The Kremlin confirmed Putin’s participation in the RSPP congress on March 16
Russian President Vladimir Putin will take part in the annual congress of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) on March 16. This was reported in the press service of the Kremlin. It is specified that the head of state will also communicate with members of the RSPP bureau on this day.
The topics of import substitution, investment promotion, the development of Russian industry under sanctions, the country’s technological sovereignty, the training of highly qualified personnel and measures of state support for business will be at the center of discussion at the congress. More than 1,000 delegates are expected to attend the event.
The fact that Putin will take part in the congress of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, one of the three main business associations on March 16, was previously reported by Vedomosti. Interlocutors close to the RSPP note that the congress will be held on March 16–18 at the Moscow House of Music. And a source close to the AP adds that the president is likely to attend a meeting of top executives on the first day of the event. Putin can talk separately with the bureau of the board of the RSPP, says a Vedomosti source, noting that over the year business has accumulated issues that “require direct dialogue with the authorities”: “For entrepreneurs, this is a chance to speak out on pressing problems and propose ways to solve them.”
The President has not communicated with business associations since the beginning of the military operation in Ukraine. The last such meeting with “representatives of Russian business circles” (and not a specific organization) took place on February 24, 2022, after Putin announced the start of hostilities.