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Signing documents during Eastern Economic Forum

September 3, 2021, Russky Island, Primorye Territory

President Vladimir Putin and President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev attended, via videoconference, the signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation on Digital Transformation Projects for the Republic of Kazakhstan, Transition to the Platform-Based Digitalisation Model and the Data Driven Government Concept. Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin and Sberbank Chairman of the Management Board and CEO German Gref signed the document.

Vladimir Putin also witnessed the signing of several documents during the Eastern Economic Forum, including the Agreement of Intent on the Second Phase of the Udokanskoye Copper Field Development, the Agreement of Intent on Designing Methanol-Powered Vessels at Russian Shipbuilding Yards, the Agreement on Creating a Far Eastern Children’s Recreation and Health Centre in the Khabarovsk Territory and the Agreement on the Investment Project for Comprehensive Fishing Logistics Development in Russia.

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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Colleagues, good afternoon.

Mr Tokayev, friends,

Today, we have a very positive and important event on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum. Kazakhstan and Sber, a Russian group, are signing a Memorandum of Cooperation on the digital transformation of public administration in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

First of all, I would like to thank the President of Kazakhstan in person. I am aware that Mr Tokayev personally oversees matters of this kind, and pays a lot of attention to modern high technology. We have discussed this subject with you on a number of occasions, and I would like to thank you for choosing a Russian company as a strategic partner. I know that the President was involved in the decision made by the Government of Kazakhstan to choose Sber’s offer as the best option. This reaffirms once again that one of our leading digital companies is effective and relevant, including on the international markets.

In fact, Sber has been working for more than 15 years in Kazakhstan on financial and digital services and technology. Today’s ceremony marks another step in reinforcing this cooperation.

Sber will supply software for digitising public services as part of this project. By the way, it has been quite effective in Russia. I really hope that the cooperation that is about to take off will be fruitful and will yield tangible results, further strengthening the comprehensive creative partnership between our countries and peoples.

I wish you every success!

Thank you very much.

(The signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation on Digital Transformation Projects for the Republic of Kazakhstan, Transition to the Platform-Based Digitalisation Model and the Data Driven Government Concept).


(The Agreement of Intent on the Implementation of the Second Phase of the Udokan Copper Deposit Development Project, the Agreement of Intent on Building Methanol-Powered Ships at Russian Shipyards, the Agreement on the Creation of the Far Eastern Children’s Recreation and Health Centre in the Khabarovsk Territory, and the Agreement on the Implementation of the Investment Project of the Comprehensive Development of Fisheries Logistics in Russia were signed).

Vladimir Putin: I would like to comment on what is happening.

An entire range of important agreements and memorandums are traditionally signed on the sidelines of the forum. We just witnessed the signing of a series of such agreements, among them the Agreement of Intent on the Implementation of the Second Stage of the Udokan Copper Deposit Development Project, aimed at multiplying the ore throughput. Some 289 billion rubles will be invested in this promising project and over 2,000 new jobs will be created

It is crucially important to develop the social sphere, including the infrastructure for children’s recreation and resorts in the Far East. As we just saw, the trilateral agreement to establish such a centre in the Khabarovsk Territory was signed. The total cost of the construction will be some 2.3 billion rubles. It will accommodate 300–350 children per one session who will be able to recreate, improve their health and take part in interesting educational programmes. It’s really a wonderful project.

The memorandum on building methanol-powered vessels is also worth noting. The parties to this agreement are the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic, VTB Bank, VEB, ESN Group, as well as representatives of the Japanese companies Mitsui and Marubeni.

The Agreement on the Comprehensive Development of Fisheries Logistics in Russia is also important. It was signed between VEB, the Corporation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic and the managing company of Ryba Corporation. A total of 52 billion rubles will be invested in the project. Over the next three years, three fishing sea ports will be renovated: in Murmansk, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and the Sakhalin Region. In addition, plans call for building a new fishing port on Cape Nazimov in Vladivostok. Their joint cargo turnover will reach 4.6 million tonnes.

I would like to emphasise that the efficient development of the economic and tourism potential and the exploration of the unique natural resources of the Far East and other regions is our common priority task. It is important to combine the efforts of the state and businesses in reaching this goal.


I hope that all agreements that were signed today will be implemented in full and will facilitate the economic growth of the regions and improve the quality of life of our citizens.

I would like to wish all those present here success and all the best.

September 3, 2021, Russky Island, Primorye Territory