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Doctor of Economic Sciences explained why Russia needs the Arctic – Rossiyskaya Gazeta

Date: July 18, 2024 Time: 13:42:07

For Russia, the Arctic has always had a special meaning and has recently acquired strategic importance. Without exaggeration, if we look at the statistics, by geographical area, we will see that the Arctic is one third of the territory of the Russian Federation. Today, more than 2.5 million people out of 4.5 million inhabitants of the entire Arctic zone of the world live in the Russian Arctic.

For Russia, the Arctic is not something completely new, it is a traditional human habitat. Suffice it to say that 15 percent of GDP and almost a quarter of Russian exports come from companies located in the Arctic zone. And the universities that today train specialists for Arctic exploration have been cooperating with the Arctic regions for a long time.

At the same time, it is worth noting that there are a number of areas, such as, for example, the exploitation of the Northern Sea Route, the development of offshore fields, natural gas liquefaction, LNG transportation and oil transportation, which require high qualifications. And in this regard, of course, we need a special profile for training future specialists.

There are now quite a large number of economic entities in the Arctic. Companies in the military-industrial complex, mineral resources and oil and gas complexes, companies that extract biological resources and those that cultivate aquatic organisms in aquaculture have their own interests here. The transport complex has its own clear and distinct interests, primarily in the operation of the Northern Sea Route. Such an exotic destination as Arctic tourism is developing. For example, in 2023 in the Murmansk region it showed an increase of more than 25 percent.

Thus, in many regions of the Arctic zone there is still a demand for specialists, and there is also a tendency for the need for workers to increase. Recently, the total need for personnel in the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation was estimated at 20,000-25,000 people per year. Today it is already about 60,000.

This is a real challenge for both the secondary and higher education system, and of course for science. Because the projects that future specialists and Arctic explorers will carry out are no longer technologically simple. Today, robotic installations, underwater production complexes and rotationally controlled systems are used in the field. The very terms “smart well” and “smart field” have long been firmly established in the vocabulary of those involved in Arctic development. All of this highlights the technological complexity of the projects that future workers will have to deal with.

What decisions at the federal level could affect the attractiveness of the Arctic region for young professionals? Of course, first of all it is necessary to create a basis for a person to feel comfortable financially. We are talking about decent remuneration for work and the possibility of obtaining official housing. It is worth saying that a lot of work has been done lately to ensure social conditions. There are projects such as “Arctic Mortgage”, “Your Own House in the Arctic”, etc. Living above the Arctic Circle, in harsh climatic conditions, requires higher rewards. During the Soviet period, people from all over the country came to the North and this did not require a large-scale advertising campaign. Everyone knew that working at sea was the key to long-term prosperity. Stability, confidence in the future – something similar must be created today.

In modern macroeconomic conditions, projects are needed, work is needed, and then the same “invisible hand of the market” will put everything in its place. People will come to Murmansk, Pevek, Tiksi, Dudinka and Naryan-Mar.

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