A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions, congress, exhibitions, business, social and sporting, public, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, and helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5000 people working in Russia and abroad. In addition, it works in close cooperation with 155 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 75 countries worldwide.

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Challenges and Opportunities in the Next Round of Development in the Arctic
3 June 2021
15:00—16:15
KEY CONCLUSIONS
The Arctic has become a territory with investment appeal

Together with the federal government and with the support of the president, we have obtained unique preferences – the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation, the largest free economic zone in the world, and the ‘Capital of the Arctic’ priority development area […] With our own regional laws, we have additionally […] reduced taxes for small and medium-sized businesses for several years in advance […] Despite the fact that 2020 was a difficult year […], we have a colossal increase in investments — Andrey Chibis, Governor of the Murmansk region.

Today, the conditions that have been adopted in the Arctic zone and the decisions that have been made by the government and the president make the Arctic zone obviously the most attractive territory from an investment standpoint […] Climate-changing […] technologies […] and living conditions today make work in the Arctic completely different […] The Arctic looms large today — Alexander Tsybulskiy, Governor of Arkhangelsk Region.

There is a lot of interest in [the Arctic], and it will continue to grow because new technologies will come to the Arctic […] This growing interest will show that we will be in global competition — Svetlana Orlova, Auditor of Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation .

We see that recently [...] there has been a qualitative change [...] and the volume of investments has grown significantly [...] Just as Lomonosov once said that Russia will expand with Siberia, we can now say that Russia will expand with the Arctic — Roman Trotsenko, Founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors, AEON Corporation.

Developing the Arctic means employing new technologies

The specific nature of each new project is determined […] by the isolation of the territories or the maximum distance from existing infrastructure. And any change in a project in terms of technology also helps to transition to [...] a new stage in the development of the Arctic — Vladimir Panov, Special Representative for the Development of the Arctic, State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM; Deputy Chairman, State Commission for the Development of the Arctic.

What we are seeing now is unprecedented, starting with the economy, where projects are being implemented that have been something out of [...] science fiction for decades — Alexey Chekunkov, Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic.

A very important focus is science, technology, and creation of a scientific research base. In 2022, we will already be handing over the unique North Pole ice platform to the customer […] This base will specifically make it possible to carry out all the necessary scientific research […] in two temperature and climatic regimes — Aleksey Besprozvannykh, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation.

Among our latest innovative projects is […] a permafrost centre that allows us to record changes in permafrost — Andrey Grachev, Vice President for Federal and Regional Programs, Norilsk Nickel.

The issue of materials for the Arctic is very important, from clothing to special materials — Aleksey Besprozvannykh, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation.

The Northern Sea Route: A driver of the economy and an area for international cooperation

The Northern Sea Route is the transport artery that will change the world economy, global logistics, and [...] the entire structure of the Russian economy — Alexander Tsybulskiy, Governor of Arkhangelsk Region.

[…] the changes that have been happening in the Arctic since the emergence of major energy projects of global significance cannot be considered in isolation from the Northern Sea Route. And if we look at the Northern Sea Route, we look at Vladivostok, and Vladivostok is the Eastern corridor that India wants to create by linking Indian and Russian ports — Venkatesh Varma Datla Bala, Ambassador of the Republic of India to the Russian Federation.

Our institute helps promote the development of the Arctic regions together with Russia […] We are enhancing competitiveness and conditions to give new life to the Northern Sea Route [...] In particular, South Korea has decided to work on a project to create the international Arctic station ‘Snowflake’ [...] South Korea fully understands the importance of the Arctic region and cooperation with Russia as well as the importance of the NSR — Chang Young-Tae, President, Korea Maritime Institute.

ISSUES
Lack of infrastructure

No social development is possible without the economy. And the economy in our vast Arctic areas above all consists of the need for infrastructure — Dmitry Artukhov, Governor of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area.

There is no infrastructure in the Arctic, and any part, screw, or aspirin tablet must be delivered in advance […] Any small project becomes complex in reality. You have to build a road, an airport, an area where people can live, an industrial facility itself, a port — Roman Trotsenko, Founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors, AEON Corporation.

Human activities can lead to environmental problems

In addition to changes associated with human activities, the Arctic region is changing more than any other part of our planet due to problems related to climate change — Vyacheslav Fetisov, First Deputy Chairman of the Committee of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on Physical Culture, Sport, Tourism and Youth Affairs; Chairman, Central Council, All-Russian Society for Nature Conservation.

SOLUTIONS
Increase transport accessibility

It’s an issue of transport support for the Arctic zone. Building on the theme of offshore production and development, we can say that [...] we plan to build 15 gas carriers for the Arctic LNG project [...], 12 Aframax tankers [...], and a whole group of nuclear icebreakers. The lead vessel was transferred to the nuclear fleet back in October of last year — Aleksey Besprozvannykh, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation.

Now, thanks to cooperation with the Russian government […], we want […] to build a 420-km all-season road that will connect Yakutia and a new all-season port that we will build. That means [...] the continental part of Chukotka and the southern part of Yakutia can forget about winter delivery. They will be able to receive food all year round. Construction materials can be delivered all year round — Oleg Novachuk, Chairman of the Board of Directors, GDK Baimskaya.

In April […], we were provided with a new mechanism. The president gave us the opportunity to negotiate infrastructure budget loans, and the Northern Latitudinal Railway, one of the long-awaited projects for the Arctic zone, is being considered as a pilot [project] — Dmitry Artukhov, Governor of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area.

Reduce electricity costs

If we take the Baimskoye field, today the conditions in which floating stations will be built to provide support are 6.44 roubles per kilowatt hour. This is actually a breakthrough [...] in the energy sector and in the Arctic, when energy can be installed in such a volume and in such a quantity in an isolated territory at such a cost [...] Now, together with the Yakutia government, we are preparing to implement a pilot project – the Kyuchusskoye field [...] We plan to build a low-power nuclear power plant in the mainland Arctic — Vladimir Panov, Special Representative for the Development of the Arctic, State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM; Deputy Chairman, State Commission for the Development of the Arctic.

Create comfortable conditions for people to live

All the companies and key players […], we have actually signed an agreement on social partnership with each of them. This additional money is spent on healthcare, education, and the development of our cities and towns [...] Our ideology is not just an ideology. It’s a programme that has been adopted for ten years in advance called ‘Living in the North’ with specific measures, because we need to create jobs [...], we need to change the quality of life and the quality of the urban environment [...], and we need to systematically work on modernizing the education system and training personnel for the Arctic here and now — Andrey Chibis, Governor of the Murmansk region.

Changes to the image of the city of Norilsk […] are promising areas [...] The overall renovation programme envisages expenses of RUB 120 billion, of which 70% will be paid by the company. This is an unprecedented case when a socially responsible company […] is paying out such a large sum […] In addition, the company […] will conclude an agreement separately with the city for [RUB] 150 billion, which will radically change the city’s appearance — Andrey Grachev, Vice President for Federal and Regional Programs, Norilsk Nickel.

Create protected areas and introduce uniform rules

The issue of the environment is more complicated, but Russia is an extremely responsible and extremely eco-friendly power — Alexey Chekunkov, Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic.

Preserving the island of archipelagos […] is becoming one of our top priorities. Thus, the proposed creation [...] of a network of protected marine areas and areas with special nature management based on marine spatial planning may be an ideal solution […] We need to invest in measures to prevent, prepare for, and respond to combined risks [...] Uniform rules need to be created for responsible financing in the region — Vyacheslav Fetisov, First Deputy Chairman of the Committee of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on Physical Culture, Sport, Tourism and Youth Affairs; Chairman, Central Council, All-Russian Society for Nature Conservation.