The food that was previously purchased using the proceeds from the sale of oil and gas for hard currency, can be produced in Russia, the MP said Pavel Zavalny. According to him, such a program is implemented and shows good growth.
VIENNA, Jan 20 –. After two or three years of an import substitution program in Russian industry will produce a result similar to programs in agriculture, show growth, said on Wednesday the Deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, head of the energy Committee Pavel Zavalny.
He stressed that the goal is to reduce the dependence of Russian budget on oil and gas was set to always. “The question is that on the back of high oil prices was not seen, a powerful motivation to engage. Last year more actively started to work in import substitution, especially in agriculture”, — said the interlocutor of the Agency on the sidelines of the European gas conference.
He explained that those food products that Russia used to procure through the proceeds from the sale of oil and gas for hard currency, “you can safely grow in their country.”
“This program is being implemented and growth is very good, around 4-5% a year”, said Zavalny.
Thus in industry the import substitution by products, which are especially critical for the development of oil and gas activities the appropriate “program are also in various stages of development, but they are long term”. “Because new technologies require time to be implemented, but this work is being done at sufficient scale and, I think that in two or three years these programmes will yield results”, — concluded the Deputy.
The problem of import substitution, which largely depend on many sectors of the Russian economy, worsened after complications of relations with the West in 2014 in connection with the situation in Ukraine. Import substitution programmes are conducted in all sectors of the Russian economy, but primarily in those that suffered most from the sanctions. At the same time, the Russian authorities have repeatedly said that Russia has no plans to build a closed economy and lock the doors for cooperation with foreign partners.