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 B, level 7, Conference hall 5

Business Dialogue

Russia–India: Identifying New Opportunities

In 2017, India made its first investments in the Russian Far East outside the oil and gas sector, and the first phase of a Russian–Indian cooperative venture to establish a diamond and jewellery cluster in Vladivostok is now beginning. A number of Indian companies are at an advanced stage of decision-making about investing in machine building and oil and gas extraction. Even so, business leaders from the two countries recognize that there is huge untapped potential for bilateral investment cooperation in the Russian Far East. India and Russia are ready to work together to increase their trade and economic cooperation in the Russian Far East, taking the necessary steps to achieve this and making available special conditions and incentives. In particular, as of 1 August 2017, Indian citizens can take advantage of a simplified visa regime and enter Vladivostok Free Port on an electronic visa. This will have a direct impact on the development of Russian–Indian cooperation in the Russian Far East and the flow of tourists from India into the region. What projects are Indian companies already implementing in the Russian Far East, and what is the key to their success? What mechanisms and solutions could act as a catalyst for the growth of Indian investment in the Russian Far East and mutual trade? In which sectors does Russian–Indian investment cooperation have the greatest potential? What changes need to be made to the regulation of these sectors to make them attractive for Indian investors?

Moderator:
Alexander Ivlev — Country Managing Partner for Russia, EY

Panellists:
Sergei Cheryomin — Minister, Head of Department for Foreign Economic Activity and International Relations, Moscow City Government; Chairman of the Board, Business Council for Cooperation with India
Minesh Dave — Chief Business Development Officer, Tata Power
Shiv Vikram Khemka — Vice Chairman, SUN Group
Ludmila Kuznetsova — General Director, "Agrohab" LLC
Alexander Osipov — First Deputy Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East
Pankaj Patel — President, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry
Pankaj Saran — Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of India in the Russian Federation
Sushma Swaraj — Minister of External Affairs of the Republic of India

Front row participants:
Payal Koul Mirakhur — Vice President, Invest India
Alexander Misharin — First Vice President, Russian Railways
Leonid Petukhov — General Director, Far East Investment and Export Agency
Anna Tsivileva — Chairman of the Managment Board, Kolmar Sales and Logistics (KSL AG)
Borisbiy Zhangurazov — Senior Director for Foreign Projects, Summa Group

06.09.2017
15:15—16:45

Building B, level 6, Conference hall 8

Business Dialogue

Russia–ASEAN

Throughout the 20-plus years of relations between Russia and ASEAN member states, particular attention has focused on trade. This year marks the launch of a range of projects in the Russian Far East that are being implemented with the participation of companies from ASEAN member states – in machine building, agriculture, timber processing, transport, and tourism. However, it is also crucial to concentrate on the considerable investment potential, which remains untapped. To ensure the success of projects undertaken in the Russian Far East with the participation of investors from ASEAN member states, unprecedented conditions have been put in place to ensure the highest level of convenience. The region is in a position to become a springboard for building cooperation between Russia and ASEAN countries. Special significance should be accorded to projects, which will create a multiplier effect, joint production based on the application of cutting-edge, innovative solutions, and breakthrough technologies targeted both at the local market and for export to countries experiencing continued growth in demand for products of this kind. It is vitally important to give due consideration to the opportunities presented by multilateral cooperation, whereby investors from several countries participate in a single project. What are the projects being realized in the Russian Far East by ASEAN member states? How can investors from several ASEAN countries be brought together for a single project? What barriers are currently impeding the flow of investment from ASEAN countries into the Russian Far East, and how can these be overcome? Which sectors feature the most promising projects for working together?

Moderator:
Sergey Katyrin — President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation

Panellists:
Winichai Chaemchaeng — Vice Minister of Commerce of the Kingdom of Thailand
Cao Quoc Hung — Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of Vietnam
Timothy Patrick McNally — Chairman of the Board of Directors, NagaCorp Ltd
Alexander Misharin — First Vice President, Russian Railways
Didit Ratam — Chairman of the Russia-CIS Committee, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Rowel S. Barba — Undersecretary, Management Services Group (MSG), Department of Trade and Industry of the Republic of the Philippines

Front row participants:
Nonna Kagramanyan — Vice-President for International Affairs, All-Russia Public Organization Delovaya Rossiya (Business Russia)
Leonid Petukhov — General Director, Far East Investment and Export Agency
Anton Safronov — Minister of Investment Development and Entrepreneurship of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
Alexander Shokhin — President, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP)
Roberto de Venecia — Chairman, Philippines-Russia Business Council

07.09.2017
09:00—10:30

Building A, level 3, Conference hall 17

Business Dialogue

Russia–China

Eighty percent of investment in the Russian Far East from the Asia-Pacific region over the last two years has come from Chinese companies. Altogether, more than 20 investment projects, with a total investment value of over USD 3 billion, are being implemented in the macroregion with the participation of Chinese capital. Chinese companies have also announced plans to implement other major projects in the Russian Far East, including construction of a pulp mill and a new sea port. Intensive construction is under way on cross-border transport projects which will connect the Russian and Chinese economies and produce a large multiplier effect for regions in both countries. Within the last year, a project to develop international transport corridors has progressed to the practical stage. The corridors will link the north-eastern provinces of China with the ports of Primorsky Territory. An agreement has been signed between the relevant agencies in the two countries to create a seamless regime for the transit of Chinese cargo via the corridor. This project is a practical example of the linking of the Eurasian Economic Union with the Belt and Road initiative. In order to increase levels of trade, economic, and investment cooperation, new intergovernmental mechanisms have been developed and a Far East centre for supporting Chinese investors has been created. Which projects have already been realized in the Russian Far East with the participation of Chinese capital and have demonstrated their viability? Which are in the early phase? What are the obstacles to their implementation? What mechanisms could become additional drivers of growth in the flow of investment into the Russian Far East from China? What effects can businesses in both countries expect from the launch of the new cross-border corridors?

Moderator:
Andrei Bystritsky — Chairman of the Board, Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club

Panellists:
Grigory Berezkin — Chairman of the Board of Directors, ESN Group
Kirill Dmitriev — Chief Executive Officer, JSC Managing Company Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF)
Song Dongsheng — President, PowerChina International Group Limited
Alexander Galushka — Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East
Vadim Moshkovich — Chairman of the Board of Directors, Rusagro
Yury Trutnev — Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District of the Russian Federation
Victor Vekselberg — Chairman of the Board of Directors, Renova Group; President, Skolkovo Foundation
Wang Yang — Vice-Premier, State Council of the People's Republic of China
He Zhenwei — Secretary General, China Overseas Development Association
Chen Zhong — General Director, China Communications Construction Company Limited International

Front row participants:
Egor Borisov — Head of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
Alexey Kordichev — Chairman of the Management Board, PSC Orient Express Bank
Konstantin Lashkevich — President, RFP Holding
Alexander Misharin — First Vice President, Russian Railways
Vladimir Padalko — Vice President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation
Leonid Petukhov — General Director, Far East Investment and Export Agency
Anton Safronov — Minister of Investment Development and Entrepreneurship of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
Jia Yumei — Vice-Governor of Heilongjiang Province, People's Republic of China
Xian Zhu — Vice President, Chief Operations Officer, New Development Bank

07.09.2017
09:00—10:30

Building B, level 5, Conference hall 3

Business Dialogue

Russia–Japan

One year on from the launch of joint work on an eight-point plan for economic cooperation proposed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, it is possible to speak of a significant uptick in cooperation between businesses in the two countries. Discussions on joint investment projects in the oil and gas sector, agriculture, healthcare, and infrastructure have entered the practical stage. Many of these projects are connected with the Russian Far East. Negotiations have intensified between Russian and Japanese companies on the construction of a gas pipeline and a maritime energy bridge to supply electricity to Japan. Companies are especially interested in collaboration on renewable energy projects. In accordance with a Russian Government decision, from 1 August 2017, visa entry for Japanese citizens entering Vladivostok Free Port will be simplified (by the introduction of electronic visas). This will not only make it easier to do business, but also facilitate the continuing growth in tourist flows from Japan to the Russian Far East. In order to increase Japanese investment in the Russian Far East, a special company has been created jointly with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation. What projects are already being implemented by Japanese companies in the Russian Far East? What is the key to the success of these projects? What misgivings are preventing Japanese companies from investing in the Russian Far East? How can their confidence be strengthened? Which sectors are the most promising? What improvements are required in each sector from a regulatory point of view?

Moderators:
Shigeru Murayama — President, Japan Association for Trade with Russia and the NIS (ROTOBO); Chairman of the Board, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Alexey Repik — President, Delovaya Rossiya (Business Russia)

Panellists:
Teruo Asada — Chairman, Japan-Russia Business Cooperation Committee, Keidanren (Japan Business Federation); Chairman of the Board, Marubeni Corporation
Kirill Dmitriev — Chief Executive Officer, JSC Managing Company Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF)
Masami Iijima — Representative Director, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
Tadashi Maeda — Chief Executive Officer, Executive Managing Director, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
Evgeniy Olkhovich — Deputy General Director for Strategic Development, Rosseti
Maxim Oreshkin — Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
Nikolai Podguzov — General Director, Russian Post
Toshiyuki Sasaki — Chief Operating Officer, Shinwa Holdings Co., Ltd.
Masayuki Sato — Chairman, Representative Director, JGC Corporation
Hiroshige Seko — Minister for Economic Cooperation with Russia, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan
Igor Shuvalov — First Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation
Vadim Shvetsov — General Director, Member of the Board of Directors, SOLLERS
Harumi Takahashi — Governor of Hokkaido Prefecture

Front row participants:
Evgeniy Chekin — Chairman of the Government of the Republic of Sakha Yakutia
Andrey Chibis — Deputy Minister of Construction, Housing, and Utilities of the Russian Federation
Eugeny Gromyko — Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation
Shinji Hirai — Governor of Tottori Prefecture
Keisuke Kuroki — President, Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC)
Dmitry Mezentsev — Member of The Council of the Federation of the Russian Federation Committee on Economic Policy
Yoichi Nishikawa — President, Representative Director, Iida Group Holdings Co, Ltd.
Koji Omi — Founder, Chairman, Science and Technology in Society Forum (STS forum)
Alexey Ostrovskiy — Governor of Smolensk Region
George Rizhinashvili — Member of the Management Board, First Deputy Director General, RusHydro
Masaji Santo — President, Chief Executive Officer, Chiyoda Corporation
Alexander Shokhin — President, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP)
Stanislav Voskresensky — Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

07.09.2017
11:30—13:00

Building B, level 5, Conference hall 3

Business Dialogue

Russia–Republic of Korea

Investors from the Republic of Korea are increasing their commitments in regions of the Russian Far East, and discovering for themselves the new investment support mechanisms that are available in the macroregion. The majority of Korean projects are concentrated in the seafood and agroindustrial sectors. At the same time, such projects account for less than 1% of foreign investment into the Russian Far East from Asia-Pacific countries in the last two years. Investors have yet to discover the potential for investment cooperation that exists in such sectors as mineral extraction, logistics, tourism, energy, cutting-edge technology, and medicine. The window of opportunity opening up in relations between Russia and the Republic of Korea is making it possible for this potential to be realized more quickly, and for work to begin on major projects which can benefit business in both countries, such as the construction of a container line for the Northern Sea Route. Moreover, the prerequisites for a sizeable increase in trade turnover will be met by a free trade agreement between Russia and South Korea which is currently under discussion. What is obstructing the flow of Korean investment into the Russian Far East? What solutions does business need from the governments of the two countries in order to operate with confidence in the macroregion? How does Korean business rate the competitiveness of conditions for investing and doing business in the Russian Far East? What experience can South Korea draw on in the Russian Far East to improve the investment climate? Are Russian and Korean businesses interested in implementing megaprojects such as the development of the Northern Sea Route and the creation of an Asian energy ring? What are Russian and Korean businesses expecting from a free trade agreement between Russia and Korea?

Moderator:
Mikhail Bondarenko — Trade Representative of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Korea

Panellists:
Alexander Galushka — Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East
Kim Im-Kweon — Chairman, President, National Federation of Fisheries Cooperatives (NFFC)
Sang-Hoon Jheon — President, Chief Executive Officer, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital
Hyun Jung Taik — President, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP)
Sam-Hyun Ka — President, Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Ltd
Hwang Kag-Gyu — President, Lotte Corporate Innovation Office
Sergey Katyrin — President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation
Sangsik Lee — Senior Vice President, Hyundai Merchant Marine Co Ltd
Yongmaan Park — Chairman, Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI)
Vyacheslav Saraev — Managing Director, EVRAZ NMTP (Nakhodka Trade Sea Port)
Alexander Shokhin — President, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP)
Young-gil Song — Chairman, Presidential Committee on Northern Economic Cooperation
Ill Tai Suh — President, Korea Trading & Industries Co Ltd
Paik Ungyu — Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea
Ye-jong Woo — President, Busan Port Authority

Front row participants:
Jin Young Choi — President, Chief Executive Officer, Gideon Systech Co., Ltd
Alexander Efremov — Managing Director, «Dobroflot» Group of Companies
Ivan Tonkikh — General Director, RasonConTrans
Borisbiy Zhangurazov — Senior Director for Foreign Projects, Summa Group