Economic policy of the Government of the Republic of Karelia it is defined by the strategic planning documents adopted in the republic: The Strategy of Social and Economic Development of the Republic of Karelia through 2020, the Concept of Social and Economic Development of the Republic of Karelia through 2012 and the Program of Economic and Social Development of the Republic of Karelia through 2010.
The Government of the Republic of Karelia is monitoring implementation of the above-listed strategic documents. Significant work has been accomplished to bring amendments to the Strategy of Social and Economic Development of the Republic of Karelia through 2020 (hereinafter - The Strategy) in view of the Concept for Long-Term Social and Economic Development of the Russian Federation through 2020.
According to the documents specified priority directions in the economic sphere of the republic are the following: increase of efficiency and competitiveness of Karelian economy, diversification and modernization of production, infrastructural development, activization of innovative activity, further increase of the level of investment prospects of the region, support of efficiency of the state budgetary investments and rational use of natural resources.
At the same time the year 2009 was characterized by strengthening of the crisis processes: adverse market condition, energy products price rises, high cost and low availability of credit resources. It has led to drop in production in the industry, sharp deterioration of the situation in the economy as a whole.
The Government of the Republic of Karelia has undertaken a number of measures on stabilization of social and economic situation, restoration of economic potential of the republic and support of the base for the subsequent development.
Priority tasks of economic policy for 2009 were defined according to the Plan of Activities of the Government of the Republic of Karelia for 2009 on Stabilization of the Situation in the Economy and Social Sphere, Creation of Conditions for Postcrisis Development in the Republic of Karelia.
Measures of the Plan of Activities of the Government of the Republic of Karelia for 2009 on Stabilization of the Situation in the Economy and Social Sphere, Creation of Conditions for Postcrisis Development in the Republic of Karelia have been fulfilled.
There has been approved the Program of anti-recessionary measures of the Government of the Republic of Karelia for 2009, among others providing measures to support the real sector of economy and financial and budgetary system, preservation and creation of workplaces, assistance in implementation of anti-recessionary measures in municipal formations.
Within the scope of the strategic direction, considering negative consequences of the crisis, interaction with federal authorities has increased considerably. Cooperation with the machinery of the plenipotentiary in the North-West Federal District on implementation of substantive provisions of the Address of the President of the Russian Federation to the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation in territory of the republic became more active. The following offers have been sent:
- on development of Russian regions in the context of overcoming the consequences of the world financial crisis
- on the measures taken by the Government of the Russian Federation, on overcoming disproportions in social and economic development of subjects of the Russian Federation
- within the project of the Plan of activities on implementation of the Concept of the state support of social and economic development of regions of the North
- on reduction of costs (tariffs) on production and services of natural monopolies
- on the issues of customs and tariffs regulation and the problem of reduction of places to declare exported forest products
As a result of this work moratorium on increase of round timber export customs duties was prolonged, Medvezhiegorsky customs stationis included in the list of customs stationis authorized to declare timber, all customs stationis located in the responsibility zone of Karelian customs are authorized to declare considerably processed saw-timbers.
By inquiries of federal bodies there have been organized weekly, monthly and quarterly monitorings of the situation developing in the republic and representation of the operative information on anti-recessionary measures undertaken in the republic.
To support steady activity of the leading enterprises of the republic there have been 14 Agreements in force between the Government of Karelia and the largest enterprises of the republic for cooperation in overcoming the consequences of influence of the financial crisis and for social partnership, the Agreements performance control was carried out.
In the accounting period there have been held 11 sessions of the Governmental commission of the Republic of Karelia on increase of stability of economy development and development of anti-recessionary measures which considered the course of implementation of activities of the anti-recessionary Program.
There operated programs on development of mining, timber industry and agriculture, investment policy, housing construction, development of road facilities, support of small business, modernization of housing and communal services, etc.
Within the framework of implementation of the Guidelines of Investment Policy of the Government of the Republic of Karelia through 2010 there has been provided performance of actions on decrease of crisis risks in the investment sphere.
The planned complex of actions on promotion of tourist potential of the republic at the largest tourist exhibitions was prformed in the maximum volume possible, complete implementation of the republican tourist calendar has been provided.
It was possible to involve additional means, including from the federal budget, to support small and medium business. With a view of increasing availability of credit resources for subjects of small and medium business there has been established the Guarantee Fund of the Republic of Karelia.
Measures were taken for stabilization of the situation regarding suburban and intermunicipal transportations, it was possible to relieve the stress in passenger transport services for the population. The local air communication was kept in the volume of the last years, the foundation for expansion of the network of routes on local and regional lines was laid.
The draft Program of Competition Development in the Republic of Karelia is developed. The project and its completion are widely discussed in view of opinion of all parties interested in the competition development in the commodity market of the republic, including institutions of local government.
As a result of measures taken in the context of negative influence of the financial and economic crisis on the situation in industry of the republic it was possible to stop the slump in production which has amplified in the 1st quarter of 2009, to stabilize situation and to provide positive dynamics of production of the major kinds of products.
To fulfill the tasks providing achievement of the strategic purpose there will be provided implementation of the Program of Economic and Social Development of the Republic of Karelia through 2010, and there has been started preparation of the new medium-term Program of Economic and Social Development of the Republic of Karelia.