Putin: Freedoms, competition key to breakthrough development
MOSCOW, Apr 5 (PRIME) Ц A breakthrough in the Russian economy takes freedom and competition while the regional authorities frequently violate fair competition laws, President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting of the State Council on Thursday.
УIt is critically important that we ensure economic freedoms, a high level of competition for a breakthrough development of our economy,Ф he said, adding that a lot depends on the government, but business also has its share of responsibility for the business climate.
УUnfortunately, there are many cases when law is ignored, particularly by the local authorities. Here I would like to pinpoint another important problem Ц the trend of a so-called regional protectionism development. The motives of such actions are clear Ц the regions are trying to create favorable conditions for local producers, to facilitate their access to the market.
УI want everyone to turn to me now and hear Ц a local producer is a Russian producer Е it is very important, but we see it even in the most advanced regions, which demonstrate good development results. This is absolutely inadmissible, I am attracting your attention to this.Ф
But Putin agreed that Уusing regional preferences to support business, which means to boost employment and householdsТ incomes to replenish the budget is allowed and required.Ф
He said that state companies and companies with government participation squeeze small business out of the market.
УI will emphasize that state entities and companies with state interest occupy the niches where small and medium business could work, in fact ousting them from the markets, monopolize the market,Ф Putin said, adding that this leads to cartelization of competitive industries.
Companies with state interest possess technologies to ensure their victory in tenders, the president said.
УYou must not be time-servers and only take care of your own well-being. Our goals and targets are serious,Ф he said. УI believe the business community understands its important contribution to the groundbreaking development of the country.Ф
Putin said that although the government is amending the antimonopoly legislation, managerial logic must also change.
УI believe that implementation of so-called procompetitive approaches to government work the most important task,Ф he said.