MOSCOW — Russia has taken the rotating presidency of the G20 for twelve months to come. The year’s main event will be a G20 summit in St. Petersburg on September 5-6. The first events in the group are due in Moscow already this month.
“The G20 group is an informal forum of the world’s largest economies. The participating countries account for 90 percent of the world’s GDP and 80 percent of the world trade. At present nineteen countries and the European Union enjoy the status of the G20 permanent members. Alongside Russia the group unites Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Britain, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Canada, China, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, the United States, Turkey, France, South Africa, South Korea and Japan.
The task of the presiding country is to arrange for a meeting of the leaders and also to systematically prepare and coordinate with its partners all major decisions related to the development of the world economy and featuring high on the list of its own and its partners’ priorities.
MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin proposes the G20 should work out measures stimulating economic growth and creating jobs and also modernizing state borrowing systems.
The Russian president said this in his special address in connection with the beginning of the Russian G20 presidency on December 1.
"We see the main task of Russia's presidency in the concentration of G20 efforts to work out measures stimulating economic growth and creating jobs. For what is this needed? For us, the answer is clear -- it is stimulation of investments, confidence and transparency at markets and effective regulation," the Russian leader said. With the priorities taken into consideration, all the G20 traditional agenda topics would be under discussion, he added.
Among the topics are the state of world economy, the implementation of the framework agreement to ensure steady and balanced growth, support for employment, reforming of the currency system and the system of financial regulation and control, stability of global energy markets, the international development promotion, consolidation of multilateral trade and counteraction against corruption.
MOSCOW — Ahead of the G-20 summit in St Petersburg the finance and labours ministers will meet on Russia’s initiative, presidential chief of staff Sergei Ivanov said.
In an interview with the Vesti V Subbotu news programme on Saturday, Ivanov said, “For the first time the G-20 finance and labour ministers will meet ahead of the summit.”
The G-20 purpose is to make the economies in the G-20 countries predictable, the presidential chief of staff said. “To this end, it is necessary to resolve debt problems. The main problem of supervisory bodies is that the work is not too effective,” Ivanov said.
In addition, he said it was necessary to improve the investment climate, which would make it possible to create new high-tech jobs. “Our president set the task to create 25 million new jobs not where productivity of labour is high. But he proposes to create 25 million new high-tech jobs where productivity of labour is much higher than the existing ones,” Ivanov said.
MOSCOW — A non-commercial organization comprising Internet industry participants will be established by the end of the year to run a register of prohibited sites, Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov told the media on Friday.
“It is necessary to create some sort of a non-commercial partnership, which might eventually undertake to act as an operator, or a floor where the industry’s participants and their experts might discuss the rather complicated bundle of problems concerning law enforcement. Also it is important to ensure communication operators should delegate their experts to that organization. I believe that this organization will be established quickly enough, by the end of the year,” Nikiforov said. He is also certain that NGO must be independent and newly-created, “without a past.”
Nikiforov is certain that central to the organization would be an observer council, uniting all key players, providers, communication operators, representatives of the mass media and also public figures, for instance, State Duma members.
KALININGRAD — Russia and Belarus will spend 2.8 billion roubles to implement the program of enhancing border security of the Union State [of Russia and Belarus], state secretary of the Union State Grigory Rapota told journalists on Friday after a meeting of the Union State Border Committee board.
According to Rapota, the two states have started the fifth border security program till the year 2016. “The money will go to fund the construction of border infrastructure facilities and technical overhaul of border services and troops, to introduce the latest engineering and other developments, and to train specialists,” he said.
Special attention is paid to technical overhaul of border services.
MOSCOW — Russia’s Justice Ministry has approved of the rules of keeping the register of non-profit organizations performing the functions of a foreign agent.
“The instruction was registered at the Justice Ministry on Friday and it will take effect ten days after its official publication,” the ministry said.
MOSCOW — To be granted a work permit, migrants must present a certificate confirming they speak Russian, as the corresponding changes to the federal laws on the Legal Status of Foreigners in the Russian Federation and On Education come into force this Saturday, December 1.
Foreign nationals from visa-free countries who plan to work in housing, retail and consumer services must speak Russian at a level not lower than the basic. Foreigners cannot receive a work permit without presenting a certificate confirming they speak Russian or another education document accepted in Russia, Federal Migration Service officials explained.
TBILISI — Forming predictable, pragmatic and decent relations with Russia is one of the priorities of the new Georgian government, the Georgian prime minister’s special representative for relations with Russia, Zurab Abashidze said in a statement on Friday.
“The solution of all outstanding problems between Georgia and Russia fully agrees with the interests of our states and peoples,” the statement runs.
At the same time Abashidze said that “the Georgian and Russian sides take fundamentally different stances in evaluating the war of August 2008 and the following events, including Russia’s recognition of Georgia’s territories (Abkhazia and South Ossetia – Itar-Tass) as independent states.”
YEREVAN — Presidential elections in Armenia will be held in February 2013, President Serzh Sargsyan said.
After the talks with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso on Saturday, Sargsyan said, “I want to assure you that we oblige to hold the presidential elections in February 2013. The presidential elections correspond to the highest international criteria.”
Despite the fact that under the Constitution of Armenia, the presidential elections should be held in February, the month of holding them is announced for the first time.
The public opinion poll says the republic’s incumbent president is a certain favourite of the elections.
MOSCOW — Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev instructed Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin to deliver a full report on Monday over all the measures, which the Ministry of Emergency Situations and the road emergency services are taking over a tense traffic situation on the federal highway M-10, press secretary of the Russian prime minister Natalia Timakova said on Sunday evening.
“On the instructions from the prime minister Rogozin will report on all the measures, which the Ministry of Emergency Situations and the road and rescue services are taking to restore the traffic and give the aid to the drivers, who are stuck in the traffic jams,” Timakova said.
VLADIKAVKAZ — A multimedia map of South Ossetian tourism and historic attractions is ready for tourists, who will visit future ski resort of Mamison.
Designers of Lost Ossetia Internet-based project offer an application for mobile devices to assist tourists travelling the southern and northern parts of the region. Users of devices on Android and iOS platforms would be able soon to download the application for free, head of the project Alina Akoeff said.
SAKARYA (Turkey) — The Russian motor giant Group GAZ and the Turkish major motor company Mersa Otomotiv officially launched a joint assembly production of light commercial vehicles (LCV) under the trademark GAZ in Turkey on Sunday.
The joint project envisages a semi knocked down (SKD) assembly of several models of light commercial vehicles GAZel Business and Sobol Business, as well as the creation of a network of car dealers and maintenance services in all Turkish regions.
Before the end of this year the new joint production will turn out 300 GAZel LCVs, 2,500 LCVs – next year and 3,700 LCVs – in 2014, Group GAZ President and CEO Bo Andersson said at an inauguration ceremony of the new car-making joint venture.
ASHGABAT — Turkmenistan’s capital city is preparing for hosting the CIS summit on December 5.
The avenues in the city are decorated with state flags of the CIS member countries. On the eve of the summit, Russia’s Vozrozhdeniye Company finalised construction of a big overbridge across the Cara-Cum canal.
On Saturday, Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov demanded from the government “a high organisational level” of the event. For the first time over the 20-years’ history, the CIS leaders will have their meeting in Turkmenistan’s capital city. Turkmenistan has been an associated member since 2005, and in 2012 the country chairs the Commonwealth.