ST. PETERSBURG, October 22 (Itar-Tass) —— The Nizhny Novgorod region has won an all-Russia competition of the strategies and programs of the regional social and economic development. The competition was organised by the Russian Ministry of Regional Development.
The Krasnodar territory and the Voronezh region were in the top-three of the competition, the results of which were made public in the format of the 11th National Forum of Strategic Planning in Russia’s Regions and Cities in St. Petersburg on Monday.
This year’s competition was entitled “Road Map for the New Economy.” The participant regions represented their vision for further development. All in all, 33 regions and 11 municipalities took part in the event.
Apart from the main competition, the winners were also selected in seven categories. The Republic of Tatarstan was first in the “Promotion of Innovative Activity” category. The Altai Territory ranked first in the “Creation of Favourable Conditions for Business Development” category. The Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) won the category entitled “Promotion of the Investment Attractiveness.”
The Samara Region ranked the first in the “Development of Mono-Cities” category. The Republic of Mordovia was the winner of the “Social Protection of the Population” category.
The two separate categories were devoted to the efficiency of the systems of the strategic and territorial planning – the best region was the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area. And another category is the best municipality, which was won by the city of Khabarovsk.
The forum of the kind is being held once a year from 2002. It is one the largest floors for discussing the issues and mechanism linked with the strategic planning.
This year, St. Petersburg hosts the forum on October 22-23. This year’s major issue is the potential of Russia’s regions. The two-year program of the forum includes more than 30 events, organised under an umbrella of the federal ministries, state institutions, the world’s and Russia’s leading consulting and expert organisations.