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Plan for Socio-Economic Development of the Trans-Baikal Territory Discussed at the Atomredmetzoloto Site
On Monday, a meeting of the Trans-Baikal Territory Industrial and Investment Council chaired by the region governor Natalia Zhdanova took place in the Moscow office of Atomredmtezoloto JSC. Members of the Federation Council, representatives of the Industry and Trade Ministry and the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia, senior managers of Atomredmtezoloto JSC, MMC Norilsk Nickel, BGC LLC, Russdragmet, the Fund for the Development of the Far East and the Baikal Region, as well as other industry and federal agencies, participated therein.
The discussion of the draft Comprehensive Plan of Socio-Economic Development of the Trans-Baikal Territory became the key topic of the meeting. According to Natalia Zhdanova, the plan development is a nationwide issue and is of great importance for the future of the Trans-Baikal Territory, its citizens and, of course, for the enterprises operating in the region. In her opening remarks, the governor said: “Strategic sectoral priorities based on our competitive advantages being cross-border position, significant reserves of mineral resources, forest resources, availability of land for agriculture, significant human potential and, of course, the location of our region as a link between the Far East and the rest of Russia, are determined as the basis for the comprehensive plan,” Mrs Zhdanova added that all stakeholders being residents of the region, the expert community and business representatives are welcome to get involved in the plan preparation and discussion. The governor invited all the participants of the meeting to take part in the discussion and express their suggestions and comments on the document developed.
In her report, Marina Liborakina, Atomredmetzoloto Deputy Director General for Strategy and Business Development, noted that cooperation between large industrial investors already carrying out their activities in the Trans-Baikal Territory and having the relevant agreements will contribute to regional development and address the challenges faced by the region. Mrs Liborakina noted: “The potential for the development of the Trans-Baikal Territory is huge and its implementation requires well-adjusted collaboration between business and government. Over many years, PJSC PIMCU has been an outpost of the uranium mineral resource base in Russia. Recently, billions of rubles have been invested in the enterprise update, the production costs has been reduced significantly, but low world prices for raw materials and uranium in particular limit the potential of own investment in the enterprise development. Thus, attraction of foreign investment in the implementation of the Mine 6 project, further diversification of the economy of the single-industry town of Krasnokamensk, including by means of TOSER tools, modernization of regional infrastructure and development of HR potential are the steps that will contribute to the efficiency of the regional economy for the future.”
Alexander Burutin, Atomredmetzoloto Advisor to Director General, in turn, drew attention to the importance of extending state support measures in force in the Far East to Eastern Siberia, including the Baikal region, as well as to the importance of adherence to the principles of joint efforts of government and business representatives in upholding the interests of the Trans-Baikal Territory at the federal level.
The meeting participants noted the importance of including indicative performance factors for each project and the plan in general in the plan, identifying the funding sources, considering forecasts of the market situation (as a key condition for the project implementation), as well as the project trade-off in terms of infrastructure and energy needs.