Krasnodar, 4 May – Yug Times. On April 26, the regional Civic Chamber, the Southern Regional Committee of the European Business Association (SRC EBA), Agency of Investments and International Cooperation, and The Yug Times weekly held a conference in Krasnodar entitled “Sustainable development of territories: Krasnodar urban agglomeration.” The event was held within the framework of the program “Time for New Strategies - 2018”.
“In 2018, the issue of sustainable development of territories became part of the agenda of the Time for New Strategies program, elaborated within the framework of the Strategy for socio-economic development of the Krasnodar region until 2030, by which seven economic zones were singled out in Kuban,” said SRC EBA Chair, Danone Russia Regional Director Oleg Zharko, who was moderating the conference. “Today we will start our discussion with the central zone - Krasnodar urban agglomeration; we will discuss its formation and further development.”
According to the 2030 Strategy, Krasnodar urban agglomeration unites the Dinskoi and Seversky rayons, the cities of Krasnodar and Goriachy Krasnodar, 4 May – Yug Times. Kluch, and a number of other municipalities. It also maintains close ties with the Takhtamukai rayon, Adyghea.
“The process of agglomeration has first of all to do with humans,” stressed Chair of the regional Civic Chamber Lubov Popova. “We should consider any territorial development not merely from business’s viewpoint but also depending on the fact how the changes would be working for people that live here.” In her speech, Director of the Krasnodar branch of the Centre Invest Bank Diana Lipinskaya stressed that the city of Krasnodar together with adjoining areas are developing and growing rapidly. “Both the Krasnodar region and the city of Krasnodar are serious financial centres,” noted Ms. Lipinskaya. “But it is important to understand how this fact affects the local people. Because the power, public and financial institutes work’s aim is to form such social environment which would be comfortable for people’s life and work.” Goriachy Kluch Mayor Ivan Fedorovsky touched upon the drawbacks of independent development of municipalities if taken isolated from their neighbouring municipalities.
“Our city has a number of problems, one of which is poorly developed agriculture,” said he. “Now we are trying to reanimate this sector, but then a new question would arise - where to send the manufactured products? The formation of Krasnodar urban agglomeration would be beneficial for its members as well as for the Krasnodar region on the whole.” Speaking of the management model for such a structure as Krasnodar urban agglomeration, Philip Morris Kuban Corporate Director Alisa Andreyeva proposed to pay attention to the major companies’ work experience. “We don’t have to invent anything new. There are lots of tools to form the management business model that may be used as agglomeration management tools,” said she. Regional Director of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives in the Southern Federal District Rashid Kudaev noted that for himself, Krasnodar urban agglomeration is a fait accompli. The question is how to develop it efficiently.
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