On December 19, 2011 ICANN members got together at Intel office to meet the head of the city of Nizhny Novgorod Oleg Sorokin.The meeting at Intel was a great opportunity for the both sides to get acquainted with each other and set up a basis for a further cooperation.
Meeting with the local government and to be more exact the city administration is a good tradition for ICANN. In 2009-2010 ICANN members met with the previous mayor of Nizhny Novgorod V. Bulavinov.
As for the meeting with Oleg Sorokin that was the first ICANN contact with the head of the city since he was elected for this position in October 2010.
Oleg Sorokin highlighted the importance of ICANN work in the Nizhny Novgorod Region. “One of problems of a city and regional management is attraction of the investor, and your work in this respect effectively helps us. Moreover, new workplaces, additional sources of income, new ideas and humanitarian contacts are necessary to Nizhny Novgorod and Nizhny Novgorod. Work in this direction will improve well-being of our citizens, and business will involve people in new projects”, — said Sorokin.
In a format of open dialogue Sorokin talked to directors of ICANN enterprises about the World football championship in 2018, charity programs, rating of Nizhny Novgorod among other cities with population of one million and more people.
The head of the city pointed out that Nizhny Novgorod has a great advantage being the nearest large (more than 1 million population) city to capital. High-speed railway communication and airport development give us huge benefit among other cities.
The meeting lasted only for 1 hour and the both sides confirmed that this time was not enough for sure to discuss all the acute topics. The head of the city expressed his willingness to continue communication and talk about concrete projects in the nearest future. He promised to keep in touch with ICANN and thanked ICANN for an interesting and useful meeting.