Russia: Trade Ministry approves Light Industry Strategy until 2020
The Russian Industry and Trade Ministry has approved a light industry development strategy for the period until 2020. The strategy calls for a switch to a new technological platform based on the development of low-waste and non-waste technological processes.
The government expects that this development strategy will triple light industry production in Russia to 550.3 billion rubles in value by 2020 from 174.8 billion rubles in 2008, while exports are expected to quadruple to 100.5 billion rubles from 25.3 billion rubles. The share of domestic products on the Russian market is projected by the government to rise to 50.5% in 2020 from 20.1% in 2008. The share of innovative products is projected to rise to 46% of the country’s total light industry output from 9% in 2008.
Spending on the strategy implementation according to the innovative scenario is projected to amount to a total of 152.66 billion rubles (5 billion US dollars) before 2020, including 11.3 billion rubles (400 million US dollars) of federal government funds.
Implementation of the strategy will allow an increase in the competitiveness of Russian companies, increase the share of innovative products, and strengthen market positions on both domestic and foreign markets.
Any Evidence-Based Deliberation:
|Is there anything in the public record to suggest that evidence of the effectiveness of the proposed measure was considered during official deliberations?|
|Is there any evidence that alternatives to the proposed measure were considered?|
|Is there anything in the public record that suggests that empirical evidence informed the comparison across the alternatives available to government?|
|Was such evidence identified?|
|Is such evidence publicly available?|
|Did the official decision-maker in question provide an explanation as to why a chosen measure was favoured over alternatives?|
|Is there any evidence to suggest that potentially affected trading partners were consulted before the measures were taken?|
|Is there any evidence that safeguards have been put in place to ensure that implementation of the initiative is transparent and non-discriminatory?|
|Did the government state its intention to review the measure within one year of implementation?|
Date of inception: 24 Sep 2009
GTA Evaluation: Amber
The Decree of the Ministry of Trade and Industry from 24 September 2009 № 853. Available from < http://www.minprom.gov.ru/activity/light/docs/law_mpe/3 >. The text of the Strategy of the Light Industry Development up to 2020 is available from < http://www.minprom.gov.ru/activity/light/strateg/3 >.