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Sakhalin Oblast Days Closing at the State Historical Museum

16−18 September saw the Sakhalin Oblast Days at the State Historical Museum.

Among the guests were Muscovites and tourists fr om other regions of the country, representatives of state authorities, relevant agencies and development institutions, scientific and educational foundations, businesses, NGOs, and the media.

An intensive agenda covered the most topical themes for the island region. A special focus was on ecology, human resources and tourism.

Participants in the Personnel Sovereignty and How to Achieve It panel session engaged in a lively dialogue, addressing the system and approaches to professional education in the context of the Far East development strategy. According to Elvira Nurgalieva, the First Deputy General Manager of the Far East and Arctic Development Corporation, Priority 2030 programme will help to build up the scientific and educational capacity of academic institutions. Employers should be involved in training, thus ensuring guaranteed employment and professional fulfillment.

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“Today, among our priorities for the development of our human resources sovereignty is the creation of about 15,000 jobs for high-tech projects. We are actively engaged in Earn Together, a federal project wh ere we pioneer, to create a market of transparent career investments for citizens, sought-after professionals. Career guidance, the creation of a comfortable urban environment, and a well-thought-out social policy will all ensure an influx of talented professionals to the Far East at large", Vyacheslav Alenkov, Deputy Chairman of the Sakhalin Oblast Government noted.

Yakov Pyak, Head of Professional Learning Subdivision of Sakhalin Energy, who was also taking part in the discussion, stressed that the company has a corporate learning system covering all aspects of the Sakhalin-2 project. Of great interest among the attending students was the Career Growth at the Sakhalin Leading Oil and Gas Companies: fr om Career Plan to Internship session.

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The Sustainable Development of Regions: Climate and Biodiversity panel addressed the challenges, prospects and plans for adapting to climate change and achieving carbon neutrality. Andrey Samatov, Head of Corp Environmental Division of Sakhalin Energy, spoke in detail about the role of business in sustainable development journey and company's contribution to the regional climate experiment.

To close the Sakhalin Oblast Days, there was a tourism and culture marathon featuring presentations on the tourism potential of the Sakhalin Oblast made by both the representatives of the region and renowned Russian travellers.

Olga Shandurenko, Social Projects Programme Director at the Agency for Strategic Initiatives, noted the importance of industrial tourism as a complementary and unbiased representation of living in the region.

“The more remote is the region, as is the Sakhalin Oblast, the more intriguing it is to see how people live and how they shape their careers. Here you can discover professions that may never be found elsewhere in the midlands. Such industries include, for example, fish processing, mining and others. Travelling through various parts of our country can give you, at least for a short time, a chance to try on one or the other profession, to find out how businesses operate and what their environmental profile is. Today, we witnessed a stunning aesthetics of production facilities. They are no less beautiful than those of nature", she said in her address.

Speaking to the audience Natalia Gonchar, Sakhalin Energy's Head of Corporate Affairs, said that Sakhalin is a unique region wh ere "the environment and the ethnography are in harmony with the technology and innovation. “Sakhalin-2 production facilities, and particularly Russia's first liquefied natural gas plant, remain one of the prime attractions for Sakhalin residents and visitors coming to the island, both Russians and foreigners. This is an example which, for many years, has proved that industrial tourism can be interesting, vibrant and attractive, and serve as a driver for the entire region," she added.

Alongside the business programme, the exhibition featured a cinema hall, as well as concerts and stage performances by Sakhalin indigenous peoples. Master classes in national embroidery, wood carving, fish skin and birch bark products by prominent Sakhalin craftsmen Vadim Levkun, Veronika Osipova, Lyudmila Paskit and Olga Sadinova were held with a full house.

The exhibition Sakhalin and the Kurils: Through Time was visited by more than 2,000 people, who gave warm feedback and welcomed further such presentations of the region in the future.

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Sakhalin has grown much nearer to residents and guests of Moscow during these days, and many expressed a desire to visit this fabulous island.

19 September 2022

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