19 July 2000
DAILY REVIEW FROM TATARSTAN
Deputy Premier Comments On Tatarstan s Industrial Development
Deputy Prime Minister and Economics and Industry Minister Sergei Kogogin
said on 18 July that Tatarstan occupies fourth place among the regions of
the Russian Federation in terms of industrial production, which in the
first six months of this year increased by 9 percent in Tatarstan. Kogogin
made his comments during a Cabinet of Ministers meeting devoted to
Tatarstan s industrial development during the first half of 2000. Kogogin
said that the republic has the potential for even greater industrial
growth, and he forecast that the industrial sector will soon reach the
level of 1990. He said that more than half of the production growth was
accounted for by machine-building companies, above all the KamAZ truck
concern, the Kazan Helicopter Plant, the Kazan Gorbunov Air Industrial
Association, and the Yeshel Uzen Sergo defense industry plant, which raised
its production threefold. At the same time, Kogogin noted that most
light-industry enterprises in the republic are unprofitable, in spite of
the fact that they do not have to pay taxes. With regard to oil extraction,
Kogogin reported that output in this sector exceeded targets. He added that
this trend is likely to continue if world oil prices remain at their
current level.Privolzhsky District Officials visit Bashkortostan
Vladimir Zorin and Aleksandr Yevstifeyev, deputies of the presidential
representative to the Privolzhsky district, were on a visit to
Bashkortostan on 17-18 July, an RFE/RL correspondent reported. During a
meeting with Bashkortostan's President Murtaza Rakhimov, the development of
cooperation between the republican and federal bodies was discussed.
District officials visited agricultural regions of the republic, met with
officials from state authority bodies, local administration
representatives, and members of the presidential public council. The
visitors expressed satisfaction with results of their trip at a news
conference at Ufa airport, saying that Bashkortostan is in the process of
bringing republican laws into correspondence with federal legislation.
Zorin, however, pointed to the need to respect and have trust in
territorial entities and to make use of their legislative experience.
Yevstifeyev listed several republican laws regulating the social sphere
that, he said, are more effective than their federal counterparts.UES To Experiment In Privolzhsky District
The head of the Russian electricity grid United Energy Systems, Anatoly
Chubais, told a meeting with heads of the Privolzhsky district's
territorial entities in Nizhny Novgorod on 18 July that the district may
become an experimental okrug in reforming the UES, Tatar Radio reported.
Chubais said the Privolzhsky district left other districts far behind in
terms of making regular payments for energy deliveries, adding that this is
why it is possible to develop energetics more quickly in that district.
Chubais noted the intention of the company to achieve 100 percent of
payments in cash by the end of the year. Chubais reported that total debt
of consumers to the company currently stand at 134 billion rubles.
By Gulnara Khasanova