Within the framework of the project of the Expert Institute for Social Research (EISS), a radio broadcast took place, the guest of which was the Governor of the Kaliningrad Region Anton Alikhanov… The dialogue with him was conducted by the head of the department of regional programs of the EISS Daria Kislitsyna…
On the air, the presenter and the guest discussed the interim results of Anton Alikhanov’s fifth anniversary as governor of the Kaliningrad region. The head of the region outlined three main directions in his work.
The first is amendments to the law on a special economic zone. Two years have passed since changes were made to the document, 2 times more residents were registered, for example, when compared with the indicators of the last five years. The Kaliningrad territory, which has a special legal status, was included in the top ten of the best special economic zones.
The second is preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Then many different infrastructural issues were resolved – new objects appeared: roads, a stadium, an airport.
The third is the energy security of the region. This issue received a lot of attention from the local authorities. Anton Alikhanov noted that on the instructions of the President of Russia, a whole complex of infrastructure was created, allowing the Kaliningrad region to exist in the regime of an “energy island”.
Also, the head of the Kaliningrad region spoke about the unique practices that have been introduced in the region over the past 5 years. Among them is the introduction of womb capital for the first child. Now such a program is indexed by 15%, because “measures should be relevant and capable of solving at least part of the problems of young families when they are replenished with children”. Also, among the successful practices, the Governor of the Kaliningrad Region highlighted the introduction of “food cards” – this was done as a program of social assistance to the most vulnerable categories of citizens. Anton Alikhanov also noted that next year, on his initiative, the program will be expanded to include support for large families and pensioners.
Separately, within the framework of the broadcast, we discussed the communication of the head of the region with residents. Anton Alikhanov told how he communicates with young people, using various formats for this – tea drinking in a cafe, TED lectures with answers to questions. The head of the region noted that 80% of young people who graduate from regional universities remain in the Kaliningrad region to continue their professional path here. The task of the authorities is to help them find themselves, and the region is interested in supporting them.
Anton Alikhanov also shared his views on management plans and prospects. He noted that one of the main emphasis is planned to be on supporting regional business and creating high-quality jobs. “Our planning horizon is a ten-year cycle, during which major projects will drive the region forward as locomotives of development,” he stressed.