Participants of the meeting discussed the issues of establishing a priority development area (PDA) in the Closed Administrative-Territorial Unit of Seversk. According to the Official Secretary - Deputy Minister of Economic Development Oleg Fomichev, a successful creation of PDA is possible if the Ministry of Industry and Trade oversees the chemistry and pharmacology clusters within their competence. ‘The Ministry of Economic Development and Trade will provide legislative and administrative support to the formation of the PDA’, - Fomichev noted.
Deputy Minister of the Economic Development of the Russian Federation Alexander Tsybulskiy mentioned that since a priority development area provides special conditions for entrepreneurial activity, it involves providing certain benefits and as well as constant monitoring of the economic situation, evaluation of the lost income and perspectives of the development. ‘It will be essential to develop and pass multiple ministerial legal acts and government executive orders at the initial stage of the PDA launch, Tsybulskiy says. – These documents will define PDA’s managing company and steering committee work, residents register procedure, approval of the application forms and document certifying the resident status etc.’. He remarked that the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade supports the idea of Tomsk region to create a federal workgroup on PDA’s development based in Closed Administrative –Territorial Unit of Seversk. According to Tsybulskiy, such group will help to coordinate the actions of Ministry of Economic Development, Rosatom and the Ministry of Industry and Trade in order to consistently change the legislation and apply the tools to PDA.
The participants of the meeting also discussed the support for the prioritized projects of the PDA residents. Sergey Tsyb, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, mentioned joint project of Tomsk Polytechnic University and Siberian Chemical Combine to produce beryllium metal as an example. ‘This project was supported by the Ministry of Industry and Trade. It is essential that such PDA projects lead to business results, developing new technologies in Russia along the way’ – he stated.
When talking about the mechanisms of attracting government companies and major businesses as partners and ordering customers for the research and development within the implementation of the Complex plan of fundamental scientific research within ‘INO Tomsk’ Conception, deputy head of the Federal Agency of Scientific Organizations Alexey Medvedev noted that the mechanism of Ministries participation in the intersectoral coordination committees on performance, as well as tracking plan’s performance by the departments in order to generate ways to develop industries and fuel and energy sector are needed to successfully implement the Complex plan of fundamental scientific research in such fields as innovative materials, climate and environment studies.
According to Alexander Povalko, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Russia, the Ministry of Education and Science will be guiding their work in Tomsk Region based on INO Tomsk and PDA’s priorities.
Generally, as noted by Oleg Fomichev, the implementation of the “INO Tomsk” project must continue even within the conditions of hard budget constraints. ‘Lack of federal financing needs to be compensated by the increased attention from the Ministries and administrative support for all “INO Tomsk” project initiatives, - Fomichev says. – New players are involved in the process of implementation of the conception, new tools are used. This points to the fact that the priorities and directions have been set correctly’.