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The National Welfare Fund can help small businesses
At a meeting on measures to support small and medium-sized businesses, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev suggested analyzing the possibility of lending to entrepreneurs from the National Welfare Fund. However, the final decision was not taken.
“The National Welfare Fund is our most important resource, and the possibility of any use of it requires a very serious analysis. Let's talk about all the pros and cons of this path, ”the Prime Minister said.
D.Medvedev stressed that lending remains one of the major problems for small and medium-sized businesses: banks do not particularly like to invest in small businesses - such caution is also understandable.
“The current measures for the development of lending to small and medium-sized businesses have not yet allowed us to make a qualitative breakthrough in this regard,” the premier said. He added that there are a number of proposals, but they are debatable in nature, including the possibility of long-term lending using the National Wealth Fund.
Since 1 January, 2014 in Primorye, a new measure of support for small and medium-sized businesses has started - the electricity tariff has been reduced by 10 percent. It is expected that during the year entrepreneurs will be able to save 370 million rubles.