MOSCOW Speaking recently to the Russian Parliament, President Putin set the goals for the development of science and high tech industries for immediate future.
Nanotechnologies, one of the fastest growing segments in Russia, received special attention from Putin, who said that “Russia can become one of the world leaders in nanotechnologies”.
To that end, a special government program to support the nanotech development in the country is to be approved.
Putin stressed that major disproportions in the state and social spheres in Russia were caused by huge disproportions between economy, high tech development and science.
Repeatedly returning to this message, Putin concluded that without prioritizing high tech and science the country would not just lag behind in development, but its economy was doomed to collapse.
The goals include priority development of modern energy sector, communications, aerospace, and support of export of intellectual property and related services.
Putin called for the stimulation of investments in manufacturing infrastructure and innovations, as well as modernization of the educational system in Russia.
"A mere declaration of the goals is not enough to close the gap between Russia and the world", said Putin
He called for the government investment in the infrastructure for innovation companies, including special technology development zones, technological parks, venture and innovation funds and special tax benefits for high tech companies.
The government also plans to allocate funds for purchase and transfer of western state-of-the-art technologies and equipment.