The IT industry's new realities: export possibilities and the appeal of the domestic market
The IT industry has faced various changes this year, primarily affecting the political and economic environment. It Is no secret that changes bring about not only challenges, but new possibilities as well. Owners and top managers of the largest IT/internet companies and representatives of government and development institutions will discuss how working conditions in the global market have changed, what strategies are relevant in the new climate, what steps can be taken to support exporters and increase the attractiveness of the domestic market to international players, and whether it is possible to increase demand for open source software.
Given that Russias pharmaceutical market is expected to grow by 9% towards 2017, reaching an estimated RUB 823.629 billion (USD 17.6 billion at the exchange rate from Q4 2014), Russia is a promising country for investment. This will encourage both the innovative growth of the pharmaceutical industry and the qualitative improvement of medicinal provisions for Russian patients. What are the prospects for Russias pharmaceutical market under these current conditions? How can available reserves from the partnerships between the government and the pharmaceutical industry be used to solve problems for the provision of healthcare and medicines? How can new opportunities be grasped? What stimuli will help achieve the planned targets of government programmes in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and medical industries? What influence do the regional integration processes in the EAEU have on Russias pharmaceutical market?
Development of the industrial design and country branding as key factors for the economics growth
As increasing competition of domestic and foreign markets results in heightened interest in branding and design, strong recognized brand becomes the key factor of the competitiveness. Recently, industrial and country branding have been widely discussed. What are the key trends in this industry in Russia and abroad? Can branding become the key driver for the development of the whole industry? Can brand seriously influence the image of the city, region or country? How premium can the price be for a quality brand and is it justified?
Access granted: participation by small and medium-sized businesses in procurement procedures of infrastructure monopolies and state-owned companies
Ensuring stable demand for the products and services of small- and medium-sized businesses is one of the key drivers for the Russian economy. The government has recently adopted a wide range of documents and measures that aim to facilitate access for small- and medium-sized businesses to government procurements. Starting in July 2015, it will become mandatory for state-owned companies to allocate quotas on orders for the goods and services of small- and medium-sized businesses. According to the business community and also according to the results of on-the-ground spot checks carried out by the Leaders Club, one of the success factors is the establishment of a single electronic trading platform. How should it function? How should the interests of all parties both government customers and small- and medium-sized businesses be respected? What barriers in general prevent small- and medium-sized businesses from getting wider access to orders by state-owned companies?
Hyper-speed change in the film industry – does anyone have a strategy?
The growing importance and financial clout of streaming movie distribution is just one of the latest examples of technology-based disruption impacting the sector. With traditional models in production, distribution, and viewer preference all being challenged due to technological changes, how should the film industry respond? What is the strategic vision for the sector for the next ten years?
An effective approach to employee immigration can have a major impact on global labour markets and is an important element to maintaining competitiveness. While immigrants can satisfy shortfalls in manpower, without the correct benchmark qualifications this influx can create labour market imbalances. At the same time, competition for highly qualified specialists is heating up. What policy measures can be instituted to strengthen individual labour markets? What approaches can be taken to attract skilled workers to an economy?
Russia’s housing and utilities sector: stimulating public-private partnerships
Over the past decade Russia has grown into Europes largest property market, with investment surging to US$8bn annually. Foreign capital makes up about 35% of total sector investment, with two-thirds of money going into office properties and the remaining going into residential, shopping malls and sports facilities projects. The Government has introduced a number of policy measures to stimulate growth in the sector, including new public-private partnership schemes. What other measures are needed to stimulate the inflow of private investment in the housing and utilities sectors? What are the best ways to enhance returns for foreign investors and which PPP models are demonstrating the strongest results?
Unlocking the potential growth of the knowledge economy
Better utilizing human capital potential and instilling value-added, knowledge-based production are critical elements to creating a sustainable economy and a prosperous contemporary society. What is Russias natural position in the global knowledge economy and how can it expand upon this potential? What policy measures should Russia put in place to stimulate knowledge-based growth over the medium and long terms?
Transcendence of entrepreneurial culture: learning from success
Although entrepreneurs in Europe and Russia face different sets of challenges, their aspirations to foster economic growth and innovation remain the same. Building upon research of the World Economic Forum and the Global Agenda Council project on Russia, this interactive workshop will bring participants from Europe and Russia together to explore ideas and best practices in developing entrepreneurial ecosystems. What are the key bottlenecks for fostering entrepreneurship in Russia? What should be governments role in promoting a culture of entrepreneurship, and how can Russia best adopt a growth model powered by entrepreneurs and driven by a culture of innovation?
Regional development strategy: relying on competitiveness
It is the goal of many countries to create an innovative society and achieve economic competitiveness. Are high living standards a prerequisite for the development of innovations, or are they irrelevant, with other factors coming to the fore? How can a system be built for the strategic development of the country and its regions, taking these two points of view into consideration? How can the interests of business, the public, and the authorities be balanced? How and by what means can economic growth be ensured? Do todays political conditions promote or impede the attainment of these strategic goals?