Vladimir Putin: Russian Far East Has Some Attractive Clusters. For Instance, It Has Shipbuilding Cluster
Russian President Vladimir Putin summed up the results of the 2012 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit that has ended in Vladivostok. In his news conference he called forum successful as the tasks set for the APEC summit have been fully achieved. Vladimir Putin said that the further development of relationship with the countries that accounted for about 55 percent of the world’s GDP was of first priority for Russia. He also noted the importance of the APEC summit in attracting potential investors and gave an example of shipbuilding industry.
“First of all, we would like to closely work with our partners on new and innovative technologies. I want to draw your attention to the fact that the Russian Far East has some attractive clusters. They either were created long ago and have a capability for growth or are being created or are being reconstructed. The shipbuilding cluster is a good example”, Vladimir Putin said.
The United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) represented by the Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Center (FESRC) is building a new modern shipyard in Bolshoi Kamen, first shipbuilding yard in Primorsky region. The first stage of this ambitious project is almost complete. The commissioning of hull fabrication workshop and painting workshops will enable to produce ship structures with up to 300 ton weight and vessels with up to 13 000 ton launching weight. On completion of the fourth stage of construction, Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex will produce vessels with up to 350 thousand ton displacement, LNG carriers, ice class vessels, specialized vessels, offshore platform units and other types of marine structures.
The USC and the FESRC management have arranged an exhibit booth at the summit venue presenting the first modern shipyard in the Russian Far East. The USC President Andrey Dyachkov and the FESRC General Director Igor Borbot held meetings with foreign and domestic investors at the APEC CEO summit. That’s where contracts are prepared and close relations between enterprises are established.
“The APEC CEO summit was established to support business”, Russian President said at the final meeting. The President emphasized that the development of the Russian Far East was of first priority for Russia. “During its presidency of APEC our country aimed at identifying opportunities for joint efforts that can strengthen the APEC economies’ leading role in the global economy and to generate additional factors for sustainable growth”, Vladimir Putin continued. He said that he had enjoyed the APEC summit in Vladivostok with regard to working conditions and organization. “The conditions have been decent, though a little modest”, Vladimir Putin said.
“Our work has been very constructive and effective. I am fully satisfied with its results. We believe that we have reached all the goals set for the APEC Leaders’ Week in Vladivostok. We have managed not only to preserve the continuity of APEC activities, but also to identify new horizons and, most importantly, to give a positive signal to the business community”, Vladimir Putin summed up the APEC summit results.