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Eastern Economic Forum publishes business programme architecture

The Eastern Economic Forum, which is scheduled to take place on 2–3 September 2016 in Vladivostok, has published the architecture for its business programme on the event’s official website. The theme of the Forum is “Opening up the Russian Far East”. The business programme is divided into several pillars. The first of these is entitled “Opportunities for Investors”. This will focus on the investment potential and business climate in the Russian Far East. Areas to be covered include transport and logistics, mineral extraction, tourism and land management. Ways to support investment in the Russian Far East will be explored in the “Incentives for Investors” pillar. Here, discussions will explore ways that investors can take advantage of the opportunities afforded by Advanced Special Economic Zones and the Free Port of Vladivostok, and the contributions made in this area by the Human Capital Development Agency, Far East Development Corporation, and the Investment Promotion Agency. As a practical continuation, there will be presentations on implementation-ready investment projects for Russian and international investors. The third pillar is entitled “Integration in the Asia-Pacific Region”. Economic cooperation through joint projects and initiatives will be examined in the context of cooperation between the Far Eastern Federal District and APR countries. This pillar will shed light on issues relating to the competitiveness of the Russian Far East, attracting foreign investment to Russia, and international cooperation in energy and transport. A number of business dialogues (Russia–People’s Republic of China; Russia–Republic of Korea; Russia–ASEAN) and a Russian–Japanese forum are also planned. A direct dialogue between business and government will be central to the strategic sessions. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss aspects of the region’s future development in a professional environment with representatives of legislative and executive authorities, in particular public-private partnerships in Advanced Special Economic Zones, access for international companies to natural resource deposits in the Russian Far East, and so on. As a separate topic, the Forum will include a presentation of new Russian Far East development initiatives: the Primorye-1 and Primorye-2 transport corridors, the Primorye gambling zone, the Russia–China Agricultural Foundation, and a diamond centre in Vladivostok. The final pillar comprises events which will be held on the margins of the Forum. These include the Governors of the Russian Far East and North-East China Forum, a conference for representatives of federal authorities on Russian Far East development issues, an Eastern Vector Public Council Session, an ASEAN–Russia University Summit, an APEC Education Conference, and a session of the Russian–Chinese Financial Council. “The second Eastern Economic Forum will allow participants to review the initial results gained from the implementation of mechanisms and tools designed to promote the potential of the Russian Far East, and its integration with the economy of the Asia-Pacific Region. This will make it possible to apply the necessary adjustments and set out a path for further development of the region,” said Anton Kobyakov, Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation and Executive Secretary of the Eastern Economic Forum Organising Committee. The programme architecture is available at in Russian, English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese. The preparation and running of the second Eastern Economic Forum is being overseen by the Roscongress Foundation.