At the behest of President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, we are currently working on another tool. A five-year infrastructure modernization programme is in the works. This also includes co financing measures and involves the regions having their own five-year utilities infrastructure modernization programme. It is our hope that selection will begin as early as January next year. One hundred and fifty billion has been earmarked annually up to 2027. These are the tools which one way or another require co-financing through extrabudgetary sources, hence our direct link with the concession. Today, we can see a lot of work being done by concessionaires, major corporations, and the regions. That’s because this is an operational tool existing alongside the public funding which is being allocated — Maria Sinicic, Director of the Department for Integrated Development of Territories, Ministry of Construction, Housing and Communal Services of the Russian Federation.
The concession programme is a tool which should help remove any elements of mistrust. ‘Mistrust’ is a simple word which we don’t tend to pronounce out loud, but it is something which exists, and it foments a kind of tension between the state, the authorities, investors, banks, and so on. <...> The scale of everything we do should be somewhat more structured and clearer in terms of the aims we want to achieve. We, together with the regions, lack clear criteria to select these projects. <...> At a scale like this, we need to prioritize industries — Mikhail Chachin, Vice President, Sberbank.
The programme to establish schools under the Ministry of Education has essentially been in place for 18 months now, and I can say that the Far East Concession does indeed exist for education in the Far East. That’s because over these 18 months, seven regions of the Far East participated in this programme. <...> In order to do something so precisely and quickly which will bring genuine results, we need to set out the rules of the game from the very start. That’s because you need to have rules for people to use roads. You need to know who the traffic police are, and what their rules are. All that’s left is to write the rules down. Banks and investors – both market and federal players – need to know at a federal level what the cost of joining the programme is in order for them to come on board — Alisa Denisova, Executive Director of the Business Block, VEB.RF; General Director, Proshkola.
We have signed a contract for an important project – a series of railway flyovers via the Trans-Siberian. You know that the Baikal–Amur Mainline and Trans-Siberian Railway are in stages of active development. Traffic is increasing, and we consider it to be crucial to seamlessly connect cities, regions, and territories via the Trans-Siberian. And the first pilot project – involving the development of the settlement of Novobureysky and housing construction – is critical both for residents, and for Russian Railways as a whole. This is both about safety, and economic development. We are expecting DOM.RF to join this initiative as well. We have always treated the concession as a tool that enables us to attract an efficient operator in addition to private investment with the aim of effectively implementing projects — Pavel Puzanov, Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Amur Region.