Development of the Arctic Discussed in St. Petersburg
The plenary session of the Forum, entitled “The Arctic: An Ocean of Opportunities,” was attended by top officials from Russia, Finland, Iceland, Sweden and Norway. During the session, the participants discussed the importance of cooperation in developing the region with enormous potential. In his remarks, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that in order to increase capital investments in the region and launch new projects, the government intends to use all investment support tools, including those that have already been successfully tested under various development programmes for the Far East of Russia. “The Government of Russia and I want my colleagues to listen carefully now, we must work together with the experts and business representatives to draft a special federal law on a special system of preferences for investors in the Arctic zone. And I want this work to be done quickly so that the law could be adopted by the State Duma as soon as in this fall session,” the President of Russia said.
At the plenary session, the participants discussed issues of integrated development of Arctic territories, including the efficient use of natural resources, environmental safety, transportation, defending the interests of indigenous peoples of the North, as well as other aspects of sustainable growth in the Arctic region.
The Congress program is complemented by an exhibition, created by regions in the Russian Arctic zone. For example, the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) presented a model of the high-tech Zhatayskaya shipyard. The St. Petersburg booth presents samples of equipment that could operate in the Arctic, models of ice-class ships that will explore northern territories.
Research institutes also presented their work. For instance, the booth of Bauman Moscow State Technical University presents a 1:25 copy of the prospective VSA-500 high-speed amphibian vehicle with the lifting capacity of up to 300 tonnes, the VOLKODAV fiber-optical security system, a multi-purpose amphibious arctic vehicle for working in remote areas, a working model of a remote-controlled underwater complex, models of snowmobiles, underwater robots with system monitoring of the technical condition of hull structures of ships and underwater objects, as well as models of other devices. The booth of the Central Research Institute of Automation and Hydraulics presents a model of the command post of a ship passing through a narrow sea channel with the assistance from the Autonomous Radio Navigation System (ARNAS) for ships. The exhibition area includes the booths of Gazprom PJSC, NOVATEK PJSC, GMK Norilsk Nickel PJSC, VKO Almaz – Antey Concern, Damen shipbuilding group, and other companies.
The International Arctic Forum has been held since 2010 and is a key platform for discussing important issues of socio-economic development of Arctic territories.
This is the first time that the International Arctic Forum is being held in St. Petersburg. The event was previously held in Moscow, Arkhangelsk and Salekhard. This year’s event is the largest in its history, so it was decided to hold it in St. Petersburg.
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