The aim of the conference

The Conference aims to create an open platform for discussing topical issues relating to the socioeconomic development of the Russian Arctic, as well as international cooperation in this region. It will serve as a platform for coordinating the efforts of international institutions, public authorities, and the business community in Russia and abroad to ensure the stable development of the Arctic.

  • “The Arctic, despite its inaccessibility, isolation and harsh climate, has tremendous natural potential. The minerals extracted within the Arctic zone, their confirmed reserves and forecast resources constitute the main part of the Russian Federation’s mineral and raw material foundations.” Yegor Borisov, Head of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
  • “The Russian Federation focuses particular attention on developing the country’s Arctic Zone and expanding its presence there. Under today’s conditions, the state’s interest in investing in the Arctic is acquiring major strategic and economic significance.” Roman Kopin, Governor of the Chukotka Autonomous Area
  • “One of the key factors in developing the Arctic is development of the North Sea Route. It has a number of competitive advantage compared to other routes, including via the Suez Canal and railways. Its length means not only time en route can be saved, but also, as a consequence, the cost of fuel and other related expenditures.” Nikolay Kharitonov, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Regional Policy and Issues of the North and Far East
  • “The investment potential of Europe’s far north is great – over EUR 195 billion”. Timo Rautajoki, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lapland Chamber of Commerce (Finland)
  • “The purpose of the dialogue between all interested partners is to develop forms and models of collaboration under which each of the parties finds its own role and place in the complex and multifaceted structure of international Arctic co-operation.” Artur Chilingarov, Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for international co-operation in the Arctic and Antarctic, President of the Interregional Public Organisation “Association of Polar Explorers”
  • "Russia’s experience of merchant shipping in the Arctic seas goes back hundreds of years. Meanwhile, Sovcomflot’s work in support of major Arctic energy projects such as Prirazlomnoye, Varandey, Novy Port and Yamal LNG is promoting further development of the Northern Sea Route. We are convinced that the role of this vital Russian transport artery within the Arctic region will grow consistently. It is anticipated that, by 2017, the volume of freight carried along the Northern Sea Route will be higher than the historical maximum and, in 2020, might exceed it by more than three times." Sergey Frank, President and CEO, Sovcomflot
  • “2016 is the Year of Security in Gazprom Neft. Today, we are focusing particularly on the security culture in which each individual senses their personal responsibility for their own safety, safety of the environment and safekeeping of the unique ecosystems of the Arctic shelf waters.” Andrey Patrushev, Deputy CEO, Shelf Projects Development, Gazprom Neft
  • “From the perspective of international co-operation in reproduction and extraction of minerals, considering the extent, landscape and resource diversity of the Russian Arctic zone, the artificial economic barriers impede mutually beneficial international co-operation, the results of which might give a substantial impetus to development of world science and industry.” Sergey Donskoy, Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment of Russian Federation
  • “The Murmansk Region is today fully prepared to be the pilot region for setting up on its territory Russia’s support zone in the Arctic and to test the proposed approach to managing the Arctic territories.” Marina Kovtun, Governor of the Murmansk Region
  • “Shipping of the output from the oil and gas and ore-mining industries will provide the main freight flow to the Northern Sea Transport Corridor. It provides the impetus to develop icebreakers, the auxiliary fleet, and navigation support.” Mikhail Grigoryev, Director of GECON and member of the Scientific Council under the Security Council of the Russian Federation