At the beginning of the meeting, the President asked about developments on the labour market and about resettling those in dilapidated and emergency housing. Vladimir Putin had instructed Dmitry Makhonin to pay special attention to these issues at the previous meeting. The Perm Territory Governor reported that the region was one of the first in Russia to reach pre-pandemic levels of unemployment. A large programme to resettle those in dilapidated and emergency housing is underway, carried out not only as part of the federal project, but also as a regional programme. In addition, the rate of housing construction is increasing.
According to the Governor, the opening of a greenhouse complex to grow vegetables almost completely covers the territory’s needs and was a landmark event.
Development prospects for the Berezniki-Solikamsk area, with a population of about 300,000, were discussed; in particular, the construction of a residential area to relocate people whose housing was found unfit for habitation due to a man-made accident.
According to the governor, the territory has developed a programme to restore architectural landmarks, for example, Usolye Stroganovskoye: the project to gentrify this historical and architectural museum reserve won a nationwide contest on creating a comfortable environment in towns and historical settlements.
Dmitry Makhonin noted that Perm will be celebrating its 300th anniversary in 2023 and invited the head of state to visit the city. The Governor said Perm is planning several large programmes covering all areas of life in the run-up to its anniversary.
Specifically, plans include a new infectious disease hospital, children’s outpatient clinics, a rehabilitation centre for disabled children, and an oncological centre. Daycare centres and schools are being built, and there are plans for an international education campus for medical students to take in 5,000 people. Also, the Shvetsov Aviation Technical School is being renovated. Goals in the area of culture include construction of the Perm Art Gallery and a music school for gifted children for 350 pupils. The transport infrastructure is being developed, and new rolling-stock is being purchased. To mark the city’s 300th anniversary, 140 buildings will have their facades repaired, and 80 cultural heritage sites will be restored. Embankments on the Kama River and other smaller rivers will be improved.
In addition, the Governor touched on engine manufacturing issues because the territory has been entrusted with the project to produce the PD-14 aircraft engine, and the new PD-35 engine is also being developed. He said the region has to create the necessary personnel reserve to supply Rostec enterprises with young engineers.
In conclusion, Dmitry Makhonin mentioned sports infrastructure development. In particular, the regional head dwelled on the construction of a multifunctional sports arena with 10,500 seats in Perm, which should be able to bid on major sports competitions. He said Perm had submitted a bid to host the European men’s basketball competition in 2025. The Governor also asked the President to support the initiative to hold the Russia – Country of Sports international forum in 2023 in Russia, and the President agreed.