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ARKHANGELSNK, March 29. /TASS/. Guests are steadily streaming in for a two-day Arctic Forum that kicks off in Arkhangelsk, a city in the north of European Russia, on Wednesday, Regional Governor Igor Orlov told TASS.
"During the first day, the Arctic - Territory of Dialogue forum will be attended by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova, Education and Science Minister Olga Vasilyeva, Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov, Energy Minister Alexander Novak and Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov," the governor said.
Russian presidential envoy for the Arctic and Antarctic Artur Chilingarov, Head of the Federal Customs Service Vladimir Bulavin, Head of the Federal Tourism Agency Oleg Safonov, Head of the Federal Agency for State Reserves Dmitry Gogin and other officials are working on the sidelines of the forum on Wednesday.
Among the high-ranking guests of the forum are heads of Russian regions, members of the upper and lower houses of parliament, the Federation Council and the State Duma, and also heads of major state corporations. The guests are accommodated in Arkhangelsk, Severodvinsk, Novodvinsk and the Primorye Region.
The Arctic - Territory of Dialogue Fourth International Forum is held in Arkhangelsk on March 29-30. It is expected to bring together about 1,500 people from Russia and other countries. The TASS news agency is the forum’s general media partner.
The forum is one of key platforms for discussing problems and prospects of the Arctic region. Its goal is to unite efforts of the international community for the efficient development of the Arctic. The participants of the forum, held since 2010, discuss improving the quality of life in the Arctic territories, developing transport system and environmental issues.