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Far Eastern Federal District Construction Sector: A New Quality of Life
7 September 2022
12:30—14:00
KEY CONCLUSIONS
The Far East has a potential for economic and construction rate growth

Last year, the Far Eastern Federal District commissioned 22% more housing. <…> It is a significant growth and indicative growth rates. In today’s geopolitical situation, our economy will face the Far East even more. The prospects, including the prospects for construction, are evident for the construction industry and for the Far East. <…> Many large federal developers are already present in the Far East: some are already building, some are just entering the region. However, it is interesting for everyone — Gadzhimagomed Huseynov, First Deputy Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic.

The strategic goal of the Far East is to enhance the competitive ability of local economy to the level of at least that in the European part of Russia. It will take efforts in all areas and in all industries. Yet, the construction industry is the driver for the whole economy, of course. We already witness high results in construction — Viktor Evtukhov, State Secretary – Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation.

The Far East has more than enough of commonly used minerals. <…> According to national register, we are prepared to mine 1.5–2 times more. There is a special feature of each Far Eastern region separately and the District in general – remoteness and infrastructure facilities. <…> Of course, in that sense we need to reduce procedures and timelines — Dmitry Tetenkin, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation.

ISSUES
The Far East experiences a deficit of resources needed by construction industry

When we start housing construction, we face a deficit of resources. There is a demand for the resource. Yet, there is no supply. The government needs to remove this disbalance. <…> First and foremost, the region experiences a huge deficit of construction materials. <…> Of course, the issue of human resources and staffing is no less pressing — Gadzhimagomed Huseynov, First Deputy Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic.

There is a certain deficit that is covered by excessive capacities of the Ural and Siberian Federal Districts. By the way, it is also Volga and Central Federal District. Indeed, the logistics is complex, with a big distance. However, most construction materials have a small shipment distance [delivery within one business day; distance within 500 km, – Ed.] — Viktor Evtukhov, State Secretary – Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation.

Human resources are insufficient. We try to attract people here. There is a mechanism that could really help: issuance of work permits for migrants that arrive in the Far East from abroad. We sometimes lose our staff, because sometimes it takes us up to two weeks to get the permits — Vladimir Volkov, Deputy General Director for Construction, 1520 Group of Companies.

According to the Ministry of Construction, as of today the construction industry lacks about 3 million employees. Most of them are blue collars — Vladimir Koshelev, First Deputy Chairman of the Committee of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation for Construction, Housing and Communal Services.

Of course, the deficit of human resources means development delayed for years. It is yet clear that it derives from the rest of the problems — Pavel Matyukhin, Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Amur Region.

SOLUTIONS
Increase in production capacity within the macroregion

We need to ensure logistics from Primorye Territory to Magadan Region. We need to understand that creating new capacities in Far Eastern regions is not always justified due to seasons factor. We can face underused capacities, downtime, and losses. <…> It is clear that we have certain deficits in the Far East. We need to create production capacities for construction mixes and roll roofing. We are working with all construction material producers so that they create new facilities in the Far East — Viktor Evtukhov, State Secretary – Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation.

We commit to building a big construction hub in Primorye Territory. We do not doubt that we will succeed. <…> We will use all federal programmes. <…> We have used the ASEZ regime and provided discounted tax and rental rates to attract producers — Olga Sun-Zhayu, General Director, Development Corporation of Primorsky Region.

Creating staff training programmes for the construction industry

The State Duma will propose launching a new federal programme for personnel training. Employers will need to become customers for the training facilities. Students are enrolled through competition. The competition involves specific customers that will employ the students after their training is complete. We need to involve employers. Students will need to receive higher scholarships and teachers in those training facilities will need to get special grants for creating the competition. It is meant to attract as many people as possible and make constructions professions prestigious — Vladimir Koshelev, First Deputy Chairman of the Committee of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation for Construction, Housing and Communal Services.

88 educational facilities in the Far East train blue collar personnel for construction. It is over 40 programmes, 28 blue collar professions and 19 majors. <…> We need to make blue collar professions in construction more prestigious. <…> The Profession federal project [launched on 1 September 2022 as an experiment of the Ministry of Enlightenment of the Russian Federation; its purpose is to provide qualified personnel with practical knowledge and skills to get employed in the real sector of the economy, – Ed.] is one of the strategic initiatives of the Government of the Russian Federation that aims to reload the system of vocational training and launch targeted training. Basically, it is tailored personnel training for specific employer. <…> However, construction is not part of this project in 2022. We see that there is a demand for it. There has been discussion and customer have reached us and colleges with proposals. This is why we made a decision to include it in 2023. We have allocated grants worth RUB 100 mln per each educational facility, and construction has been put on the list of participating industries — Marina Sofronova, Deputy Director, Department of State Policy in the Field of Secondary Vocational Education and Vocational Training, Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation.

The material was prepared by the Russian news agency TASS