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YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK, August 10. /TASS/. Russia’s new ten-year development program for the Far Eastern Kuril Islands is geared to increase the islands’ population by at least 25%, Valery Sordonov, the acting chief of the Kuril Islands development and investment program of the Sakhalin region government, told TASS on Monday.
"Within the framework of the previous program, for 2007-2015, we have solved the infrastructure problem. We have built ports and airports. Works at vital infrastructure facilities (water and electricity supplies, etc.) are nearing completion," he said. "Now, the goal of the new program, for 2016-2025, is to make these islands attractive to people so that they live here for long. We have already begun to work under the new program. Tomorrow, I am leaving for Kunashir, Southern Kurils, to hold a series of meetings on the new program."
The program’s task is to encourage comprehensive development of the economy, infrastructure and social sphere to ensure attractive business and living environment for the Kuril Islands’ population.
It is planned to ensure a 25% population growth by 2025 on 2013. By the end of the program, the Kurils’ population is expected to exceed 24,000. Along with that, it is planned to increase the volume of private investments by 1.5 fold and to reach fish processing products output of 8.1 billion rubles ($125.72 million) in comparable prices, or up by 40%