A permanent Arctic task group to begin working in Arkhangelsk
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A permanent Arctic task group to begin working in Arkhangelsk

A permanent task group will be created in Arkhangelsk to address the entire range of Arctic issues, TASS has reported citing Governor of the Arkhangelsk Region Igor Orlov.

"We've secured approval from the Ministry of Economic Development and received support from Dmitry Rogozin for the idea of creating a permanent panel responsible for carrying out all Arctic projects which have to be appraised and discussed," Orlov said. "It's very important that the panel will be organized on a permanent basis."

The governor's representative for Arctic development, Lev Levit, said in his interview with TASS that a group of experts had been set up in the run-up to the Fourth The Arctic: Territory of Dialogue international forum, who had developed an agenda for the forum with due account of all the problems facing the Arctic. According to Levit, an agency that will be tasked with addressing the entire range of Arctic-related topics has yet to be created in the country.  

"The Arctic's diverse problems are not analyzed in their entirety," Levit said. "The forum has brought to the forefront the need to create a task group that will continue addressing a wide range of issues between the forums. It will be a permanent expert group that will report on the results of their work to the next forum. It will serve as a magnet attracting the best minds and organizations in the area of Arctic studies." The co-founders of the project include the Economic Development Ministry, the Russian Government and the Arkhangelsk Region.