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September 23, 2010

Head of METROPOL Group of Companies М.V. Slipenchuk Makes a Report at International Arctic Forum

International Arctic Forum “The Arctic: Territory of Dialogue”, held in Moscow on 22nd  and 23rd  September 2010, is organized at the initiative of the Russian Geographical Society. The Forum’s main topics include current Arctic problems from the point of view of national interests and international dialogue, environmental protection and development of Arctic natural resources.
The Forum is attended by Chairman of the Russian Geographical Society S.K. Shoigu; ruling prince of Monaco Albert II; special representative of the President of the Russian Federation for international cooperation in the Arctic and the Antarctic, President of the Fund for Protection of Lake Baikal А.N. Chilingarov; Rector of Lomonosov Moscow State University V.А. Sadovnichy; Dean of the geographical faculty of Moscow State University N.S. Kasimov; and Chairman of the Senior Officials Committee of the Arctic Council Lars Meller (Denmark) among over 300 other representatives of research and public organizations, governmental bodies and businesses from Russia, Norway, Canada, Monaco, France, Finland, Iceland, USA, Germany, UK, Switzerland, Sweden, Holland, Denmark, Italy and Czech Republic.
Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Russian Geographical Society V.V. Putin said in his address to the Forum's participants: “Russia is planning to revive and build up its research presence in the Arctic, supporting fundamental studies, including those carried out by international teams of scientists and experts.“
He emphasized the need to create comfortable living conditions for local people and the pursuit of a frugal attitude towards the indigenous and small Arctic nations' socio-economic infrastructure and tradition. This is a priority task facing the state in the development of the Arctic.
In his report entitled “Investment Attractiveness of the Far North Regions: Points of Growth” M.V. Slipenchuk elaborated on this topic. “Development of traditional economy, trades and handicrafts of the indigenous and small Arctic nations is impossible without the development of infrastructure facilities, in particular, on the Northern Sea Route”, he said emphasizing that finding solutions to those issues, including ports development, can be facilitated by private and state partnership involving international participation. Speaking on the challenges of global climate changes М.V.Slipenchuk stressed that Arctic ice melting can turn out to be economically beneficial for Russia.

Based on RIA Novosti reports

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