WTO membership to modernise Russian economy – Putin
Russia's becoming a member of the World Trade Organisation is likely to improve the competitive environment in the country, helping to advance the domestic economy, according to Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin.
“I expect that tighter competition will spur modernization of our economy,” Vladimir Putin said in his final report as prime minister to the State Duma, the lower house of Russia’s parliament.
Russia needs to join the world trade club to upgrade its production capacities, said Putin who is to return to the Kremlin in May after four years as premier.
“We won’t be able to modernize our economy without accession to the WTO. Until they (Russian producers) feel real competition, they will not invest in modernization,” Putin said.
Some Russian producers may suffer in the short-term from Russia’s entry in the WTO but the Russian government is looking for tools to protect key sectors of the economy, such as agriculture, carmaking and agricultural machinery production, he said.