It’s crucial for us to create macroeconomic stability and stable playing conditions
We need to be more careful about what has already been done […] All long-term projects must be brought to fruition. We must clearly understand that the projects we invest in should have a return and that the value added will create tax potential for us to return loans. Macroeconomic stability is not an empty phrase, and this applies to the regions as well. The pie, which is constantly being re-sliced, is not getting any bigger — Maksim Reshetnikov, Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.
We need to know what will happen in five or ten years based on this plan. This is extremely important. Don’t change the rules of the game and don’t distort them […] Quite a lot of powers are being transferred to the regions. This is important, as it gives the city an opportunity to develop. As for rural areas, small towns, or strategic areas, of course, strategic areas should be developed with the help of the state. They are unlikely to come alive on their own. We must deal with the Far East, Siberia, Chukotka, Kaliningrad, Crimea, and Sevastopol. The state should keep a close eye on their development and invest money there — Sergey Sobyanin, Mayor of Moscow.
Growth in the size agglomerations must be balanced. An important problem is transport. A comfortable environment in agglomerations entails the presence of a transport system that is connected with cities […] A lack of communication and withdrawal into virtual reality is typical for residents of big cities today — Serdar Berdimuhamedow, Deputy Chairman, Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan.
Every ten years, Moscow grows by a million people and the Moscow region by another half a million. The question here is no longer a matter of discussions, but is posed point-blank: what should we do about it? We cannot prohibit this [...] in these times, when a person is free to choose the place where he/she lives, and there are no restrictions. All large cities in Russia are growing rather fast — Sergey Sobyanin, Mayor of Moscow.
The problem is the conflict between the development of large cities and all the others. There is a risk that all the other territories will become empty […] Another problem is territorial management. It’s not easy. If there’s no proper territorial management system, then there is a risk that megacities will actively develop, and other territories will decline — Patrick Ollier, President, Metropole du Grand Paris.