The final statement of participants of the first Russian-South Ossetian business forum

Fri, 23/09/2011 - 11:07

«Republic of South Ossetia: construction of the modern state through the effective economy».

On September, 20, 2011 - the First Russian-South Ossetian economic forum -«Republic of South Ossetia: construction of the modern state through the effective economy»-has taken place in the capital of the Republic of South Ossetia –Tskhinval, organized by the noncommercial organization, Fund of development «Institute of the Eurasian Researches» with support of the Presidential Administrations of the Russian Federation and the Republic of South Ossetia. More than 300 participants - politicians, representatives of state structures, businessmen, experts, journalists, representing Russia and South Ossetia, have taken part in the forum work. By results of the questions of socio-economic development of the Republic of South Ossetia, discussed at the forum, the participants have noted the following.

For the last three years the socio-economic situation in the Republic of South Ossetia has undergone cardinal changes. A key role in this process is the scaled financial and economic aid of the Russian Federation to South Ossetia. The work being carried out, testifies of further strengthening and development of the interstate relations which are strongly based on brotherly relations between the Russian and the South Ossetian people. The Republic of South Ossetia is following the way of building the effective state which in future may have the lead in the world market. The employment of the population is up, the wages level is raising, and volumes of social payments are increasing. Favorable conditions for business development are being created in the Republic. Being protected from external threats by military-political agreements with the 4thMilitary Base of the Russian Federation, South Ossetia has the unique opportunity to focus on issues of peace building –improvement of system of governing, dialogue between the society and the power, maintenance of intensive economic development and improvement of quality of life of the population. Participants of the forum, being assured that symbol of stability and economic prosperity of the Republic is following the strategic course on further expansion and deepening of relations with Russia, chosen by people and the leadership of South Ossetia; they regard important the following:

1. The authorities, political parties and public organizations of the Republic of South Ossetia should follow creation of effective legal and organizational conditions which will lead to further improvement of quality of life of their fellow citizens, the wages level, social guarantees of the population.

2. To define strategic targets and problems of further socio- economic development; this should be pursued on the basis of the complex approach. Thereupon the participants of the forum have supported the idea of working out the program document including the detailed plan of measures on realization of the long-term strategy of socio-economic development, the basis of which should become the Scheme of territorial planning of South Ossetia adopted in the Republic.

3. To create the complex conditions for effective development of the tourist-recreational zone in the Republic. In process of interaction with the Russian authorities and non-governmental organizations promote development and advancement of national tourism both in the Republic and abroad, personnel training for the tourism industry, providing safety of tourists. The Program of joint actions in the field of tourism signed at the forum by the Russian and the South Ossetianparties will promote this process.

4. To activate the key directions of agricultural development - agronomics, livestock sector; plant growing, melioration. Being one of the basic branches of economy of South Ossetia, agriculture should develop, taking into account the advanced Russian experience, and become a priority direction of economy of the Republic, the gapeseed of the Republican and the bilateral Intergovernmental commission on social and economic cooperation. The important step has been made - the Memorandum «About mutual understanding between the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of economic development of the Republic of South Ossetia in the field of agriculture» has been signed at the forum.

5. To regard as a base direction of the economy development of the Republic the stable development of the national financial system, expansion of level of its interaction with Russia, that will provide effective functioning of the financially-credit system and will form a standby of economy.

6. To support high rates of development of power infrastructure of South Ossetia in gas - and power supply, and also to study additional potentials of oil products delivery to the Republic from Russia.

7. To continue development of mass communications of South Ossetia with support of the Ministry of telecommunications and mass communications of the Russian Federation and the profile Russian companies within the frames of the Russian-South Ossetian Intergovernmental agreement in the field of communication, information technologies and mass communications, signed at the forum.

8. To strengthen measures on development of small and middle-sized business in the Republic as the bases of successful functioning of the leading industries and the important factor of growth of living standard of the population. Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, Business Association of the North Caucasian Federal district will continue assisting the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of South Ossetia within the frames of the Plan of interaction between the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of South Ossetia for 2011-2012, signed at the forum.

9. To make efforts for further integration of the Republic into the world economy, including promotion the export branches.

10. To continue applying of measures directed on creation favorable conditions for transportation development between Russia and South Ossetia.

11. To support and deepen the integrated humanitarian space between Russia and South Ossetia as a major factor influencing positively on development of the Republic economy, to extend cultural, educational, scientific, youth relations and contacts and interuniversity cooperation of educational institutions of Russia and South Ossetia.

Participants of the forum have confirmed their readiness to promote further deepening of the Russian-South Ossetian business cooperation, economic development of South Ossetia, its integration with the world economy and they have called on the countries to participate in establishing the mutually advantageous cooperation with the Republic.

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