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Putin, government to discuss implementation of president’s state-of-nation address

October 13, 2014, 5:25 UTC+3 MOSCOW
In his annual state-of-the-nation address to the Federal Assembly in December 2013, Putin outlined main areas of work, instruments and techniques to achieve Russia’s future development goals
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MOSCOW, October 13. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a regular meeting with government members on Monday to discuss implementation of tasks set in his last year’s state of the nation address to the Federal Assembly, the Kremlin press service said on Monday.

In his annual state-of-the-nation address to the Federal Assembly in December 2013, Putin outlined main areas of work, instruments and techniques to achieve Russia’s future development goals.

These included general principles of local self-government organisation, issues concerning development of healthcare and education systems, and large-scale construction of affordable housing.

Putin stressed the need to resume sustainable economic and labour productivity growth, in which factors such as high-quality education should be fully implicated.

Improving living and working conditions in rural areas, and establishing modern, comfortable infrastructure there were considered agenda priorities alongside improving the business climate in the country and controlling capital flight and repatriating Russian money hoarded abroad.

The incomes of companies that are registered in offshore jurisdictions and belong to Russian owners or whose ultimate beneficiaries are Russian nationals must follow Russian tax laws, and tax payments must be made to the Russian budget, Putin said.

The president specially stressed that the development of Siberia and the Far East should be Russia’s national priority for the entire 21st century, suggesting that a network of special territories should be created to offer attractive conditions to non-resource industries.

“If a decision has been made, then it must be implemented,” Putim said. “I consider this approach to be a concise expression of shared responsibility, and would suggest making this the motto of the coming year, a motto for everyone: for the government, for society, for citizens.

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