8th Gaidar Forum starts in Moscow

Today, the 8th Gaidar Forum started at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration in Moscow, it will last until 14 January. The key theme of the forum  - 'Russia and the World: the choice of priorities'.

A plenary session ' titled Russia and the World: the choice of priorities' will be held on the first day of the forum, it will be attended by the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

During the business breakfast titled '25 Years: Foreign Investments in Russia's Social-Economic Development' the Russian Economic Development Minister Maxim Oreshkin said the government defines the key task to start the year as the achievement of certain economic conditions for doing business in Russia.

"In order to focus on the global market when working in Russia, to integrate Russia into global cooperation chains, another level of certainty for business is needed. The important issue is the certainty in terms of how the economy responds to oil price volatility, how sustainable the tax system is, how the country is regulated in general. I think the key task for the government this year is to address the issue of this certainty and to understand the model of economic development," TASS cited him as saying.

The minister has called on foreign businesses to invest more in the country’s economy. "From the viewpoint of real economy, in a situation when the economy is recovering and the government is focusing on overcoming structural growth constraints, those who invest more will get more payoff from their investments, while those who hold over investment decisions will have the lower hand. That’s why I’m calling on all foreign colleagues to make investments," the official explained.

Oreshkin said that in case of problems or difficulties due to some limitations, the Cabinet members are always ready to help.

This year, the forum is expected to be attended by 13,000 participants. The program includes the performance of about 800 speakers.

The Gaidar Forum, an annual international economy-related conference and one of Russia’s biggest such events, has been held since 2010. The forum’s organizers are the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, the Egor Gaidar Institute of Economic Policy and the Association of Russian Innovation Regions. 

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