The participants have spent two weeks determining the key steps to be taken to create petrochemical cluster, develop wood industry cluster, increase the role of small and medium businesses in implementation of the “INO Tomsk” project, carry out “Smart and Kind City” concept and create comfortable urban environment. The session has been attended by the representatives of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, Ministry of economic development and trade of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation, Federal Agency for Scientific Organizations of the Russian Federation, MSP Corporation (Small and Medium Business Development Organization), government companies, Tomsk industrial facilities and clusters, universities and scientific organizations.
Speakers for the ministries have emphasized the importance of the strategic session format which enables informal discussion of current issues and joint solution engineering. “Thanks to the openness of the regional administration, “INO Tomsk” implementation road map stands to win. To this end, business needs to get more engaged into it. Currently, the region renders every assistance to the “INO Tomsk” project and Ministry of Industry and Trade is also ready intensify its efforts working with Tomsk companies”, - says Yulia Kalimulina, Deputy Director of the Department of Regional Industrial Policies of Ministry of Industry and Trade, talking about the upcoming tasks.
“It’s essential that the participants of the session have pointed out the need to set the region up as a breakthrough area. And we should never fear to risk as such major projects always leave space for trials and errors. This very paradigm creates environment and framework that people want to go to and actually come, create their companies and try to work in new areas. “INO Tomsk” concept is a unique well-elaborated document that fully breaks down into specific tasks and projects”, - recognizes Tomsk region’s achievements Yevgeny Kalmychkov, Deputy Director of the Department of Analysis, Strategy and Forecast of Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.
According to Vladimir Chitorkin, speaker for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, the Ministry confirms its interest and readiness to participate in the “INO Tomsk” implementation and in the development of renewable natural resources and wood industry clusters. “To improve efficiency of our cooperation, it is necessary to hold topical meetings in Moscow which will be devoted to the most pressing challenges of the road map implementation” – offers Vladimir Chitorkin, Chief of Department of National Forest Administration and Engineering Policy of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation.
“The concept of “INO Tomsk” is very special and during the next period we will need to work with the projects in a “manual mode” in order to ensure their successful implementation – says Alexey Karaivanov, Chief of Division of Innovative Development of Fuel and Power Complex Industries of the Department of National Energy Politics of Ministry of energy of the Russian Federation. – Tomsk companies and project sponsors together with regional administration should bring their implementation to the final stages. The ministries are ready to help along at every stage as part of their remit”.
“During the session, scientific organizations and Tomsk companies communicated quite significant international cooperation and intellectual property initiatives. FASO will study these ideas to see if they can be included into the updated “INO Tomsk” project road map” – reports about the session outcomes Alexey Novikov, acting Head of the Department of Strategic Development and External Affairs of FASO of the Federal Agency for Scientific Organizations of the Russian Federation.
The session participants has also announced an initiative to establish Association of Tomsk region minor chemistry producers and petrochemical cluster development which would include representatives of small and medium-size companies of petrochemical complex and companies of related sectors including mechanical engineering and industrial automation. “The Association is able to become a sort of a guide in the minor chemistry interests for the cooperation among the companies at first and then helping them to come up with specific solutions for “anchor” customers of this products” – pointed out the initiative importance Valentin Stollyar, Advisor to Director General of JSC “Federal Corporation for Small and Medium Entrepreneurship Development”.
According to the session participants, development of wood industry cluster requires government and business to organize joint generation of cluster strategy and new markets entry strategy. The session participants has focused on the need to carry out projects expanding cluster product range by adapting technology of forest products advanced processing and creating common geographic information space of Tomsk region based on digital landscape systems and designed to monitor and forecast natural resources. Development of new federal vehicles to finance transport infrastructure of Tomsk region wood industry cluster has been acknowledged by the participants as a system task.
“We are now updating the innovative development programs for partially government-owned companies that’s why right now there is a good opportunity to participate in them” – noted Maxim Romanov, Chief of Division Of Innovation Infrastructure of the Department of Social Development and Innovations of Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Russian Federation. “In particular, the session participants suggested sending the materials to the relevant partially state-owned companies to get them included into the innovative technological development programs implemented by Tomsk companies including as well as the ones within the framework of “Arctica” project”.
During the discussion of the “Smart and Kind City” focus area of the “INO Tomsk” project, the session participants have developed specifics measures to carry out projects “Wi-Fi City” and “Smart House for Smart City” including creation of a range to test emerging technologies in the field of urban development, as well as projects on creation of public spaces and growth of historic development areas within the framework of the project “Tomsk Riverwalks”
“At the early stages of the “INO Tomsk” project implementation we’ve witnessed that it’s really possible to create an effective tool for cooperation with ministries and large companies, - noted Deputy Governor of Tomsk region for economy Andrey Antonov in his wrap-up. – And out task is to arrange for this tool to serve the interests of a wide range of the “INO Tomsk” project regional participants so that we can bring key results to the members of the federal task group for them to make necessary decision. The results of the strategic session will be arranged as a road map for the upcoming two years and together with the report on the Concept implementation in 2015 will be sent to Ministry of economic development and trade of the Russian Federation for the further presentation at the Government of the Russian Federation”.