Transport is a key factor in ensuring the competitiveness of enterprises in the Arctic zone; furthermore, it fulfils a social function in helping to ensure a good standard of living for the population. The direction of the macroregions development and the Arctics contribution to the creation of a new model for stimulating economic growth in Russia are both dependent on the extent to which its transport infrastructure can be developed and new technologies introduced. Transport is not only a sector which serves industry, but is also one of the major consumers of innovation in the Arctic zone.
The Northern Sea Route and the waters of the Arctic seas and of Russias navigable rivers that flow into them, together with interconnecting railways, provide cargo owners with reliable delivery routes thanks to the development of intermodal hubs. The Russian Government is taking steps to ensure a high degree of transport accessibility. In the Arctic region, priority is given to transport projects which operate on the basis of publicprivate partnership.
Issues for discussion:
• Strategic areas for developing transport infrastructure and logistics in the Arctic
• Ensuring transport accessibility in Arctic regions, serving both passengers and freight
• International collaboration to ensure safe navigation in the Arctic