Master class on export prospects and market selection
When a company wishes to increase its exports, one of the first things it needs to do is identify promising destination countries. In order to do this, the company will ideally have an experienced team of marketing specialists, or have engaged the services of a marketing company. This approach to selecting a market enables the company in question to collect as much information as possible, which will aid them in making the correct decision. This will translate into reduced costs when planning an export project, maximized profits from shipments, and/or a quicker process when completing a deal. However, not every company is in a position to conduct market research. In these instances, an express evaluation can prove beneficial to companies which are looking to draw up a list of promising destination markets.
Cleaning Up the Country: Reforming the Waste Management Sector
Regulation in municipal solid waste management has recently undergone a major transition to a new model. Each region now has its own waste management plan and accompanying programme, and competitive processes were organized to select regional operators. These regional operators now serve as a one-stop shop for all matters related to waste disposal, closing illegal landfills, organizing sorting and recycling, and taking all remaining waste to disposal sites. Has the waste disposal industry become more effective and civilized? What challenges do regional and municipal governments face? What is the best way to start working with a regional operator, and how can the transition to the new regulation system be made with the minimum of disruption? Is it possible to attract investment in infrastructure? What needs to be done to ensure that every town and city in Russia no matter what size is clean, green, and pleasant to live in?
A Strategy for Coupling the Greater Eurasian Partnership With the Belt and Road Initiative: The Search for Solutions
This roundtable will focus on ways to build the Greater Eurasian Partnership and the strategic priorities of associated institutions. The potential to couple this partnership with the Belt and Road Initiative will be examined, with the view to achieving sustainable growth based on dialogue and partnership between Eurasias leading powers. Topics for discussion will include the following:
• Conceptual proposals for the development of the Greater Eurasian Partnership
• A collective scientific report on the strategy for establishing the Greater Eurasian Partnership and coupling it with the Belt and Road Initiative
• Prospects and issues related to collaboration between the Eurasian Economic Union and the Belt and Road Initiative as they pertain to Russia and China
• A range of reports on related key focal points and RussianChinese partnership
E-commerce is one of the fastest-growing segments in international trade. Russia has been no exception in this respect, with retail exports growing by 36% in 2018 compared to the previous year, reaching USD 746 million. The number of shipments from Russia in that period also grew to 11.2 million a 31% increase. A study by the international e commerce platform eBay and research company Data Insight claims that retail exports via online platforms have the potential to grow in value to USD 10 billion over the next few years.
The Russian Export Center is currently working with major players on the market to create the e-commerce infrastructure needed to promote Russian goods in numerous countries. It has meant that Russian producers now have the opportunity to sell their goods on e-commerce platforms in China, Europe, and the US.
Income from Waste: Making the Industry Attractive to Investors
Russia began to reform its household waste processing sector on 1 January 2019, with the aim of reducing the number of landfills, and making the market transparent and civilized. The Ecology national project sets out two key targets for this reform: increasing the percentage of processed waste from 12% to 60%, and recycled waste from 7% to 36% by 2024. In order to achieve this, there needs to be an overhaul of the way the waste management sector is financed. Public funds alone will not be sufficient to change the system private investment is also needed. Preliminary estimates put the amount of investment needed at RUB 200300 million. Long-term tariffs will be examined as a way of attracting this investment.
Regional Cooperation Between Russia and China. What Next?
This panel session is the concluding event of the RussiaChina Business Forum. What were the results of regional cooperation between the two countries in 20182019? What difficulties were encountered when entering the Chinese market? How should these be resolved? What government support measures are in place? What field of molecular medicine should be the focus for increasing bilateral cooperation? What initiatives need to be in place to ensure that participation in RussianChinese expos and conventions is a success? To what extent is China willing to expand opportunities for partnership? Experts from China and Russia will also put forward their practical recommendations.
The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed: On the Path to Sustainable Development through a Dialogue Between Government and Business
Sustainable development of territories is a major item on the agenda of states around the world and influencing the strategic priorities of their development. The environment, economy and social sector are also becoming key components. The concept of the balanced development of these components cannot be put into action without effective interaction between the government and business. Different industries take different paths in building such a dialogue. The faster a particular industry develops, the more adaptive the model of interaction between the state and business should be. The session will address the most effective patterns of interaction between the commercial and public sectors based on the example of the event industry as one of the most rapidly developing sectors in the world. What steps need to be taken to build the most effective model for the sustainable development of territories? Can the event industry become a component for such a concept? What does the industry expect from representatives of the federal and regional authorities? What joint actions are needed to attract major international events to the regions? What social and economic impact does the event industry have on the development of territories? What are the most effective formats for the government and business interaction in the event industry? What is the role of public institutions and organizations in these processes?
Presentation of the EY Growth Navigator programme for supporting fast-growing companies and entrepreneurs
EY will present its new EY Growth Navigator programme, which allows a significant rise in the effectiveness of the strategies of fast-growing companies and start-ups. The programme is based on the EY 7 Factors of Growth methodology founded on EYs 30 years of experience of working with the fastest-growing companies and market leaders. The results of studies of the entrepreneurship segment, examples of the best and most advanced practices and a demo-version of the EY Growth Navigator will be presented.
According to research carried out by leading consulting companies and data from the Leningrad Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a modern woman in a leadership position is well-educated (40% of women in this position have two or more degrees), has at least one child, does not neglect her family, and manages to find time for personal development and active leisure activities like sports and travel. Furthermore, 60% of women in leadership positions do not intend to rest on their laurels, choosing rather to seek further career growth.
The need always to be in touch and in the spotlight and a blurring of the boundaries between private and business life make up the realities of the world in which a woman must climb the ladder. Ambitious plans require that a woman in leadership possess not only outstanding business and emotional qualities but also the ability to skilfully juggle work, personal life, childrearing, and the acquisition of new skills and knowledge. The art of achieving this balance is in itself a special skill that every successful woman must have.
‒ Is the 24/7 operating mode an achievement or a problem?
‒ Is it actually a problem when a person is willing to erase the boundaries between private life and business, thus influencing the resulting circle of friends, values, etc.?
‒ Nowadays it is customary to plan ones future for years to come, but how can one combine this tendency with the principle of living here and now?
‒ Lifelong learning is almost an accepted standard. Where is the balance between self-development and business?
‒ How can one achieve a balance between internal and external life? How to reflect and understand oneself?
Legislative Regulation of the Waste Management Sector
In order to resolve issues related to the application of the law in the sector, legislators and implementing authorities will need to work together to draw up a range of proposals. Areas of focus will include improving tariff policy, as well as the critical environmental situation, which is deteriorating in the regions, and is an issue affecting society as a whole. What are the initial outcomes of the household waste management reform? What specific issues and factors have been encountered in the Russian regions in the process of reforming the system? Could regional operators provide an effective solution in reforming the waste disposal industry?
The best Russian and international practices and projects for the development of social entrepreneurship, education, technology, modern urban environment, and the promotion of the UNs Sustainable Development Goals will be presented at a working session of the permanent international Friends for Leadership group of young leaders created under the auspices of the Roscongress Foundation, which is involved in promoting multilateral projects for economic and humanitarian cooperation. Following this thematic session, a roadmap for the implementation of social entrepreneurship projects discussed at the session will be developed, and the Friends of Social Entrepreneurship international expert community, created for sharing best practices for the purpose of fostering further cooperation, will be launched.
The event will feature the Russian premiere of the new generation mobile network services. The companies will present partnership projects to prepare for the creation of 5G networks, which are critical for the development of the digital economy, and will also share plans for the New Digital Technologies joint venture.
The best Russian and international practices and projects for the development of social entrepreneurship, education, technology, modern urban environment, and the promotion of the UNs Sustainable Development Goals will be presented at a working session of the permanent international Friends for Leadership group of young leaders created under the auspices of the Roscongress Foundation, which is involved in promoting multilateral projects for economic and humanitarian cooperation. Following this thematic session, a roadmap for the implementation of new technological projects discussed at the session will be developed, and the Friends of Technologies, created for sharing best practices for the purpose of fostering further cooperation, will be launched.