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Could Putin’s new term mean a new government structure for Russia?

On Monday 7 May, President Putin began his second consecutive term after being re-elected in March. On the same day he proposed Dmitry Medvedev to be reappointed as Russia’s Prime minister, his candidacy being approved by the Russian Parliament on 8 May. Now the newly reappointed Prime Minister, in a week’s time, has to submit his proposals to compose the new government.
Two such structural reforms could have a significant impact on both the Russian economy and the energy sector. Though the combination might seem a bit unconventional at first, integrating the Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Energy would be logical. Russia’s energy sector is integral to the economy, and many macroeconomic and budgetary parameters are linked to the cost of energy resources.
By combining the two ministries, dialogue between the people in charge of economic governance and those who oversee the energy sector will be easier to achieve. Bringing these two ministries together would avoid bureaucratic inefficiency in developing cohesion between the Russian economy and energy policies. Regular communication between experts and policy makers in economic development and energy is key in developing economic policies that take into account the energy market and any fluctuations.
Additionally, combining the various components of infrastructure under one ministry could be a smart move for the Russian government. This would include transport, communications, urban planning, etc. within one ministry. It could help solve issues at various levels, from local to regional, especially with regard to the spatial development and implementation of large infrastructure

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Samia Nkrumah is a very well-known Ghanaian politician and is chairwoman of the Convention People´s Party. She is the founder of the Kwame Nkrumah Pan African Centre. The organisation promotes Kwame Nkrumah’s vision, philosophy, and political culture within the context of a united Africa. The Kwame Nkrumah Pan African Centre, of which she is the […]

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On 15 August 2018, Vladimir Yakunin, co-founder and chairman of the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute’s supervisory board, was given an award by the Russian Muftis Council, a non-governmental religious organisation representing the Muslim community of Russia. Vladimir Yakunin received an award and medal “for his great services in strengthening the spirit of trust and cooperation […]

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