Rustem Khamitov has held a meeting with US journalists
On December 10 the President of Bashkortostan Rustem Khamitov has held a meeting with a reporter of the magazine “Time” Alice Ambrose, a “New York Times” journalist Matthew Brower and with the editor of “Oil and Gas Year” Joseph Hammond in the Republic House. The President RB was talking about prospects in development of Bashkortostan and answering journalists’ questions. They were interested most of all how the President estimated work of his team.
“We can estimate some results of our activity already now” – the President RB answered – “First, the Republic has become more open for the global processes both in the world and in the society. I mean development of democratic freedoms, openness in communication and the opportunity to express one’s opinion. Second, we continue industrial development of our territory and attract investors for construction of new enterprises. In 2013 we start erecting several big enterprises, connected with chemical production, woodworking and machine building. I believe these enterprises will start working in 2014 or in 2015.
Agriculture is also an important constituent of our economics. 40% of our population lives in the countryside and we have to provide these people with work and good wages. It has to be quite modern workplaces, equipped with the newest devices. Along with farms we are working over restoration of big industrial enterprises.
The third direction is making favorable conditions for business activity. Small and medium business undertakings hold about 20% in our industrial production volume – not too much. I’d prefer to see the figures at 30,40 and even 50% but we have to strive for that and now we do everything possible to reduce administrative barriers. We need comfortable environment for involving people in active economic life but we still face too many obstacles on this way – not yet delimited competences between municipalities, Republican and federal authority. There are too many bureaucratic procedures here and when we work with big investors, we work with every of them individually. But we can’t work so in sphere of small business and we need a system, which would automatically support business development.
The fourth direction is informatization of our society. We want to assist to creation of informational society and work over creation of “smart society” in our Republic. Now we are moving to establishment of wide-scaled systems of distant education, electronic education and we already have rather big institutes, training specialists in this direction. The Republic has rather wide education system but it should be interactive, modern and flexible. We’ve already made certain steps in every direction but it would be silly to expect visible progress in every branch for such short period of time. Nonetheless the changes are already running”.