12 september 2014

The issues of development of the Murmansk transport hub were included in the agenda of the Polar Commission of the Murmansk region

September 5, 2014 under the chairmanship of the candidate for the post of Governor of the Murmansk region from the "UNITED RUSSIA" political party Marina Kovtun the first meeting of the Polar Commission for Economic Council under the Governor of the Murmansk region took place. The purpose of the foundation of the commission is to assist in creating of favorable socio-economic conditions for life and work in the Arctic, in particular, through the formation of optimal regional legal field. The Commission consolidates the efforts of representatives of local authorities, expert and scientific community, leading enterprises and companies operating in the Arctic.

According to the participants opinion, the Murmansk region should become the centre of the development of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation. With the assistance of partners in the near future in the region there will be created the centre for Arctic technology and the center for training specialists in the sphere of oil production, the unique research work will continue, as well as the work on the development of the Murmansk transport hub will be strengthened.

This major infrastructure project is being implemented also with the support of "UNITED RUSSIA political party project "Saint-Petersburg - the Sea capital of Russia", which focuses its efforts on promoting the development of transport potential of the country. The port of Murmansk is the most Northern among ice-free ports in Russia and due to its unique geographical position, is one of the key global transport corridors between Asia, Europe and the North American continent.

According to the first Deputy Governor of the Murmansk region, co-chairman of the Polar Comission, and the regional coordinator of the project "St. Petersburg - the Sea capital of Russia" Alexei Tyukavin, modernization of transport links in the region is a key to the successful implementation of the whole complex of tasks for the development of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation.

The participants of the meeting of the Polar Commission discussed the stages of implementation of two major transport infrastructure projects valid all year-round deep-sea hub-center for cargo handling and cruise tourism development in the Murmansk region.

The co-chairman of the Polar Comission, the Chief Executive Officer of JSC MAGE Gennadiy Kazanin stressed that this year the amount of research in the Arctic ocean dramatically increased, and seismic surveys, which were held by our scientists for the first time, deserve special attention.

The members of the Polar Commission approved a plan for further actions and forwarded the package of proposals to the Project "Saint-Petersburg - the Sea capital of Russia" with the aim of bringing stakeholders to the discussion of the Murmansk initiatives within the public events of the Project that regularly take place at the Federal level and are platforms for the formation of public resolutions on the issues of development of transport potential of the country.

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