The topic of the meeting was the region's economic performance in the first quarter, primarily in agriculture. Special attention was paid to social issues, in particular to the regional healthcare modernisation programme. Vladimir Putin also emphasised the need to raise teachers' salaries to the level of the average salary for the region.
“Last year, we ranked first worldwide in oil production… We cannot allow our own people to experience shortages of oil or oil products in any part of the country.”
“We will do all we can for the competitions to be held at the highest level and for figure skaters, judges and journalists to feel comfortable here.”
“We hope that the building materials industry and the construction sector as a whole will promote the growth and modernisation of Russia’s entire economy.”
The meeting focused on LUKoil’s major projects in Russia and abroad, primarily in Iraq, as well as on taxation issues. Vagit Alekperov told Vladimir Putin about LUKoil’s plans for cooperation with Rosneft, noting that it is the first time in history that two Russian oil companies are creating a consortium.
In his opening remarks, the prime minister focused on two new state-run agencies, the Export Credit and Investment Insurance Agency, which will help Russian exporters enter new markets, and the Direct Investment Fund, established to attract foreign capital to Russia.
"Together, we should address our common goals of development and qualitative changes in the structure of the Russian economy. We keep talking about modernisation, which is a perfectly good objective, but modernisation should lead to structural changes in the economy and ensure sustainable growth."
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“We are to find the kind of solutions that will give Russia the opportunity to go forward confidently and build a strong innovative economy, and each year of this development must bring real and palpable improvement in the life of people, for the absolute majority of Russian families. This is the thrust of our policy.”
The two officials focused on events to mark the final 1000 days before the Olympic Games, on test competitions scheduled for next year and the volunteer movement. According to Mr Kozak, preparations for the Sochi Olympics are about 70% finished. Mr Putin pointed out the need to ensure high construction quality, emphasising that the Olympic venues will be used by people in decades after the Games.
During the meeting, the prime minister and the trade union leader discussed a number of social welfare issues, including higher wages for the employees of government-financed organisations and contributions to social funds. The officials paid particular attention to the activity of the Russian Trilateral Commission on the Regulation of Social and Labour Relations. The prime minister assured Mr. Shmakov that social welfare issues would necessarily be dealt with in dialogue with the trade unions.
“The Russian government, as well as regional leaders, will make every effort to expand the opportunities for sports,” the prime minister said addressing the young athletes.
“The reforms have propelled the coal industry’s structure to a whole new level, and now its core is built around modern and quite prosperous enterprises that implement long-term development projects. In 2010, 56 billion roubles was invested in fixed capital, up 30% from the previous year.”
“The availability of high-quality health services, the working conditions of doctors and nurses, and their commitment to doing their duty to patients – all of that is crucial for the lives of individuals, for their families and for the future of the country as a whole. The cost of the reform we are planning is high, but even higher than that is the value of the hopes and expectations of millions of Russians. It is our goal to meet their expectations and not to lose their trust.”
“This is indeed a significant day. Our countries share this holiday, and I’d like to repeat that Ukrainian specialists did a lot to advance space exploration and the aerospace industry in the Soviet Union. But of course I agree with you that we must look to the future. We have great prospects,” the Russian prime minister said at the meeting with the Ukrainian president.
“Russia is the world’s only country to have carried out a large-scale modernisation of its pension system and raised pensions and other benefits during the economic crisis. As a result, pensions for retirees grew, on average, by nearly 45% last year alone.”
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visited a maternity ward and laboratories with modern diagnostic equipment and operating rooms, where among other things, in vitro fertilisation procedures are performed. After inspecting the St. Petersburg hospital, Mr Putin spoke via video link with specialists at the Mother-and-Child centres in Irkutsk, Moscow and Ufa.
“Large-scale and truly ambitious goals have been set for Russian power producers. They are expected to commission power generating facilities with a total capacity of more than 170 GW by 2030. I would like to underscore that facilities with a capacity of 6.5 GW, the largest figure over the past decade, are expected to be inaugurated in 2011 alone.”
Vladimir Putin reported that the government decided to establish ten annual Yury Gagarin Prizes, each worth 1 million roubles, for specialists who make significant contributions to the development of the Russian space industry.
“This month-long football marathon leaves a significant cultural and material heritage which will be used by the country and the people in decades to come. I’m referring to the aggressive development of the sport, transport and hotel infrastructure, the creation of new production facilities and jobs, new international and personal ties.”
Putin and Mitin paid special attention to agricultural issues and housing construction. The prime minister also told the governor that the regional healthcare modernisation programme should be completed as soon as possible or the region would not receive money.
During the talk, which was focused on education, Mr Putin considered the issue of teachers' salaries, announcing that he had ordered the development of a programme to address this and other vital issues facing the national education system.
This is the prime minister's second meeting with the leaders of parties represented in the Duma, in anticipation of his speech there and the reports from the government. The conversation this time was about food prices and the situation in the agricultural sector, problems of corruption, disparities in wages and in regional development, as well as the modernisation of education.