NCFD: achievements and prospects
By Vestnik Kavkaza
Soon the North-Caucasus Federal District will mark its 4th anniversary. In January 2010 it was separated from the South Federal District and began its active development. The plenipotentiary envoy of President in the NCFD, Alexander Khloponin, was appointed the vice premier to solve economic and social problems of the district quickly; while the federal government adopted the Complex Strategy of Socio-Economic Developments of the NCFD to 2025.
Summing up achievements of 2013 in an interview to Vestnik Kavkaza, Khloponin stated: “The results of the year are quite positive in almost all regions of the North Caucasus Federal District. The most important thing for us was a very difficult task – the formation of the FTP for 2014, 2015 and 2016. We have formed it, and by the end of the year it will be adopted by the government.
We have almost set ourselves the tasks of implementing the orders and decrees of the President. We have to leave the three-shift system of education, three-shift school education in all of our entities. We're just finishing building the medical cluster, which at one time started from the program "South of Russia", plus new healthcare facilities. We are solving the very important problem of infant and maternal mortality. We will build four prenatal centers. We are building kindergartens. The main objective by 2016 is solving a series of social issues. In parallel, we are developing a program of development, including industrial parks.”
Alexei Mitrofanov, chairman of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy, Information Technology and Communications, told Vestnik Kavkaza: “The seven regions of the Caucasus have good opportunities for development, and not only by obtaining budget money. The Caucasus is a rich region. There are things to do there, and people can earn money there. There are natural resources, there is good agriculture. And it's time to deal with this thoroughly. On the other hand, the federal center should help originating independent business in the Caucasus, successful work and everything else.”
Mitrofanov thinks that “in the conditions of the Caucasus it is necessary to develop information technology, and, of course, in the next 2-3 years, it is desirable that all the villages, including the remote ones, could be covered with Wi-Fi, so that people have exactly the same communications as in big cities, that is, broadband internet wherever you want, and it is desirable that it would be free, this Internet, so that a person could get it for no charge. This problem can be solved within 2-3 years. Accordingly, advanced information technology can really help the economic development of the Caucasus, because direct communication means sales and economic contacts, etc. When you can quickly communicate with people, it's a different quality of life.”