and severe, with little snow, with stable sunny dry weather, summer is short and warm. The warm period varies from 80 to 140 days. Autumn is warm. A significant feature of the climate is duration of sunshine per year.
431.8 thousand km2
1.05 mln people
By air, by train, by car, by ship.
Economy of Zabaykalye consists of mining, production, agricultural, forest, forest processing, transport and tourism spheres.
Transbaikal Territory’s pavilion has been designed on the inside and out to reflect the unparalleled riches of the region and the strength of its people who have mastered their lands.
The pavilion itself resembles the Kodar Mountains – one of the region’s most famous natural landmarks as well as a key mineral deposit. Colour and texture play an important role in the polygon-shaped design, indicating the metals that are extracted in the region, including copper, gold, silver, and uranium.
The resulting effect serves not only to highlight the region’s connection to nature, but also its modern outlook and focus on technologies, which are key to ensuring that resources are extracted in an efficient and careful manner. A panoramic window offering views of young cedars and the FEFU embankment will add an extra visual dimension.
Inside the pavilion, visitors will have the chance to learn more about the region’s rich resources from consultants wearing stylized costumes made of metallized fabric in the colours of gold, copper, and silver.
Located in the South-East of Zabaykalye the town of Krasnokamensk is
the uranium capital of Russia.
Udokan copper mine in the Kalarsky District of Zabaikalsky Krai is
the largest copper deposit in Russia.
A natural monument, Mount Pallas, can be seen in the Chita territory of Zabaykalye.
Three great rivers – Amur, Lena and Yenisei – originate in this place.
Alexander Pushkin’s poem “Deep in Siberia’s mines” is dedicated to the city of Chita.
70 Decembrists were exiled to this place.
Alkhanai National Park founded in 1999 is
is the newest in Russia.
A dinosaur is displayed on the flag and crest of the Chernishevsk territory of Zabaykalye.
Remains of dinosaurs from the Jurassic period were found at this very spot.
Picturesque Apsat falls on the left tributary of the river Chara is
in the TOP-10 most beautiful waterfalls in the world.
Firstly, silver in Russia was produced
in the Nerchinsk mines in Zabaykalye.
Zabaykalye is considered to be
the motherland of a legendary warlord Genghis Khan.
A desert among glaciers in Zabaykalye: Charsky Sands is
the smallest and the most northern desert in the world.
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!