The formation of industrial clusters as part of industrial policy provides an effective tool for the implementation of the following projects designed to increase the level of technological development within industry: import substitution, involving small and medium-sized businesses as well as research and educational institutions in the cooperative chains of large enterprises; expanding the share of civilian production at enterprises in the defence industry through the transfer of advanced dual-use technologies; and exporting high-tech products. Are the development incentives for industrial clusters capable of increasing the economic independence and competitiveness of Russian enterprises? Can industrial clusters become new growth centres within regional economies? Which international best practices can be adopted by Russia to establish and develop industrial clusters? What can be done to create an effective industrial cluster?
Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry Hiroshige Sekō is the man directly responsible for developing economic relations between Japan and Russia. As a frequent visitor to our country, he shares his views on the prospects for economic cooperation with the Russian Far East, and on Japans priorities in the region.
Back in December 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin defined the development of the Russian Far East as a national priority for the 21st century. That was the beginning of the latest chapter in the history of the region, which, since the Tsarist era, has been seen as not just Russias window onto Asia, but as the key to the formation of the entire Eurasian space.