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Rogozin to convene public council on defence industry in Aug again

July 24, 2012, 17:24 UTC+3

Fresh developments on three guidelines, which the public council set, will be made public already at a next meeting

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MOSCOW, July 24 (Itar-Tass) — The Public Council of the chairman of the Russian Governmental Military and Industrial Commission will convene for a next meeting in August, Professor of the Siberian Institute of International Relations Alexander Lyulko, who participated in the first meeting of the council, told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.

“The next meeting will be held in August. This happens quite frequently for such body,” he said. Upon results of the meeting its participants “were included in the workgroups up to their expertise and interests,” Lyulko said. So, fresh developments on three guidelines, which the public council set, will be made public already at a next meeting.

“At the first meeting of the council three issues, which are mostly pressing, were discussed. The first issue is the prevention of man-made and natural disasters quite ahead of time. The second issue is the competitiveness of the defence and industrial complex as compared with foreign rivals. The third issue is staff,” Lyulko said.

He noted that the role, which Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and members of the public council give to this body “is the links between the society, independent experts and the government.” “People are just afraid sometimes to voice their point of view. Therefore, it is important that the organization was formed that would not hesitate to raise permanently unsettled problems and offer nonstandard decisions.” “One of the main managerial problems is in the loss of trust to the government,” he said.

“The decisions of the government are taken by the society with some mistrust. The feedback should be provided. This is one of the main tasks,” the member of the council said.

The media can play a positive role in the settlement of the tasks, which the Public Council faces, moreover, several chief editors of media outlets were included in the council, Lyulko said. “This fact should have a positive influence on the popularization of the idea of the comprehensive support for the defence industry. What we witness recently? The idea was introduced that the army and the defence and industrial complex are not needed, and if to stop their funding, we will live better. Acting this way, we will actually lose competitive advantages in this sphere,” Lyulko said with regret.

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