From the transcript:
Mikhail Mishustin: Dear Kazbek Valerievich, today we discussed in detail the measures that are necessary for the development of the regions of the North Caucasus, including the beautiful region – the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic. Everyone knows it as a wonderful place for tourism, in order, as they say, to conquer Elbrus. A lot of our colleagues, who conquered Elbrus in one way or another, came to admire its beauty, the place is wonderful, beautiful. First of all, the development of tourism attracts people. I hope that it is also one of the important areas of work of the government of the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic. Please, tell us how things are going, what is happening in the republic today.
Kirill Kokov: Mikhail Vladimirovich, thank you for the opportunity to report on the situation in the republic. Indeed, one of the priority directions of development of the republic’s economy is tourism. Today we say that this is the initial stage of development. We focus on the Elbrus resort. Today we are seeing a large increase in tourists in this direction.
In the direction of the development of the Elbrus resort, we interact and work today with the joint-stock company “Resorts of the North Caucasus”. The funds are pledged until 2025. They will allow us to scale up the infrastructure of Mount Elbrus itself, specifically in terms of lifting mechanisms, and significantly increase the number of ski trails. All this will make it possible to bring the resort, as I reported at the meeting, to the international level, according to experts and specialists. We are working in this direction. We are also planning the territories below – landscaping, creating comfortable conditions for recreation.
Mikhail Mishustin: There was an instruction from the President to eliminate the consequences of the mudflow. How are things going today?
K. Kokov: Three bridges were built and restored with the funds that were used to eliminate the consequences of natural emergencies. In the first part, the passage chute in the city of Tyrnyauz was cleared of debris. We need certain funds to complete this work.
Mikhail Mishustin: Is the design and estimate documentation ready?
Kirill Kokov: Mikhail Vladimirovich, everything is ready.
Mikhail Mishustin: Kazbek Valerievich, the Government will definitely support the region. Here the safety of people is the most important thing. We ask you to take under your personal control all the instructions of the head of state so that they are fully implemented. Accordingly, we will talk about finance.
I have one more question: how are things going in the social sphere, including healthcare? I know that you are actively building hospitals and renovating polyclinics.
Kirill Kokov: Today, a serious help to us is, of course, the program to modernize the primary health care sector in Kabardino-Balkaria. It is planned to reconstruct and build 50 new objects using the funds provided under the program. But, unfortunately, the Republican Children’s Clinical Hospital, which is not in the best condition, did not get into the program according to the criteria. There are 206 thousand children in Kabardino-Balkaria today. And this is the only children’s hospital at the republican level, attended by 15 thousand children. Of course, if we put it in order, it would also be a serious contribution.
Mikhail Mishustin: Do you need large funds?
K. Kokov: About 126 million. Design estimates are ready and developed.
Mikhail Mishustin: Kazbek Valerievich, we will help. This is probably the most important thing – our children. Especially in Kabardino-Balkaria, where the birth rate is high. I think we will find the appropriate means and close this issue so that there is a good children’s clinical hospital for all babies.
Kirill Kokov: Thank you very much, Mikhail Vladimirovich, we will take it under control.
Mikhail Mishustin: This is the most important thing.
Kirill Kokov: Thank you.
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