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Putin to confer on matters concerning Economic Development Ministry's plan of activities

February 12, 2014, 5:33 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, February 12, 1:59 /ITAR-TASS/. Russia's President Vladimir Putin will hold a conference with government members on Wednesday on the operating plan of the Economic Development Ministry for the 2013-2018 period, and discuss legislative environment for the development of the financial market, the Kremlin press service reported.

The meeting will be held in a continuation of a series of conferences between the Head of State and members of the Cabinet of Ministers to discuss priorities in implementing the tasks set by the President in his Address to the Federal Assembly (parliament) in furtherance of the "May Decrees" of 2012.

The first such meeting took place on January 15. "All our plans are spelled out in respective documents. Nevertheless, it is necessary to focus on the key guidelines," Putin noted then. "We have to focus our attention and financial and administrative resources on them, so we agreed with the prime minister that we'd hold sessions every other week to discuss these sensitive and most important issues."

The President said that not only cabinet members but also governors of large Russian regions and municipal officials would take part in the meetings.

At the first meeting, the participants discussed the implementation of housing projects, the preparation to implement the budget for 2014-2016, measures to increase the effectiveness of budget investment, and problems in restoring the housing damaged during the flood in the Far East last year.

The second meeting on January 29 address socio-economic development issues and land legislation problems.

The Economic Development Ministry's plan of activities comprises ten main objectives, including "the fostering of a comfortable business enviroment", "the development of an effective system of small and medium-sized entrepreneurship", "the creation of a system of strategic governance based on State programmes and long-term forecasting", "support for export", "efforts to raise the effectiveness of budget spending", "raising the quality of the rendering of state and municipal services," and "the development of civil society institutions".

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