The President noted that the Commission's most important task is to start the process of modernising the national economy as soon as possible. According to Mr Medvedev, there is a need to focus on the key areas of technological breakthroughs and on specific projects that will be directly under presidential control.
President proposed focusing on the following priorities: energy efficiency and conservation, including the development of new fuels; nuclear technology; space technology, particularly those related to telecommunications (GLONASS [Global Navigation Satellite System] and ground infrastructure); medical technology, especially diagnostic equipment and drugs; and strategic information technology, including the development of supercomputers and software.
Dmitry Medvedev also outlined the key areas of technological development that would be under direct presidential control. These include areas where there are competitive projects and advanced research at the world-class level, and economic sectors whose development may contribute to the modernisation of related industries. Dmitry Medvedev also noted the social impact of these fields and their links to defence and security needs.