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Eastern Economic Forum
Opportunities for the Far East in a World under Transformation
Opportunities for the Far East in a World under Transformation
2–4 September 2021
Vladivostok, Russia
List of sessions
Недолларовая модель интеграции мировой экономики: наднациональная валюта и новая система международных расчетов как драйвер развития региональной и глобальной торговли
2 September 2021 10:00
Dollar-Free Model of the World Economy Integration: Supranational Currency and a New System of International Transactions as a Driver for the Regional and Global Trade Development
In today's multipolar world, there are many different processes of gradual and deep integration of individual national economies into the global system of production and trade in goods and services. However, with the development of multi-polar integration processes in the world economy, one can clearly notice the increasing challenges of the dollar-centric financial system that emerged in the second half of the twentieth century. In addition to the fundamental economic disadvantage of the existing financial system for developing countries, there are other problems: the dependence of national monetary systems on external factors, the greater vulnerability to a potential crisis in the US economy, the inability to ensure confidentiality of international payments, the use of the reserve currency and its infrastructure (SWIFT) as a leverage in political issues, as well as unjustified transaction costs. A number of government officials, economists and experts in world trade suggest reconsidering the principles of regulation and ownership of the universal exchange equivalent and exploring the transition from the US national currency as the basis of world trade to fundamentally new supranational money, which would be managed by the widest range of states on the basis of partnership.
Генеральная уборка планеты. Экономика замкнутого цикла
2 September 2021 10:00
Cleaning up the Planet: The Circular Economy
The circular economy not only mitigates environmental damage but also stimulates economic growth by creating a new recycling sector, reducing production costs, lowering price risks, attracting investment, and increasing real disposable household income. This kind of economic model creates jobs and drives innovation. What’s more, countries in Europe and the Asia-Pacific Region have already resorted to a planned economy, having implemented the relevant directives and general plans, along with the national legislation which underpins them. What are the opportunities in the Far East and Arctic regions for recycling household rubbish? What support measures need to be taken to develop manufacturing using waste materials?
Туризм: новая эра гостеприимства
2 September 2021 10:00
Tourism: A New Era of Hospitality
Tourism is transforming in Russia and becoming a major sector of the economy that is attractive to a broad range of investors. By developing tourism, we are improving transport accessibility within and between regions, creating stylish and modern urban spaces, and opening the unique nature of our country as well as its cultural and gastronomic diversity to Russians and foreigners. How is the construction of modern hotels setting a new standard of quality? What prospects exist for improving the system of connectivity between the regions and places of interest, including small-scale aviation in tourism and the integration of waterways and railway routes? What are the prospects for the concept that has been prepared to develop cruise tourism in Russia, including cruises in the regions of the Far East, as well as to further expand Arctic routes? How can we safely and fully resume international tourism with a focus on the Asia-Pacific partnership?
Повышение отдачи от нефти и газа для россиян
2 September 2021 10:00
Increasing Russia’s Return on Gas and Oil
For the Russian Federation and the Far East in particular, hydrocarbons are a strategic resource for development and will remain so in the coming decades. Gas boasts hugely important competitive advantages as an energy resource: it is the cleanest fossil fuel, large and accessible gas reserves are available and, most importantly, the technologies for the extraction, transportation and storage of gas have already been developed. The gas sector is highly profitable, while the proximity of the Far East to the rapidly developing markets of the Asia-Pacific nations and the region’s significant resource potential point to the possibility of accelerated development for export-oriented projects. High added value must be achieved in gas and hydrocarbon production, including production integrated with oil refineries, in order to maximize gross regional product (GRP) and tax revenues. At the same time, the domestic needs of the regions must not be forgotten. Levels of gasification in the Far East are almost three times lower than the national average, while two thirds of thermal power stations in the Far Eastern Federal District still run on coal. Connecting industrial and residential facilities to gas will drive economic development, create new jobs, increase incomes and reduce air pollution caused by emissions from the combustion of coal and fuel oil. The gasification of the Far East should take into account the fuel and energy mix of each specific region. In some areas proximity to the trunk infrastructure will make efficient pipeline gasification possible, while in others the best option will be independent gasification. In some cases, a large industrial enterprise serving as an anchor consumer will be required in order to make gasification economically feasible. How can the implementation of export-oriented projects be prioritized and what should the areas of focus be? How can capital expenditure on the maintenance and development of the gas pipeline system be reduced? Are the state support measures already in place sufficient for the effective development of gasification in the regions of the Far Eastern Federal District? What conditions must be in place in order to develop petrochemical plants, including those that are integrated with oil refineries? What else needs to be done in order to accelerate the development of mini LNG projects? Should the issue of decarbonization be taken into account when implementing gasification in the Far Eastern Federal District?
Агрокомплекс Дальнего Востока: двигатель роста или упущенная возможность?
2 September 2021 10:00
The Far Eastern Agricultural Complex: A Driver of Growth or a Missed Opportunity?
The advantages of the agricultural sector in the Far Eastern Federal District include the accessibility of a significant land bank and proximity to sales markets in East and Southeast Asia. Agro-industrial products are one of the most important commodities for the Far Eastern Federal District in terms of production and export. In 2020, the Far East accounted for 3.4% of all agro-industrial products manufactured in Russia. In order to achieve the goal of increasing export volumes to USD 45 billion by 2024, as well as reducing dependence on food imports across the Far Eastern Federal District, the agricultural land bank must remain active as efficiently as possible. How can new potential agricultural land be brought into circulation? How can export barriers be removed, allowing the industry to achieve the necessary export targets? What are the potential solutions to issues of transportation, storage and transshipment of agricultural products? What products are expected to see demand from domestic and foreign markets? What conditions need to be created in the Far East in order to attract investors and trading partners from the Asia-Pacific region? How can effective sales channels for Far Eastern products be created in Asia-Pacific markets?
Малый бизнес в городской экономике Дальнего Востока
2 September 2021 10:00
Small Businesses in the Urban Economy of the Far East
It is not just entrepreneurs who are interested in small business development in the Far East – the state shares this concern as well. Small and medium businesses are the lifeblood of the urban economy; they generate added value, bring in tax revenue and create jobs. Developing SMEs is a major step towards achieving many of the region’s socio-economic development goals. Analysing the situation in the Far East provides an insight into the unique and most pressing challenges faced by small businesses on a daily basis. Such challenges must be addressed to ensure economic development and foster entrepreneurial spirit in the region. What are the main problems when running a small business in the Far East and how do entrepreneurs see them being resolved? Given the uniqueness of running a small business in the Far East and the peculiarities of developing SMEs in the northern territories and the Arctic, what are some specific solutions to the problems outlined? What is the most effective way of stimulating SME development in cities, and where are the most promising markets located? Could access to the Asia-Pacific Region solve the problem of insufficient demand?
Вызовы и перспективы российского рынка труда
2 September 2021 10:00
Challenges and Prospects for the Russian Labour Market
Although new investment projects are under way and a range of traditional industries are undergoing development, there remains a lack of qualified personnel. This is a particularly pressing issue in the Far Eastern Federal District and Arctic. Russia is experiencing an acute shortage of workers in several industries, particularly in construction, resource extraction, and agriculture. It is therefore essential to build a cutting-edge training system which is focused on the needs of individual industries and prospective investment projects. Migrant workers should also be included in the scheme. The issue is that there is currently no adequate analysis and forecasting system in place for the labour market. Such a system would need to factor in all development initiatives, be they at an industry, regional, national, or other level. An effective forecasting and analysis system would provide an understanding of the kind of workers, qualifications and skills needed, both for major individual investment projects and entire industries. What are the steps to building an effective national labour market forecasting system? What needs to be done to make jobs more attractive to local workers? What measures need to be taken to build a personnel training system that is tailored to the needs of major investment projects and specific industries? What can be done to attract highly qualified migrant workers?
Глобальные вызовы и возможности для Дальнего Востока и Арктики
2 September 2021 10:00
Great Challenges and Opportunities for the Far East and Arctic
The changes to the global economy and geopolitics brought about by the first year of the pandemic have had significant implications for development in the Far East and Arctic region, as well as global economic integration with the region — most importantly is the sharp increase in constraints on globalization. International cooperation, trade and investment are now being conducted under different political and economic conditions from when Russia began its turn towards Asia. These changes have had both positive and negative impacts in terms of implementing Russia’s stated policy goals for the region. The scale of continental trade and integration with Eurasia is increasing and digitalization is experiencing a real boom, while on the other hand new non-tariff barriers are being introduced and international mobility has decreased by an order of magnitude. A serious discussion about the practical issues affecting the region’s development is clearly impossible without taking global and regional factors into account. The key advantages of the Far East and Arctic at present are the high levels of integration into established global transport and logistics systems, an openness to the development of new green technologies and the unique investment climate fostered by the Russian government in recent years. The Far East and Arctic are open to prospective partners, and these regions are far from areas of international instability. The aim of the session is to identify the most important new external factors that need to be considered during the current stage of development of the Far East and Arctic region.
Бизнес-диалог «Россия – АСЕАН»
2 September 2021 10:00
Russia–ASEAN Business Dialogue
Full-scale collaboration with ASEAN member states is one of Russia’s foreign policy priorities. This year marks two important anniversaries in the history of cooperation between Russia and ASEAN – 30 years of relations, and 25 years of full-scale dialogue-based partnership. And 2022 is set to be declared the Russia–ASEAN Year of Cooperation in Science and Technology. This initiative by the Russia–ASEAN Business Council will shine the spotlight on science, technology and innovation – areas of keen mutual interest. The sustainable exploitation of natural resources, an unmatched business environment in the Far East, and substantial experience of working successfully with international partners are all factors which offer great prospects for joint ventures. Areas of potential cooperation include energy, agriculture, timber, tourism, the Northern Sea Route, and investment- and tech-related collaboration via the Russky Centre of Scientific and Technological Innovation in Primorye Territory. Continued promotion of the Greater Eurasian Partnership is another key area. Through strengthening regional relations, the initiative will facilitate cooperation in trade, economics, and investment between nations of the EAEU, ASEAN and the SCO, and help the populations of member states to enjoy greater prosperity. What has been achieved over the long period of cooperation in trade, economics, and investment between Russia and ASEAN? What problems and barriers are hindering deeper economic cooperation between Russia and ASEAN’s 10 member states? What are the prospects for cooperation in science and technology? What can be done to boost non-commodity trade between regions of the Far Eastern Federal District and ASEAN member states? To what degree does the Greater Eurasian Partnership dovetail with ongoing dialogue between Russia and ASEAN, and what opportunities might this initiative offer to business?
Беспилотные логистические коридоры: Россия строит цифровой мост между Азией и Европой
2 September 2021 12:30
Unmanned Logistics Corridors: Russia is Building a Digital Bridge Between Asia and Europe
Russia has set a key strategic goal for transport and logistics development in order to increase cargo transit between Asia and Europe tenfold by 2030. To realize this objective, the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation is implementing a project to create unmanned logistics corridors with a digital infrastructure that will ensure the safe movement of autonomous trucks for all global vehicle manufacturers. The starting point will be the M-11 Neva, the world's first motorway that will be populated by unmanned lorries by 2024. The proven solutions will then be scaled to the Central Ring Road, the M-12 road from Moscow to Yekaterinburg, which is currently under construction, and approximately 20,000 kilometres of federal highways. With this approach, Russia will gradually build a digital bridge between Asia and Europe. Which companies will be the first participants in the Europe and Asia project, and when can we expect unmanned trucks to transport goods from Asia to Europe and back? What steps has Russia already taken to create the world's first transit corridors for autonomous road transport?
Здоровый город – здоровый человек
2 September 2021 12:30
Healthy City, Healthy People
Today, a modern healthy city is one that combines a balance of environmental, social, and economic development interests, including parks and green areas that act as points of attraction for residents. These new public spaces can become both centres for healthy activity and places for social activity. How do we create a positive image of a city and encourage residents to play sports outdoors? Can foreign experience in transforming areas into green spaces generate ideas for greening the cities of the Far East? What infrastructure from park zones is optimal for the cities in the Far Eastern Federal District?
Бизнес-диалог «Россия – Китай»
2 September 2021 12:30
Russia–China Business Dialogue
As restrictions were imposed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, so trade and economic cooperation between all nations suffered, including Russia and China. In 2020, trade between the two nations was valued at USD 107.77 billion — a 2.9% decrease compared to the same period the year before. At the same time, however, trade between China and the Far Eastern Federal District was valued at USD 10.8 billion — a 3.3% increase compared to the same period the year before. Even during a pandemic, the foundation built over many years of partnership between the Russian Far East and China meant that a positive trend in cooperation was maintained. Clearly, the potential exists to achieve a great deal more, and new approaches need to be developed accordingly in the new reality. The objective is to turn intentions into tangible results. What industries are becoming increasingly important in terms of investment-related cooperation in the Far Eastern Federal District? Which projects have been designated as priorities, and which require more attention? What steps need to be taken to bring the value of trade between the Russian Far East and China to USD 15 billion by the next meeting of the Russian-Chinese Interparliamentary Committee for Cooperation and the Development of the Far East and Baikal Region of Russia and Northeast China?
Молодые и умные: города будущего на Дальнем Востоке
2 September 2021 12:30
Young and Smart: The City of the Future in the Far East
Building agglomerations on the basis of existing and new cities is a popular global trend and an effective new tool for the economic and social development of cities. Despite its relatively small population, the Far East has all the prerequisites for the scaling up of its cities and regions. Projects driving the integrated development of a number of territories are currently being developed in several Far Eastern regions. It is hoped that integration processes will facilitate the more effective use of the Far East’s natural advantages, infrastructure, human capital and financial resources, and will provide an additional incentive for business development through the expansion of the services market and the creation of new niches. How can a spatial development strategy for cities in the Far East be implemented? Why are masterplans necessary and how are smart cities created? Will high-quality architecture improve living standards in the Far East?
2 September 2021 12:30
Healthy Ambitions: Presentation of Landmark Projects in the Far East
The Far East is a vast region. As well as having a harsh climate, many areas are located far from Russia’s major population centres. However, the region also boasts a wealth of natural resources, and enjoys proximity to the fast-growing market of the Asia-Pacific region. As a result, the region possesses enormous potential that is still to be fully realized. The last 18 months have seen a marked drop in passenger and cargo traffic, as well as disruption to global supply chains. Consequently, there has been a palpable shift in the global economic and geopolitical landscape. Periods of turbulence, however, invariably bring with them great opportunities and great change. For the Russian Far East, this period could also serve as a springboard for future success in the new reality. The country’s leadership has stated that the development of the Far East is to be a national priority for the entire 21st century. Accordingly, it has paid close attention to the region, together with the Arctic. This fact, together with a focus on advanced economic development and the creation of comfortable living conditions for the population, mean that the region’s potential for intensive growth is continuing to increase. The region enjoys proximity to the major sales markets of Japan, China, South Korea and other countries of the fast-growing Asia Pacific region. In addition, work to develop the Northern Sea Route continues apace. These factors are helping to support and scale up successful initiatives aimed at boosting the region’s export potential. At the same time, it is crucial to remember that the quality of work done to develop projects, as well as adherence to time frames, can have a bearing on their success for decades to come. In light of this, two ambitious landmark megaprojects in the region deserve special attention – the construction of a tidal power plant at Kamchatka’s Penzhin Bay (together with the development of green hydrogen at the plant), and the creation of a hydrogen cluster on Sakhalin. Is the region’s hydrogen agenda a utopian fantasy, or does it represent a genuine opportunity to attain a new status and level of development? What economic benefits will these megaprojects bring to the country? To what degree is Russia prepared to implement these megaprojects and unlock the region’s development potential in the period to 2030? Who are the main consumers of new forms of energy? And what impact will they have on the geopolitical situation in the Asia-Pacific region?
ИнвестКвоты 2.0: путь к интенсивному развитию
2 September 2021 12:30
Investment Quotas 2.0: The Route to Intensive Development
The fishing investment quota mechanism was first put in place five years ago and since then, investment by Russian fishing companies has increased almost fivefold. To date, 24 new fish processing plants have either been built or are under construction in the Russian Far East and Arctic, along with 85 new fishing and crab-catching vessels. At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic has posed new challenges to Russian fishers and further highlighted a long-standing issue – that of inadequate infrastructure. What metrics demonstrate that the investment quotas are effective at facilitating growth in the fishing industry? What have been the biggest challenges that fishing companies have faced with regards investment quotas, and what changes need to be made? What should be the main area of focus when expanding investment quotas? Would it be more effective for the government and industry to concentrate on processing marine bio-resources at sea or on land? What should be prioritized in the coming years in terms of developing logistics for the fishing sector?