Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree transferring the functions on Arctic Development to the Ministry for Development of Russian Far East and the corresponding renaming of the ministry. The document was published on Tuesday on the official portal of legal information.
“Rename the Ministry of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East as the Ministry of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic, assigning to it additional functions for the development of state policy and legal regulation in the development of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation,” says the decree. It notes that this is being done “in order to increase the efficiency of statecraft in the development of the Arctic zone.”
The decree was signed on February 26 and came into force from the date of publication. The government of the Russian Federation is tasked with clarifying the authority of the ministry in accordance with this document and determining the number of its employees within three months.
In January, the President of the Russian Federation agreed with the initiative of the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev, to transfer all issues related to the Arctic to the jurisdiction of the Ministry of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East and to introduce in this Ministry the post of first deputy minister in charge of the Arctic. As Yuri Trutnev, Deputy Prime Minister - Plenipotentiary of the President to the Far Eastern Federal District, said at a press conference on February 6 at TASS, the current deputy head of the Ministry for Development of Russian Far East, Aleksandr Krutikov, will be offered this post, who will be gradually freed from all other areas of work.
“The decision has been made, we will carry out all the tasks entrusted to the ministry. The Ministry for Development of Russian Far East previously oversaw a whole block of issues relating to the Arctic territories of the Far Eastern regions, including Yakutia, the Chukotka Autonomous Region, and the development of the Northern Sea Route. Today we have gained enough experience, a lot of work has been done on the development of special preferential regimes and support measures, first of all in the social sphere, the work of development institutions has been established. There is a lot of work to be done, the issues we face are difficult, but we will implement them," the press service quotes the words of the head of the Ministry for Development of Russian Far East, Aleksandr Kozlov.
The press service also noted that the Agency for Development of Human Capital in the Far East (ADHC) is already assisting in the selection of unique specialists for the enterprises of the Far North.
“The Agency is ready to get involved in the work within the framework of the new competences of the Ministry for Development of Russian Far East for the development of the Arctic zone. We have gained considerable experience in issues related to the development of human capital, including employment in the Far Eastern enterprises, the launch of new educational programs in order to provide qualified personnel for enterprises in the region, as well as in many others. Of course, we will use our best practices and competencies in order to make the life of citizens living in the Arctic zone better,” said the Director General of ADHC, Sergey Khovrat.
Source: TASS ТАСС