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It is necessary to pay more attention to the economy, the development of investment climate
Pyotr Dutkevich a member of the Valdai Club, a professor at Carleton University (Canada), a professor at the Faculty of Political Science of Moscow State University
- The issue of improving the investment climate in the Far East is very important for Russia. The speech of Vladimir Vladimirovich at the meeting of the Valdai Club was full of political themes. At the same time, in my opinion, there were two problems in his speech. First, relatively to politics, insufficient attention was paid to the economy, and in particular to the development of the investment climate. And secondly, there is very little specifics about how to get out of the current state of affairs. These are two places where it seemed to me that the economic theme was not fully developed.
One of the most senior officials of the Russian government expressed concern that now Vladimir Vladimirovich has a higher priority than politics, and expressed the interest of the participants of the Russian political process in changing the President’s attention from a purely political way of thinking to a more economic one. These two problem areas gave me reason to assume that there was practically no place for the question of the development of the investment climate in Siberia and the Far East in the speech of the President at the meeting of the Valdai Club. Although I expected that this - one of the central economic problems for Russia - will be given more attention.
It is important to note that the scheme described by Vladimir Vladimirovich is not a static model, but a moving process that can lead to a new paradigm. However, what will be this new paradigm, we currently do not know.
Photo from kremlin.ru site: Meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club