Address by the Governor of St. Petersburg

Declaration of the General Council
The Strategic Plan for St. Petersburg
The Main Goal and Principal Strategic Objectives
The Strategic Plan for St. Petersburg: Main Bearings



In order to evaluate the overall outcome of implementation of measures proposed by the Strategic Plan, we must take into account not merely the direct results of each measure, but also the indirect influence of the changes taking place on other spheres and aspects of life. We must also, though, evaluate the overall cumulative effect produced by implementation of the entire package of measures contained in the plan. Extensive analysis has enabled us to identify the following main results to be expected as a result of implementation of the Strategic Plan:

The growth in municipal revenue will enable the city to use public resources for solving the most pressing social and economic problems and for modernizing the transport and engineering infrastructure, as a result of which it will be possible to:

In order to achieve the above results the Strategic Plan proposes specific measures in the following spheres:

Different types of project will be implemented using different proportions of public and private funds. Priority for expenditure of municipal funds will go to socially important infrastructure projects with a long pay-back period. Private funds will be utilized in commercially attractive projects. International loans will be spent as top-up finance for various projects - mainly infrastructure projects. Citizens will mostly be involved as investors in housing-construction projects.

Whatever the importance of quantitative evaluations, it is nevertheless the case that greater importance is to be attributed to correct choice of the main strategic goal for development of the city. The main objective of the Strategic Plan is social justice, aid for the poor, support for business, creation of jobs and higher incomes, and increased efficiency in the use of municipal resources.

In the process of selecting measures for the Strategic Plan, St. Petersburg's best and keenest minds were involved: more than 300 leading enterprises and organizations agreed to take part in implementation of the plan. For almost one year, well-known economists, financiers, sociologists and engineers from the city's major scientific organizations selected measures and assessed priorities so as to identify, amongst all the many ways of solving a particular problem, the solution that would be most effective in the current situation of limited financial resources.

The Strategic Plan is a public partnership between the city authorities, business and the general public.

Accordingly, control over its implementation should be communal too. Openness in the development and implementation of the plan is the pledge both of its success and of its ability to reflect the demands of the community that it serves.