Karachay-Cherkessia: a summary of 2013
By Vestnik Kavkaza
One of the main results of the year for Karachay-Cherkessia was events in the tourism sector. Last weekend, the "Arhiz" resort started working there in test mode. It became the first sign of large-scale implementation of the tourist cluster in the KCR, Adygea , Kabardino-Balkaria and the Krasnodar Territory. In the tourist village three- and four-star hotels, two cable cars, 4 ski slopes are located. It is also planned to create infrastructure for winter sports in the near future. Obviously, the development of the tourism sector will create new jobs in the republic and contribute to its economic development.
However, the head of Karachay-Cherkessia Rashid Temrezov believes that it is necessary to be satisfied with small victories if they contribute to improving the lives of ordinary people. In an interview with VK, Temrezov said: "I am proud of every commissioned kindergarten, any social object, any kilometer of aqueduct that our residents enjoy today. But one of the most significant events is probably coming of natural gas in one of the most remote regions, the Urupskiy area where there was never any gas. Such small victories are to make people's lives better; they are executive’s merits. Nevertheless, of course, we want to do much more".
Commenting on the demand by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to strengthen control over the consumption of gas (see "Gas and the North Caucasus" – VK), Temrezov said: "We gather under the chairmanship of Prime Minister at least once every six months. During the outgoing year, we gathered about three times. In the presence of Prime Minister, the presidential envoy, federal ministers, heads of federal agencies we can discuss the issues that today mostly concern the citizens. Some of our proposals immediately became the orders of Prime Minister. Regarding debt in the energy sector, a year ago, December 10, 2012 Dmitry Anatolyevich held a similar meeting for the first time. And we looked at the results in the cases when we, together with the heads of entities and law enforcement agencies managed to decrease the debt. Karachay-Cherkessia is considered to be one of the best entities according to its rates of electricity and gas. Therefore, a government commission is a very convenient platform for regional leaders".
In conclusion, Rashid Temrezov said: "I warmly congratulate the viewers, readers of VK, and indeed all people of the Caucasus and of Russia on the 2014 New Year! I wish you good health, peace and prosperity".