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Russian premier to chair conference over development of Jewish Autonomous Oblast

April 24, 2014, 5:26 UTC+3 KHABAROVSK
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KHABAROVSK, April 24. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, on a working tour of the Far Eastern Federal District, will chair a conference in Birobidzhan on Thursday over socio-economic development of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast.

The premier is expected to visit an agricultural college and inspect new homes under construction for flood-hit victims and a temporary accommodation center.

The Jewish Autonomous Oblast was one of the hardest hit regions in Russia's Far East during the flood in July-September 2013.

A total of 191,187 people suffered during the natural disaster; of those 32,649 were evacuated. Two hundred and thirty-five settlements with more than 12,000 homes were inundated.

After completing his work in the regional center Birobidzhan, Medvedev will return to Khabarovsk where he will chair a session of the government commission over issues of socio-economic development of the Far East on April 25.

Taking part in the events of Medvedev's programme are his deputies Arkady Dvorkovich and Yuri Trutnev, Minister of Far East Development Alexander Galushka, Minister of Regional Development Igor Slyunyayev, Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology Sergei Donskoi, Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov, Minister of Construction and Public Utilities Mikhail Men, Minister of Transport Maxim Sokolov, Minister of Labor and Social Protection Maxim Topilin, Minister of Economic Development Alexei Ulyukayev, Minister of Agriculture Nikolai Fedorov, department heads, regional leaders and business people.

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