Business and the government discussed the prospects of Russian economy development
Vladimir Putin called corruption an underhand attempt to influence the authorities.
Speaking at the 10th Forum of “Business Russia”, President Vladimir Putin called corruption an underhand attempt to influence the authorities. According to Vladimir Putin, the economy is under pressure of internal and external negative factors and therefore the primary task is to give the opportunity for the honest business to develop freely in order to resume economic growth.
According to the President, it is important not only to substitute import but also bring Russian goods to the world markets. The crucial factor is fair play both by business and officials. The event was aimed at building the bridge of understanding between the government and non-energy business, which representatives attended the event. This type of business accounts for the main share in the developed world economies, but in Russia this business is not developing rapidly. Now there is a chance to change the situation.
Sanctions allowed domestic producers to fill the niches occupied by import. Cheap oil forced to think about the development of the real sector. Weak ruble made products more competitive. In the current situation, the President called for business not to lose time.
During the forum it was said that Russia lags behind developed countries in terms of labor productivity. The main problem to solve is lack of personnel. Although much has already been done, business invests in the training of technicians. But there is still a lack of engineers.
If the issue of personnel training can be solved by internal forces, overcoming the technological gap with the developed countries requires foreign “know-how”. Entrepreneurs proposed to establish the Technology Transfer Agency, which would help companies to adopt Western innovations. The President supported the idea. “I could not agree more. It is important for us to stabilize the “know-how” that come to our country, and certainly it is necessary to acquire intellectual property rights, licenses and establish of research centers for the development of modern technology,” – Vladimir Putin said.
The President said that although not all is achieved, but the purpose of the government is to create a comfortable climate for doing business in Russia. But we should not count on greenhouse conditions. Competition is the key to any efficient economy. Moreover, the President did not support the exclusion of foreign companies from competition for government procurement contracts.
The entrepreneurs also complained to Vladimir Putin against the government and the State Duma. The new tax laws will now receive expert assessment of the business community before they are adopted. Despite this, secondary legislation that can ruin business with additional payments can still be adopted.
More than two hundred complaints and suggestions from Russian business were included in the annual report of Business Ombudsman Boris Titov. On condition most of the provisions contained in the report are fulfilled, the economy will grow by 10% per year. Corruption and the imperfections of the judicial system, which used to be the main problems hampering business development, for the first time left the first positions in the ranking and dropped to the bottom. “I think if we adopt a number of anti-corruption decisions in favor of business, we can change the entrepreneurs’ attitude to this problem in our country. I mean that business will feel more confident, and the overall situation will change,” – said Boris Titov. According to the ranking, business is more concerned about the instability of the ruble. The second issue is the uncertainty of the economic situation. Business still expects that the government works out a clear strategy of economic development and guarantees of inalterability of the rules of the game.
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