The agenda: draft federal laws, budgetary allocations.
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Mikhail Mishustin: Good afternoon, colleagues.
Before discussing the issues on our agenda today, I would like to say a few words on the vital topic of supporting innovations.
The Government has approved the first comprehensive full cycle innovation scientific and technological project. It will be supported by the state. It is symbolic that this decision has been adopted in the Year of Science and Technology declared by the President.
The project has to do with creating a pilot facility for the domestic production of protein components, to be used as the basis for dry milk products in baby formulas. The bulk of infant formulas are currently made from imported raw materials. It is vitally important to reduce Russian companies’ dependence on imported ingredients. We must learn to produce them at home.
Scientists, businesses and representatives of federal executive authorities will be working together on this project. Overall, there will be 16 companies and research institutions, plus the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.
This is a three-year project. Total investment will amount to 1.5 billion roubles, including 300 million roubles to be allocated from the federal budget. We expect this investment to produce concrete results.
Such comprehensive full cycle innovation projects are designed to reduce the time between an innovative idea and its implementation, so that vital scientific achievements do not remain on paper but are put into practice as soon as possible.
Let’s discuss the agenda.
On 22 July, as per the President’s instructions, the Government will provide the regions with an additional 1.5 billion roubles for payments to parents with three or more children. These families will receive the payments until their children reach three. The size of the benefit depends on the specific Russian region and equals the average regional subsistence minimum per child.
This year, almost 58 billion roubles are stipulated for these payments, and the parents of over 500,000 children will receive them. The Government will continue to help these families.
Let’s move on to the next issue. We will support instructors who are training specialists pursuing vocational education and also coaching them. We will spend almost 2.8 billion roubles on bonuses for curators of academic groups at colleges and technical schools.
In accordance with the President’s decision, they, as well as classroom teachers, will receive an additional 5,000 roubles per month from 1 September 2021. While drafting the budget for the next three years, we will stipulate the required funding for these payments in order to support people who conduct this difficult but highly important work that deserves the utmost respect.
Colleagues, we reported to the President on Monday on the new strategic socio-economic development initiatives needed for the rapid achievement of the national development goals, set by the President of Russia for the next ten years. It is now necessary to draft the relevant legal framework, including within the current mechanism for transforming the business climate. Today, we will discuss its work and optimal scenarios for including some of our new proposals in it.
This mechanism aims to reduce administrative barriers hampering business operations. It includes various measures dealing with such matters as urban development activities, connecting to utility mains, the registration of property rights, as well as customs and tax management, support for small and medium-sized businesses, increasing exports, etc.
The mechanism was considerably upgraded last year. We also approved a new list of high priority activities for drafting road maps.
On the whole, this mechanism is functioning rather well. Over 50 percent of the measures have already been implemented. We have considerably simplified a number of procedures in the field of export operations, construction, corporate governance and in other areas.
These and other government decisions help improve the national investment climate despite the pandemic and a complicated situation on the commodities markets.
Although risk factors also persist this year, we cannot stop and must continue to move on. We have to incorporate strategic initiatives into current road maps and to draft new projects for enhancing national economic development. We will update road maps dealing with the export of goods and services, as well as intellectual property. Today, we will talk about adding new aspects, such as re-engineering industrial construction regulations and expanding tourism businesses.
But, as the President has noted, it is necessary to implement all the earlier decisions on transforming the business climate.
We also discussed the next item on the agenda with the President on Monday, at a meeting of the Council for Strategic Development and National Projects. This concerns the development of municipal public transport, primarily trolleybuses and trams.
A government bill makes it easier for private businesses to invest in this sector. From now on, the signing of concession agreements will automatically allow investors to carry passengers without any prior tenders.
The region can become an additional financial guarantor during the signing of these long-term agreements. This is important when we are talking about extremely small municipalities with low incomes.
These measures will make it possible to attract private investment, and to renew the obsolete trolleybus and tram fleet, as well as the entire rundown infrastructure of many cities, including roads, tracks, stops, electric substations and electric lines. Most importantly, city trips will become safe and comfortable, and businesses will be guided by simple and understandable rules.
And here is another matter. We will set aside over 500 million roubles for the complete overhaul of Lenin Prospekt in Kislovodsk. This decision was made following our trip to the Stavropol Territory. The funding will make it possible to complete the entire project by late 2021. We will improve almost 3.5 ha in this city resort. We will improve local public spaces and create recreational facilities. The avenue will become more user-friendly for residents and guests. A modern infrastructure will help attract even more tourists.