The 15th Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum included a round-table discussion about the opportunities and challenges of the programme to increase workforce productivity. According to the participants, the issue of improved labour productivity is a key area of Russia’s socio-economic development.
The programme to increase labour productivity and boost employment was devised and launched in 2017. It is intended that at least 850 businesses in 85 Russian regions will start and complete campaigns to improve workforce productivity by 2025. To carry out the programme, Vnesheconombank and the Russian Ministry of Economic Development created an integrated system for providing related services and knowledge.
“The special, client-focused web portal based on Vnesheconombank Market and designed to deal with the issue of labour productivity is currently in test operation. This is a fundamentally new model that will offer countrywide solutions, helping to reach out to any market participant and any business in Russia. Company executives and responsible regional government officials, and not exclusively in the regions covered by the programme, will be able to find all necessary information here, make useful contacts, enter into contracts, receive support services, logistical, financial, informational, and so on. The portal is their gateway to knowledge, corporate self-identification and self-assessment, best practices and, ultimately, services procurement,” Vnesheconombank’s Deputy Chairman and Member of the Board Pyotr Zolotarev said.
The first regional programmes to improve workforce productivity and boost employment were launched by Bashkortostan, Tatarstan, the Perm Territory and the Samara, Tula and Tyumen Regions. Additionally, the following Russian regions approval for their programmes: Mordovia; Chuvashia; Krasnodar and Stavropol Territories; Belgorod, Kaluga, Nizhni Novgorod, Saratov and Sverdlovsk Regions; Saint Petersburg. The programme is primarily aimed at carrying out regional campaigns to improve labour productivity and boost employment and helping the participating businesses to increase their workforce productivity by at least 30 per cent.
“Under the programme, there are plans to enhance the functionality and content of the portal by adding new knowledge, competencies and services until the end of 2019. We are, therefore, creating a nationwide integrated ecosystem to ensure effective communication among market participants and spread knowledge and developing a base of competencies related to improved labour productivity,” Pyotr Zolotarev emphasised.
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