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DRAFT AS OF 29 SEPTEMBER 2015

INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT FORUM SOCHI-2015
BUSINESS PROGRAMME

2 October
3 October

Friday, 2 October 2015

DAY ONE OF THE FORUM

08:30 – 10:00

Sberbank Area

Sberbank Business Breakfast

(by personal invitation)

DIVERSIFICATION. MANY CHOICES, ZERO ALTERNATIVES

Long-term economic growth sustainability is closely linked to the diversity of goods and services produced. Countries that choose a narrow area of specialization end up much move vulnerable to both external shocks and technology changes. The problem of a lack of economic diversification is old news for Russia. Oil and has have replaced hemp and timber as its strategic products. Yet for all the attempts to resolve the problem of reliance on a narrow product group, actual accomplishments have been few and far between. That while many other countries have succeeded with similar projects. What industries could become new growth drivers for Russia? Is it possible to succeed with economic diversification now, and has this task been made sufficiently urgent under the current circumstances? What is Russia losing by delaying steps toward diversification?

Moderator:

Herman Gref, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Sberbank of Russia

Panellists:

  • Representatives of federal executive government bodies
  • Heads of constituent entities of the Russian Federation
  • Representatives of largest Russian business and expert community.

Supported by

Delovaya Rossiya All-Russian Public Organization

10:00 – 11:30

Hall No. 1

Panel discussion

RUSSIA AND ITS EURO-ATLANTIC ECONOMIC PARTNERS. WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF A RELATIONS RESET?

The external economic and political situation has changed dramatically over the past two years, and Russia’s efforts to establish relations with new partners are completely justified. Yet building new bridges doesn’t mean burning old ones. The size of economic cooperation with countries in Europe and North America and existing manufacturing as well as transport and logistics chains play such an important role that even with substantial external disagreements, coordination between businesses and government agencies in charge of the economy in Russia and in its traditional economic partners remains extremely strong. Building cooperation in the areas  of technology transfers, localization of manufacturing and establishment of joint ventures has become an increasingly urgent task.

What are the key barriers to creating a favorable environment for trade and economic cooperation? What can business do to harmonize economic interaction in this difficult political context? What opportunities are available for expanding mutual investments and technology transfers, as well as joint business training programs?

Moderator:

Alexei Repik, President, All-Russia Business Association “Delovaya Rossiya”

Speakers:

Igor Agamirzyan, CEO and Chairman of the Board, RVC

Stefan Albat, Deputy Managing Director, vbw (Bavarian Business Association)

Alexander Ivlev, Country Managing Partner, Russia, Ernst & Young

Alexei Likhachev, First Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Russian Federation

Alexei Meshkov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

Daniel Russell, President and Director General, U.S.-Russia Business Council

Peter Reinhart, EY Partner, Head of Tax and Law practice in the CIS countries

Alexis Rodzianko, President, American Chamber of Commerce in Russia

Boris Titov, Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneurs’ Rights

Ernesto Ferlenghi, President, Confindustria Russia

Regina von Flemming, CEO Publishing House Axel Springer Russia

Frank Schauff, Chief Executive Officer, Association of European Businesses

Panellists:

Omer Basbug, President, BASBUG A.S.

Pekka Viljakainen, Adviser to the President for start-ups, Skolkovo Foundation

Vladimir Golovnyov, main auctioneer, Vostok-Service

Valery Draganov, President, Avtotor Holding

Victor Campdelacreu, President, PIMEC Barcelona and PIMEC International Department

Andrei Nikitin, General Director, Agency for Strategic Initiatives in Promoting New Projects

Vladimir Potemkin, Deputy Governor of Kaluga Region – Head,  Kaluga Region Government Representative Office under the Government of the Russian Federation

Igor Rudensky, member of the RF State Duma Committee for Financial Markets

Vladimir Salamatov, General Director, World Trade Centre Moscow

12:00 – 13:30

Plenary Session Hall

Plenary Session Attended by Prime Minister of the Russian Federation

Back to Growth. Strategies for Russia.

13:30 – 14:30

Lunch break

Supported by

Ministry of Economic Development of Russia, Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI)

14:30 – 16:00

Hall No. 1

Brainstorming presentation

INVESTMENT CLIMATE AT THE LOCAL LEVEL. KEYS TO SUCCESS

It is impossible to raise the efficiency of the Russian economy without involving all levels of governments in developing and implementing advanced management solutions. Experience shows that many solutions are conceived and implemented at the municipal level. This practice has produced solid results, while certain solutions can serve as a model for improving conditions for doing business in other Russian regions.

In order to identify the best management solutions, the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation has conducted a competition among the regions to select the most effective solutions for improving the entrepreneurial climate. In addition, the Agency for Strategic Initiatives has devised an Atlas of Municipal Practices and developed measures for developing small and medium-sized enterprises and lifting administrative barriers at the municipality level.

Moderator:

Sergey Belyakov, President, St. Petersburg International Economic Forum Foundation

Speakers:

Vladimir Gruzdev, Governor of Tula Region (winner of the Competition in the “Modern Management Technologies” nomination)

Dmitry Kozak, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation

Yevgeny Kuivashev, Governor of Sverdlovsk Region (third place in the Competition, “Import Replacement Development” nomination, participates in the pilot run of successful practices of ASI)

Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation

Andrei Nikitin, General Director, Agency for Strategic Initiatives in Promoting New Projects (ASI)

Alexei Ulyukaev, Minister of Economic Development, Russian Federation

Supported by

Supported by Ministry of Industry

and Trade of Russia

14:30 – 16:00

Hall No. 2

Roundtable

REALIZING EXPORT POTENTIAL. THE DEVALUATION EFFECT AND MEASURES OF STATE SUPPORT

The devaluation of the national currency by almost half has created a strong competitive advantage for domestic manufacturers operating on international markets. At the same time, high interest rates, foreign investment outflows and restricted access to credit markets in a number of countries significantly affect the ability of exporters to increase their output.

This situation raises the issue of state support for domestic exporters. The anti-crisis measures taken at the beginning of this year include lending instruments and the lifting of certain administrative barriers. How successful have these measures proven to be? What tools of state support for export potential are the most effective? What new state support measures need to be taken? Is the structure of exports changing?

Moderator:

Oleg Ananyev,  Chairman of the Board of Directors, PRIME

Speakers:

Anatoly Aksakov, State Duma Committee on Economic Policy, Innovative Development and Entrepreneurship; President, Association of Regional Banks of Russia

Pavel Gagarin, Head, Working Group on Tax Risk Management, Member of the Committee on Investment Policy, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation

Dmitry Golovanov, Board Chairman, ROSEXIMBANK  

Valery Draganov, President, Avtotor

Sergei Kolesnikov, President, Tekhnonikol corporation

Mikhail Levchuk, General Director, Agnus-Spektr

Alexei Likhachev, First Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation

Alisia Nikitina, Director, External Communications, REC

Andrey Pankov, CEO, Renault Russia

Konstantin Polunin, Partner and Managing Director, BCG

Oleg Simonov, Director, Corporate Finance and Investor Relations Department, United Aircraft Corporation

Mikhail Smirnov, Chief Executive Officer, United Heavy Machinery Plants

Dmitry Shushkin, Deputy General Director, ABBYY

Supported by

Ministry of Transport of Russia, Center for Infrastructure Economics

14:30 – 16:00

Hall No. 3

Roundtable

INVESTMENTS IN THE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE AS A DRIVER OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The level of transport insurance in Russia remains very low. The plans for the construction of transport infrastructure financed through state funds and private investors have been cut further in connection with the crises of 2008–2009 and 2014–2015. Yet global practice has demonstrated on a number of occasions that investing in road building at a low point in the economic cycle can help return countries to a positive dynamic.

What solutions at the government and Central Bank of Russia levels are needed to create effective mechanisms for funding the transport infrastructure in the new reality? How will large-scale transport projects affect public budgets at various levels? What fiscal risks connected with implementation of such projects are justified? How should projects be structured to attract outside investors from new-for-Russia markets in the Far and Middle East?

Moderator:

Vladimir Kosoi, President, Centre of Economic Infrastructure

Speakers:

Mikhail Blinkin, Director, Institute for Transport Economics and Transport Policy Studies, National Research University Higher School of Economics

Vladimir Gorodetsky, Governor of Novosibirsk Region

Mikhail Dmitriyev, President, Economic Partnership “New Economic Growth”

Albert Eganyan, Chairman of the Board of Partners, Vegas Lex Law Firm

Nazem Al Kudsi, Chief Executive Officer, EIIC National Holding UAE

Alexander Misharin, First Vice-President, Russian Railways

Sergei Nekrasov, First Vice President, Gazprombank

Alexei Popov, President, Universal Electronic Card

Maxim Sokolov, Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation

Andrei Timofeyev, Partner and Managing Director, BCG, Head of BCG in Russia and CIS

Supported by

EY

14:30 – 16:00

Hall No. 4

Roundtable

RUSSIA FOR SALE AT BARGAIN PRICES. WILL CHEAPER RUSSIAN ASSETS ATTRACT A WAVE OF STRATEGIC INVESTMENT?

The sharp drop in the value of the rubble and the cost of Russian assets caused by geopolitical turbulence and unfavourable external economic conditions can also be regarded as a window of opportunity for investors to enter a number of sectors of the Russian economy: Cheaper assets have become an attractive buy both for speculative purposes and for the long haul.

How can the inflow of strategic investments be stimulated under the existing economic circumstances? How can investors be identified that would be willing to invest in the current situation and how should work with them be structured?

Moderator:

Alexander Ivlev, Country Managing Partner, Russia, Ernst & Young

Speakers:

Zoran Vucinic, President, Russia, Ukraine & Belarus Business Unit, Coca-Cola

Alexei Grigoriev, Head of METRO AG Representative Office Moscow, METRO GROUP

Kirill Dmitriev, Chief Executive Officer, Russian Direct Investment Fund

Dmitry Olyunin, Chairman of the Management Board, Rosbank

Philippe Pegorier, Chairman, Association of European Business in Russia

Gonzague Arnault de Pirey, CEO, Saint-Gobain CIS 

Alexei Repik, President, All-Russia Business Association “Delovaya Rossiya”

Ekaterina Timofeeva, First Vice President, Board Member, JSC Gazprombank

Valery Shchapov, Chief Executive Officer, Mars Russia

Dmitry Yalov, Vice-Governor of Leningrad Region

With support of the

Open Government

14:30 – 16:00

Hall 5

Panel Discussion

“PROPER” PROCUREMENTS BY STATE-RUN CORPORATIONS: HOW TO HELP ECONOMY AND NOT TO KILL COMPETITION?

In Russia the state remains the biggest player in economy. The cost of procurements with the involvement of state-run companies reaches 17 trillion rubles per year. With markets shrinking and investments resources in short supply, procurements by state-run companies might become one of the main sources of financing for the Russian manufacturer as well as for small and innovation business. What does the Government plan in this direction? How to raise the effectiveness and transparency of procurements by state-run companies? What effect will the new format of procurements have on small business and economu at large? Will the new approaches be able to boost competition? 

Moderators:

Anton Danilov-Danilyan, Co-Chairman, All-Russian NGO “Business Russia”

Speakers:

Mikhail Abyzov, Minister, Russian Federation

Igor Artemyev, Head of Federal Antimonopoly Service

Oleg Belozerov, President, Russian Railways»

Sergey Gabestro, Procurement Ombudsman under Authorized Representative of Russian President for Entrepreneur Rights, Member of Advisory Board under Russian Government

Evgeny Elin, Deputy Minister for Economic Development, Russian Federation

Viktor Tolokonsky, Governor, Krasnoyarsk Krai

Igor Shuvalov, First Deputy Chairman, Russian Government

Supported by

Plekhanov Russian Economic University, Eurasian Economic Commission

14:30 – 16:00

Hall No. 6

Roundtable

EAEU: NEW HORIZONS FOR INTEGRATION

Financial integration plays an important role in the development of integration processes within the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). Yet the severe weakening of the national currencies of some of its members has shed new light on this issue. The objective of increasing investment appeal, sustainability and capitalisation by creating a common market with 170 m consumers has come to the fore. An important EAEU objective is to lift the barriers obstructing movement of goods, services, capital, labour and entrepreneurial activity and to recover lost volumes of mutual trade.

What is the outlook for formation of an integrated goods and monetary market of the EAEU members? How can the Union’s advantages be used to stimulate development of its members’ economies? What opportunities are becoming available for small, medium and big business?

Moderator:

Viktor Grishin, Rector, Plekhanov Russian University of Economics

Panellists:

Robert Arutyunyan, Member of the Board – Minister of the Eurasian Economic Commission

Alexander Braverman,  PhD (Economics), Professor 

Vladimir Glotov, Deputy Director, Federal Financial Monitoring Service

Vladimir Yemelyantsev, Deputy Director, The Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation

Danil Ibrayev, Member of the Eurasian Economic Commission Board (Minister)

Anatoly Kazakov, Chairman of the Coordinating Council, Financial and Banking Council of CIS

Sergei Katyrin, President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation

Mikhail Krotov, Co-Chairman of the Editorial Board, Eurasian International Scientific-Analytical Edition “Problems of Modern Economics”

Vladimir Lopatin, Director, Republican Scientific Research Institute of Intellectual Property (RSRIIP)

Stanislav Naumov, Executive Director, Eurasian Centre for Integration Studies and Communications (ECIIK)

Leonid Slutsky, Deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation; Chairman, State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs and Relations with Compatriots

Timur Suleimenov, Member of the Board (Minister) on Economy and Financial Policy, Eurasian Economic Commission

Valery Tsvetkov, Director, Market Economy Institute

Alexander Shokhin, President, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs

Supported by

Ministry of Construction of Russia, Delovaya Rossiya

14:30 – 16:00

Hall No. 7

Roundtable

HOW TO REVIVE THE CONSTRUCTION MARKET

2015 has marked a steep (-7.7%) downturn in construction industry output following four years of steady growth. Meanwhile, the affordability of mortgages remains the key problem. The government has been taking certain steps: its new special mortgage programme has helped almost double discounted mortgage lending. Yet, in order to restore positive dynamics in the industry, systemic solutions are required beyond the finance area.

What steps can the government and the Central Bank take to help support mortgage lending? What strategy should the development of rented housing in Russia follow? How can use of innovative materials and technology be encouraged?

Moderator:

Dmitry Shchugorev, journalist, anchor and correspondent, Russia 24 TV Channel

Panellists:

Anatoly Artamonov, Governor of Kaluga Region

Leonid Kazinets, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Barkli

Vladimir Koshelev, Chairman of the Board of Directors, KOSHELEV Corporation

Mikhail Men, Minister of Construction, Housing and Utilities of the Russian Federation

Alexander Plutnik, Chief Executive Officer, Agency for Housing Mortgage Lending

Alexander Ruchyev, President, Morton

Martin Shakkum, First Deputy, United Russia fraction in the State Duma; Senior Vice-Chairman, State Duma Committee for Land Relations and Construction

Experts:

Veniamin Golubitsky, President, KORTROS GC

Anton Moroz, Vice President, St Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Chairman of the Council, Baltic Union of Planners

Nikolai Sobolev, Executive Director, National Association of Manufacturers of Construction Materials, Products and Structures

Nikolai Tsiganov, President, Premier Group

Supported by

Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia

14:30 – 16:00

Hall No. 8

Panel discussion

SAFE AND SMART CITY: MECHANISMS FOR IMPLEMENTATION AND PRIVATE INVESTMENT

Introduction and development of the system of the Safe City hardware and software complex of technical means and the Smart City system imply resolving not just issues directly related to ensuring citizens’ security but also those linked to use of innovative technologies aimed at enhancing the efficiency of municipal services, optimising transport flows, reducing costs and planning the resources of municipal institutions.

No less important are managerial and economic nature issues. What sources will be used to finance the Safe City and Smart City systems? How can the investment profitability be estimated? How can the efficiency of implementing these projects be measured? These and other questions will be considered during the round table.

Moderator:

Alexei Ananyev, Executive Secretary, Interdepartmental Commission on the Implementation and Development of the “Safe City” Hardware-Software Com- plex Systems 

Panellists:

Kirill Varlamov, Head, Internet Initiatives Development Fund

Igor Orlov, Governor of Arkhangelsk Region

Dmitry Rogozin, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation

Nikolai Tsukanov, Governor of Kaliningrad Region

Alexander Chupriyan, Russian Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation

Irina Yarovaya, Chairman, State Duma Security and Anti-Corruption Committee

Supported by

Open Government

14:30 – 16:00

Tolstoi Hall

Panel discussion

IS THE STATE AN EFFICIENT MANAGER? IMPROVING GOVERNANCE AT STATE-OWNED COMPANIES

Improving the quality of the system of public administration and increasing the operating efficiency of major state-controlled companies open up significant potential for economic growth. The considerable stake held by the state in the nation’s economy makes it strongly dependent on the efficiency of state-owned asset management. Long-term development programmes, new regulations for increasing the investment and operating efficiency of state-owned companies, risk management and spending cuts: How prepared are state-owned companies to be efficient?

Moderator:

Maxim Tokvaylo, Chief Editor, Forbes.ru

Panellists:

Alexander Auzan, Dean, Department of Economics, Lomonosov MSU

Arkady Dvorkovich, Deputy Chairman, Russian Government

Olga Dergunova, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation – Head, Federal Agency for State Property Management

Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation

Vitaly Savelyev, CEO, Aeroflot – Russian Airlines

Denis Spirin, Corporate Governance Director, Prosperity Capital Management (RF) Ltd.

Yermolay Solzhenitsyn, Senior Partner, McKinsey Russia

Dmitry Strashnov, General Director, Russian Post

Alexei Teksler, First Deputy Energy Minister, Russian Federation, Board Chairman, Joint Stock Oil Company Bashneft

Arkady Trachuk, General Director, Goznak

Igor Shlyonsky, Executive Director, Open Government Project Office

Supported by

Ministry of Finance of Russia, Economic Expert Group

14:30 – 16:00

Dostoyevsky Hall

Debate

FISCAL POLICY FOR 2016–2018: SHORT-TERM CHALLENGES AND LONG-TERM PRIORITIES

Russia’s public spending has been growing steadily in recent years. However, the sharp drop in prices for its main exports, coupled with declining economic activity within the country and growing inflation, mean that the federal government and regional authorities need to optimize spending in order to meet their social commitments and continue to implement approved investment programmes. The Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation is planning to cut at least 2.7 trillion roubles (around $47 billion) in spending in 2015 alone. Does this sequestration go deep enough, or is the challenge of a serious adjustment of fiscal policy upon us? What lessons should be drawn from the fiscal policy experience of the last ten years? What should the response be to the worsening economic environment? What should the medium- and long-term fiscal policy be?

Moderator:

Vladimir Mau, Rector, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration

Panellists:

Vladimir Gruzdev, Governor, Tula Region

Evsey Gurvich, Head, Economic Expert Group

Andrei Klepach, Deputy Chairman (chief economist), Vnesheconombank

Alexei Kudrin, Chairman, Committee for Civil Initiatives

Andrey Makarov, Chairman, Committee for Budget and Taxes, State Duma of the Federal Assembly, Russian Federation

Anton Siluanov, Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation

Alexei Ulyukayev, Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

Supported by

Open Government

14:30 – 16:00

Chekhov Hall

AWARDING THE A.P. POCHINOK PRIZE TO THE WINNERS OF THE ALL-RUSSIA COMPETITION FOR REGIONAL SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES

For the second year in a row, the A.P. Pochinok Prize will be awarded during the Sochi Forum based on the results of the all-Russia competition for regional social development programmes. The competition involves the selection and assessment of initiatives and projects that address, with the help of public-private partnership mechanisms, social problems faced by the Russian regions. The competition is held among the constituent entities of the Russian Federation with the support of the Expert Council of the Government of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and Natalia Pochinok, Rector of the Russian State Social University.

Presenter:

Natalya Pochinok, Rector, Russian State Social University

Awarding of Winners:

Olga Golodets, Deputy Chair, Russian Government

16:00 – 16:30

Coffee break

With support of the

Business Initiatives Promotion Leaders Club, Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI)

16:30 – 18:00

Plenary Sessions Hall

Panel discussion

BUSINESS LENDING IN RUSSIA. HOW TO ENSURE ENTREPRENEURS’ ACCESS TO FINANCIAL RESOURCES?

An analysis of the credit market situation shows that high interest rates, a lack of long-term financing, strict collateral requirements and long approval procedures remain the key issues for entrepreneurs. What’s more, experts are expecting the SME loan portfolio to shrink substantially in 2015. This is because banks have been tightening their credit policies towards borrowers as risks are rising amid financial instability, and also because of a dramatic increase in interest rates stemming from banks’ high funding costs.

At the beginning of the year, the government took a number of steps aimed at the stabilization of the financial system and the support for SMEs, including capital injections into major banks, a reduction in the key Central Bank rate, and the launch of a business support program. How effective have the anti-crisis measures been from entrepreneurs’ standpoint? Do financial resources allocated to banks in fact trickle down to the real sector? How to improve interaction between banks and businesses? What should banks’ strategies be in a market that is slowing down?

Moderator:

Tatyana Naumova, Anchor, Russia 24 TV Channel

Speakers:

Artyom Avetisyan, Director, New Business Direction, Agency for Strategic Initiatives

Anna Belichenko, Head of Organization Committee, Regions: Sustainable Development

Igor Yesin, Board Chairman, NIIK

Irina Zhvachkina, Board Member, Deputy Board Chair, Rosselkhozbank»

Dmitry Knutarev, Board Chairman, Bergauf Construction Technologies

Alexander Lyuboserdov, CEO LLC ALIR

Alexander Parkhomenko, Board Member, Alekseev Chemical Engineering Plant

Ilya Pylaev, Board Member, Cable Works “Kavkaz Kabel”

Supported by

Ministry of Energy of Russia

16:30 – 18:00

Hall No. 1

Panel discussion

THE DEVELOPMENT VECTOR. INCREASE THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF THE RUSSIAN ECONOMY OR MAKE NEW LARGE INVESTMENTS IN EXPANSION OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE?

An unstable economic situation coupled with a slump in hydrocarbon prices has been creating a new environment for economic development. In response to those challenges, governments at all levels, businesses and natural monopolies have been cutting costs. Yet large-scale investment projects are still on the agenda and in active development.

What is the government’s attitude towards one of the economy’s key bifurcation points: focus on optimisation or build a new energy infrastructure? What are energy companies’ strategic plans? What should public and energy companies’ spending be directed to?

Moderator:

Alexander Ovanesov, Partner, Strategy Partners Group

Panellists:

Alexei Belous, Executive Vice President, Head of Project Finance and Structuring Department, Gazprombank

Anton Inyutsyn, Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation

Oleg  Isaev, General Director, IDGC of Centre

Andrei Likhachev, Member of the Russian Government Expert Council

Alevtina Chernikova, Rector, National University of Science and Technology “MISIS”

Alexander Chuvaev, General Director, Fortum

Supported by

Program Directorate, Strategy Partners Group

16:30 – 18:00

Hall No. 2

Roundtable

THE EVOLVING STRUCTURE OF THE RUSSIAN ECONOMY. INDUSTRIES, OWNERSHIP, GROWTH MODELS

The economic shock of 2008–2009 has revived a discussion in Russia about replacing the economic growth model and transitioning to a different economic structure. The crisis-ridden events of 2014–2015 have made these issues even more urgent, requiring an analysis of the dynamics of changes in Russia’s economic structure in terms of its dominant industries, employment, the balance between public and private property, etc.

How has Russia’s economic structure evolved over the recent years and to what extent can the current economic downturn be explained by various structural disparities? What economic structure does the country need to have in order to get out of the current situation and switch to sustainable development? What scenarios of changes in Russia’s economic structure can now be forecast and implemented?

Moderator:

Alexander Idrisov, President, Strategy Partners Group

Panellists:

Yevgeny Gavrilenkov, Managing Director, Chief Economist, Sberbank CIB

Georgy Idrisov, Head, Centre for Real Sector, Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy

Aset Isekeshev, Minister for Investments and Development, Republic of Kazakstan

Oleg Kozhemyako, Governor of Sakhalin Region

Alexei Komissarov, General Director, Industry Development Foundation

Vladimir Korovkin, Head of Innovations and Digital Research, Institute for Emerging Market Studies, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO

Vladimir Mau, Rector, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration

Maxim Oreshkin, Deputy Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation

Elena Panina, Deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation

Supported by

Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade

16:30 – 18:00

Hall No. 3

Roundtable

IMPORT SUBSTITUTION. CHECK-UP ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC PLANS

The issue of dialling down the reliance on imports has moved to the forefront after economic sanctions were imposed on Russia. The past year has seen a transition from theory to practice, first in the defence industry and then in civilian industries as well. The Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia developed 20 sectoral import substitution plans at the beginning of 2015. Some other government ministries and agencies followed suit. Implementation of those plans is expected to reduce reliance on imports in industry from the current 88% to 40% by 2020.

What results have the past few months brought and what remains to be done? Does Russian business feel the results of the new policy? What additional regulatory mechanisms and stimuli are required?

Moderator:

Anton Danilov-Danilyan, Chairman of the Commission on Import Substitution in Russian Industry, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation; Chairman of the Board of Directors, Silan

Panellists:

Anatoly Aksakov, State Duma Committee on Economic Policy, Innovative Development and Entrepreneurship

Andrei Bezrukov, Director for Strategic Marketing, GS Group

Vladimir Dmitriev, Chairman, Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank)

Iliya Dimitrov, Executive Director, Association of Electronic Trading Platforms

Viktor Yevtukhov, State Secretary, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation

Alexander Kalinin, President, OPORA RUSSIA

Sergei Katyrin, President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation

Sergei Kalugin, President, Rostelecom

Vladimir Kudelkin, General Director, Integra-S

Vladimir Makarov, Executive Director, Kurganspetsarmatura; Chairman, Russian Scientific & Industrial Valve Manufacturers Association

Andrei Nikitin, General Director, Agency for Strategic Initiatives in Promoting New Projects (ASI)

Nikolai Nikiforov, Minister of Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation

Alexander Sabirov, Chairman of the Board, National Union of Vegetable Producers

Yermolai Solzhenitsyn, Senior Partner, McKinsey Russia

Mikhail Sutyaginsky, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Titan Group

Alexander Tkachev, Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation

Alexei Teksler, First Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation

Alexei Khodyrev, Chief Executive Officer, Russian Machines

Mikhail Shamolin, President, AFK Sistema

Dmitry Yalov, Vice-Governor of Leningrad Region

Supported by

Public Finance Reform Institute

16:30 – 18:00

Hall No. 4

Brainstorming session

FISCAL SITUATION IN THE REGIONS AMID ECONOMIC CONTRACTION. RISKS, OPPORTUNITIES AND OUTLOOK

The crisis manifestations in social and economic development could not but affect the state of regional public finances. With fewer opportunities for budget manoeuvering than the federal government, Russia’s constituent regions have found themselves in a difficult position where they must keep a substantial portion of their spending intact while their revenues have been shrinking. Though increased in 2015, federal credit resources have nonetheless remained limited. The risks of failure to meet all spending obligations, and of a decrease in regional budget revenues have increased.

How can the unique risks impacting regional as opposed to federal finances be mitigated? What proven methods for resolving the conundrum of regional budget deficits and reining in the runaway growth of debt obligations can various regions use? What financial resources should be taken into account for long-term fiscal planning and regional development strategising?

Moderator:

Vladimir Klimanov, Director, Institute for Public Finance Reform

Panellists:

Natalia Akindinova, Director, Centre of Development Institute, National Research University Higher School of Economics

Anatoly Aksakov, Chairman, State Duma Committee on Economic Policy, Innovative Development and Entrepreneurship

Artem Barakhovsky, General Director, Centre of Budget Relations Research

Leonid Gornin, Deputy Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation

Vladimir Gruzdev, Governor of Tula Region

Evsey Gurvich, Head, Economic Expert Group

Natalya Zubarevich, Regional Programme Director, Independent Institute for Social Policy

Alexander Kovalevsky, General Director, Institute for Budget Solutions

Natalya Sergunina, Deputy Mayor for Economic Policy and Property and Land Relations, Moscow Government

Viktor Tolokonsky, Governor of Krasnoyarsk Region

Supported by

Open Government

16:30 – 18:00

Hall No. 5

Debate

GOVERNMENT CONTRoL OVER BETTER qualitY: A BARRIER OR AN INCENTIVE FOR BUSINESS?

Improving the control and supervisory functions of the state is one of the steps towards increasing the quality of public administration and creating better conditions for economic development. The new law on state and municipal control and supervision will change the principles of the control and supervisory activity in Russia.

The introduction of a risk-oriented approach, the disclosure of mandatory requirements and the creation of a single information system are but a part of a set of measures aimed at transforming Russia’s control and supervisory system. How prepared is the Russian government at the federal and regional levels to embrace the changes? What changes will the new system bring for business, society and government? How can we measure progress on the path towards reforms? Can it be said that the new system is already working and has brought results?

Moderator:

Dmitry Butrin, Deputy Editor-in-Chief (Economic Policy), Kommersant

Panellists:

Mikhail Abyzov, Minister of the Russian Federation

Dmitry Azarov, Chairman, Committee for Federative Structure, Regional Policies, Local Self-Governance and Affairs of the North, Federation Council

Alexander Bragin, Executive Officer, Open Government Project Office

Alexander Trembitsky, Deputy Head, Federal Service for Environmental, Technological, and Nuclear Supervision

Sergey Belyakov, President, St. Petersburg International Economic Forum Foundation

Sergei Dankvert, Head, Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance

Andrei Zhulin, Vice Rector, National Research University Higher School of Economics

Sergei Katyrin, President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation

Vladislav Korochkin, First Vice President, OPORA RUSSIA; President, Russian Garden Group

Lidia Mikheyeva, Chairman, Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation Commission on Public Control, Public Expert Examination, and Cooperation with Public Councils

Sergei Morozov, Governor of Ulyanovsk Region

Andrei Nikitin, General Director, Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI)

Vladimir Pligin, Chairman, State Duma Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building

Anna Popova, Head, Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare

Boris Titov, Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneurs’ Rights

Oleg Fomichev, State Secretary – Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

Alexander Shokhin, President, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs

Supported by

Istoki Foundation

16:30 – 18:00

Hall No. 6

Brainstorming

SOCIAL INVESTMENTS: THE TIME TO TEST APPROACHES

The current economic slowdown is impacting on the profitability of businesses, limiting their investment possibilities and making it harder to run social and charitable projects. A critical item on the agenda is how to maintain and increase the scale of social investment.

How to act amid an economic crisis? What motivates social investors in the existing economic situation? How can effective cooperation between investors and the federal and regional authorities be ensured? What are the best practices and issues when setting up a partnership? What solutions for establishment of corporate and private social programmes based on global experience can be recommended for implementation in Russia in general and for rolling out in Russia regions in particular?

Moderator:

Gleb Prozorov, Managing Director, Business News Media

Panellists:

Mikhail Arkhipov, Vice President for Personnel Management, MTS

Oleg Vasilyev, Deputy Governor of Vologda Region

Ekaterina Gerus, Executive Director, Istoki Endowment Fund

Lyubov Glebova, Head, Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo)

Olga Golodets, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation

Rustam Zakiyev, Director, Department of Communications and Social Projects, RUSAL

Yulia Zhigulina, Executive Director, Fund for Regional Social Programmes “Our Future”

Irina Zhukova, Director of Corporate Communications and Public Relations, Philip Morris Sales and Marketing

Natalya Levitskaya, President, Sinara Charity Foundation

Zoya Lukyanova, Representative in Russia and Eastern Europe, BMW Herbert Quandt Foundation; representative in Russia and Eastern Europe, MitOst e.V.

Markus Lux, Deputy Director for International Relations, Robert Bosch Foundation

Oksana Oracheva, General Director, Vladimir Potanin Foundation

Lyudmila Panteleyeva, Head, Department for Work with Non-Commercial Organisations and Social Investments, Gazprombank Asset Management

Natalya Poppel, Head, CSR Department, Severstal

Philippe Roger, Deputy General Director, Leroy Merlin Russia

Vladimir Senin, President, Russian Managers Association

Yelena Topoleva-Soldunova, Director, Association of Social Information

Maria Chertok, Director, CAF Russia

David Yakobashvili, Member of the Board of Directors, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs

Supported by

Ministry of Construction of Russia

16:30 – 18:00

Hall No. 7

 

Brainstorm

“NEW HOUSING AND UTILITIES SECTOR: SUCCESSFUL EXPERIENCE OF PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP”

Over the past year, Russia’s public-private partnership legislation has become more liberal and favourable for investors than in most European countries. Today, the housing and utilities sector is one of the most promising and open industries for pursuing a profitable and, most important, reliable business. The legal framework has been shaped, mechanisms have been launched and there are already positive examples of successful and large projects in the housing and utilities sector, which have emerged thanks to the concept of public-private partnership. The housing and utilities market is ready for an impressive breakthrough.

What positive and negative conclusions can be drawn after a year of operating under the new conditions? How can regions attract investors and help implement large investment projects in the sphere of housing and utilities? What else can be done for the Russian housing and utilities sector to feel comfortable?

Moderator:

Valery Fadeyev, Head of the Working Group “Quality of Daily Life”, People’s Front for Russia

Panellists:

Igor Artemyev, Head, Federal Anti-Monopoly Service

Andrei Bocharov, Governor of Volgograd Region

Alexander Drozdenko, Governor of Leningrad Region

Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, Governor, Republic of Ingushetia

Vladimir Ivanov, Managing Partner, Spectrum Group

Oleg Kovalev, Governor of Ryazan Region

Dmitry Kozak, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation

Dmitry Loktayev, General Director, National Utility Company

Mikhail Men, Minister of Construction, Housing and Utilities of the Russian Federation

Gonzague de Pirey, General Delegate for Russia, Ukraine and the CIS, Saint-Gobain

Alexei Popov, President, UEC

Alexander Ruchyev, President, Morton

Yuri Sizov, First Deputy General Director, Lider Management Company

Lars Tveen, Heating Segment President, Danfoss A/S

German Khan, Chairman of the Advisory Committee, Rosvodokanal Group

Martin Shakkum, Senior Vice-Chairman, State Duma Committee for Land Relations and Construction

Supported by

Ministry of Economic Development of Russia, PPP Development Center Association

16:30 – 18:00

Hall No. 8

Hands-on workshop for the regions

FIVE ASPECTS OF SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF PPP PROJECTS IN RF SUBJECTS

New opportunities require a clear operating manual. This includes the implementation of PPP projects in the regions under the new Federal Law. What future do regional PPP laws have? What should the regions pay attention to above all while studying the Federal Law? To answer this question, the seminar Panellists will consider and explain the key innovations of the new federal law that will have an immediate impact on successful launch of projects in the constituent entities of the Federation. The top issues are to determine a competent body and a system for managing the PPP sphere, introduce mechanisms for assessing project efficiency, use the tool of private initiative, provide recommendations for enhancing the quality of project preparation and instructions on how to raise financing.

Welcome address:

Alexei Ulyukaev, Minister of Economic Development, Russian Federation

Moderator:

Igor Koval, Director, Department for Investment Policy and Development of Public-Private Partnership, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

Speakers:

Pavel Brusser, Managing Director – Head of the Directorate for Infrastructure Projects, Project and Structured Finance, Gazprombank

Alexander Dolgov, Member of the Expert Council, Public-Private Partnership Development Centre

Evgenia Zusman, Head of PPP and Infrastructure practice, Vegas Lex Law Firm

Pavel Seleznev, Chairman of the Board, Public-Private Partnership Development Centre

Maxim Stepanov, Senior Consultant of Administration of the United Russia fraction in the State Duma

Maxim Tkachenko, Executive Director, Centre for Development of Public-Private Partnership

Maria Yarmalchuk, Deputy Director, Department for Investment Policy and Development of Public-Private Partnership, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

Panellists:

Representatives of RF subjects

Supported by

Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia

16:30 – 18:00

Tolstoi Hall

Panel discussion

WILL “THE RUSSIAN QUALITY SYSTEM” HELP TO BOOST COMPETITIVENESS?

From the standpoint of real support of the domestic market, import replacement makes sense, only when it results from a conscious rather than forced choice of homemade goods. Therefore the problem of quality and competitive valor of products made in Russia is acute as never before. The Russian System of Quality created in this year is called to play a crucial role in raising the quality of goods and winning the trust of customers to homemade products. What systemic and regulatory measures might be conducive to a higher quality of Russian goods and their greater credibility on the domestic market? What role will be played by the Russian Quality Committee in developing the business of product manufacturers and retail trade enterprises? Will the new Russian quality seal really increase the trust to products made in Russia?

Moderator:

Mikhail Kusnirovich, Chairman of the Board, Bosco di Ciliegi

Speakers:

Anton Bulanov, Head of Brand Management Program, Higher School of Marketing and Development, SRU HSE

Nadezhda Gerashchenko, Head of Consumer Market/Telecom Group, TASS

Jan Dunning, CEO Retail Chain Lenta

Vadim Dymov, Entrepreneur, Founder of Dymov abd “Republic” Chain of Bookstores

Andrey Karpov, Executive Director, Association of Retail Trade Companies

Ilona Lepp, Nielsen CEO Nielsen Russia

Denis Manturov,Minister of Industry and Trade, Russian Federation

Svetlana Orlova, Governor, Vladimir Region

Anna Popova, Head of Rospotrebnadzor (Consumer Protection Oversight Service)

Maxim Protasov, Head of Russian System of Quality

Alexander Tkachev, Minister of Agriculture, Russian Federation

Alan Thompson, Head of Russo-British Chamber of Commerce (RBCC)

Dmitry Yanin, Board Chairman, International Confederation of Consumer Societies

Supported by

Economic Department of Lomonosov Moscow State University

16:30 – 18:00

Dostoevsky Hall

Panel discussion

“SCENARIOS FOR RECOVERY FROM THE INVESTMENT CRISIS”

Resumption of a normal investment process in Russia is a priority. Without a target-orientated efforts by government bodies to launch the investment ‘engine’ of the Russian economy, any actions in other areas, however reasonable, might be useless. What measures are possible and necessary? What are the available sources of investment in the short, medium and long term? What has already been envisaged and what should be envisaged by Government plans?

Moderator:

Alexander Auzan, Dean of the Department of Economics, Moscow State University

Panellists:

Anatoly Aksakov, State Duma Committee on Economic Policy, Innovative Development and Entrepreneurship

Oleg Buklemishev, Director, Economic Policy Research Centre, Department of Economics, Moscow State University

Yuri Danilov, Leading Researcher, Department of Economics, Moscow State University

Anton Danilov-Danilyan, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Silan; Co-Chairman, All-Russia Business Association “Delovaya Rossiya”

Sergey Dubinin, Member, Supervisory Board, VTB

Andrei Klepach, Deputy Chairman (chief economist), Vnesheconombank

Igor Lotakov, Managing Partner, PwC Russia

Kirill Nikitin, Director, Tax Policy Centre, Department of Economics, Moscow State University

Maxim Reshetnikov, Moscow Government Minister, Head, Department of Economic Policy and Development, Moscow City Government

Boris Titov, Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneurs’ Rights

Supported by

OAO High-Speed Rail Lines

16:30 – 18:00

Chekhov Hall

Case study

MANAGING SOCIAL RISKS INHERENT IN IMPLEMENTING LARGE-SCALE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS

If global practice is any indication, implementation of large-scale infrastructure projects is often accompanied not only by public debates, but also by protest sentiment, especially when the economic situation is unstable. Mitigating social risks is an important condition for investment project implementation, while training skilled professionals to tackle this task has become a matter of urgency.

How can the social risks be minimised while implementing large-scale infrastructure projects? Is it possible to affect the investment appeal of projects by having a social risk management programme in place?

Moderators:

Alexei Bobrovsky, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Head of the Economic Programme, Russia 24 TV Channel

Tatyana Redko, Director, Department for Engagement with State Bodies, High-Speed Rail Lines

Panellists:

Ivan Grigorovich, Head, Roads of Russia

Viktor Zvagelsky, Deputy Chairman, State Duma Committee on Economic Policy, Innovative Development and Entrepreneurship

Albert Yeganayan, Managing Partner, VegasLex

Nonna Kagramanyan, Vice President, All-Russia Business Association “Delovaya Rossiya”

Sergey Kelbakh, Board Chairman, State Company Russian Motor Roads (Avtodor Group)

Rustam Minnikhanov, President of the Republic of Tatarstan

Alexander Misharin, First Vice-President, Russian Railways

Valery Seleznev, First Deputy Chairman, State Duma Committee on Property

Maxim Sokolov, Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation

Nikolai Kharitonov, Chairman, State Duma Committee on the Regional Policy and Problems of the North and Far East

Valery Shantsev, Governor of Nizhny Novgorod Region

Saturday, 3 October 2015.

DAY TWO OF THE FORUM

Supported by

Supported

by Gaidar Institute for

Economic Policy

11:00 – 12:30

Hall No. 1

Brainstorming session

INFLATION IN 2017. THE TARGET RATE AND THE TOOLS FOR ACHIEVING IT

A stubbornly high inflation rate, coupled with a high primary rate, has a negative effect both on real household incomes and savings and on economic growth.

Keeping the inflation rate at 4% in 2017 was announced as the Bank of Russia’s main policy target and was included in the Russian Economic Development Ministry's forecast. At the same time, opinions of the expert community diverge on whether meeting this target is realistic.

Is a new spurt in inflation possible if the key interest rate goes down? Have the attempts to turn around the inflation expectations that were widespread in Russia in late 2014 and the first half of 2015 been successful? If the government controls prices, will that help to meet the inflation rate target?

Moderator:

Sergei Sinelnikov-Murylev, Rector, Russian Foreign Trade Academy, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

Panellists:

Natalia Akindinova, Director, Centre of Development Institute, National Research University Higher School of Economics

Yevgeny Gavrilenkov, Managing Director, Chief Economist, Sberbank CIB

Stanislav Naumov, Government Relations Director, 5 Retail Group

Maxim Oreshkin, Deputy Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation

Alexei Ulyukayev, Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

Ksenia Yudaeva, First Deputy Chair, Central Bank of the Russian Federation

Supported by

Ministry of Finance of Russia, Ministry of Labor of Russia

11:00 – 12:30

Hall No. 2

Roundtable

THE PENSION SYSTEM: CITIZEN, BUSINESS AND STATE. ANY GOOD NEWS?

At the beginning of this year, the decision was made to preserve the mandatory savings part of the pension. Pension funds can become the key source of ‘long’ and ‘cheap’ money for financing long-term investment projects. Yet, given the difficult economic situation (including high inflation), market Panellists and regulators will have to make significant efforts to return the system back to positive dynamics.

Will managing companies and non-state pension funds be able to show real positive returns from investing pension savings given the restricted set of tools? Can Russia’s pension system become a mechanism for long-term investment? Are citizens entrusting their funds to the savings system despite the frequent policy changes? What are the opportunities for reforming the system of long-term pensions?

Moderators:

Vladimir Nazarov, Director, Financial Research Institute, Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation

Alexei Moiseev, Deputy Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation

Panellists:

Dmitry Aleksandrov, President, National League of Managers

Elena Artemva, Deputy Director, Financial Policy Department, Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation

Vyacheslav Bataev, Advisor, Zheldortrans Employer Association

Anton Drozdov, Board Chairman, Pension Fund of the Russian Federation

Irina Masyuk, President, IPF Gefest

Lilia Ovcharova, Director, Institute for Social Development Studies, National Research University Higher School of Economics

Nikolai Podguzov, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

Natalya Pochinok, Rector, Russian State Social University

Andrei Pudov, State Secretary – Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Security of the Russian Federation

Dmitry Trembovolsky, Head of the Financial Analysis of Emerging Market Institutions, Executive Director, Goldman Sachs Bank

Konstantin Ugryumov, President, National Association of Non-State Pension Funds

Elena Feoktistova, Director, Centre of Corporate Social Responsibility and Non-Financial Reporting, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs

Elena Chaikovskaya, Director, Financial Market Development Department, Central Bank of the Russian Federation

Yevgeny Yakushev, Chairman of the Board of Directors, European Pension Fund

Supported by

OPORA of Russia, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs

11:00 – 12:30

Hall No. 3

Round table

“SMALL AND BIG BUSINESS. HOW TO ENSURE COOPERATION?”

Amid economic hardships, cooperation between small and big businesses can be a tool for mutually beneficial joint work. Integration of small businesses into production cycles reduces costs for big companies and ensures demand for small ones. In the end, this symbiosis helps raise the competitiveness of companies and regions in general.

Is such cooperation possible today? Is there any positive experience of such cooperation in Russia? What are the key problems involved in such cooperation? What measures are needed to build a system of effective cooperation?

Moderator:

Alexander Kalinin, President, OPORA RUSSIA

Panellists:

Marina Bludyan, Chairman of the Board of Directors, NPO Fenix; Vice President, OPORA RUSSIA

Alexander Braverman, PhD (Economics), Professor

Andrei Varichev, Executive Director and CEO, Management Company METALLOINVEST

Natalya Zolotykh, General Director, Transtechnology

Artem Kostandian, President, Promsvyazbank

Oleg Kuvshinnikov, Governor of Vologda Region

Yevgeny Kuznetsov, Chairman of the Council, Central Union of the Consumer Societies of the Russian Federation (Centrosojuz)

Boris Minialai, Chief Executive Officer, METRO Cash & Carry

Sergei Morozov, Governor of Ulyanovsk Region

Vasily Osmakov, Director, Department for Strategic Development and Project Management, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation

Philippe Roger, Deputy General Director, Leroy Merlin Russia

Oleg Fomichev, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

Alexei Shakhov, Director, Business Administrative Support Department, SIBUR

Alexander Shokhin, President, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs

Front row experts:

Elena Dybova, Chairman, Committee for Private Enterprise Development, Small and Medium Business, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation

Marina Zhunich, Government Relations Director, Google Russia

Dmitry Sazonov, Chairman, Commission on Development of Small and Medium Businesses, Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation

Maxim Skochko, Deputy Chairman of the Board, SME Bank

Supported by

Open Innovations Forum

 

11:00 – 12:30

Hall No. 4

Open interview

INNOVATIONS IN THE REGION: A LUXURY OR A REAL ECONOMIC DRIVER?

Innovations have become the hallmark of the world's most developed and successful countries and regions. Russia is no exception here: there are several regions in Russia that boast a developed economy and high living standards, and these regions have become well-known thanks to their commitment to an innovative economy. Yet, for many outside observers, the question remains unanswered as to which is the primary factor: innovations or an area's economic success?

Do Russian regions gain anything from investments in innovations or is it only a tribute to fashion? What particular measures and efforts help a region develop as an innovative centre? Will hi-tech industries and projects remain important business drivers in a challenging economic situation? The head of one of Russia's most innovative regions will provide answers to some of these questions in an interview, after which representatives from the region's different innovative infrastructure departments will share their experience of establishing a sustainable innovative economy in the region.

Moderator:

Alexei Komissarov, General Director, Industry Development Foundation

Expert panel:

Pekka Viljakainen, Adviser to the President for start-ups, Skolkovo Foundation

Yevgeny Kuznetsov, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Member of the Board, RVC

Igor Nosov, General Director, Innopolis Special Economic Zone

Roman Shaikhutdinov, Minister of Information and Communication of the Republic of Tatarstan

Andrei Sapelin, First Deputy Chairman, Member of the Board, Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank)

Supported by

PwC

11:00 – 12:30

Hall No. 5

Intellectual Partner

 

Round table

TAX STRATEGY: BETTER FISCAL PERFORMANCE THROUGH REDUCING THE TAX BURDEN?

Russian business and the Russian economy are going through a difficult time as demand is dropping, loans are scarcely available and the prices of basic export goods are falling. The stabilising measures offered by the government include tax measures ― first and foremost, a four-year tax freeze. Meanwhile, this seems to be the right time to carry out a large-scale tax policy modernisation to ensure more competitive tax treatment and free up the resources so needed by businesses.

Is it enough to freeze taxes for four years or is it necessary to go beyond that, offering a new social contract requiring 100% compliance by businesses in exchange for additional tax recovery through better tax administration, as well as VAT and insurance fee reduction? What other strategic issues need to be addressed in the tax sphere?

Moderator:

Kirill Nikitin,  Partner, PwC Russia

Panellists:

Vladimir Vasilyev, Vice President for Taxes, LUKOIL

Grigory Vygon, Managing Director, Vygon Consulting

Evsey Gurvich, Head, Economic Expert Group

Alexander Drozdenko, Governor, Leningrad Region

Karen Oganyan, Head of Tax Policy Department, Gazprom

Maxim Reshetnikov, Moscow Government Minister, Head, Department of Economic Policy and Development, Moscow City Government

Boris Titov, Authorized Representative under President for Entrepreneur Rights Protection

Ilya Trunin, Director, Department for Tax and Customs Tariff Policy, Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation

Supported by

Ministry of Caucasus of Russia, RBC, Megafon

11:00 – 12:30

Hall No. 6

Roundtable

INVESTING IN THE CAUCASUS. PROJECTS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR INVESTORS

The session involving the representatives of the official and business circles of the Russian Federation and foreign countries will focus on the four basic areas of investment in the North Caucasus: the development of the tourist cluster; agriculture; the development of the Caucasian Mineral Waters; and the improvement of the investment climate.

Investors interested in the North Caucasus regions will be able to ask the most pressing questions connected with the granting of state guarantees, the search for local partners and the allocation of land plots, as well as tax benefits.

Moderator:

Andrei Levchenko, Anchor, RBC

Panellists:

Abubakar Arsamakov, President, Moscow Industrial Bank

Anvar Gadzhiev, Head, Representative in the North Caucasian Federal District, Agency for Strategic Initiatives to Promote New Projects

Oleg Gorchev, Chairman of the Board, General Director, Northern Caucasus Resorts

Natalya Zubarevich, Regional Programme Director, Independent Institute for Social Policy

Galina Izotova, Chairman, Federal Corporation for Small and Medium Business Development

Alexei Krylovsky, President, AV Group

Lev Kuznetsov, Russian Federation Minister of North Caucasus Affairs

Pierpaolo Lodigiani, Honorary Consul of the Italian Republic in the Southern and North Caucasian Federal Districts

Igor Matiyenko, Senior Partner, AV Group

Sergei Melikov, Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the North Caucasus Federal District

Alexei Sagal, President, Arnest

Siegfried Sokolovskiy, Chairman, Zentrum für Schweiz-Russische Geschäftspartnerschaft AG

Alexei Tyutin, Director of the Caucasus branch, MegaFon

Sergei Kharitonov, General Director, North Caucasus Development Corporation

Linar Yakupov, President, Regions-Russia Association

Supported by

All-Russia NGO “Dleovaya Rossiya”,

Strategy Partners Group

11:00 – 12:30

Hall No. 7

 

 

Partners of the Event

Brainstorming session

HOW TO MAKE REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES WORK?

Most Russian regions have by now worked out strategic development plans. In 2014, a law on strategic planning was adopted in Russia in order to improve strategy preparation.

Today it is crucial for a region's strategy to become a real tool for faster social and economic development, instead of just remaining on paper. To achieve this goal, existing strategies need to be implemented consistently and systematically.

What is the key factor behind success and what are the barriers to implementing regional strategies? What are the new approaches and practices that can be used for effective implementation of strategic development plans? What are the mechanisms for turning strategic plans into real projects?

Moderator:

Ilya Syomin, Vice-President, All-Russia Business Association “Delovaya Rossiya”

Speaker:

Alexei Prazdnichnykh, Partner, Strategy Partners Group

Panellists:

Alexander Drozdenko, Governor of Leningrad Region

Albert Yeganyan, Board Chairman, Law Firm Vegas-Lex

Alexander Idrisov, President, Strategy Partners Group

Roman Karaulov, Chairman of the Board of Directors, KPI Holding

Sergei Kolesnikov, President, Tekhnonikol corporation

Andrei Sapelin, First Deputy Chairman, Member of the Board, Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank)

Sergei Sitnikov, Governor of Kostroma Region

Boris Titov, Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneurs’ Rights

Nikolai Tsukanov, Governor of Kaliningrad Region

Alexander Tsybulsky, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

Maxim Shereykin, Deputy Minister for Development of the Far East

Supported by

Program Directorate, Strelka Institute, VEB

11:00 – 12:30

Hall No. 8

Brainstorming

DEVELOPMENT DRIVERS FOR DWINDLING CITIES BASED ON THE EXAMPLE OF ONE-COMPANY CITIES

Over 300 Russian one-company cities are currently in the risk zone. The government is trying to launch a broad range of instruments for supporting one-company cities: the One-Company City Development Fund alone is to invest RUB 29.6 bn over 3 years. Yet one-company city problems merely reflect the more general process involving the shrinking of Russia's urban population. Over the past 25 years, the population has fallen in 70% of towns and cities across Russia. One in six cities or towns has lost over a quarter of its residents.

What should the future strategy for dwindling cities be? How do we view this process: as a natural state of affairs or a threat that must be countered at any cost? Can the government pursue a proactive policy, within which the residents of a "doomed" town relocate in an organised manner, and the town is shut down? What is the future strategy for dwindling cities? Can a city revive thanks to postindustrial economic sectors, or is this a myth? Does Russia have success stories of "restarting" one-company cities?

Moderator:

Irina Makieva, Deputy Chairman, Vnesheconombank

Panellists:

Mikhail Dmitriyev, President, Economic Partnership “New Economic Growth”

Natalya Zubarevich, Regional Programme Director, Independent Institute for Social Policy

Oleg Kostin, Vice President, Gazprombank

Ilya Krivogov, General Director, Mono City Development Foundation

Sergey Lamanov, Head of Group of Projects, Center of Infrastructure Economics

Alexander Lozhkin, Adviser to the Governor of Novosibirsk

Alexei Marchenko, First Deputy Governor, Vladimir Region

Elena Chuguevskaya, Director, Department for strategic and spatial planning, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

Dmitry Yalov, Vice-Governor of Leningrad Region

Supported by

Ministry of Energy of Russia

11:00 – 12:30

Tolstoi Hall

Panel discussion

THE FUEL AND ENERGY COMPLEX. HOW TO GROW IN A LOW-PRICE ENVIRONMENT?

The changes on the global hydrocarbon market and the balance between supply and demand mean an optimal strategy must be drawn up for developing the fuel and energy sector, as well as mechanisms for its implementation.

It is crucial to determine the scenarios for oil price dynamics on the global market and their impact on development of the Russian fuel and energy sector.

What will the balance of oil and gas production and processing be in the medium and long term? What are the key industry development priorities?

Will Russia be able to stay among the fuel production leaders and meet the needs of the domestic market for engine fuel? What measures are being taken to implement the import substitution programme in the oil and gas sector? How efficiently will the resource base be developed? What has changed in companies' investment plans and strategies?

Moderator:

Vladimir Knyaginin, President, Fund “Centre For Strategic Research Moscow”

Panellists:

Viren Doshi, Leader of the Energy practice at Strategy&, PwC

Alexander Dyukov, Chairman of the Management Board, Chief Executive Officer, Gazprom Neft

Alexander Korsik, President, Chairman of the Management Board, Bashneft

Alexander Novak, Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation

Natalia Porokhova, Senior expert, Centre of forecasting and economic analysis of Gazprombank

Leonid Fedun, Member of the Management Committee, Vice President for Strategic Development, LUKOIL

Supported by

State Duma Committee on Economic Policy, Innovation Development and Enterprise

11:00 – 12:30

Dostoyevsky Hall

Brainstorm

CHANGING NATURE OF ENGINEERING: NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR TECHNOLOGICAL AND EDUCATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE

The content of engineering work is changing. And the problem is not just the quantitative complication of engineering facilities, the increasing number of their components and links and the expanding volume of scientific knowledge used by engineers. The close cooperation and mutual penetration of fundamental and applied research and inter-disciplinary nature of new technology, as well as the influence of cyber infrastructure, sharply change the character of the engineering work. New technologies (NBIC) and the complex systemic mega problems arising in contemporary society are changing the nature of engineering education, requiring that engineers master a broad scope of key competencies.

What measures are needed to boost cooperation between businesses and educational institutions in the process of training engineering staff meeting the needs of the global economy? How can creation of a modern engineering infrastructure be ensured? What is the role of the government in these processes?

Moderator:

Elena Panina, Chairman of the Organising Committee, Moscow International Engineering Forum; President, Institute for Economic Strategies; Deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation

Panellists:

Oleg Bocharov, Head, Department of Science, Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship, Moscow City Government

Valery Draganov, President, Avtotor Holding

Viktor Yevtukhov, State Secretary, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation

Marina Karban, Director, Department of Corporate Programmes, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO

Alexander Klimov, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation

Alfiya Kogogina, Deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, Member of the Committee on Industry

Grigory Kotomin, General Director, CG Quorum

Valery Koshkin, Rector, Sevastopol State University

Nina Kuzmina, Rector, Academy of Labour and Social Relations

Andre Mankowski, President, AMT Group, France

Vasily Osmakov, Director, Strategic Development and Project Management Department, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Russian Federation

Viktoria Soboleva, Chairman, Coordinating Council for the Development of Children's and Youth Scientific and Technical Creativity, Russian Engineering Union

Vladimir Strashko, Vice President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation

Vladimir Sumkin, General Director, MAG Motors

Jeremy Tyndall, General Director, Caspian Flat Glass

Robert Urazov, General Director, WorldSkills Russia

Alevtina Chernikova, Rector, National University of Science and Technology “MISIS”

Alexander Shokhin, President, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs

Discussants:

Sergey Krylov, Vice President for Government Relations, Siemens

Vladimir Potemkin, Deputy Governor, Head of Representatives, Kaluga Region Government under Russian Government

Supported by

Ministry of Sports of Russia

11:00 – 12:30

Chekhov Hall

Case study

THREE YEARS BEFORE THE FIFA WORLD FOOTBALL CUP. HOW READY ARE RUSSIAN CITIES?

There are less than three years to go before the FIFA World Football Cup. Over the past few years, Russia has demonstrated its ability to carry out large-scale sporting projects at the highest level; however, the 2018 FIFA World Cup will become the largest challenge of its kind in the Russian history. Therefore, particular attention is being paid to its preparation. World cup games will be held in 11 cities, with the entire European part of Russia, from Kaliningrad to Yekaterinburg, involved in the preparations.

What infrastructure projects accompany the preparations for the World Cup? How are they influencing, and how will they influence, the country’s economy over the next few years? What additional effects and opportunities will the host cities have? What are the problems in preparing for this difficult challenge?

Moderator:

Nobel Arustamyan, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Sport FM

Panellists:

Olga Arkhangelskaya, Partner, EY

Nikolai Asaul, Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation

Alexis Delaroff, CEO, Accor Hotel Services Russia, Georgia, Ukraine and CIS

Mikhail Dremov, Director, Southern Federal Centre for Sports Training

Nikolai Merkushin, Governor of Samara Region

Vitaly Mutko, Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation

Colin Smith, FIFA, Director Competitions

Alexei Sorokin, Chief Executive Officer, Russia 2018 Organising Committee

Nikolai Tsukanov, Governor of Kaliningrad Region

Evgeny Chudnovsky, CEO, CJSC MC Airports of Regions

Discussants:

Vladimir Ivanov, Managing Partner, Spektrum

Karina Khudenko, Partner, PwC

12:30 – 13:00

Coffee break

Supported by

Association of Russian Banks

13:00 – 14:30

Hall No. 1

Panel discussion

ENHANCING THE SUSTAINABILITY AND EFFECTIVENESS OF THE BANKING SYSTEM. IS THERE A NEED FOR CONSOLIDATION?

The Central Bank of Russia consistently pursues a tough policy of “clearing” the banking system and consolidating banks. Measures to ensure additional capitalization of the banking system also provide favourable conditions for large banks.

What is happening in the banking system is assessed differently by the markets and experts. On the one hand, consolidation improves the sustainability and manageability of the system. On the other hand, a high level of consolidation may have a negative impact on the competitive environment, the flexibility of the banking system and its orientation towards a broad spectrum of consumer demands.

How does the Central Bank’s policy of “clearing” the banking system affect its functionality? What advantages and risks for economic development are generated by the consolidation of the banking sector during a period of low economic dynamics? Can we expect further government involvement in the banking sector? How many banks are needed in Russia?

Moderator:

Ekaterina Trofimova, First Vice President, Member of the Management Board, Gazprombank

Panellists:

Ruben Aganbegyan, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Otkritie Financial Corporation

Philip Gudgeon, General Director, Oliver Wyman Russia

Anton Danilov-Danilyan, Chairman of the Commission on Import Substitution in Russian Industry, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation; Chairman of the Board of Directors, Silan

Artem Kostandian, President, Promsvyazbank

Andrei Kostin, President and Chairman of the Management Board, VTB Bank

Alexei Moiseev, Deputy Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation

Dmitry Olyunin, Chairman of the Management Board, Rosbank

Garegin Tosunyan, President, Association of Russian Banks

Supported by

Open Government, PWC

13:00 – 14:30

Hall No. 2

 

 

Round table

“DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTES. WHAT HAS BEEN ACHIEVED?”

Innovation development institutes are a tool for shaping the future economy and implementing long-term priorities. To finance these goals, the government spends billions of roubles every year. How strong is the effect of these efforts? The system for managing development institutes is being reviewed worldwide, as is the role of the institutes themselves: complex economic conditions require new approaches.

What has been achieved by the Russian innovation development institutes and to what extent are their efforts united and coordinated? What market failures have been overcome and what new problems have emerged recently? What do aid recipients think about use of development institutes? How can the efficiency of development institutes be measured and their coordination ensured? How is the mission of development institutes seen by their heads, and what will be the key factors for their successful operation over the next three years?

Moderator:

Sergey Belyakov, President, St. Petersburg International Economic Forum Foundation

Panellists:

Mikhail Abyzov, Minister of the Russian Federation

Igor Agamirzyan, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, RVC

Ruben Aganbegyan, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Otkritie Financial Corporation

Kirill Varlamov, Head, Internet Initiatives Development Fund

Pekka Viljakainen, Adviser to the President for start-ups, Skolkovo Foundation

Vladimir Dmitriev, Chairman, Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank)

Boris Podolsky, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board, Executive Director, RUSNANO Management Company

Oleg Fomichev, State Secretary – Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

Ekaterina Shapochka,  Member, Russian Government Expert Council 

Discussants:

Leonid Kostroma, Director, City Investment Management Agency

Maxim Shereykin, Deputy Minister for Development of the Far East

Supported by

EY

13:00 – 14:30

Hall No. 3

Panel discussion

DE-OFFSHORISATION. CHECK-UP REFORMS

On 1 January 2015, Russia introduced a whole number of rules to change fundamentally the conditions for use of foreign companies by Russian business. The stated goals of the new de-offshorisation laws are to enhance the transparency of the Russian economy, bring business back into the country and combat tax abuses. To adapt to the new rules, a campaign has been launched in Russia to declare capital (‘tax amnesty’).

Does the reform implemented in Russia follow international trends (including the BEPS initiative)? What is the initial reaction by Russian business owners to the new rules and are they planning to take advantage of the tax amnesty? What reform results are expected by the government and how does it plan to administer the new rules? What rules of the new laws require further fine-tuning?

Moderator:

Peter Reinhart, EY Partner, Head of Tax and Law practice in the CIS countries

Panellists:

Marina Belyakova, Partner, Y

Dmitry Klenov, Partner, UFG Wealth Management

Boris Titov, Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneurs’ Rights

Ilya Trunin, Director, Department for Tax and Customs Tariff Policy, Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation

Igor Shikov, Head of Tax Practice, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

With support of the

National Technological and Price Audit Association

13:00 – 14:30

Hall 4

Panel discussion

TIME FOR SMART INVESTMENTS. NEW MECHANISMS OF AND APPROACHES TO STATE INVESTMENT POLICY

Further steady growth of the Russian economy requires the mobilisation of all its internal reserves. The government has staked on infrastructure development and many mega projects are already being launched on a nationwide scale. Now the question of choice comes to the fore: what exactly can provide the greatest effect for the country's economic development? What should be done in a specific region: building of power plants or power lines, development of general aviation or a road network? Technological and price audits can provide answers to such questions. During the discussion, new tools for evaluating government investment efficiency will be reviewed, with real examples provided. How much money will technical and price audit save? What else should be done and when will the mechanisms for controlling budget investment become fully effective?

Moderator:

Anna Lupashko, President, National Union of Technological and Price Audit

Panellists:

Natalia Antipina, Deputy Minister of Construction, Housing and Utilities of the Russian Federation

Svetlana Balaeva, Director, Investment Department, Rosseti

Darya Borisva, Senior Partner, McKinsey

Darya Borisova, Senior Partner, McKinsey

Alexander Bragin, Executive Director, Project Center, Open Government

Dionis Vasiliev, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, NeoCentre

Mikhail Zherebtsov, CEO, FSUE Administration of Civil Airports (Airfields)

Sergei Kosarev, Managing Director, Engineering Services Department, Sberbank of Russia

Valery Leonov, Chairman, Moscow Expert Evaluation Committee

Oleg Melnikov, Director, Engineering Services Office, Gazprombank

Vadim Mikhaylov, Senior Vice-President, Russian Railways

Alexei Nazarov, Director, KPMG

Nikolai Podguzov, Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Russian Federation

Vyacheslav Semenenko, Managing Partner, ViPS Group

Dmitry Yalov, Vice-Governor of Leningrad Region

Boris Yaryshevsky, Member of the Board, Secretary of the Council of Customers of the Government Commission on the Development of the Electric Power Industry, Rosseti, National Union of Technological and Price Audit

Supported by

Program Directorate

13:00 – 14:30

Hall No. 5

Panel discussion

SUCCESSFUL STRATEGIES IN A PERIOD OF VOLATILITY. RECIPES FOR SUCCESS IN THE FINANCIAL SECTOR

Last year saw wild fluctuations in the prices for different classes of assets, including the exchange rate of the national currency, shares and bonds of Russian issuers and raw material prices. Many private and institutional investors suffered losses, but many investors used the crisis period as a unique opportunity to make speculative super-profits.

What strategies have paid off in the turbulent period? Who came out on top – large players or small investment companies and funds? How has the period of volatility influenced the structure of the financial market?

Moderator:

Konstantin Korishchenko, Chair, Department of Equity Markets and Financial Engineering, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration

Panellists:

Alexander Varyushkin, Partner, Third Rome

Oleg Ganeev, Head, Sberbank CIB

Anna Nesterova, Chairman, Committee on Stock Market, of the Expert Council, “Delovaya Rossiya”

Anna Nesterova, Chair, Stock Market Committee of Advisory Council, All-Russia NGO “Delovaya Rossiya” (Business Russia)

Alexander Orlov, Managing Director, Arbat Capital

Vadim Pischikov, Managing Director, Algebra Investments

Vladimir Potapov, Chairman of the Board of Directors, VTB Capital Asset Management

Vladimir Yuzhakov, Managing Partner, Long Jing Capital

With support of the

Ministry of Economic Development, RF, JSC MSP Corporation

13:00 – 14:30

Hall 6

Round table

SMALL- AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES.  CONSOLIDATION OF MEASURES FOR SUPPORT AS  A GUARANTY OF SUCCESSFUL DEVELOPMENT

The Federal Corporation for Small and Medium-Sized Business Development was established in June 2015 by decree of Russian President Vladimir Putin "On Measures for Further Development of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise."

The new development institution faces ambitious challenges: introducing a systemic approach to SME development in Russia, coordinating the support provided to SMEs, helping SMEs to address their current issues, and ensuring a considerable increase in this segment's share in the Russian economy.

What measures need to be taken to improve SMEs' access to borrowed and investment capital? How can the cost of lending and other financial services be reduced for SMEs? How can the government support required by businesses be provided on the basis of the one-stop shop principle and how can the efficiency of the existing infrastructure be improved? How can the share of SMEs' products and services procured by big companies be increased?

Moderators:

Oleg Fomichev, State Secretary – Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

Alexander Braverman, PhD (Economics), Professor

Speakers:

Herman Gref, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Sberbank of Russia

Vladimir Gruzdev, Governor of Tula Region

Mikhail Zadornov, President, Chairman of the Board, VTB 24

Alexander Kalinin, President, All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses OPORA RUSSIA

Alexander Karlin, Governor of Altai Region

Sergei Katyrin, President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation

Yevgeny Kuivashev, Governor of Sverdlovsk Region

Irina Makieva, Deputy Chair, Vnesheconombank

Nikolai Merkushin, Governor of Samara Region

Sergei Morozov, Governor of Ulyanovsk Region

Andrei Nikitin, General Director, Agency for Strategic Initiatives in Promoting New Projects

Alexei Repik, President, All-Russia Business Association “Delovaya Rossiya”

Dmitry Tulin, First Deputy Governor, Bank of Russia

Alexei Ulyukayev, Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

Representatives of largest customers (United Aircraft Corporation, Rosatom, Russian Railways)

Supported by

Krasnodar Territory, Federal Agency for Tourism of Russia, VEB

13:00 – 14:30

Hall No. 7

Panel discussion

INVESTMENT POTENTIAL OF RUSSIAN TOURISM, SOCHI

After the 2014 Olympic Games, Sochi has seen one winter and two summer tourist seasons. As part of preparations for the Olympic Games, a tourist infrastructure was created that is unprecedented in terms of volume and quality, and the devaluation of the national currency shall have a positive impact on the region’s tourist industry.

How have Sochi’s tourist industry figures changed following the Olympic Games? To what extent are the Olympic facilities and infrastructure needed? What changes have occurred in the living standards and employment structure of the population? How does the Sochi real estate market look?

Moderator:

Natalya Chernyakova, Deputy Director, PRIME Business News Agency

Panellists:

Igor Bukharov, President, Federation of Restaurateurs and Hoteliers

Veniamin Golubitsky, President, KORTROS GC

Alexis Delaroff, General Director, Russian Management Hotel Company

Sergey Zenkin, CEO, Roza Vetrov  

Andrei Elinson, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Basic Element

Marsel Izmaylov, Chief Executive Officer, IFK Hotel Management

Yevgeny Kudelya, Minister of Resorts and Tourism of the Krasnodar Region

Tatyana Mishcheryakova, Director, Orange

Alexander Neradko, Head of Federal Air Transport Agency

Walter Neumann, Chief Executive Officer, AZIMUT Hotels

Evgeny Otnelchenko, Partner, Consulting on Strategy and Operational Efficiency, PwC Russia

Anatoly Pakhomov, Mayor of Sochi

Yuri Reilyan, Deputy Minister of Construction, Housing and Utilities of the Russian Federation

Oleg Safonov, Head, Federal Agency for Tourism

14:30 – 15:00

Coffee break

Supported by

Skolkovo Moscow School of Management

15:00 – 16:30

Hall No. 1

Panel discussion

RUSSIAN COMPANIES’ GLOBAL STRATEGIES – THEN AND NOW

Conditions became favorable for Russian companies to enter overseas markets at the time of a positive macroeconomic situation. A substantial number of companies bet on global presence and built their economic and manufacturing chains accordingly.

Both the economic situation and the foreign policy environment have changed dramatically recently. How are Russian companies’ priorities in the FSU and elsewhere in the world changing? How is the context different for “new” and “incumbent” companies? What strategies have proven to be the most successful?

Moderator:

Regina von Flemming, General Director, Axel Springer Russia Publishing House

Panellists:

Alexei Kalinin, Director, Institute for Emerging Market Studies, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO

Ekaterina Kozinchenko, General Director, Strategy& PwC Russia

Alexei Likhachev, First Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

Vadim Makhov, President, Member of the Board of Directors, United Heavy Machinery Plants

Pavel Oderov, Head, International Business Department, Gazprom

Dmitry Shushkin, Director for Corporate Projects, ABBYY Russia

Supported by

Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Russia

15:00 – 16:30

Hall No. 2

Round table

GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSION REGULATION. THE RUSSIAN ECONOMY'S COMMITMENTS AND COMPETITION CHALLENGES

The year 2015 should mark a turning point in fighting the climate change, as a new comprehensive global climate agreement is due to be signed in Paris this December at the 21st Conference of the Parties to UN FCCC. Russia consistently pursues the policy of reducing the man-caused environmental burden and increasing the energy efficiency of national economy as well as setting up guideposts for transition to the low-carbon development track. In the meantime the policy of “carbon” protectionism is gathering momentum in the world.

What role should Russia play on the world market of greenhouse gases? What scenarios are possible for the domestic market of greenhouse gases in the context of national economic development? Is the national regulation of greenhouse emissions optimal? 

Moderator:

Yuri Fedorov, Chairman of the Sectoral Division, Federal Intersectoral Council, “Delovaya Rossiya”

Panellists:

Vsevolod Gavrilov, Director, Energy Efficiency and Natural Resources Project Management Directorate, Sberbank of Russia

Dinara Gershinkova, Deputy Head, Office for Special and Scientific Programmes, Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring of the Russian Federation

Sergey Donskoy, Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology, Russian Federation  

Vladimir Dmitriev, Chairman, Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank)

Larisa Korepanova, Deputy Director, Department of State Policy and Regulation in the Field of Nuclear and Technological Safety, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation

Yaroslav Mandron, Director of Department, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

Oleg Pluzhnikov, Deputy Director, EU Russia Industrialists' Round Table

Alexei Spirin, Department of Ecology, Occupational Safety and Industrial Safety, RUSAL

Supported by

Analytical Center Attached to the Government of the Russian Federation, Open Government

15:00 – 16:30

Hall No. 3

Round table

OPEN DATA: WHAT CAN THE GOVERNMENT OFFER FOR BUSINESSES AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT?

The topic of open data has been discussed globally for several years, but is still quite new for Russia. While officials and businesses are trying to understand what open data are and what they are not, experts notice the huge potential of open data for economic growth. According to World Bank estimates, the annual potential effect from data opening amounts to USD 200 bn for the European Union, ₤6.8 bn for the UK, and USD 96 bn for the United States. McKinsey experts estimate the potential global effect from data opening at USD 3 trn per year. Meanwhile, Russia has all the conditions necessary for developing the open data initiative successfully and boosting domestic economic growth thanks to the newly opening market.

How can business and the society benefit from open data? Is economic growth possible thanks to open data? Can they become a tool for raising the country's investment appeal and improving the quality of national governance?

Moderator:

Vasily Pushkin, Deputy Head, Analytical Centre for the Government of the Russian Federation

Panellists:

Mikhail Abyzov, Minister of the Russian Federation

Ivan Begtin, Director, Informational Culture Non-Profit Partnership

Luda Bujoreanu, Senior Specialist, Information and Communications for Development, World Bank

Joel Gurin, President and Founder, Centre for Open Data Enterprise

Yevgeny Kozlov, Deputy Head, Administrative Department of the Mayor and Moscow Government, Curator of the “Open Data” project

Alla Morrison, Program Officer, World Bank Group Finances

Anastasia Pushkina, Head, Administrative Department, Analytical Centre for the Government of the Russian Federation

Nurali Rezvanov, Adviser to the Head, Analytical Centre for the Government of the Russian Federation

Oleg Fomichev, State Secretary – Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

Alexei Khersontsev, Director, Department of State Regulation of the Economy, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

Ekaterina Shapochka, Member, Russian Government Expert Council 

15:00 – 16:30

Hall No. 4

Stolypin Club meeting

RUSSIA AS A SOVEREIGN ECONOMY IN THE CONTEXT OF GLOBAL INSTABILITY: RESOURCES FOR GROWTH

The world economy has hit a rocky patch. China's economic slowdown has spurred panic on global capital markets and a sharp decline in the prices of Russia's key exports.

How can Russia develop an efficient economic policy for minimising the impact of large global economic fluctuations on the national economy? Is this goal achievable without resorting to an isolationist policy?

Is the Russian economic infrastructure efficient enough to face external challenges and withstand intensive competition in the global arena? Where can drivers for internal growth be found?

Moderator:

Alexei Bobrovsky, Anchor, Russia 24 TV Channel

Panellists:

Sergei Glazyev, Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation on Regional Economic Integration Affairs

Andrei Makarov, Chairman, State Duma Committee on Budget and Taxes 

Alexei Repik, President, All-Russia Business Association “Delovaya Rossiya”

Evgeny Tarlo, Member of the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation

Boris Titov, Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneurs’ Rights

Alexei Ulyukayev, Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

Supported by

Ministry of Agriculture of Russia, Krasnodar Territory

15:00 – 16:30

Hall No. 5

Case study

AGRICULTURE AND THE AGRO-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX. HAS IT BEEN A DIFFICULT YEAR OR A GOOD YEAR?

It has been a year since sanctions were introduced on the import of a substantial range of agricultural products from Europe and the United States. This happened against the background of a devaluation of the rouble that is potentially beneficial for Russian agricultural producers. The state is carrying out a programme to support the agrarian sector and is subsidizing agricultural producers’ loan repayments. What has the past year brought the industry?

What successful agricultural projects have been carried out during the past year? What has the effect of the rouble’s devaluation and the sanctions on the agrarian sector been? What regions have benefited? What additional steps are still needed?

Moderator:

Nikolai Lychev, Editor-in-Chief, Agroinvestor

:

Dmitry Vdovin, Director, Krasnodar Division, OJSC Rosselkhozbank

Alexander Drozdenko, Governor, Leningrad Region

Alexander Kaluzhskikh, CEO LLC Ovoshi Krasnodarskogo Kraya

Alexey Konovalov, Krasnodar regional association of agro-industrial complex “Teplicsy Kubani”

Andrei Korobka, Minister of Agriculture and Processing Industries, Krasnodar Krai

Sergey Korolev, President, Union of Vegetable Producers

Vladimir Kuznetsov, Deputy Chairman, “Agro-industrial Union of Kuban”

Maxim Protasov, Chairman, Managerial Board, Rusprodsoyuz Association of Food Producers and Suppliers

Sergey Serebryakov, Director, CJSC Petersbursky Traktorny Zavod (subsidiary of OJSC Kirovsky Zavod)

Dmitry Stepanenko, Minister of Food and Agriculture, Moscow Region

Alexander Tkachev, Minister of Agriculture, Russian Federation

Supported by

McKinsey

15:00 – 16:30

Hall No. 6

Brainstorming

HEALTHCARE INVESTMENT: THE ROLE OF BUSINESS IN THE SOCIAL SECTOR

The long-term goals of developing human capital development and improving living standards require new sources of investment in key areas of social policy, first and foremost the health sector. The Russian government's health expenditures planned for 2015 will amount to 3.7% of the country's GDP, whereas the global leaders in the health system efficiency ranking enjoy a much higher ratio. At the same time, the Russian healthcare system is facing the challenges of management reforms.

Can private investment in healthcare improve the quality of the services provided and help create a healthier nation? It is possible to develop cooperation between private and public healthcare institutions to maintain proper quality and availability of medical care? What legal initiatives are required to establish public-private partnerships in the health sector and what forms, along with concessions, can a PPP take? How common are PPPs in the health systems of other countries across the world?

Moderator:

Yulia Urozhayeva, Junior Partner, McKinsey

Panellists:

Alexander Abdin, Managing Partner, Euromed Group St Petersburg

Alexander Vinokurov, Managing Partner, Chaika Clinics

Galina Ganeyeva, Vice President, MasterCard Russia

Alexander Grot, President, Association of Private Multidisciplinary Clinics

Gennady Dyogtev, Head, Department for Competition Policy, Moscow City Government

Kirill Dmitriev, General Director, RDIF

Maria Konopitskaya, Deputy General Director, Administrative Directorate of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation

Lyudmila Panteleyeva, Head, Department for Work with Non-Commercial Organisations and Social Investments, Gazprombank Asset Management

Maxim Tkachenko, Executive Director, Centre for Development of Public-Private Partnership

Alexei Khripun, Head, Department of Healthcare, Moscow City Government

Mikhail Shamolin, President, AFK Sistema

Vladimir Yablonsky, President, Association of Social Development

Dmitry Yalov, Vice-Governor of Leningrad Region

First row experts:

Alexei Sitnin, Adviser to General Director, Administrative Directorate of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation

Supported by

Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI)

15:00 – 16:30

Hall No. 7

Panel discussion

USE OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT BY EXECUTIVE AUTHORITIES

This session will review the general issues of project management performed by executive authorities, successful regional cases in this area, and introduction of project management in the activities of executive authorities for implementing projects for improving the Russian investment climate.

Moderator:

Konstantin Noskov, Head, Analytical Centre for the Government of the Russian Federation

Panellists:

Andrei Badin, General Director, Proektnye Servisy

Alexander Drozdenko, Provisional Governor, Leningrad Region    

Alexander Kalinin, President, OPORA RUSSIA

Dmitry Kurochkin, Vice President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation

Alexander Nikitin, Acting Head of Administration of Tambov Region

Andrei Nikitin, General Director, Agency for Strategic Initiatives in Promoting New Projects

Alexander Parfilov, Partner, KPMG

Nikita Ponomarev, Partner, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants GmbH

Yevgeny Savchenko, Governor of Belgorod Region

Vladimir Yakushev, Governor of Tyumen Region

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