This year the development of aquaculture in the Arctic will be among the industrial priorities of the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic. This is according to Deputy Minister Alexander Krutikov. Together with the Arctic regions, the ministry is drafting a list of measures for developing this sector.

"This year our job is not just working out but also implementing the support mechanisms for the Artic aquaculture. Two years ago we implemented a number of solutions related to the development of the sea aquaculture in the Far East, which resulted in a four-time increase of the used water. After 2019, we can say that the production of aquaculture grew five times," Krutikov noted.

"This mostly concerns Karelia as well as the Murmansk and Arkhangelsk regions. It won't be difficult to introduce it across the entire sea Arctic territory, but we should contemplate how to do this when it comes to lakes, so that they would also be accessible," Krutikov believes.

On January 30, the Russian government approved a package of bills on state support of entrepreneurship in the Arctic. In a few days, it will be submitted to the State Duma to be prepared for the first reading. "For us, this is a chance to envisage the special solutions that are needed to speed up the development of aquaculture in the Arctic in this system of incentives. We can do this as part of the amendments for the second reading," Krutikov said.

Deputy Prime Minister, presidential Plenipotentiary envoy to the far Eastern Federal district (DFO) Yuri Trutnev is preparing proposals to create a system of preferences to support projects implemented in the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation. He reported about it on Wednesday to journalists.

"The Arctic is a very complex region. If there is not enough infrastructure in the far East, in many parts of the Arctic it simply does not exist, so the projects there must be very seriously supported, we must create such a system, it can not be mirrored from the Far East. To be honest, it should be more, let's say, focused, that is, the state should show even more attention to projects implemented in the Arctic. I am preparing such proposals, we will discuss them together, " he said.

Trutnev noted that the work on the Arctic projects needs coordination. "We need a center where all this information will be collected and coordinated efforts of ministries and departments, on which ports we build first of all, at the expense of what sources of funding, how many nuclear icebreakers and in what year, this is still a discussion," he explained.

On January 18, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, at a meeting with President Vladimir Putin, proposed to transfer all Arctic issues to the Minsk region And call it the Ministry for the development of the Far East and the Arctic zone. Putin agreed with such an initiative, as well as with Medvedev's proposal to introduce the post of the first Deputy head of the Minvostokrazvitiya on Arctic issues.

According to Trutnev, it is Minvostokrazvitiya that should become the center of competence. "We definitely do not cancel the work of the Ministry of natural resources, the Ministry of transport, the Ministry of foreign Affairs, Rosatom, which will be aimed at the development of the territory, but in the Arctic today there is no common system of support, no common system of preferences. For example, coming to the far East, people know what additional benefits they can enjoy, in the Arctic - no. There are preferences for private projects, but there is no General preferential system," the Deputy Prime Minister said.

Earlier it was reported that the state of Minvostokrazvitiya will be expanded after the transfer of issues of development of the Arctic zone to its jurisdiction. Trutnev reported that the far Eastern development institutions - the far East development Corporation, the Agency for human capital development, the Agency for attracting investments and supporting exports - will also "work for the Arctic."



The Ministry for the development of the Arctic and the peoples of the North of Yakutia will be staffed in the near future, its head has already started work and plans working trips to the Northern regions of the Republic. This was reported by TASS on Tuesday, the head of Yakutia Aysen Nikolaev on the sidelines of the Gaidar forum.

The Ministry was created on December 30, 2018 by the decree of the head of Yakutia on the basis of the state Committee for Arctic Affairs. The head was appointed Alexander Savvinov, who since the early 1990s worked in the Executive authorities and commercial structures of the region, during three convocations led the Yakut city Duma.

"The Ministry is not yet staffed, there are competitive procedures for various positions. The new Ministry will employ 25 people. I think that in the next month we will complete. The Minister has started to work, in the coming weeks are expected to work trips to the Arctic ulus", - he said.

The new Ministry will be engaged in the comprehensive development of the Yakut Arctic, the area of which is about 1.5 million square kilometers. "the outflow of the population from the Arctic part of Yakutia continues, over the past 8 years the population has decreased by 8%. There are no large enterprises, many mineral deposits are not developed, quite a serious downtrend is in the traditional industries - fishing, reindeer husbandry. All this affects the fate of the indigenous peoples of the North," the head of the Republic explained the need for comprehensive development of the Yakut Arctic.

In particular, the Ministry will be engaged in the socio-economic development of the Northern territories, the implementation of infrastructure projects. The emphasis will be placed on the development of transport infrastructure around the Northern sea route, the reconstruction of ports and the creation of a high-tech Zhatai shipyard, the construction of which will begin in 2019. The Ministry will also deal with the development of traditional activities: reindeer husbandry and fishing.

Gaidar forum is an annual international scientific and practical conference in the field of Economics, held since 2010. The forum is organized by the Russian presidential Academy of national economy and public administration (Ranepa) and the Institute of economic policy. E. T. gaidara and Association of innovative regions of Russia (AIRR). TASS is the General information partner of the Gaidar forum.



Russia has no other way but to explore the Arctic. To this end, the reference macro-region created eight development zones, and the Arctic will be connected together via the Northern sea route. The plans are ambitious, but quite real