The Russian economy has entered a trajectory of sustainable growth as a result of an improving economic environment and the implementation of strategic national projects, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.
“We have not only overcome the decline, but we have stepped on a trajectory of sustainable growth,” he said on the sidelines of the 23rd St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF 2019), which this year is focused on means to guarantee sustainable development.
The president made the remarks when meeting heads of news agencies and answering a question by President of China’s Xinhua News Agency Cai Mingzhao, who asked about concrete plans and measures aimed at further recovery of the Russian economy.
In order to overcome a series of difficulties, in particular a series of sanctions leveled on the country, Russia has carried out a number of economic polices.
“This year, annualized inflation is five-odd percent and this happened after the increase of the value-added tax. This is better than we expected,” Putin said.
In addition, Russia achieved a notable trade surplus last year and capital is starting to return to the Russian market, he added.
Putin attributed the progress to the implementation of Russia’s national projects on key development trends.
In February, the Russian government said it planned to spend over 25.7 trillion ruble,上海贵族宝贝论坛pwn,s (395 billion US dollars) on projects in a dozen of areas outlined in the national strategic development plan for 2019-2024, which was given the green light by Putin in May.
“The main aim is to diversify the economy. This means switching it to a path of innovation and attributing an innovative character to it,” Putin said.
He added that Russia has designed an entire set of measures to reach these goals, such as upgrading and digitalizing its economic management system, introducing artificial intelligence in various spheres, enhancing medical and biological technologies and developing infrastructure.
Meanwhile, Russia has been active in attracting both domestic and foreign investment, according to Putin.
“To guarantee these investments, the state has to invest its own resources, p,上海419论坛whyq,rimarily in the development of infrastructure and improvement of the work conditions for businesses,” he said.
The Russian leadership regularly meets with business circles from other countries to assure them of stability and predictability of Russia’s economic situation, Putin said.