On July, 3-4, 2003 in Kazan has passed the IIId Privoljsk forum «Strategies of regional development». As initiators of the forum have acted: the President of the Republic of Tatarstan, the machinery of the Plenipotentiary of the President of the Russian Federation in Privoljsk federal region (PFR), the Center of strategic researches of the Privoljsk federal region, the Kazan Institute of federalism and a number of the ministries and departments of the Russian Federation.
The President of the Republic of Tatarstan Mintimer Sharipovich Shaymiev and the Plenipotentiary of the President of the Russian Federation in the Privoljsk federal region Sergey Vladilenovich Kirienko were Co-chairmen of the Forum.
The first Privoljsk forum "Strategies of regional development "took a place in Samara on October, 2001 and subjects of Federation were called upon to convince of necessity of the strategic and coordinated approach to the question of development of territories. Participants of the second Forum past in July, 2002 in Perm discussed processes of reforming and the prospects of development of the basic infrastructures connected with them - energetic, transport, city and information-communication - within the framework of a problem of formation of the strategic skeleton of development of macroregion. The third Forum in Kazan has passed under aegis of a theme "Competitive regions = competitive Russia".
In view of organizers of the Forum, the appearance of powerful regions is a result of joint activity of authorities, large business, professional communities and politicians. Revealing of the interests of the specified communities, amplification of horizontal interactions between various communities on the basis of the development of general approaches, establishment of labour relations with federal departments on formation (effective) federal regional policy are the primary goals of the Forum.
In these purposes the work of sections and round tables at the Forum has been organized within the framework of three independent platforms: for business, bodies of the government of the subjects of Federation and local self-management and professional communities.
Circle of questions that were discussed by participants of the Forum was sufficiently wide. In particular, on the business-platform the problems of development of a petrochemical complex, aircraft construction and means of increase of competitiveness of these branches, a role of the largest trading networks in regional development, information technologies as a skeleton of regional development were discussed. The special attention has been given to a place and a role of average business in stimulation of competitiveness and regional development.
Participants of discussions on the second platform talked about the experience and new approaches in the practice of development of strategies, plans and programs of development of territories and cities.
The third platform has collected representatives of the professional community rendering consulting services to business, bodies of the government and local self-management on questions of regional development. The subjects of the round tables organized within the framework of the given direction, has been connected as to questions of methodical maintenance of programs of development, and with problems of balance of cultural and economic tools in programs of regional development.
There have been lead two consultations within the framework of the Forum: on problems of overcoming of raw dependence of the Russian economy and synchronization of reforms of electric power industry, housing and communal services, social sphere and differentiation of authorities.