State Council working group meeting on small and medium-sized enterprise promotion 2015-02-20 15:00:00 Tula The third meeting of the State Council working group On Measures to Promote Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the Russian Federation was held in Tula. Speakers at the meeting included Deputy Labour and Social Development Minister Alexei Vovchenko, Deputy Industry and Trade Minister Viktor Yevtukhov, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Sergei Katyrin, and President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Alexander Shokhin. Other participants included Governor of Arkhangelsk Region Igor Orlov, representatives from the Federation Council and the State Duma, federal and regional executive agencies, members of Russian national public organisations and the expert community. Deputy Head of the State Council drafting group and CEO of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives Andrei Nikitin stated that the State Council’s report has become the first in a series of reports prepared with direct participation by entrepreneurs from across the nation. Meeting participants noted that about 17,000 people participated in a survey by the RBC information agency; over 300 suggestions from entrepreneurs were received through a service on the Open Region portal. These suggestions formed the basis of the State Council working group’s report.