Meeting with representatives of the Orenburg Region business community
Vladimir Putin met with representatives of the region’s business community engaged in cross-border Russia-Kazakhstan cooperation.
October 3, 2016
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good evening, colleagues,
As you know, tomorrow a regular, essentially traditional meeting between regions of Russia and Kazakhstan will take place in Astana. Being here in Orenburg, I would certainly like to meet with people who are doing this work on the practical level.
It is important to note that these meetings are almost always constructive, substantive and detail-oriented. However, it goes without saying that I’m interested in hearing from you. After all, you share a long border with Kazakhstan and surely there are some joint projects, joint activities. Or, if there are none, why is that?
If you see that some things need support at the government level, the level of governments in both countries, at the interstate level, please tell me about that. Or, conversely, if you see some problems that are hindering the development of cooperation and must be taken care of, I would also ask you to tell me about that today.
The second part, and maybe it is the main one in importance – I would like to hear about your dealings with administrative bodies and whether the efforts taken by the Government to support business – small- and medium-sized, as well as business in general – trickle down to you; whether there are corresponding support programmes in Orenburg, how they work and what your relations are with administrative agencies, I mean antimonopoly and tax agencies, as well as various oversight bodies.
Generally, it would be very interesting and useful for me to hear directly from you about your practical work and life.
That actually concludes my opening remarks. Let us simply begin our meeting. Yes, you can see my colleagues from the Government on the left and on the right: the Minister of Industry, the Minister of Economic Development, and the Finance Minister. We are all at your disposal and we will listen to you very attentively.
This is an absolutely informal meeting; it is not some kind of prearranged and staged formality. I would very much like this to be a lively conversation.
Greetings to Germany’s leadership on German Unity Day
Vladimir Putin sent Germany’s President Joachim Gauck and Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel a message, congratulating them on the national holiday, the Day of German Unity.
October 3, 2016
The President wrote in the message that the reunification of Germany opened a new chapter in the history of Russian-German relations, one marked by major achievements in the development of mutually beneficial cooperation in all areas.
Vladimir Putin also underscored the importance of preserving the positive potential of Russian-German partnership in the current complicated international situation, and of continuing dialogue on key issues of bilateral relations and international politics in the interests of the people of Russia and Germany, and of Europe as a whole.
Russian-Chinese agreement on cooperation in combating terrorism, separatism and extremism submitted for ratification to the State Duma
Vladimir Putin submitted to the State Duma for ratification the Russian-Chinese Agreement on Cooperation in Combating Terrorism, Separatism and Extremism, which was signed in Beijing on September 27, 2010.
September 28, 2016
The Agreement provides for developing bilateral cooperation in combating terrorism, separatism and extremism and includes provisions on joint measures to uncover and effectively cut short efforts to prepare and carry out terrorist attacks.
In particular, the Agreement provides for exchanging information within the framework of the common struggle against the criminal activities of terrorism, separatism and extremism, for holding regular meetings and consultations for this purpose, and for working together to prevent and combat such crimes in the Parties’ border regions.
The Agreement also provides for joint investigation of crimes at the request of the other Party and for strengthening cooperation in research, equipment exchange, special equipment practice and improvement, and the joint manufacture of special equipment under separate agreements.
This Agreement is a follow-up to the Shanghai Convention on Combating Terrorism, Separatism and Extremism of June 15, 2001 and the SCO Convention on Counter-Terrorism of June 16, 2009. The Agreement will also facilitate the implementation of the Action Plan signed by the Presidents of Russia and China on October 14, 2004 towards fulfilling the Treaty of Good-Neighbourliness and Friendly Cooperation between Russia and China dated July 16, 2001.
This Agreement does not contain any procedures other than those stipulated in Russian legislation and is in keeping with Russia’s international obligations on fighting terrorism, separatism and extremism.
The draft federal law is in keeping with the provisions of the Treaty on the Eurasian Economic Union that was signed on May 29, 2014, the provisions of Russia’s other international treaties and Russia’s interests.
Meeting on budget planning
Vladimir Putin chaired a meeting on federal budget planning. Participants discussed the budget policy priorities for the upcoming period.
September 28, 2016
The Kremlin, Moscow
Meeting on budget planning.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Colleagues,
Government efforts to draft the federal budget are entering the final stage. By November 1, the draft is to be submitted to the 7th State Duma. I am confident that the Government will be able to engage in a constructive dialogue with the newly elected lower chamber of Parliament as it works on the country’s main financial document.
I propose that we discuss budget policy priorities at this meeting so as to bring about concrete solutions regarding the basic parameters of the future budget. I would like to start by highlighting a number of important features.
The macroeconomic environment remains challenging. In fact, the Russian economy is gradually recovering from the downturn, but the positive trends are still fragile. Make no mistake, we need to create a macroeconomic environment that would foster economic growth, while keeping in place the downward trend in consumer inflation. In the medium term, the inflation rate should decrease to 4 percent.
As for public finances, ensuring sustainability and balance is still a major priority. So far, we have been forced to run a budget deficit. That said, it remains within limits that are absolutely acceptable, but we must make sure that reliable sources are available to cover this deficit. It is unacceptable to overspend the reserves or to pile up sovereign debt.
We must also continue to reduce the federal budget’s dependence on oil prices and better manage and increase the collection of taxes and other revenue sources, in particular VAT and customs duties. I hope that transferring the Federal Customs Service and Federal Tax Service to the Finance Ministry will have a positive effect in this respect.
I know that the Government is considering several plans for increasing tax collection in some industries, but I would like to say that these measures must not suppress the reviving business climate.
Next, we must be especially accurate when planning budget expenses, we still need to focus on the implementation of social commitments, and continue to enhance the efficiency of budget spending for social programmes. This spending must be more targeted, as we have said repeatedly, and be used more efficiently.
I urge you to pay special attention to the funding of priority projects in healthcare, education, housing and utilities, road maintenance, support for small and medium-sized businesses and several other areas. Allocations for these projects must be stipulated in the budget in full.
Based on the results of this meeting, I ask the Government to analyse all these proposals and report back to me on a timeframe to submit the final draft federal budget to the State Duma.