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The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

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Eastern Economic Forum
5–8 September 2022
Vladivostok, Russia
List of sessions
Продвижение российского ПО: возможности внутреннего рынка и перспективы экспорта
6 September 2022 10:00
Promoting Russian Software: Opportunities in the Domestic Market and Export Possibilities
Over the past six months, the Russian IT industry has undergone some radical changes. Many companies had to alter their business models entirely to adjust to the new conditions. However, after the departure of multiple Western businesses Russian companies have a wide array of opportunities, both in terms of internal promotion of local IT solutions, and in terms of fulfilling the export potential. Government, as well as private business will need to invest significantly in the country’s new IT infrastructure. Their efforts will facilitate the emergence of dozens and hundreds new products and technologies. Have all companies been able to adapt to these changes? What new opportunities for domestic promotion have arisen under the new realities? Are Russian companies, which traditionally supply their solutions to the Russian market, ready to expand their business abroad? What opportunities are there to promote Russian IT products in the APR countries? How can the government help IT companies in the current environment? How can export of IT solutions be supported? What Russian developments will be in demand for an orderly build-up of cooperation with partners from these countries?
Школа будущего. Где, как и чему мы учим наших детей?
6 September 2022 10:00
Schools of the Future. Where, How and What Will We Teach Our Children?
Based on instructions from the Russian president, 1,300 new modern schools are set to open in Russia by 2024, which could radically change the state of educational infrastructure in the country and eliminate second shifts. The plan is to attract RUB 800 billion in private funds from Russian credit institutions for the RUB 400 billion that the government is investing in the programme. However, when implementing projects to build modern schools in the Far Eastern Federal District, some difficulties have arisen: most of the regions are subsidized, which has led to problems in co-funding the construction of educational institutions. The current standards and price estimates do not take into account the conditions and peculiarities of the Far East, which affects the quality of projects and the level of architectural solutions for schools, and diminishes the educational potential of the new facilities. A unified catalogue is needed, i.e., a register of solutions for educational institutions that is adapted for the Far Eastern Federal District and will optimize costs and design time. An increase in housing construction will exacerbate the need for modern social infrastructure and the search for a systematic solution by the government, investors, developers, and the parties involved to structure concession agreements in an effort to create new schools in the Far East.
Сила территории: пространственные данные как ключ к развитию
6 September 2022 10:00
The Power of Territory: Spatial Data as a Key to Development
The Far Eastern Federal District occupies 41% of the total area of Russia and unites regions with unique nature and some of the largest reserves of resources. The Far East Development Programme is a priority on a national scale. Developing the spatial, resource, urban planning, and tourism potential of the Far East requires managerial decisions based on complete and accurate spatial data. A single digital platform called the National Spatial Data System (NSDS) is being created to implement the socioeconomic development initiatives that have been set for the period until 2030. A pilot project to create the single digital platform is being successfully implemented in 20 regions of Russia, including the regions of the Far East, namely the Republic of Buryatia, Primorsky Territory, Khabarovsk Territory, and the Amur and Sakhalin Regions. Creating this resource boosts the efficiency of land use, allows for a more comprehensive approach to issues such as territorial planning, spatial development, and the design and construction of real estate, and also contributes to Russia’s import substitution strategy. How can users be provided with access to open and up-to-date spatial data, while also increasing the capitalization of the country? What digital services do people and businesses need for land and real estate? How can we attract investors to regions that are far from the centre of the country and hard-to-reach territories? What opportunities will the NSDS create for residents of and investors in the Far East?
Как победить в технологическом развитии?
6 September 2022 10:00
Winning in Technological Development
With access cut off to international licenses, technologies, and equipment, Russia now faces the challenge of creating high-tech solutions within the country. Experts estimate that almost 30% of the advanced technologies used in Russia are still acquired from abroad. Russia must now develop the solutions it needs to meet demand and introduce them in this new economic environment. What key technologies need to be created on the domestic market, and when would it make the most sense to integrate them into the available external technological chains? What role do government procurements play in the development of the high-tech market, and what new tools for small tech companies will accelerate the introduction of promising solutions on the market?
Автопром: новый импульс
6 September 2022 10:00
The Car Industry: A New Impetus
The Russian automotive industry has once again found itself at a turning point in its development, as it needs to look for a new sustainable business model, new partners, and new channels of communication with global markets. When developing the updated Development Strategy for the Russian Automotive Industry until 2035, industry representatives, market participants, and the Russian government had to start from scratch to find answers to key questions: Which path will the industry take as it searches for its technological sovereignty? Can Russia support its automotive market by solely relying on its own resources and expertise, while independently supporting global trends in the world automotive industry? And will Russian car brands be able to return to export markets?
Электроэнергетика Дальнего Востока: расширение зоны конкурентного ценообразования и интеграция с ЕЭС России
6 September 2022 10:00
Electric Power Industry in the Far East: Expansion of the Competitive Pricing Zone and Integration with the UES of Russia
Currently, there are no competitive relations or market pricing mechanisms on the territory of the United Energy System of the East. The fully regulated pricing system combined with the isolation of the electric power industry in the Far East are the main restraining factors. At the same time, there is a growing need for the formation of industrial clusters in the east of the country, strengthening of transport potential, and the full electrification of the eastern part of the Russian railroads. All this requires additional investments in the electric power industry, development of generating capacities and grid infrastructure, as well as strengthening of interconnections between various grids. Thus, the issue of introducing market mechanisms in the electric power industry of the Far East is more acute than ever. When will market mechanisms be introduced? Will the creation of a new pricing zone of the wholesale market change the dynamics? What is needed for this in terms of technology and changes in regulatory rules? What results can be expected from such transformations and how will this affect electricity prices? What should be done to modernize the decentralized power supply zones in the Far East?
Северный завоз: новая система снабжения
6 September 2022 10:00
Northern Delivery: A New Supply Chain
Northern delivery covers settlements within 25 Russian federal subjects, representing a population of more than 3 million people. Every year, around 3.1 million tonnes of freight containing essential goods are delivered to the regions of the Far North and logistically equivalent territories. Fuel and energy resources account for 75% of the freight. Direct budget expenditure on northern delivery amounts to RUB 14.2 billion per year. Ensuring uninterrupted supplies to the territories under the northern delivery programme is an important factor in the country’s stable development. This is an area requiring special attention and oversight on the part of the President of the Russian Federation. In pursuance of an order of the President of the Russian Federation, the Government of the Russian Federation is developing a draft federal law on northern delivery, which will ensure reliable and timely supplies to the regions of the Far North and logistically equivalent territories and, most important, reduce the cost of goods for northerners. What are the priority areas for increasing the efficiency of northern delivery, taking into account the legal, transport, logistics and financial aspects, digital tools, and the potential of the Northern Sea Route? What best practices in the regions of the Far North can be used to optimize northern delivery?
Креативный Дальний Восток: стратегия для творческого многообразия территории
6 September 2022 10:00
Creative Far East: A Strategy for Creative Diversity
The Far East is a unique place where the European way of life is intertwined with the Asian spirit. It is home to some truly amazing people, and is also the birthplace of numerous creative projects and businesses. Today, the creative economy is regarded as one of the key components for the sustainable development of the Far East. Centres of economic growth are taking shape in the regions. In addition, people are displaying a growing demand for a new quality of life and a modern format of everyday life with an emphasis on culture, creativity, and a creative pulse. The creative industries in Russia include up to 35 areas of activities, in particular: the development of computer games and software, cinema and animation, fashion, publishing, architecture, the music industry, advertising and marketing, design, television and radio broadcasting, archives and museums, and libraries, among others. Worldwide the creative industries have capitalization of roughly USD 2.3 trillion and make up an average of 8–12% of GDP in developed nations. According to estimates, creative industries contribute approximately 4.98% to GDP in Russia, or more than RUB 5 trillion. The Agency for Strategic Initiatives says creative industries make up a roughly 2% share of the Far Eastern Federal District’s economy, but have great growth potential. One key factor in the industry’s development is the region’s proximity to Asian markets. The development of a government strategy that takes into account the opinions of existing creative industry leaders and the specifics of each region of the Far Eastern Federal District would help to develop creative industries more quickly and systematically, which would boost the share of creative industries in the country’s economy and increase the number of active people employed in such industries in the region where they reside.
Роль ШОС в изменяющемся мире
6 September 2022 10:00
The Role of the SCO in a Changing World
In the rapidly changing geopolitical environment, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization will see its role grow as one of the main stabilizing forces in Eurasia in both security and economic development. In September 2022, the next Summit of the Heads of State Council of SCO Member States will take place in Samarkand. The council plans to consider the current state and prospects for the further development of multilateral cooperation and identify priorities and practical measures to expand the activities of the SCO at the present stage. Particular attention will be paid to enhancing the organization’s role in world affairs in light of the emerging geopolitical realities. How should the SCO play its role in the new emerging multipolar and multilateral world? What contribution can Arab and South Asian countries make to the organization’s work? What issues should be included in the SCO’s agenda in order to counteract the unconstructive policy of countries that are unfriendly to Russia and seek to undermine the organization’s influence?
На трех китах: наука, природа, человек
6 September 2022 10:00
The Three Whales: Science, Nature, Humans
Many people are aware of the myth about three whales propping up the earth on their backs, which seems so naive now. It is so familiar that it has long become an idiom, a symbol of unshakable and indestructible support. But what is actually propping up the universe? From everyday experience, people know that no real object can simply rest on nothing, which means that there must be some kind of support propping up the universe. But this immediately provokes another question: what, in turn, is propping up this support? After all, it cannot just hang there in the void! Another prop had to be invented, followed by another one and another one. The result was a whole series of pillars of the universe. Let’s start with science. What are its goals and purpose? The goals are easy. It’s knowledge, the systematization of the world, and the creation of new technological tools that support our livelihoods. Next is nature. Does it recognize science or does it not recognize it in the absolute degree? Nature does not even know the number ‘two’. In nature, there are no two identical objects, and phenomena develop like a tree that is branching out, where each branch and each leaf is formed individually, without using the principles of mathematical cloning. Many different natural processes, either ones that merge into a single channel or spread again, form a unique pattern that randomly creates unique objects here and there. Then there are humans. They themselves are the infinite universe. Infinitely large and infinitely small. Can these three whales swim alone? What do we need to do so that we don’t lose ourselves, nature, or science? What other pillars of the universe have we yet to find?
Ворота в многополярный мир. Дальний Восток в новой архитектуре международных отношений
6 September 2022 10:00
Gateway to a Multipolar World. The Far East in the New Architecture of International Relations
Tectonic changes in the architecture of international relations create a new reality. In the emerging diverse world, the hegemony of a limited group of Western countries is impossible neither economically, nor geopolitically, nor culturally, and most states independently determine the priorities of their foreign and foreign economic policy. Russia’s potential, its political and economic capabilities are one of the most important pillars of a more fair international order. Such order is emerging before our eyes. It is based on large regional centers of development and cooperation connected with each other, which together constitute the world system, but each of them is independent and largely self-sufficient. International cooperation without universal equalization is the principle of the future arrangement. The junction points of the centers will play the most important role, and this is precisely the function of the Russian Far East. To do this, the region needs to develop a large-scale infrastructure of international trade, to strengthen its transport and logistics connectivity with other parts of the country, to increase the availability of human resources and increase production capabilities in cooperation with Asian partners. Most Asian countries are pursuing a friendly or benevolently neutral policy towards Russia. The prospect of expanding cooperation is practically unlimited, there is a complementarity of economies, and unlike in Europe, this is not accompanied by geopolitical rivalry. Building on the existing base, the Far East should in the next decade become not only “Russia’s gateway to Asia”, but a universal hub for the interaction of the most important international partners, an interface for Russia’s involvement in the multipolar world.
Первое заседание Совета участников судоходства по СМП
6 September 2022 10:00
Council of Arctic Shipping Participants along the Northern Sea Route
Effective development of the navigation along the Northern Sea Route (hereinafter – the NSR) at the current stage requires constant interaction between consignors, shipping companies and the state. The NSR Navigation Stakeholder Council has been established to combine the efforts aimed at ensuring safety, commercial attractiveness and stable navigation of the NSR. The conditions of external sanctions pressure create the need for redirecting cargo flows to the East, which makes the development of the Eastern part of the NSR even more important. The NSR Navigation Stakeholder Council is focused on the development of optimal mechanisms for Arctic navigation management, the development of international cooperation in the field of the NSR’s use including international transit navigation, as well as the issues related to the icebreaker support of investment projects in the Arctic and the improvement of ice forecast quality. How can the Arctic navigation efficiency be improved? What must be done to improve safety and commercial attractiveness of the Northern route? What role does the NSR Development Plan until 2035 play in successful implementation of investment projects in the Arctic?
Россия – АСЕАН
6 September 2022 10:00
Russia – ASEAN
The Eastern Economic Forum has become a key platform for discussing pressing issues involving cooperation between Russia’s Far Eastern regions and members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in an effort to improve the welfare of the population in the member countries. Along with developing cooperation in traditional areas, the parties pay special attention to such promising areas as joint environmental and climate programmes based on ESG principles, improving energy efficiency based on sustainable development goals, creating an economic system based on the principles of a circular economy, and developing funding mechanisms that are appropriate for each situation. In October 2021, at the Russia–ASEAN summit that marked the 30th anniversary of their relations, 2022 was declared the Year of Russia–ASEAN Scientific and Technical Cooperation based on the Russian side’s initiative. Today, it is crucial to come up with coordinated steps to move towards the goals that have been set and to identify new growth points and balanced solutions for successful collaboration between the business circles of Russia and ASEAN. What tools can be used to create new long-term sustainable forms of cooperation? What prospects are there for further developing scientific, technical, innovative, and industrial cooperation? How can we build an effective mechanism to jointly exchange practices and expertise, taking into account the sustainable development goals?
Путешествие на Восток: возможности для инвесторов и туристов
6 September 2022 12:30
Travelling to the East: Opportunities for Investors and Tourists
Tourism is increasingly being talked about as a driver of economic development. The development of domestic and inbound tourism today is a strategic state policy priority, requiring the creation of policy papers based on a comprehensive analysis. How can Russia’s tourism potential be fully unlocked? How could a master planning tool adopting a spatial approach make a difference? What areas of investment and support measures should be included in policy papers? How does the tourism industry affect the sustainable development of territories and improve the quality of life of local populations?
«Дальневосточная концессия»: первые итоги и перспективы
6 September 2022 12:30
Far East Concession Programme: First Results and Future Prospects
In 2021, the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East initiated and launched a mechanism of state support, namely the Far Eastern Concession Programme, aimed at removing infrastructure constraints in the Far East for regional residents and investors. As of today, 8 pilot projects with total investments of RUB 12.3 billion have already been approved and are being implemented as part of the programme. There is an acute shortage of new facilities in the areas of education, children’s development, health care, as well as housing and communal services. There is a growing demand on the part of investors for the provision of transport infrastructure, primarily roads and energy facilities. At the same time, in the current economic conditions it is necessary to find balance between the existing budgetary constraints and the conditions for attracting financing and investors for the implementation of concession projects.