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Business Russia leader on his vision of creating 25 mln new jobs

September 19, 2011, 14:30 UTC+3

Russia has resources, and high-end workplaces can be created, because we have very educated labor resources

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MOSCOW, September 19 (Itar-Tass) — Head of the Business Russia public organization Boris Titov said he believes the task to create 25 million new jobs in Russia is quite feasible in his conversation with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

"We're confident that it is possible and we even know how to achieve it. Because of the way the world situation is developing, investors have quite a lot of liquidity, available money," Titov said.

"Russia looks quite promising. It has resources, and high-end workplaces can be created, because we have very educated labor resources," he said.

He suggested " a project approach" to creating new jobs: "we have to select concrete projects which could become the locomotives of growth of the new economy, the nidi of growth of the new economy. Changing a country on the whole is much more difficult than making such separate breakthrough directions.

Business Russia has already drawn a list of possible projects. They are mostly formed as clusters, i.e. territorial and production complexes on which the USSR had used to work, Titov said passing the list to the premier.

"Creating 25 million of new high-tech workplaces is certainly not easy," Putin acknowledged, underlining that "there are goals that are hard to achieve, but we have to strive toward them, as they say, because if we don't, we will be unable to reach more modest results."

As the first move, Titov proposed to select ten to 15 pilot projects. "they've sent us more than 200 projects; we've selected 28, but in our opinion, we need to choose ten to 15 from them. They might become the most important ones, within which up to one million new high-end workplaces can be created in Russia," he said.

Putin, scrutinizing the list, said some of the projects - such as accommodation centers and medicine for older generations, as well as private kindergartens -- had been discussed at Cabinet meetings and within the framework of the all Russian Front.

Titov stressed the significance of the right approach to management in implementing these project.

"We believe that development management is an entirely different task compared with managing the current state of the economy, and the current problems it has to resolve," he added.


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