This year is set to be a special year in many respects. It is hoped that 2017 will provide solutions for overcoming various obstacles which have arisen in recent times. But big business has no intention of passively watching events unfold; instead, it is working on a positive agenda, actively helping to stabilize the situation and normalize economic collaboration. It is in this area that Italian and Russian companies, which have many years experience of partnership and mutual trust, can set an example. A roundtable devoted to ItalianRussian cooperation is the perfect platform for dialogue on this subject. The event will bring together captains of industry from key sectors such as energy and finance or advanced technology and agriculture. Support for the efforts of big business from political leaders and entrepreneurial organizations could play a key role in the success of ongoing dialogue.