Russian Ministry of Economy reduces its GDP growth projection for 2013

According to the business daily RBK News (www.rbc.ru), Russian Deputy Minister of Economy Klepach briefly commented on the GDP growth forecast for 2013 by saying “it won’t even reach three percent”, significantly reducing the previous forecast of 3.6 percent. The Deputy Minister promised to present the official forecast in April, but it is already clear that the tendency is not encouraging. Following a 0.8 percent growth in January, Russian GDP grew by mere 0.1 percent in February. Given the economic slowdown, it is expected that the central government will have to increase transfers to regions experiencing budget deficits. Prime Minister Medvedev stated that the Government plans to merge two types of subsidies provided to the regions – incentives for the expansion of the tax base and increased efficiency of the local administration – as well as to consider their increase. In 2012, the Government transferred 10 billion rubles (USD 325 million) in the form of incentives to the local administrations that implemented measures to increase their tax base, RBK reports.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s