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Official welcomming address to the Forum participants and guests of Victor Basargin,
Minister of Regional Development of Russian Federation
19-20 of October, 2009, Saint-Petersburg

I welcome the organizers, participants and guests of the All-Russia Forum "Strategic Planning in Regions and Cities of Russia".

While developing and implementing complex measures to temper the effects of the global financial crisis, we clearly feel the necessity of constant maintaining of strategic guidance. The crisis has shown that, where there is strategic thinking and where different scenarios within strategic planning have been prepared, the anti-crisis programs were created and implemented in a more effective way.

Ministry of Regional Development, taking an active part in building a system of strategic planning, is a co-organizer of the Forum Strategic Planning in Regions and Cities of Russia. Forum has asserted its fundamental right to be considered as a basic Russian public forum for discussions on strategic planning methods and technologies for socio-economic development of regions, instruments of regional policy improvement, discussion of the best practices of regional and municipal governance.

This year, Ministry for Regional Development of Russian Federation intends to raise at the Forum a number of important issues, such as: the Concept for the Regional Policy Improvement in Russian Federation, guidelines on development of the strategic planning documents, acute issues of regional development, including the Northern territories problem, and other vital issues.

We invite representatives of all government branches, experts, community organizations and companies to take part in an interesting dialogue, essential in searching for adequate response to the challenges of the modern world, forming an effective strategic planning of socio-economic development Russian Federation, its subjects and municipalities.

See you at the Forum!

Viktor Basargin


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