Interfax: Russian hopes to complete work on OECD accession in 2014

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MOSCOW. Nov 25 (Interfax) – Russian federal executive authorities and the OECD should increase their work to complete the relevant work for Russia’s accession to the organization before the end of 2014, a Russian government presidium decision published on the government website on Monday shows.

The Russian Economic Development, Natural Resources, Industry and Trade Ministries and other federal executive bodies need to step up their work with the OECD towards accession to the organization and complete the relevant expert work by the end of 2014.

First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov will lead the negotiation process. “The first deputy prime minister Igor Shuvalov will organize the progress of talks on Russia’s accession to the OECD and where necessary ensure the relevant materials are ready for discussion with the Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.”

The Economic Development Ministry will coordinate the negotiation process. The relevant draft bills should be submitted to the government in February 2014.

The Economic Development Ministry has been instructed to provide proposals on forming an OECD National Contact Point in Russia.