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Vladimir Putin: Colleagues, good afternoon!

Today we will discuss ways to improve the strategic planning system. The topic is extremely important, relevant, directly related to both national security and the prospects for the development of Russia.

Strategic planning sets the main benchmarks and a vector of movement in key areas, and for decades to come. Doctrines and long-term development programs, strategies and foundations of state policy determine the most important national priorities that are aimed at achieving common goals. First of all, of course, this is the preservation of the people of Russia, the strengthening of health and the improvement of the quality of life of our citizens, it is the protection of traditional spiritual and moral values, sustainable economic development and care for the environment. And of course, this is a reliable protection of our country and citizens from internal and external threats, ensuring state sovereignty.

Now the fundamental documents of strategic planning are the National Security Strategy of the Russian Federation and the Decree of the President of Russia “On the National Development Goals of the Russian Federation until 2030” – these are the main documents that underlie our strategic planning. In addition, a significant number of long-term programs and plans have been adopted and are being implemented both at the federal and regional and municipal levels.

At the same time, the current practice does not provide an integrated approach to strategic planning. For example, a number of documents – first of all, at the regional and municipal levels – sometimes do not agree with each other in terms of goals and deadlines; during their implementation, it is not always possible to establish proper interagency cooperation.

In this regard, it is important to improve the strategic planning system and develop it on a qualitatively new basis. It is necessary, of course, not to blindly copy previous methods, but to develop and apply modern practices and approaches in this area, including adapting to Russian conditions and using the best foreign experience, both of states and companies. Large companies are doing this today, and they are doing it successfully, and all over the world, and these developments must be taken into account.

Let me emphasize that we need a balanced, unified and integral system of strategic planning in order to create modern, verified, results-oriented plans and programs that will set up all government bodies, civil society in general, business circles to work in a unified logic and work together to achieve priority goals for the sake of a successful, prosperous future of Russia.

The prepared Fundamentals of State Policy in the field of strategic planning, the draft of which we will discuss today, should serve the solution of these tasks.

In this regard, I would like to draw your attention to the following fundamental tasks.

First. To increase the effectiveness of strategic planning, it is necessary to optimize the number of adopted documents, primarily at the regional and municipal levels, and, of course, clearly link them with federal ones.

The second challenge is to ensure consistency between strategic planning and budgeting. It doesn’t have to be two different processes – one unrelated to the other. We need a concentration of resources in key areas. In the formation of budgets at all levels, national goals in the field of socio-economic development and national security should be an unconditional priority.

The third task is to increase the level of information and analytical support for strategic planning, primarily through the use of common initial data, general methodological approaches to forecasting and modeling the development of the situation. The scientific community should be more actively involved in such work, and the Russian school of strategic planning should be developed.

Fourth. More effective control and monitoring should be carried out in the field of strategic planning. This problem should be approached not formally, not mechanically, but as meaningfully as possible. An effective monitoring system can identify the risks of failure to meet the set goals and objectives, determine why this happened or may happen, and better predict these risks. At the same time, solutions to remedy the situation should be proposed immediately.

And finally, the fifth. The situation in the world and in Russia is developing dynamically, this is understandable, we all see this. New factors, trends, new risks appear. Sometimes the events that take place noticeably change the plans.

So, for example, the epidemic of coronavirus infection, which swept all countries of the world last year, led to serious restrictions in public life, to the closure of state borders, and a forced decline in business activity. Accordingly, we have implemented fundamentally new large-scale measures to support the economy and citizens. But in such conditions, of course, mechanisms are needed for quick adjustments and readjustments of the adopted plans and programs.

In general, this time we managed to introduce such quick changes and effectively worked, in fact. But it is necessary that this was no longer done in “manual control”, for the future, if such situations arise, but that we use the best practices we have in order to work out the algorithm of actions in fact in automatic mode.

Let’s get down to work and consider the main directions for improving the strategic planning system.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.

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