Communication development and environmental improvements are needed for the Arctic regions
The Arctic concentrates the interests of the leading states, not just Arctic states. <...> Now it is extremely important to set the right pace and have the rhetoric and the spirit of international cooperation and cooperation on the Arctic development into as constructive a direction as possible — Alexey Chekunkov, Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic.
The Russia’s priorities are fairly ambitious. <...> When I chaired the council, we tried to make people the priority... The communities, the societies that live in the Arctic, they have four million people, who have problems, and we have to find solutions for them. We are working on communications, internet, fast communication. Megafon in Russia and other international companies are working on a very ambitious plan, they are planning to lay a cable along the Northern Sea Route — Heidar Gudjonsson, Chief Executive Officer, Sýn hf. (Vodafone) / Ursus Investments.
The need for economic development in the Arctic region is obvious for all members of the Arctic Economic Council. The Russian part of the Arctic is populated by 4 million people. We need to focus on environmental safety, especially that changes in the Arctic impact the global climate — Kirill Komarov, First Deputy Director General for Corporate Development and International Business, ROSATOM State Atomic Energy Corporation.
Our priorities are same as Russia’s. There is a lot of room for improvement. Here is an example: there are connectivity issues across the Arctic — Mads Frederiksen, Director, Arctic Economic Council.
Connectivity needs to be everywhere. It is much like water and air – there is no development without it. Communications is the only industry that is growing twofold, threefold. It is important to ensure coverage in remote communities, so that local residents can stay up to date. Digitalization, which is a major thing, is the next in line. Without bus ducts and broadband access, one cannot fully ensure comprehensive digitalization of this region and effective dialogue — Aleksandr Sobolev, Director for Strategy and Business Development, MegaFon.
We would like to see nuclear power plants as the centre of international economic cooperation in the Arctic that generates multidimensional of economic operators, business communities, and institutes of economic development that give an impetus to small and medium business development and support indigenous peoples. An evident task on our agenda is to support traditional activities of indigenous peoples — Nikolay Korchunov, Ambassador-at-Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.