On October 21, 2020, the second part of the Congress of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs was held in Moscow.

With the participation of members of the Government of the Russian Federation, heads of key ministries, members of the Bureau of the Management Board of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, issues of improving the business climate, improving legislation in the social and labor sphere, mechanisms for supporting industrial companies, new and modernized instruments to stimulate investment activity, and more were discussed.

President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Alexander Shokhin in his opening remarks outlined the topics for consideration.

“Traditionally, before meeting on a number of working issues with the President of the Russian Federation, we hold what can be called a government hour. We plan to discuss some tactical and strategic areas of interaction between business and government, including those related to minimizing the consequences of the spread of the new coronavirus infection for the Russian economy, increasing the effectiveness of measures to support industry and other sectors of the economy, stimulating business investment activity and creating conditions for post-crisis sustainable economic development ", - said Alexander Shokhin.

He noted that among the listed areas, specialists from the Ministry of Labor put forward several useful initiatives for consideration by parliamentarians of the State Duma of the Russian Federation. We are talking about revising the minimum wage, expanding the scope of electronic document management, including the introduction of an electronic work book of citizens, as well as the development of remote work for Russians in the context of the spread of COVID-19.

The Minister of Labor and Social Protection of the Russian Federation Anton Kotyakov emphasized that in the context of the outbreak of coronavirus infection, work with the population and business was especially intense.

“We were required to take urgent and effective measures to regulate labor relations in the tougher conditions of the coronavirus crisis. It seems to me that through joint efforts we managed to work out the demanded and timely solutions. Thanks to the adopted support measures, we managed to avoid an explosive rise in unemployment, as happened in many Western countries. Against this background, a fairly wide range of business support measures was adopted. In particular, for SMEs, insurance premiums for wages exceeding the minimum wage were halved, ”said Anton Kotyakov.

He specified that the number of registered Russians in employment centers is gradually decreasing, now there are 3 million 584 thousand people. Since the beginning of autumn, almost 600 thousand more Russians have been hired than were fired.

“The number of those registered with the employment services is also gradually decreasing. Today it is already 3 million 584 thousand people. Compared to the peak period, the number of unemployed citizens registered in the employment services has decreased by more than 100 thousand people, ”the minister said. According to him, for six months, statistics recorded an increase in unemployment. “A total of more than 180 billion rubles were allocated to support unemployed citizens,” added Anton Kotyakov.

“Today we have about 7% of employed citizens working remotely. Within our country, this is about 3 million 700 thousand citizens. And the number of these citizens, even after the lifting of all restrictive measures, in our understanding, will be significant. Therefore, it is important to be clear on the controversial issues that arise for the employer and the employee when organizing remote employment, ”the minister said.

The Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov announced that the deadlines for the introduction of requirements for mandatory labeling of products will not be postponed, but it is possible to amend the regulatory framework for technical procedures.

“Literally over the past few days, with the intensity of supplies and purchases of antiviral drugs, we have seen certain roughnesses in our work. I can assure you that we are ready to promptly adjust the regulatory framework to meet the requirements of today's time, but, to be honest, neither the country's leadership nor our department has such an attitude, to be honest, ”he said. According to the minister, the Ministry of Industry and Trade is ready to assist in the introduction of labeling in technical terms, including to ensure the issuance of soft loans to enterprises. “We are ready, among other things, to amend the regulations, but not concerning the postponement of the dates, but concerning the adjustment of the technical procedure itself,” Denis Manturov clarified.

The Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Maxim Reshetnikov noted in his speech that the restart of the investment cycle is the basis for future economic growth and the implementation of national goals set by President Vladimir Putin.

“Great attention is paid to this within the framework of the Unified Plan for Achieving Russia's National Development Goals for the period up to 2024 and for the planning period until 2030, which is now being worked out,” he stressed.

At present, the task is to adapt and adjust all the mechanisms for supporting and developing investments created in recent years for the implementation of specific projects, the minister continued. One of the key such instruments is the Investment Protection and Promotion Agreements (CEPA). “Today we have 18 applications for 900 billion rubles. According to the investment projects that have already been proposed, it is planned to create 38 thousand new jobs, he said. "The number of applications is growing every day."

Maxim Reshetnikov called SZPK "a truly breakthrough mechanism that allows us to stabilize the basic conditions for the implementation of projects, primarily in the tax sphere, land use, urban planning, and government support measures." “At the same time, already discussing specific projects, we understand that there is a demand from business to expand the conditions that are stabilizing. Among other things, there is a strong demand for stabilization of taxation conditions for the extraction of minerals, ”he said. The second innovation associated with the SZPK mechanism is the ability of investors to build infrastructure, both directly necessary for the implementation of investment projects, and accompanying, with subsequent compensation of costs through taxes that will be charged in connection with the implementation of the project and will go to the regional and federal budgets.

Maxim Reshetnikov also drew attention to the fact that the conclusion of the SZPK will take place in a declarative manner. “No selection mechanisms. Everyone who has applied and meets the established criteria will automatically have the opportunity to sign the SZPK, ”he said. Starting next year, the task is to enable the regions to use this mechanism, for this, all the necessary decisions are being prepared, the minister added.

The mechanism of public-private partnership has also proved its relevance: today, 3.3 thousand concessions worth 2 trillion rubles are being implemented in the country, added Maxim Reshetnikov. “Despite the difficulties and peculiarities of this year, since the beginning of the year, 100 concessions and PPP projects have been concluded for a total investment of 300 billion rubles,” he said. “We expect that in the next five years we will be able to attract 1 trillion rubles of additional investments through the mechanism of concessions and PPPs”.

In addition, a mechanism of perpetual bonds, green bonds and infrastructure bonds is being developed. A separate topic is the regional agenda, where the key issue is the modernization of the investment tax deduction. The Minister invited the members of the RUIE to work together to improve this tool.

The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, addressing the congress participants via the videoconferencing, noted that the companies they represent are systemically important.

“You know in your business practice, you feel the challenges facing both the national economy and global markets. I would like to note that the processes of global economic recovery - you yourself well know this - are still extremely unstable. Moreover, it may face new acute problems, ”the head of state said.

He said that the number of cases of coronavirus is growing in Russia and in many other countries, the key message of the work of the Russian authorities during the coronavirus pandemic is to protect human life and health.

“The focus should always be on protecting people's lives and health. This is the key message of all our work during the epidemic. I would like to ask you to tell us how your companies are implementing measures to protect employees from the risks of an epidemic, what is being done to preserve their health, ”said Vladimir Putin.

According to him, it is now especially important to ensure "employment and incomes of citizens."

“Let me remind you that we have already gained experience in supporting the largest backbone enterprises of the country, key sectors of the domestic economy. Here there is construction, light industry, automobile industry, transport, communications, where millions of our citizens work. We prepared and launched these mechanisms to support business and labor collectives this spring in direct dialogue with entrepreneurs and leading business associations, including the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, ”said Vladimir Putin.

“This is very important for solving current problems, but at the same time, of course, one should not forget about promising development, about increasing capital investments, which determine the future of enterprises, companies and their position in the market. What problematic moments there are, we will also discuss today, ”the head of state summed up.

The congress ended with a meeting between Vladimir Putin and members of the bureau of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, where the issues of the current economic agenda were discussed.

Source: https://www.rspp.ru