The Regional Best Practices project aims to collect, exchange, and implement proven and effective best practices. The practices themselves are simple measures that can easily be implemented in new regions.
We are bringing together global best practices to shine a light on how people are fighting the pandemic and supporting economies around the world, including through state support, local measures, business initiatives, and citizens’ initiatives.
Russia and USA. Bridging entrepreneurial communities and cultures
Reaching across the oceans and beyond digital clouds: the future of business travel between US and Russia. What is American and Russian experiences of market entry? How to navigate divergent business environments, and deal with regulators and other stake-holders? The changing role of personal contacts (business forums, road shows and trade missions) and business diplomacy at the time of the digital revolution?
P-20: how can Russia join the list of attractive countries for investment?
Investment in advanced scientific research and pharmaceutical manufacturing could create an important stimulus for the development of the Russian economy. Worldwide, pharmaceutical companies are investing around USD 140 billion in R&D annually. In order to join the list of countries considered to be attractive from an investment point of view by the pharmaceutical industry (the Biopharmaceutical Competitiveness and Investment Survey), the following criteria must be fulfilled: a stable economy, favourable legislation and tax regulations, a high concentration of intellectual resources, a good medical and pharmaceutical education system, and a highly productive workforce. To date, Russia has yet to be ranked among the top 20 in the survey. What measures can be taken to enable Russia to join the list of the most attractive countries for pharmaceutical investment? How can the priorities of Russias Scientific and Technological Development Strategy be realized in the areas of high-tech healthcare and pharmaceuticals? What barriers need to be overcome in state regulation of the pharmaceuticals market in order to expand access to medicines and increase investment attractiveness? How can more effective outcomes from scientific research in Russia be achieved?
The digital economy. The mobile economy. The information economy
This time the traditional Saturday IT Breakfast will be dedicated to the topic of developing the Russian digital economy, its mobile components, and the economy of data. Representatives of several industries (Internet, software development, telecoms, media, IT) and the government will share their experience of collaboration and discuss worldwide and Russian digital transformation trends and digital economy development forecasts. They will also talk over the influence of the mobile economy/technology/services on the digital economy and traditional sectors of the Russian economy, including the results of the Russian Mobile Economy survey and the mobile components contribution to the Russian economy. What areas of digitalization can develop at an accelerated pace in Russia? Let us try and dip into the future, into tomorrow and, more importantly, the day after tomorrow. What is the potential for the economy of data? Is it capable of becoming new blood for the Russian economy? What hidden reserves does the mobile economy offer? What should we focus on in the first place in order to ensure a successful digital transformation of the Russian economy?
The future being born today: integration and infrastructure projects in Eurasia
In line with the Development Strategy of the Russian Federation, academics, politicians, and entrepreneurs are currently examining various large-scale projects designed to effectively confront critical social, economic, and political challenges, and to neutralize geopolitical threats. The process of selecting projects like these is inevitably accompanied by a degree of uncertainty, and the scale involved requires a realistic evaluation of effort, expenditure, resources, and rate of return. As far as Russia is concerned, against a backdrop of increasing integration within the Eurasian space and the development of Asia-Pacific economic cooperation, such projects could include data centres and road infrastructure in the countrys Asian territories, driverless vehicles, automated production management systems, and much more. Does Russia have the leadership potential required to launch major infrastructure projects in the Eurasian region? What would the consequences of this shift in development strategy be for the country and for the Eurasian Union? How should infrastructure projects be selected and assessed in terms of their worth to the economy of the entire Eurasian region?
The transition to a new technological reality will lead to the formation of entirely new high-tech markets over the next 10 or 20 years, offering customers advanced technology solutions and brand new products and services. In light of this, the worlds leading economies, including Russia, are actively developing targeted support and publicprivate partnership programmes aimed at promoting the high-tech industries and markets of the future. How do we ensure the efficiency of these programmes and where is the line between essential support and excessive restriction in state regulation? How do we find a balance between introducing new business models and ensuring the stability of the traditional economy? How do we find ways for Russian tech companies to participate in the formation of new markets?
In his annual address to the Federal Assembly on December 1, 2016, the President of the Russian Federation set representatives the task of ensuring that a uniformly high-quality business environment was established in all of Russias regions. This discussion will focus on problems encountered by Russian and foreign investors in Russias regions, factors influencing decisions about investment in Russias regions, and weak spots in development and possible ways to improve them. Plans for the session include a review of the results of a mystery shopper assessment by the non-profit organization Leaders Club of the quality of regional institutions work in attracting investment and supporting business, as well as of the state of existing development zones (industrial parks, business incubators, etc.). What are the problems encountered by investors in Russias regions? What proposals are entrepreneurs able to offer for improving regional infrastructure to better support business?
Co-production in European film has become a standard operating plan, while Hollywood has long since moved beyond the borders of Los Angeles, and global blockbusters are made in Europe, Latin America, and China, and released worldwide. The major studios are actively looking not just for new markets but also for ground-breaking stories, and despite an underdeveloped infrastructure, Russia could become a supplier of new content. How is Russia currently positioned in global cinema, and what should be done to establish Russia as a fully-fledged partner with leading film producers? Can Russia become a global supplier of new ideas and quality content within established formats? How are new sales channels for film content impacting the film industry?
Russia–Sweden: investment and innovation as key sources of mutual growth
Economic cooperation between Russia and Sweden dates back many decades, and Sweden is now one of the biggest investors in Russia, with investment totalling approximately USD 15 billion. Around 400 Swedish companies operate in Russia, representing the full spectrum of industry. What measures are essential to support and accelerate the development of industrial, business, and financial cooperation between Russia and Sweden? What measures can the national government and regional authorities enact to further encourage Swedish companies to specifically target investment in Russias innovation sector?
For the remainder of the twenty-first century, the fastest growing consumer group in the world is projected to be people over the age of 60. This demographic age-quake will impact the way we design products, organize shops, and hire and train service personnel. How should consumer goods groups and other sectors adjust strategies to this demographic shift? What steps should be taken to recognize the diversity in ageing populations and how should governments prepare to service the elderly?
Is it possible to develop safe digital infrastructure in an age of global cyberthreats?
Offences committed in the global information space affect a wide range of interests, have no physical boundaries, and pose a general threat. Terrorist and extremist crimes where cyber tools play a role are becoming more frequent. How can we ensure the safety of information space? What is required for building a robust cybersecurity infrastructure?
The meetings industry as a driver of economic development
International experience shows that for a country to achieve its economic development goals, increase inward investment, boost its image from a social and tourism perspective, and become more competitive, it needs an effective marketing strategy. This strategy should be targeted at both the domestic and international markets, and support a comprehensive solution to these challenges, and one of the most effective tools for promoting and positioning a region globally is engaging industry. However, Russias share of the global international business event market is less than 1%. Can Russia become a leader in the global meetings industry and what needs to be done to support the effective development of the meetings industry in Russia? Which successful international events should serve as an example for marketing regions and Russia as a whole? What role should the government play in developing the event industry in Russia? What multiplier effect can organizing events have on local development?
Twilight of the antibiotics era: a new challenge for humanity
Since the discovery of penicillin in 1928, antibiotics have saved hundreds of millions of lives yet we take them for granted. Today, antibiotic-resistant infections kill up to 100,000 patients in American hospitals annually, 80,000 in China, and 25,000 in Europe and by 2050, infections that cannot be treated with antibiotics are projected to kill up to 10 million people globally every year more than cancer. The fact that many bacteria have adapted to treatments is the result of the uncontrolled use of antibiotics to treat the common cold, as well as their use in the manufacture of cosmetics, farming products, and supposed preventative measures, while many pharmaceutical companies are unwilling to invest in developing new generations of antibiotics, citing low rates of return. What must be done to counter this new threat, and could viruses be instrumental in the battle against bacteria? Do new kinds of infection and antibiotic resistance pose a real risk to the average person? What should the state do to encourage the pharmaceutical industry to produce new generations of antibiotics? How can the use of antibiotics be brought under control? What further steps should be taken to prevent the spread of infectious diseases?
New opportunities in the transformation of the global automotive market
Changing consumer preferences and technological innovations promise to reshape the structure of the Russian automotive market. Future demand is to be driven by vehicles with fundamentally new features, such as electric powertrains, self-driving technologies, and network capabilities. Changes in the global automotive markets are projected to shift where profits are captured to the benefit of manufacturers of high-tech components and systems, spurring the spread of advanced technology as well as the emergence of new models of competition and cooperation. How might the technological changes facing the automobile sector drive new models of collaboration amongst established players? What product features and innovations are likely to require consortia partnerships, and who are the main players likely to shape the Russian automotive sector? What role, if any, should the government play in helping the sector adjust to the new environment, and what is the prognosis for Russian automotive sector over the medium term?
The market is already offering out-of-the-box solutions for immediate implementation of augmented reality in business applications ranging from healthcare, space, manufacturing, and logistics to education and behavioural modelling. It is projected that augmented reality will generate USD 120 billion in purchases by 2020, changing the entire experience of retail and how customers engage with products. In the US, retailers have already found that 61% of responding shoppers prefer to shop at stores that offer augmented reality. How are big consumer and luxury brands pioneering augmented reality advertising strategies? And how will this change expectations and demands for retailers all over the world?
Effective technology transfer: a reserve of economic growth
Successful implementation of Russias Science and Technology Development Strategy requires overcoming a number of problems: improving the return on investment in research and development and enhancing collaboration between the research and development sector and the real sector of the economy. Resolving these problems requires the involvement of research and training institutions and industrial companies, as well as improving the effectiveness of technology transfer from the realm of research to implementation in industry.
How are these problems viewed by the various players in the technology transfer market research and training institutions, industrial companies, and development institutions? What is needed in order to achieve an improved return on investments in research and development, and enhanced collaboration between the research sector and the real sector of the economy? How can we create an ongoing space for interaction among all those involved in technology transfer?
New trends in sports broadcasting: a social transformation
Sport, television and society are closely linked and catalyze each others growth. A nation with a strong sporting culture always has a powerful broadcasting industry with big revenues. But sport can only stay relevant through constant evolution; can television lend a hand? Are growing broadcast rights fees good or bad for sports and television? How is the sports landscape changing to accommodate broadcasting requirements and how is television adapting to new sports trends? How much impact do athletes successes and failures actually have on TV ratings? Should policymakers place their bets on elite sport or junior sport to develop the Russian sports industry and improve public health?
The digitalization of critical infrastructure and strategic consortia
To manage complex processes like the digitalization of the economy, a special kind of organization is required. One method is to form consortia made up of suppliers of technological solutions, consumers of these solutions, and a state regulator. A key task of these project-oriented consortia is to reduce the current lag between research and development, incorporating technological innovations into finished products, and launching products globally. What potential is there for setting up strategic consortia in Russia today? How can they be integrated into international research networks, international digital economy regulatory systems, and the Internet? How can we balance the participation of business and the state in shaping the priorities of investment policy in the technological sector?