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The Russian Far Eastern Border Infrastructure To Go Through Modernization

The modernization of border checkpoints is required for the development of trade and economic ties between Russia and China as well as for the intensification of the international tourist flow, especially from and to the countries of the Asia-Pacific region. The Ministry for Development of the Russian Far East has put forward its proposal in this field. This information was given by Alexander Galushka, Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East, at the briefing on the outcomes of the Ministry’s activity in Beijing within the framework of the 22nd regular meeting of the both countries prime ministers.

One of the issues to be considered in the near future at the government committee for the Far East development is related to the modernization and upgrade of the whole checkpoint system of the macro-region. It is absolutely clear that the border infrastructure requires modernization. However, the budgetary funds are not enough, private investments have to be attracted. Now we finalize to prepare the financial model in order to understand how this can be achieved by the attraction of private investors. At the government committee meeting we plan to present this model of interaction between the state and private business to the Chairman of the Government of Russia in order to understand his position to this’, - said Alexander Galushka, Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East.

It should be noted that during the recent negotiations with Chinese investors special attention was paid to infrastructure projects. The international transportation channel development project under the name Primorye-1 and Primorye-2 was discussed by Yury Trutnev, vice-premier and plenipotentiary envoy of the President of Russia for the Far Eastern Federal District, in Beijing during the working meeting with Chen Fenjian, the president of China Communication Construction Company. The event was also attended by Alexander Galushka, Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East, his deputy Alexander Krutikov, and Leonid Petukhov, Director General of the Far East Agency for Attracting Investments and Supporting Exports.

In the framework of the project it is planned to construct and modernize objects of transport infrastructure for transit of goods totaling up to 45 million tons (the Russian side estimate), from Chinese provinces Heilongjiang and Jilin through the ports of southern Primorye. In the nearby future, China Communications Construction Company are planning to prepare the feasibility study, design and estimate documentation for the project and to start construction and modernizing of infrastructure objects as well as to put forward proposals for the models of funding and return on investment.

Let me remind you that on November 1, a two-day official visit to China of Chairman of the government of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev ended in Beijing. During the visit, the Prime Minister met with President of China XI Jinping and held the intergovernmental negotiations, as the result of which a package of documents on cooperation in energy sphere and agriculture was signed. On November 1, Dmitry Medvedev and Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China Li Keqiang chaired the 22nd regular meeting between the heads of governments of both countries.

The Russian delegation included First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, and Vice-Premiers Olga Golodets, Arcady Dvorkovich, Yuri Trutnev as well as Sergey Donskoy, Minister of Natural Resources, Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade, Nikolay Nikiforov, Minister of Communications, Maksim Oreshkin, Minister of Economic Development, Alexander Tkachev, Minister of Agriculture, and Alexander Galushka, Minister for Development of the Far East.

On the margins of the 22nd regular meeting between heads of Russian and Chinese governments Yuri Trutnev, Vice-Premier and plenipotentiary envoy of the President of Russia to the Far East Federal District and Alexander Galushka, Minister of the RF for Development of the Far East had a number of meetings with Chinese investors.

By Evgenia Vasilieva
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