Meeting of the Board of Trustees of OPORA RUSSIA

April 20, a meeting of the OPORA RUSSIA Board of Trustees was held under the moderation of its chairman Sergey Borisov. The event was attended by deputies of the State Duma, representatives of the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia, the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, the RANEPA. The Russian Forest Association was represented at the event by its first vice-president Andrey Goncharov, who also heads the OPORA RUSSIA Commission for the forest complex.

The central topic of the meeting was the discussion of ways to strengthen the interaction between the government and business associations of entrepreneurs through feedback mechanisms. The discussion of the Board of Trustees touched upon, among other things, the development of the organization and, in general, small business in our country.

In recent years, support for small businesses has been growing, but the share of SMEs in GDP has remained at about 20% for several years in a row, especially since small businesses in most cases invest little in expanding their business.

Alexander Kalinin, President of OPORA RUSSIA and the NP OPORA Association: “We, as a business community, need to find new formats and ways of working with the authorities, because SMEs today are not just a pillar of Russia, but also a driving force the power of global change in the global economy. Therefore, it is necessary to develop this sector, to represent the interests of small businesses at all levels - both in government, and in the educational environment, and in public perception.

Members of the Board of Trustees came to the conclusion that it is necessary to increase participation in the discussion of draft laws at the stage of their development, as well as to develop the work of regional branches of OPORA RUSSIA. It is necessary to show business in the regions that, by uniting on the OPORA RUSSIA platform, entrepreneurs can talk with the authorities about problems and regulatory policies, scale up best practices and develop their business.