The Regional Youth Palace hosted a foresight session to identify strategic growth points of the Krasnoyarsk Region. The foresight session was attended by more than 60 representatives of regional executive authorities and municipalities of the Krasnoyarsk Region, leading industrial enterprises, educational and scientific organizations, and regional development institutes. The foresight session was organized by the Yenisey Siberia Development Corporation and the Center for Strategic Research (CSR).
Anna Garnets, Minister of Economy and Regional Development of the Krasnoyarsk Region, Sergey Ladyzhenko, General Director of the Yenisey Siberia Development Corporation, and Marat Fattakhov, Director of the Center for Regional Economics of the CSR, welcomed the participants of the foresight session.
“Within the framework of the new state program of integrated territorial development of the region, it is planned to identify six macro-districts, said Anna Garnets. – We understand that it is impossible to apply universal development mechanisms for all municipalities of our region: differences between territories are too strong. Therefore, from the point of view of economic potential it is very important to identify consolidated territories and form the concepts for the investment development of these macro-districts.”
Sergey Ladyzhenko in his address to the participants of the event emphasized that the strategies developed within the framework of the foresight session should be applied and practice-oriented.
“In the future, we will have trips to the macro-districts of the region, where we plan to gather a large number of participants to discuss draft projects of the strategies. Based on these results, we should get a clear understanding of what infrastructure is needed for the districts of the region, what training centers are needed, what investments need to be attracted there. All these decisions will become essential for the state program of integrated territorial development of the region, for the work of the Yenisey Siberia Development Corporation as a special organization for attracting and working with investors, for municipalities and regional authorities,” said Sergey Ladyzhenko.
In turn, Marat Fattakhov noted that the foresight methodology allows us in a friendly informal setting to try to look for creative solutions to ensure breakthrough economic and investment development.
To identify growth points, the participants of the foresight session were divided into 5 groups that worked with different types of change factors, the so-called “challenge groups”: “nature”, “demography and migration”, “knowledge economy”, “culture economy” and “production economy”. A preliminary introductory lecture was held for the participants of these challenge groups to create an overall context and the context of the group work. During the day, the experts stated the development challenges facing the region, looked for their answers and identified the industrial and territorial growth points of the Krasnoyarsk Region and its macro-districts.
As a result of the foresight session the groups presented their ideas for the projects and initiatives. The participants identified the following growth points: the promotion of innovation clusters, the creation of competence centers, the development of import-substituting enterprises, the development of domestic tourism and others.
It should be noted that all the proposals of the foresight session participants will be considered by experts, finalized and used in the formation of concepts for the investment development of the macro-districts of the Krasnoyarsk Region.
Foresight is a method used to identify, first of all, qualitative changes in a particular sector in the perspective of 3 to 10 years. The principle of foresight is to forecast the future through modeling behavioral strategies and to identify strategic stakes of different participants in the territory during their interaction. To do this, representatives of various “interested players” who are involved in the creation and implementation of the strategy (for example, regional development institutions, representatives of executive authorities, representatives of the commercial sector, representatives of science) gather in the foresight to create together a forecast “map of the future” through a special collective communication process.
The main task of the foresight sessions is to identify promising and investment-attractive development projects, taking into account large processes (challenges and macro trends) that will affect development scenarios in the future, as well as relying on local opportunities and features of the macro-districts of the region.