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Russian government official: Russia should rise to 20th place in annual Doing Business rating

July 20, 2013, 22:20 UTC+3

This week Russian experts have held consultations with World Bank experts

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NEW YORK, July 20 (Itar-Tass) - By 2018 Russia should rise to the 20th place from the 112th place (out of 185) in the annual Doing Business rating, head of the Department for Coordination of Economic Policy and Development Mikhail Pryadilnikov said.

In an exclusive interview with Itar-Tass, Pryadilnikov said World Bank experts believed that this task could be carried out.

This week Russian experts have held consultations with World Bank experts. “During the consultations, the World Bank was given full information on all issues,” the Russian official said.

“Mostly, the parties specified positions on such issues as the deadline and the price of allowances on the construction, grid connection, the registration of property, the registration of enterprises, the payment of taxes and easy ways to conduct international trade operations,” he said.

“Moscow plays the leading role in coordinating reforms in the two mentioned signs. The total coordination is effected by the Economic Development Ministry. The consultations also involved representatives of the Federal Tax Service, Rosreestr and ASI [Agency for Strategic Initiatives],” Pryadilnikov stressed.

Last year Russia was at the 112th place in the World Bank rating. In 2010 it was at the 120th place and in 2010 it climbed to the 124th position. “The participants in the consultations noted progress in certain areas. They also hope that Russia will climb higher in the Doing Business rating this year,” Pryadilnikov said.

The consultations continue within the year. In the spring World Bank experts visited Russia and had meetings with regional and federal bodies of power, including with experts of the Moscow government.

“It was stated that Russia carried out the unprecedented number of reforms. The parties agreed to maintain permanent contacts that would make the work more effective. The meeting in Washington continued the work to correct Russia’s rating in pursuance of the Russian president’s decree under which Russia should rise to the 20th place in the rating by 2018,” Pryadilnikov said.

Next week the Russian delegation and the World Bank will discuss partnership within the Moscow Urban Forum due to take place in December 2013 and devoted to the development of the infrastructure and the creation of comfortable conditions on the periphery.

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