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This 2006 edition of OECD's periodic review of the Russian economy finds an economy enjoying robust growth, but requiring strengthening of the macroeconomic framework to sustain that growth. Public administration urgently needs reform and raising innovation potential could do much to sustain rapid growth. The healthcare system suffers from fundamental imbalances and its reform could arrest the decline in health now being experienced. This survey offers a series of recommendations for addressing these issues.
Table of contents:
Executive Summary Assessment and Recommendations Chapter 1. Sustaining Growth in the Russian Federation: Key Challenges -Strong Growth Driven by Transitory Factors -A Mixed Economic Policy Record -The Challenges Ahead: Sound Macro Policy and Maintaining High Growth Potential -Annex 1.A1. Macroeconomic Performance -Annex 1.A2. Progress with Respect to Selected Structural Reforms -Annex 1..A3. The Russian Agricultural Sector Chapter 2. Ensuring Sound Macroeconomic Management -The Real Exchange Rate, Trade Performance, and Competitiveness -Curbing Persistently High Inflation -Fiscal Policy: the Principal Tool for Macroeconomic Management -Annex 2.A1. External Accounts -Annex 2.A2. Decomposition of the Trade Balance Variation Chapter 3. Improving the Quality of Public Administration -The Challenge of Administrative Reform -Public Administration Reform since 2000 -The New Administrative Reform Concept and the Future of Public Administration Reform -Chapter 4. Raising the Effectiveness of Innovation Policy -Innovation Activity and Performance: The Russian Paradox -Getting Framework Conditions and Institutions Right -Designing Efficient Innovation Promotion Initiatives -Conclusion -Annex 4.A1. Competition and Efficiency in Russian Industrial Sectors -Annex 4.A2. Concentration of Suppliers and Clients Chapter 5. Reforming Healthcare -The Context of Healthcare Reform -The Need for Healthcare Reform -The Direction of Healthcare Reform -Conclusion -Annex 5.A1. The Guaranteed Package Programme Glossary