Programme

Plenary Session Economic Policy in Russia’s East: What’s Next? Doing Business in the Russian Far East We Are Neighbours: Earning through Cooperation The Russian Far East: Creating a New Quality of Life by Responding to Challenges Business Dialogue Demographic Policy. New Residents in the Far East ‘Intellectual Property: A Regional Development Tool’ International Forum Presentation of investment projects
06.09.2017
10:30—12:00

Building A, level 8, Conference hall 11

Doing Business in the Russian Far East

Vladivostok, City of Diamonds: The Start of Gem-Cutting

The Russian Far East is a global leader in rough diamond production. The region contains 81% of the diamond deposits present in the Asia-Pacific region. However, nearly every rough diamond mined is exported and cut in another country. In 2016, the Eurasian Diamond Centre was opened in Vladivostok to provide infrastructure for launching new gem-cutting and jewellery manufacturing facilities. 2017 saw the launch of the first investment projects in diamond production and jewellery manufacturing. Alrosa has announced the start of a programme to provide financial assistance to diamond cutters. What are the factors that determine the global competitiveness of a location for attracting investment in diamond-cutting? How can the Russian Far East succeed in competing for investors in this sector? How will the programme of financial support for diamond cutters operate? What impact could eliminating duties and other financial restrictions have on Russian diamond-cutting enterprises and their investors? Could Russian diamonds as an international brand provide a competitive advantage for Russian diamond cutters?

Moderator:
Yevgeny Sachkov — General Director, Eurasian Diamond Centre

Panellists:
Sergei Ivanov — President, Member of the Supervisory Board, PJSC ALROSA
Erik Jens — Global Head for Diamond and Jewellery Clients, ABN AMRO Bank NV
Sandeep Kothari — Managing Director, KGK Group
Alex Popov — Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, World Diamond Mark Foundation
Ezriel Rapaport — Director of Global Trading, Rapaport Auctions

Front row participants:
Andrey Korablev — Director for Audit, PWC
Evgenia Mikhailova — Rector, North-Eastern Federal University (NEFU)
Alexander Pshenichnikov — Head of Corporate Governance in Precious Metals and Precious Stones Sector, Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation
Ramesh Shah — Director, Excel Overseas Pvt Ltd
Eugenia Tyurikova — Head, Sberbank Private Banking
Pavel Vinikhin — Director, DIAMONDS ALROSA

06.09.2017
10:30—12:00

Building B, level 6, Conference hall 6

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Coal and Logistics: Export Potential

Only 27% of proven coal reserves in the Russian Far East have been made available to investors. A full range of major coal extraction and enrichment projects has now been launched in the region. Having demonstrated resilience during a period of low prices, recovering Russian market players are starting to increase exports to countries in the Asia-Pacific region. However, there is a need to modernize railway networks and optimize transportation tariffs, which are creating bottlenecks within the sector. What unoccupied niches and viable projects in the Russian Far Eastern coal sector could be of interest to investors from the Asia-Pacific region? What are the prospects for coal exports in the Russian Far East? What do coal producers in the Russian Far East expect from modernization of the Baikal–Amur Mainline (BAM) and Trans-Siberian Railway? What is the potential for increasing the effectiveness of investment in coal extraction by developing logistics?

Moderator:
Boris Yatsenko — Partner, Head of the Metals & Mining Group in Russia and the CIS, EY

Panellists:
Gennady Alekseev — General Director, HC SDS-Coal
Peter Balka — Interim Chief Executive Officer, Tigers Realm Coal Ltd.
Denis Ilatovskiy — Deputy General Director, Director for Logistics, JSC SUEK
Georgy Kolpachev — Deputy General Director, Far East Investment and Export Agency
Oleg Misevra — Board Chairman, East Mining Company Ltd.
Irina Olkhovskaya — First Deputy General Director - Commercial Director, "Port Management Company" - management company of "Vostochny Port"
Vivek Sharma — Leading Manager for Business Development, Tata Power
Aleksey Shilo — Director of Commerce Activities, General Director of the Center of Corporate Transportation Services, Russian Railways
Kiyoshi Sunobe — Managing Executive Officer, General Manager for Europe, Middle East, Africa & CIS, Sumitomo Corporation
Sergey Tsivilev — Chief Executive Officer, MC Kolmar

06.09.2017
10:30—12:00

Building B, level 7, Conference hall 4

Doing Business in the Russian Far East

Forests and Timber Processing: From Timber to Pulp and Paper Factories

The Russian Far East is home to 51% of forest resources in the Asia-Pacific region. Of some 90 million cubic metres of timber available for processing, however, only 16 million cubic metres, or 18%, are harvested. Around 75% of timber is exported in the form of logs; only 25% is processed into lumber and plywood. As for waste and substandard timber, this is permanently lost. In 2016, Vnesheconombank announced the creation of a forestry cluster in the Russian Far East, and in 2017 a major Chinese investor declared their interest in constructing a pulp mill. In which regions of the Russian Far East would investment in forestry bring the most gain? How can a forestry cluster and a complete cycle of timber processing be established in the Russian Far East? What solutions must the government provide in order for this to be achieved? Could raising duties on log exports assist in the development of deep processing enterprises? What impact will the construction of a pulp mill have on the sector regionally?

Moderator:
Yermolai Solzhenitsyn — Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Panellists:
Pavel Bilibin — Director of Wood Processing Complex Directorate, Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank)
Oleg Chizh — Director, Russia-China Investment Fund (RCIF)
Olga Epifanova — Deputy Chair, The State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation
Viktor Evtukhov — State Secretary, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation
Changyoon Han — Chief Executive Officer, Sewon Mars Co,.Ltd
Konstantin Lashkevich — President, RFP Holding
Vladimir Solodov — Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District of the Russian Federation
Ivan Valentik — Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation; Head of the Federal Agency for Forestry

Front row participants:
Mikhail Bruk — Chief Executive Officer, South Yakutia Development Corporation JSC
Victor Kalashnikov — Deputy Chairman of the Government – Minister of Economic Development of Khabarovsk Territory
Nikolay Kushnarev — Director of the Industrial Policy Department, Eurasian Economic Commission
Andrey Panov — Minister of Industry and Geology of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
Roman Sultanov — Investor, VostokLesResource

06.09.2017
12:45—14:15

Building B, level 6, Conference hall 6

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Gold. A New Chapter in the Gold Rush

Thirty percent of gold deposits in the Asia-Pacific region are located in the Russian Far East. More than 20% of proven reserves, or one thousand tonnes of gold, are held within an unallocated state fund, whereas more than 500 deposits require additional exploration and could be introduced into its investment turnover. What gold deposits and investment projects for gold extraction are in need of Russian and foreign investors? How can the government assist in establishing the infrastructure required for the development of new gold deposits? How can the introduction of small and medium-sized deposits into the turnover be accelerated? What financial, tax and administrative initiatives must be created to ensure the flow of capital into the projects of junior companies?

Moderator:
Pavel Grachev — Chief Executive Officer, PJSC Polyus

Panellists:
Alexander Basanskiy — Chairman of the Board of Directors, ZAO Concern "Arbat"
Sergey Donskoy — Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation
Alexey Golubenko — Chief Executive Officer, Zoloto Kamchatki
John Mann — Member of the Board of Directors, Russdragmet LLC (Highland Gold Mining Ltd.)
German Pikhoya — Chief Executive Officer, GV Gold (Vysochaishy, PJSC)
Claude Schimper — Regional Vice President for Russia, Kinross Gold Corporation
Boris Yatsenko — Partner, Head of the Metals & Mining Group in Russia and the CIS, EY

Front row participants:
Denis Askinadze — Deputy General Director, Far East and Baikal Region Development Fund
Mikhail Bruk — Chief Executive Officer, South Yakutia Development Corporation JSC
Georgy Fotin — Senior Investment Manager, Far East Investment and Export Agency
Roman Kopin — Governor and Chairman of the Government of Chukotka Autonomous Area
Elena Nesterova — General Director, Investment Company Arlan
Dmitriy Philichkin — Director General, SIGMA

06.09.2017
12:45—14:15

Building D, level 5, Conference hall 13

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Aquaculture and Mariculture: Establishing a New Sector in the Russian Far East

According to the estimates of scientists from the Russian National Scientific Centre of Marine Biology, more than 2 million hectares of the marine area of the Russian Far East are suitable for cultivating mariculture products which are especially valuable and sought-after on Asia-Pacific markets. Only 1% of this area is presently being made available to business for these purposes. In 2017, the Russian Government introduced new procedures for allocating marine areas in the Russian Far East to marine farmers. Marine plots will be created in response to applications from interested investors using a specialized online service, and assigned by electronic auction. It is planned that 100% of available marine plots will be provided for the use of business by 2020. The Russian Far East is also home to the world’s most extensive wild salmon natural spawning grounds. The scientific and business communities believe that more than 200 fish farms could be established in the region to breed various species of salmon. In which regions of the Seas of Japan and Okhotsk can marine aquaculture be developed? How is the online service used to establish marine plots for aquaculture? Could this mechanism be expanded to incorporate plots for salmon farming? What support measures is the government offering marine farmers?

Moderator:
Andrey Kovalenko — Commissioner for Entrepreneurs’ Rights in the Sakhalin Region

Panellists:
Andrey Adrianov — Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Acting Director, School of Natural Sciences, FEFU; Member of the Council for Science and Education under the President of the Russian Federation
Alexei Baitalyuk — Interim Director, Pacific Scientific Research Fisheries Centre (TINRO Centre)
Valentin Bogoslavskiy — Director General, Scientific and Production Company Aquaculture «NEREIDA»
Qiu Bruce — President, Wen Lian Aquaculture Co. Ltd.
Alexander Efremov — Managing Director, «Dobroflot» Group of Companies
Elena Gubina — General Director, SeaLife
Alexander Pozdnyakov — President, Association of Fishery Enterprises of the Amur Basin
Ilya Shestakov — Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation; Head, Federal Agency for Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo)
Vladimir Stoyanov — General Director, Russkaya Marikultura
Elena Yanush — First Vice President, "Aquaculture" Far Eastern Association

06.09.2017
12:45—14:15

Building D, level 5, Conference hall 15

Doing Business in the Russian Far East

Women’s Empowerment for Growth and Development

There is growing consensus that substantive gender equality in the labour market is both a prerequisite for economic growth and a response to challenges posed by demographic changes in ageing societies, as well as mirrors new societal understanding of shared family responsibilities between men and women. However this consensus has not yet translated into substantial improvements in female participation in the labour market or in the quality of women's employment and earnings. Women as employees often are faced by significant disadvantages such as lower wages as compared to men, higher share in informal employment and lower-paid employment as well as working conditions discouraging reconciliation of work and family responsibilities. Some of these differences even remain when accounting for structural factors such as choice of education and occupation or differences in the level of employment. The session seeks to demonstrate how increasing female labour force participation can generate growth, stabilize communities and contribute to social innovation. Panelists are invited to share global experiences and views on ways to increase employability and competitiveness of women, promote women’s entrepreneurship and access to finance, close gender participation and pay gaps (including at corporate boards), improve the work-family-balance, develop skills to harness opportunities of digital economy and promote women’s leadership through entrepreneurship, education and economic empowerment.

Moderator:
Victoria Panova — Vice-Rector for International Relations, Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU)

Panellists:
Heather Barnabe — Chief Executive Officer, G(irls)20
Svetlana Chupsheva — Chief Executive Officer, Agency for Strategic Initiatives
Svetlana Lukash — Deputy Head of the Presidential Experts Directorate, Sherpa G20 Russian Federation
Maxim Oreshkin — Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
Anna Popova — Head, Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing
Oksana Pushkina — TV presenter; Deputy Chairman of the Committee of the State Duma of the Russian Federation for Family, Women and Children

Front row participants:
Gilda Gastaldi — President, Owner, Gruppo Ospedaliero San Donato Foundation
Arancha Gonzalez — Executive Director, International Trade Center
Alena Peryshkina — Director, AIDS Infoshare Foundation
Anna Tsivileva — Chairman of the Managment Board, Kolmar Sales and Logistics (KSL AG)

06.09.2017
15:15—16:45

Building B, level 7, Conference hall 4

Doing Business in the Russian Far East

Chemical Utilization of Oil and Gas in the Russian Far East: A New Business Niche?

27% of gas reserves and 17% of oil reserves in the Asia-Pacific region are concentrated in the Russian Far East, and the level of development of known oil and gas deposits is extremely low and does not exceed 12%. In 2016, 25.5 million tonnes of oil and 26.7 billion cubic metres of gas were extracted in the region, the majority of which was exported in its raw state. The state has expressed its interest in plans for the deep processing of hydrocarbons in the Russian Far East. A number of Russian companies have announced the launch of major projects relating to the chemical utilization of oil and gas in Russia, including the construction of the Amur Gas Processing Plant, the Amur Gas Chemical Complex, and the Far Eastern Petrochemical Complex. The appearance of such projects fulfils preconditions for the creation of full-scale gas- and petrochemical clusters, which will be able to accommodate dozens of processing facilities. What is the existing potential for the production and consumption of the products of gas- and petrochemical companies in Russia and the Asia-Pacific region? Is the Russian Far East a competitive location for the development of the gas and petrochemical industry? Are Gazprom and Rosneft well positioned to create full-scale chemical clusters in the Russian Far East? What gas and petrochemical facilities are the most attractive for localization in the Russian Far East from financial and market perspectives? How can the formation of new value chains in the Russian Far Eastern gas and petrochemical industry be initiated?

Moderator:
Yermolai Solzhenitsyn — Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Panellists:
Ruben Gevorkyan — General Director, Yakutsk Fuel and Energy Company JSC
Lev Gorilovskiy — Member of the Board of Directors, Polyplastic Group
Anton Inyutsyn — Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation
Mikhail Karisalov — Member of the Board, Chief Operating Officer, OOO SIBUR
Boris Krasnovskiy — General Director, ESN LLC
Nikolay Sabitov — General Director, JSC "Nakhodka Plant of Mineral Fertilizers"
Igor Soglaev — Director of the Oil and Gas Chemistry Department in the Vice President Rank, Rosneft

Front row participants:
Igor Afanasyev — Chief Executive Officer, "Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk"
Alexander Gordeev — Chief Executive Officer, Amur Energy Company Ltd.
Ivan Menshikov — General Director, Member of Board, RNG
Boris Mordovkin — General Director, PSK Sakhalin
Mikhail Slavkov — Investment Director, Far East Investment and Export Agency
Sandjar Turgunov — Member of the Board of Directors, General Director, CREON Energy

06.09.2017
17:30—19:00

Building A, level 3, Conference hall 17

Doing Business in the Russian Far East

Investment Projects in the Fishing Industry: Where and How Are We Investing in the Russian Far East?

Thirty percent of the aquatic bioresource reserves of the Asia-Pacific region are concentrated in the Russian Far East. In 2017, the Russian Government launched a fishing quota mechanism, under which fisheries are obliged to build either new fishing vessels in Russian shipyards or new seafood processing plants. A tryout for investment projects has also been announced. At the start of 2018, the winners of the competition will be awarded long-term licences to fish the Russian Far East for more than 500,000 tonnes annually of the most in-demand seafood resources on the Asia-Pacific market. To launch new investment projects for the existing players and for the entrance of new investors it is vital to facilitate the growth of companies' value in the industry. Which aquatic bioresources will be represented under the investment obligations, and how can interested parties become participants in the investment project competition? In which Russian shipyards can the construction of new fishing vessels be ordered? Do these have sufficient capacity to satisfy fishing industry demand, and would it be forward-looking to build new shipyards? Where in the Russian Far East will the construction of seafood processing plants bring the greatest benefit? The economics of investment projects for seafood processing in the Russian Far East – what role will be played by the ASEZ programme and the Free Port?

Moderator:
Yermolai Solzhenitsyn — Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Panellists:
Alexey Baygushin — Co-owner, Interrybflot LLC
Aleksey Belous — First Vice President, Head of Project and Structured Financing Department, Gazprombank
Sergey Darkin — President, Pacific Investment Group (TIGR) PJSC
Konstantin Korobkov — Chief Executive Officer, "Yuzhno-Kyrilsky Fish Factory" LTD (YKRK)
Ilya Shestakov — Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation; Head, Federal Agency for Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo)
Sergey Sklyar — Vice President, Antey Group
Vladimir Valter — Chief Executive Officer, "Terminal" Seroglazka"

Front row participants:
Alexander Efremov — Managing Director, «Dobroflot» Group of Companies
Alexei Rakhmanov — President, United Shipbuilding Corporation

06.09.2017
17:30—19:00

Building A, level 5, Conference hall 10

Doing Business in the Russian Far East

How Can We Ensure an Inflow of Private Investment into Developing the Infrastructure of Russia’s Far East?

Optimizing budget expenditure on major infrastructure projects in the Russian Far East is an important challenge facing both federal ministries and regional administrations. Public-private partnership (PPP) projects are already being implemented in eight out of the nine regions in the Far Eastern Federal District: 324 projects altogether, representing total private investment of RUB 57 billion. At the same time, the additional investment that needs to be attracted in order to develop and modernize public infrastructure in the Russian Far East is estimated in the hundreds of billions. According to a number of experts, available private capital for financing infrastructure projects is in the region of RUB 700 billion. However, investors often disregard PPP mechanisms due to a lack of well-structured projects. At the present time, only 15–20% of the total number of PPP projects initiated progress from the idea stage to implementation. This is linked first and foremost with a lack of preliminary planning, which requires considerable labour and financial resources. As a result, promising projects which have enormous significance for their local regions and are potentially interesting to investors never make it off the page. Which regions in the Far Eastern Federal District are ‘open’ to private investment in PPP projects? Who has created the right conditions for projects to be launched? In which regions are the most effective measures for stimulating investment being applied? What are the barriers to attracting private investment into regional infrastructure?

Moderator:
Pavel Seleznev — Chairman, ANO "National Center for PPP"

Panellists:
Yury Chayka — First Deputy Chair of the Government of Khabarovsk Territory for Investment and Priority Projects
Andrey Donets — Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Amur Oblast
Konstantin Limitovskiy — Deputy Chairman of the Management Board, Eurasian Development Bank (EDB)
Igor Snegurov — General Director, VIS Construction Group (VIS CG)
Maxim Sokolov — Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation
Pyotr Zolotarev — Deputy Chairman, Member of the Board, Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank)

Front row participants:
Alexey Chichkanov — Executive Vice President, Head of the Public–Private Partnership Center, Gazprombank
Vyacheslav Sinyugin — Acting General Director, Federal Centre for Project Funding

06.09.2017
17:30—19:00

Building B, level 6, Conference hall 9

Doing Business in the Russian Far East

Tourism. An Economy Based on Unique Experiences

Every year more than 170 million tourists from China, Japan, and South Korea travel abroad, where they spend more than USD 250 billion collectively. The Russian Far East possesses a unique selection of recreational resources capable of attracting a significant part of the tourist flow from the Asia-Pacific region. In order to support investment in tourism, advanced special economic zones have been created, an electronic visa was introduced in 2017 for citizens from 18 Asia-Pacific countries and the Middle East entering the Free Port of Vladivostok, entrance to Russian Far Eastern harbours has been significantly simplified for foreign cruise vessels, and special tax incentives have been introduced for tourism organizations operating in the macroregion. Investing in hotel and recreational infrastructure in the Russian Far East – where is there the greatest demand and where are the best economic prospects? How do investor support mechanisms in the tourism sector of the Russian Far East operate? What further steps can the government take to develop incoming and domestic tourism?

Moderator:
Maxim Safonov — Deputy President, Russian Academy of Sciences; Professor, Russian Presidential Academy of the National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA)

Panellists:
Teo Chin Leong — Head of Traffic Development and Market Analysis, Changi Airports International
Oleg Deripaska — President, Member of the Board of Directors, RUSAL; Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Basic Element
Dash Hada — President, Japan Air Travel Marketing Co., Ltd.
Namgyu Kang — Director General, Korea Tourism Organization, Moscow Office
Alexander Klyachin — Chairman of the Board of Directors, AZIMUT Hotels Company
Airi Motokura Takahashi — Head, Japan National Tourism Organization, Moscow Office
Leonid Petukhov — General Director, Far East Investment and Export Agency
Oleg Safonov — Head, Russian Federal Agency for Tourism
Ping Wang — Chairman, China Chamber of Tourism
Irina Yarovaya — Deputy Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation

Front row participants:
Leonid Altukhov — President, Group of Companies Netkom-IPC
Olga Arkhangelskaya — Partner, Head of Real Estate, Hospitality, and Construction Services, Head of the Transportation, Infrastructure and Government, and Public Group in the CIS, EY
Alexey Kalachev — Head of Project, Russian Convention Bureau
Marina Usenko — Partner, Cushman & Wakefield

06.09.2017
17:30—19:00

Building B, level 7, Conference hall 4

Doing Business in the Russian Far East

Russia’s Digital Far East: Finding Partners

Neighbouring leading Asia-Pacific countries, the Russian Far East has the opportunity to be first among Russian regions in attracting and adopting new technological solutions, developing digital skills, and laying a foundation for Russia’s future development. In order to succeed, public and private sector companies will need to join forces. Which are some of the sectors where a digital cluster in the Russian Far East could be competitive, what partners are needed to create it, and how can they be attracted? What experience acquired by its ‘eastern neighbours’ – China and Japan – would be of most benefit to the Russian Far East? What can the government do to make accessible and good-quality electronic services available to the population and to increase the effectiveness of the work of governmental bodies? What steps should be taken to complete the last mile to the consumer, develop e-learning platforms, and improve access to digital healthcare systems?

Moderator:
Alexander Jorov — Partner, Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group

Panellists:
Elena Gorchakova — Adviser to the Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East
Yoon Jong-lok — President, National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA)
Sergey Kalugin — Deputy Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation
Boris Krasnovskiy — General Director, ESN LLC
Dietrich Moeller — President for Russia and Central Asia, Siemens AG
Mikhail Oseevskiy — President, Rostelecom
Tigran Pogosyan — Senior Vice President in Russia, ZTE Communication Technologies
Roman Povolotskiy — Programme Coordinator, Cyber Russia
Dmitry Rudenko — President, Chairman of the Board, Post Bank
Dmitry Zemtsov — Vice Rector for Development, Far Eastern Federal University; Head of Working Group «Extra curricular activities Movement» of National Technology Initiative (NTI) on the Development of Supplementary and Non-Formal Education

Front row participants:
Dmitry Alexeev — General Director, DNS
Kirill Ettenko — General Director, ARBUZ
Kim Hyun Suk — President of the Visual Display Business, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.
Andrey Levykin — Director of Far East Branch, MegaFon
Stanislav Naumov — Government Relations Director, Member of the Executive Committee, Х5 Retail Group
Konstantin Parshin — Vice President, Executive Director, IT Cluster, Skolkovo Foundation
Sergei Sorokin — General Director, Intellogic LLC

07.09.2017
09:00—10:30

Building A, level 3, Conference hall 16

Doing Business in the Russian Far East

Russky Island: The Onset of Creating a New Centre for International Cooperation and Cutting-Edge Technologies in the Asia-Pacific Region

Russky Island, which throughout its history has been an impregnable fortress protecting Russia’s eastern shores, is becoming a symbol of Russia’s openness to neighbourly and mutually beneficial relationships with the countries of the Asia-Pacific region. In 2017 the Russian Government adopted a programme for the development of Russky Island as a centre for international collaboration and cutting-edge technologies in the Asia-Pacific region. The island will become the location of an exhibition and convention centre, a new university city, a techno-innovation park, a centre for nuclear medicine, a centre for shipbuilding engineering, a centre for the export of electricity, and a biotechnopark. What investment projects could be implemented on Russky Island? What plans for projects on the island which have already been announced by investors require government support? What conditions should the government create on the island in order to attract investment from cutting-edge technology companies?

Moderator:
Olga Arkhangelskaya — Partner, Head of Real Estate, Hospitality, and Construction Services, Head of the Transportation, Infrastructure and Government, and Public Group in the CIS, EY

Panellists:
Konstantin Petukhov — Deputy General Director for Services Development and Implementation, Rosseti
Yury Saprykin — Vice President for Regional and International Development, Skolkovo Foundation
Anton Shargin — Head of the Project of the Nuclear Medicine Centre Construction on the Russky Island, Rusatom Healthcare JSC
Riccardo Valentini — Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Presidential Advisor, Head of Far Eastern Climate Smart Project, Far Eastern Federal University; Head, CMCC (The Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change)
Yun Wonsok — Executive Vice-President for Business Information & Trade Affairs, Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency

Front row participants:
Vasily Grebennikov — Deputy General Director, Far East Development Fund
Yulia Kosareva — Director of the Department of Private Investment Attraction, Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East
Dmitry Zemtsov — Vice Rector for Development, Far Eastern Federal University; Head of Working Group «Extra curricular activities Movement» of National Technology Initiative (NTI) on the Development of Supplementary and Non-Formal Education

07.09.2017
09:30—11:00

Building B, level 7, Conference hall 4

Doing Business in the Russian Far East

Start Up Easy! Developing Small Entrepreneurship

The successful development of small business community ensures sustainable economic growth. Much is being said about the need to support small businesses, yet its share in the gross value added amounts to around 20%. This means that since the adoption of the Federal Law No 209-FZ ‘On the Development of Small and Medium Business in Russia’ there has been no significant growth of this segment. In line with the 2030 SME Development Strategy, 2018 should be designated a Year of Entrepreneurship in Russia. What is to be done to achieve a meaningful result, in the Far East as well as elsewhere in Russia? What do entrepreneurs expect from federal and regional authorities, large companies and banks? How to make small-scale entrepreneurship more popular?

Moderator:
Herman Gref — Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Executive Board, Sberbank

Panellists:
Alexander Braverman — Member of the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Management Board, SME Corporation
Alexey Chekunkov — Chief Executive Officer, Far East and Baikal Region Development Fund
Alexander Kalinin — President, All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses OPORA RUSSIA
Dmitry Kuznetsov — Country Marketing Director for Russia, Google
Maxim Oreshkin — Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
Anatoly Popov — Senior Vice President, Head of Corporate Business Division, Sberbank

07.09.2017
11:30—13:00

Building A, level 3, Conference hall 17

Doing Business in the Russian Far East

Specially Protected Natural Areas: Opportunities for Government and Business

Russia’s national park network is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Specially protected natural areas (SPNAs) are an effective means of preserving Russia’s unique biodiversity. At the federal level, 103 state nature reserves, 51 national parks, and 58 state wildlife reserves are classified as SPNAs. According to Russia’s Ministry of Natural Resources, nine new nature reserves, 12 national parks, and two federal wildlife reserves will be created by 2020. The largest SPNAs in Russia’s Far East are the Lazovsky, Sikhote-Alinsky, Komandorsky, Kronotsky, and Kedrovaya Pad nature reserves and the Beringiya and Zov Tigra national parks. These protected sites are intended to serve conservational, educational, scientific, and cultural goals. Ecotourism has been experiencing rapid growth in recent years, but there are a number of issues in this area that require special attention. Are we willing to open Russia’s national park network up to business and tourism? How can we make tourism accessible in SPNAs? What risks do protected sites face if tourist numbers increase? Public–private partnership: what steps does business expect the government to take in order to spark more active involvement in these projects? Cross-border areas in the Russian Far East: intergovernmental cooperation mechanisms to protect ecosystems and rare species. International cooperation: what useful lessons can be learned from the experience of countries in the Asia-Pacific region (Mongolia, India, Thailand) to help develop SPNAs in Russia’s Far East? How can foreign tourists be attracted to SPNAs in Russia’s Far East?

Moderator:
Maria Morgun — Chief Editor, Live Planet TV; Anchor, Correspondent, Russia Television and Radio

Panellists:
Elena Bezdenezhnykh — Vice President, State Secretary, GR, Norilsk Nickel
Konstantin Chuychenko — Aide to the President of the Russian Federation – Chief of the Presidential Control Directorate
Sergey Donskoy — Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation
Victor Vekselberg — Chairman of the Board of Directors, Renova Group; President, Skolkovo Foundation
Ping Wang — Chairman, China Chamber of Tourism
Hideyuki Yamada — Senior Consultant, Nomura Research Institute Ltd.

Front row participants:
Igor Chestin — Director, World Wildlife Fund - Russia
Dmitriy Gorshkov — Director, FSBI «The Abramov K.G. Sikhote-Alin State Nature Biosphere Reserve»
Ildar Neverov — Chairman, Committee for Ecology, Delovaya Rossiya (Business Russia)
Dmitry Rudenko — President, Chairman of the Board, Post Bank
Igor Shakhray — General Director, Hevel
Petr Shpilenok — Director, Kronotsky State Natural Biosphere Reserve
Ekaterina Starosvetskaya — Deputy Director, Expocentre Russian Reserves ANO

07.09.2017
11:30—13:00

Building A, level 5, Conference hall 10

Doing Business in the Russian Far East

Agricultural Investment. Feeding the Asia-Pacific Region

The Russian Far East is located closer than any other region of the country to the largest and fastest growing market of the Asia-Pacific region, which has a population 20 times the size of Russia’s and 470 times larger than that of the macroregion. The Asia-Pacific Region is home to a rapidly growing middle class, which is the source of an enormous demand for quality and environmentally friendly food products. With its unique geographical location and environment, the Russian Far East could become one of the key suppliers of foodstuffs to the Asia-Pacific region. What trends are there in the demand for food products in the Asia-Pacific region from a medium and a long-term perspective? What food products for the Asia-Pacific region could be produced the most advantageously in the Russian Far East? How can lobbying opportunities be secured for Russian agricultural producers in the Asia-Pacific region? What steps must be taken at a government level to transform the Russian Far East into a key supplier to the highly competitive Asia-Pacific foodstuffs market?

Moderator:
Vitaliy Sheremet — Partner, Head of Agricultural Practice, KPMG in Russia and CIS

Panellists:
Sergey Glushkov — Vice President Corporate Affairs PepsiCo Russia/CIS/Ukraine & Central Europe
Andrey Gollandtsev — Chairman of the Board of Directors, Slavtrans-Service
Vadim Moshkovich — Chairman of the Board of Directors, Rusagro
Alexander Tkachev — Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation
Ngo Tkhan Hoan — General Director, TH-Rus Milk Food LLC
E Zhongqi — Chairman of Heilongjiang Committee, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade

Front row participants:
Sergey Belyaev — Director, TPC Absolut
Nikolay Kharitonov — Chairman, State Duma Committee for Regional Policy and Issues of the North and Far East
Ludmila Kuznetsova — General Director, "Agrohab" LLC
Anton Roux — Chief Executive Officer, Australia Davos Connection Forum

07.09.2017
11:30—13:00

Building A, level 8, Conference hall 11

Doing Business in the Russian Far East

Sea Ports: In Good Hands

In partnership with Port Management Company

The 5.6 thousand miles of the Russian Far Eastern coastline are home to 32 trade and fishing seaports, as well as 300 small ports and port facilities. Together, these account for approximately 35% of all cargo turnover through Russian seaports. However, technical standards at seaports in the Russian Far East do not conform to modern requirements. Only 19% of the total quayside length of these ports is equipped with specialized mooring installations, and only 23% of them have a depth of more than 11 metres. The degree of wear and tear on the majority of mooring installations exceeds 70%. The majority of these facilities remain in state ownership. Amendments to legislation have already been prepared which will make it possible to transfer mooring installations in Russian Far Eastern ports into private ownership. What plans exist for the development of major marine harbours in the Russian Far East? Which ports in the Russian Far East offer the most interesting investment opportunities? What impact will the transfer of quayside installations into private ownership have on the investment attractiveness of Russian Far Eastern ports? How will this mechanism operate? What economic impact have new customs clearance regulations in the Free Port of Vladivostok had on seaports? What further steps should be taken by the government to increase cargo turnover in Russian Far Eastern ports?

Moderator:
Yermolai Solzhenitsyn — Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Panellists:
Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem — Group Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, DP World
Ziyavudin Magomedov — Chairman of the Board of Directors, Summa Group
Viktor Olersky — Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation; Head, Federal Agency for Maritime and River Transport
Irina Olkhovskaya — First Deputy General Director - Commercial Director, "Port Management Company" - management company of "Vostochny Port"
Alexander Osipov — First Deputy Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East

Front row participants:
Alexander Dudko — Managing Director, Vostochnaya Stevedoring Company
Alexey Golovko — General Director, Far Eastern Transport Group
Ruslan Kondratov — President, Founder, Aqua-Resources Group of Companies
Denis Sarana — Member of the Board of Directors, JSC “Vladivostok Sea Fishing Port”
Vadim Shvetsov — General Director, Member of the Board of Directors, SOLLERS
Vasily Usoltsev — First Vice-Governor of Primorsky Territory

07.09.2017
17:00—18:30

Building B, level 7, Conference hall 5

Doing Business in the Russian Far East

The Russian Far East: An Investor’s Perspective

At the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) on 3 September 2016, the Russian President stated that Russia’s Far Eastern regions should be taken as a case study of best practice in the work of business support institutions. The session will include a presentation of best practices used in the Business Agent project, and an overview of the results of the ‘mystery shopper’ operation run by the non-profit organization Leaders’ Club, aimed at assessing the quality of the efforts undertaken by institutions in the Russian Far East to attract investment and support business, and evaluating existing development zones. The discussion will focus on problems encountered by Russian and foreign investors in Russia’s Far Eastern regions. Are the Far Eastern regions ready to welcome investors? What are the most effective tools for attracting investors to the Russian Far East?

Moderator:
Artem Avetisyan — Director of the New Business Department, Agency of Strategic Initiatives; Chairman of the Non-Governmental Organization Leaders Club

Panellists:
Andrei Belousov — Aide to the President of the Russian Federation
Nikita Demekhin — General Director, Research and Development Center Pozhengineering LLC
Roman Kopin — Governor and Chairman of the Government of Chukotka Autonomous Area
Alexander Levintal — Governor of the Jewish Autonomous Region
Kunio Okada — General Director of the Institute for Russian and NIS Economic Studies, Japan Association for Trade with Russia and NIS
Vladimir Pecheny — Governor and Chairman of the Government of Magadan Region
Vladimir Rubakhin — Chairman of the Board of Directors, Agrotech Holding
Alexey Suvorov — General Director, New Technologies LLC
Denis Tikhonov — General Director, Corporation for Far East Development
Vyacheslav Yugay — Head of Far East Practice Group, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners