Mr. Gref addressed a joint meeting of the Finance and Economic Development Ministries' boards on Friday, emphasizing the importance of "raising the efficiency of the state control as part of the administrative reform." The minister also said that some of state authority should be transferred to private business.
The reforms must promote the differentiation of duties and authority among all levels of power and the determination of specific scopes of responsibility for each level of power and body, said Mr Gref. He believes Russia's natural advantages, i.e. its natural riches, must be used as "a reserve to ensure economic growth."