Sergey Morozov informed the meeting participants on the process of realization of the Development program for the nuclear innovation cluster in Dmitrovgrad, city residents, main projects, realized as part of NIC, and on the personnel training system for the industry. The head of the Ulyanovsk region also noted the measures taken to build the innovative infrastructure and to provide the cluster workers with housing. The meeting participants discussed the issues of project realization, construction of the nuclear plant for the multipurpose fast neutron research reactor (MBIR), construction of the Federal high-technology nuclear medicine center of Russian FMBA, and the conception of the project to create the research and manufacturing complex for radiopharmaceuticals and medical devices.
During his report, the governor mentioned the problems restraining cluster development and suggested possible solutions to them. He stressed that it is an extremely challenging task to provide the industry with personnel fully without support of FMBA and Rosatom. “Educational institutions in Dimitrovgrad can graduate up to 1.5 thousand people with higher and secondary specialized education. But it would be wrong to think that the problem has been resolved. The number of professions to be in demand in the city is close to 40, yet there is no understanding how many specialists in each field we will need to have by the time our key projects are launched. Today we have to estimate general demand, demand for specialists in each field, as well as how and during what time we will be able to satisfy this demand. We are ready to take combined action to solve this problem”, stated Governor.
One more problem Sergey Morozov mentioned is related to housing construction for the industry workers. “The workers of the organizations, mentioned in the list of the innovation territorial cluster members, are not included in the list of categories having right to procure low-income housing. Such claimants shall mandatorily be in need of better housing conditions, or shall be large or young families, or shall live in the housing unfit for living. One more requirement limiting the possibilities for provision of housing is a three-year employment in the given organization. It is obvious that a specialist invited and agreed to move has not yet obtained such experience and will hardly agree to work for three years without a place to live”, noted the head of the Ulyanovsk region. He also said that by now a draft decree has been prepared by the RF Government, which can solve this problem. Sergey Morozov requested assistance from the Board members to speed up the process of decree passage. Besides, during the cluster Council meeting, the Ulyanovsk governor brought up an issue to remove the correction system institutions beyond the borders of Dimitrovgrad, saying that this hinders attraction of both Russian and foreign specialists to develop and realize large research projects. According to Sergey Morozov, assistance from the cluster Council members is needed also to perform repairs and transfer of roads connecting Dimitrovgrad with international airports “Ulyanovsk-Vostochny” (Ulyanovsk) and “Kurumoch” (Samara) to federal ownership.
“I understand today poses a lot of problems and threats due to the sanctions. But still there are certain tasks to be solved by the cluster Council. I would like all of us to work unitedly. We need to expand the scope of persons involved to solve these problems”, noted Boris Gryzlov.
“The deeper I see into cluster problems, the more I realize how important the cluster is. As to principal achievements, I would say this was the selection of the general contractor for MBIR construction on October, 6th. This means Rosatom obtained certification, permit to construction, and selected the sources of financing. Now, the MBIR nuclear innovation project is at the stage of practical realization, pre-construction activities are taking place on the site. The project of the Federal hi-tech nuclear medicine center of FMBA of Russia is also well in progress. Not without problems, understandingly, but in progress. This country has about 60 thousand patients and no center of proton medicine”, commented Valery Yazev, Deputy of State Duma of Russian Federation Federal Assembly.
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