The region stretches along the White Sea coast in continental European Russia's extreme north, and is a major shipbuilding seat.
"The session will sum up Board efforts of the preceding years, highlight future priorities, and take stock of burning problems," Mr. Fradkov said to the media upon arrival.
A reporter asked him about the choice of session venue. The reason is in the prominence of Arctic problems, and warship-building concentrated in the area, which also gives Russia an exit to northern seas, explained the Premier.
Coastal and ocean fishing will be prominent on the Friday agenda, too, he added.
The session will also take stock of a reshuffle it came through in a recent government reform.
Several key ministers are accompanying him on the trip, pointed out Mr. Fradkov.
He went over to fishing quotas. To prolong their term is prominent among measures to promote Russian fishing. Government allocations to ocean fishers are out of the question now-it is an emergency arrangement, and so comes up only on rare occasions, while long-term quotas will surely bolster up ocean fishing. International efforts are essential in the business, and related government efforts have every chance for success, said the Premier.
As soon as he appeared in Arkhangelsk, Mikhail Fradkov went on to Severodvinsk nearby. He has on today's itinerary the Zvezdochka shipyard and the Sevmash company.
Apart from building ships, the Zvezdochka salvages discarded nuclear submarines. 22 came through it within a few preceding years. The Sevmash, whicl also salvages nuke submarines, mainly engages in updating and maintenance of surface vessels and submarines-in particular, nuclear-powered.