Ilsur Metshin about the Address of the President of the Russian Federation
The address was multifaceted, it lasted twice as long as
usual. I heard the main thing that is consonant with my aspirations both as a
resident and as a mayor. First of all, the main goal remains the same:
increasing the welfare of our population. This requires an effective economy,
strong business, clear and fair rules of interaction. The current tasks are set
to increase non-energy exports, introduce a system of remote regulation of
enterprises in order to avoid a huge number of inspections, reduce mortgage
rates, the transition to environmentally friendly technologies.
Second of all, for the first time in 20 years of my work as
the mayor, I heard the President's Address that refers to cities as a separate
very important subject. Moreover, the development of cities, in fact, has been
called the national idea! The President promised to allocate twice as many
funds for the program on spatial development of Russia in the coming years.
Together with other mayors at our venues like United Cities
and Local Governments, we have talked about this for a long time. By 2050, over
80% of the population will live in cities around the world. We need to think
now what kind of environment will be in the cities. We don’t have much left.
What is 30 years? We will not notice how they will fly by.
It is important that the President outlined the need to
double spending on health care, launching a state program to support not just
the life expectancy, but the life quality. We are forming and, thank God, we
are developing the prototype of such a program: the social project “Zhiznelub”
All these ideas were thought through. We meet with the
population and get feedback. And now what we timidly started to do something
and are doing now sounds like the main reference point for the next