11.09.2018
09:00—10:30

Building A, level 11, Business breakfast hall

Joint Meeting of Russia–Korea and Korea–Russia Business and Investment Councils

By personal invitation only

Political and economic cooperation between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Korea is on an unprecedented rise. The Moon Jae-in Administration has set Korea–Russia relations as one of its key priorities, resulting in the 'Nine Bridges towards Cooperation' initiative. How the private sector could be involved in the “Nine Bridges” initiative implementation? Which sectors could become locomotives for boosting bilateral trade and investment? What role might SMEs assume in this process?


Moderator:
Sergey Glukhov — General Director, Leaders' Club

Panellists:
Artem Avetisyan — Director of the New Business Department, Agency for Strategic Initiatives; Chairman of the Non-Governmental Organization Leaders' Club
Vyacheslav Arutyunyan — Acting Chairman of the Management Board, Orient Express Bank
Homin Kang — Senior Vice President, Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Pyung-oh Kwon — President, Chief Executive Officer, Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA)
Oleg Kozhemyako — Governor of Sakhalin Region
Keun-tae Park — Chief Executive Officer, CJ Logistics Corporation; Chairman, Korea-Russia Business and Investment Council
Alexey Repik — President, Delovaya Rossiya (Business Russia)
Jaeho Jung — Member of Parliament of the Republic of Korea; Special Advisor, Presidential Committee on Northern Economic Cooperation
Svetlana Chupsheva — Chief Executive Officer, Agency for Strategic Initiatives
Aleksandr Shenderyuk-Zhidkov — Director, Sodruzhestvo

11.09.2018
10:00—11:30

Building A, level 5, Conference hall 10

The Global Far East: International Projects for Cooperation

The Challenges of New Territories: Space, the Arctic, and the World Ocean

In the 21st century, exploration of new territories is becoming increasingly important in terms of access to both resources and logistics, and as a means of preventing disasters. New technologies in conjunction with business models that have been proven to be competitive on the global market should play a key role in this area. Within the framework of the AeroNet, MariNet, and AutoNet road maps of the National Technology Initiative, a number of directions for the development of relevant market-oriented technologies have been formulated: remote sensing of the Earth; the use of monitoring based on unmanned systems; integrated logistics services; organization of communication and information exchange between ships, the coast, and other users; ecological monitoring; smart management of port infrastructure; creation of infrastructure and unmanned navigation resources; development of underwater robotics; mining technologies for extraction of offshore minerals; renewable ocean energy sources; underwater communication systems; etc. What might a smart maritime transport management system and technologies for developing the World Ocean look like? How are technologies related to renewable ocean energy sources and extraction of hard-to-reach natural resources found in the World Ocean developing? Are space exploration mega-projects realistic?


Moderator:
Alexander Povalko — Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Management Board, RVC

Panellists:
Andrey Adrianov — Vice-President, Russian Academy of Sciences
Kirill Golokhvast — Vice Rector for Research, Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU)
Sergey Zhukov — General Director, Technology Transfer Center
Dmitry Peskov — Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation on Digital and Technological Development; Director of the Young Professionals direction, Agency for Strategic Initiatives
Aleksey Struchkov — First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Sakha(Yakutia)

11.09.2018
10:00—11:30

Building B, level 6, Conference hall 6

The Global Far East: International Projects for Cooperation

Energy Cooperation in Northeast Asia

The unbalanced distribution of energy resources in Northeast Asia in the context of rapid growth in demand implies a need to ensure an adequate level of supply, which will stimulate the economic growth of energy importing countries. Despite the diversity of models of production and consumption of energy, the geographical proximity of Russia, China, Mongolia, and North and South Korea to one another may lead to mutually beneficial cooperation in Northeast Asia, and the development of trade in energy resources. Keeping in mind the realities of the modern world, the heads of scientific institutes and academies and the heads of international organizations and associations will discuss the possibilities of establishing multilateral scientific and technological cooperation in the field of energy, with the aim of ensuring energy security in Northeast Asia, and will identify potential mechanisms for intensifying cooperation in the region. What will the energy trends of the future be in Northeast Asia? What is the role of the Russian energy sector in Northeast Asia? What steps need to be taken to transition to sustainable production and consumption of energy? What are the prospects for developing the North Korean energy industry? Is cooperation on energy innovation and technology possible?


Moderator:
Chung Rae Kwon — Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Member of the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee; Professor Emeritus, Incheon National University

Panellists:
Yeren-Ulzii Batmunkh — Head of Investment and Production Division, Ministry of Energy of Mongolia
Lee Bu Young — Honoured President, PEACE ASIA Corporation
Oleg Budargin — Vice Chairman for Regional Development, World Energy Council (WEC)
Wang Jun — Senior Engineer, Electric Power Planning & Engineering Institute (EPPEI)
Alexander Sergeev — President, Russian Academy of Sciences
Wu Xuan — Deputy Chairman, Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO)
Liu Hongpeng — Director, Energy Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Kim Jin Hyun — Chairman, World Peace Forum
Lee Jong Ho — President, Korea Scientific Writers Association

Front row participants:
Cho Inkil — Consultant, Federation of Artistc and Cultural Organization of Korea
Vasily Savin — Partner, Head of Power and Utilities, KPMG in Russia and the CIS
Lee Samuel — Chairman, Korea Dialogue Academy
Park Chan-Mo — Chancellor, Pyongyang University of Science and Technology
Song Jaeryoung — Researcher of Center for Climate Technology Cooperation, Green Technology Center
Ko Youngjoo — Policy Fellow, Director, National Research Council of Science and Technology

11.09.2018
10:00—11:30

Building B, level 6, Conference hall 7

The Global Far East: International Projects for Cooperation

An International Medical Cluster in Vladivostok: Taking the First Steps

Every year, around 20,000 inhabitants of the Russian Far East visit medical centres in South Korea, China, Japan, and Singapore. In order to ensure that the regional population has access to qualified medical assistance, plans are in development to extend the Skolkovo International Medical Cluster scheme to Vladivostok Free Port. How can medical tourists be attracted back to the Far Eastern Federal District, and new ones attracted ones from Northern China? What barriers exist today that are preventing foreign investors from pursuing medical projects in the Russian Far East? What are the similarities and differences between plans for medical clusters in Skolkovo and Vladivostok? How can the Far Eastern medical cluster be turned into a source of growth for medical service exports, and what should be taken into account from the outset? Why is it the case that international experience in medicine, rather than threatening national healthcare systems, instead provides a key to improving quality of life and longevity?


Moderator:
Vladislav Boutenko — Senior Partner, Managing Director, Chairman in Russia, The Boston Consulting Group

Panellists:
Kirill Kaem — Senior Vice-President for Innovations, Skolkovo Foundation
Takao Nishida — Deputy Secretary General, Hokuto Social Medical Corporation
Yamada Noriko — Director, Medical Excellence JAPAN
Toshio Fujimoto — General Manager, Shonan Health Innovation Park, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited
Yury Khotimchenko — Vice-Rector for Medical Affairs; Director, School of Biomedicine, Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU)
Lee Chang Hun — President, Pusan National University Hospital

Front row participants:
Joa Sup Bae — Director of the Department of Global Healthcare, Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI)
Evgeny Chernyshev — Vice President, Medical Tourism Agencies Association

11.09.2018
10:00—11:30

Building B, level 6, Conference hall 8

Industry Priorities In The Far East

Agricultural Logistics in the Russian Far East: A Driver of Agroindustrial Growth

Growing consumption of agricultural and food products in the countries of East Asia is creating significant export potential for the Russian Far East’s domestic agroindustrial sector. Effective monetization of this potential will require a competitive and modern supply chain within both the Russian Far East and target sales markets. Consumer preferences are dictating new requirements for modern logistics, with the sector being forced to improve its efficiency, reliability, and use of technology. What is the significance of agricultural logistics for the development of the regional agricultural industry? Which modern logistics solutions could be used to increase the competitiveness of domestic agricultural products? What current logistical limitations in the region are holding back agroindustrial exports? What Russian and foreign infrastructure projects aimed at increasing exports are being implemented today? What are some of the new approaches to organizing supply chain infrastructure for key markets? Will agricultural logistics hubs become a mechanism for supporting exports from small-scale farms? How are modern technologies enabling the optimization of logistics for agroindustrial and food products?


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

Panellists:
Maxim Basov — Chief Executive Officer, Rusagro Group of Companies
Alexey Vanchugov — Chairman of the Executive Board, RosAgroMarket
Andrey Gollandtsev — Chairman of the Board of Directors, Slavtrans-Service
Sergey Levin — Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation
Andrey Slepnev — Chief Executive Officer, Russian Export Center
Nikolay Tsekhomskiy — First Deputy Chairman – Member of the Management Board, Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank)

Front row participant:
Nikolay Kharitonov — Chairman of the Committee for Regional Policy and Issues of the North and Far East, State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation

11.09.2018
10:00—11:30

Building B, level 6, Conference hall 9

The Global Far East: International Projects for Cooperation

Cross-Border Electronic Trade between Russia and China in the Digital Dimension

In recent years, the development of Russian–Chinese cooperation in cross-border online trade has reached a new level. Within the overall structure of cross-border e-commerce trade between Russia and China, the lion’s share is represented by Chinese exports to Russia. Recently, however, an increasing number of Russian companies have been viewing China as a promising sales market for their own products via electronic channels, and are seeking opportunities to optimize supply routes. This development of the Far East region is largely the reason for the rate of growth seen in cross-border trade between the two countries. Both the authorities and businesses should therefore focus their efforts in this particular direction. What is the current profile of Russian users of Chinese online stores, and how can these be reoriented towards consuming goods in the mid-to-high price range? What changes in the e-commerce market are anticipated in the short term (including to its structure, technologies, models, services, and priorities)? How might the development of the e-commerce market be influenced by customs and tax regulation measures? What infrastructure projects, including those in the Far East, must be implemented today in order to ensure that consumers receive the levels of service that they have come to expect? What tools can be used to ensure growth in the volume of Russian goods exported to China?


Moderator:
Dmitry Butrin — Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Head of Economic Policy Section, Kommersant Publishing House

Panellists:
Alexander Brechalov — Head of the Udmurt Republic, Co-Chairman of the Central Staff, All-Russia People's Front (ONF)
Ilya Kretov — General Manager Russia and Emerging Europe, eBay Inc.
Nikolai Podguzov — General Director, Russian Post
Huang Xing — Vice President, JD Group
Li Xiong — Vice President, China Post Group
Xue Xiaoguo — General Manager, Cainiao Global - Outbound, Alibaba Group
Zhu Xiaoliang — Director, China International Electronic Commerce Center (CIECC)

Front row participants:
Sergey Zhigarev — Chairman, State Duma Committee on Economic Policy, Industry, Innovative Development, and Entrepreneurship
Sergey Iniushin — Trade Representative of the Russian Federation in the People's Republic of China
Elena Kuznetsova — Partner, McKinsey & Company
Vera Podguzova — Managing Director of External Communications, Russian Export Center

11.09.2018
10:00—11:30

Building B, level 7, Conference hall 4

The Global Far East: International Projects for Cooperation

Solving Challenges in Russian–Chinese Communications: Myths and Reality

Russian–Chinese relations have reached a new level. New points of growth are being noted, including trade in agricultural produce, cross-border electronic trade, small and medium-sized businesses, cooperation in the financial and high-tech sectors, and collaboration on projects in the Russian Far East and the Arctic. This is a promising area that is set to be actively developed. Restrictive factors are also at play, however, and not least with respect to the positioning and promotion of export goods and services. One of these factors is a lack of readiness among target markets (including both businesses and end consumers), due to the lack of a clearly formed image of Russia and China as producers of high-quality and competitive goods and insufficient knowledge and trust, both on the part of consumers in both countries and on the part of business (local partners, distributors, financial institutions, etc.). Another is the absence in Russia and China of a unified, authoritative expert platform for creating a ‘knowledge base’ with regard to the particulars of communications and marketing in both countries; insufficient exchange of both positive and negative experience; an incompletely formed market for highly-qualified specialists in the fields of promotion and positioning; and difficulties in intercultural communication. What are the models, opportunities, specific features, and risks of entering the Russian and Chinese markets? How is the image of Russia and China formed in the minds of export market consumers? What are the key trends in communications (PR, GR, digital marketing) in the Chinese and Russian export markets? What is the best way to promote a brand in Russia and China in the era of digitalization: the special features of promotion on social media; bloggers as a key sales channel; digital marketing, e-commerce, m-commerce?


Moderator:
Mikhail Korostikov — Observer of International Divison, Kommersant Publishing House

Panellists:
Wang Feng — Chairman, Russian-Chinese Foundation for Regional Development
Wu Hao — Chief Editor in Russia, China Newsweek
Qian Zhimin — Chairman of the Board of Directors, State Power Investment Corporation Ltd
He Zhenwei — Secretary General, China Overseas Development Association

Front row participants:
Alexander Kazyukhin — Head, iMARS China in Beijing
Ekaterina Kumanina — Member of the Management Board, Director for Strategic Communications, RVC
Vera Podguzova — Managing Director of External Communications, Russian Export Center
Mikhail Khomich — Deputy Prime Minister, Udmurt Republic

11.09.2018
10:00—11:30

Building B, level 7, Conference hall 5

Tools To Support Investors: Next Steps

The Far East as a Financial and Offshore Centre

In 2018, decisions were taken to create a financial centre and special administrative district (offshore) on Russky Island. Both of these decisions are aimed at ensuring that Russia can offer the globally competitive conditions needed to attract and retain capital, and that its financial market and financial technologies incorporate the latest developments. What new solutions for developing Russia’s financial market will be implemented in the Vladivostok Free Port financial centre? What conditions are needed to attract international credit organizations to Russia? What is needed in order to create and develop a cryptocurrency exchange? How competitive are CAP regimes when it comes to protecting capital?


Moderator:
Maxim Filimonov — Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Chief Editor, TASS Russia

Panellists:
Alexander Krutikov — Deputy Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East
Chow Loletta — EY Global Leader, China Overseas Investment Network
Maxim Oreshkin — Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
Zhou Xiaochuan — Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, Boao Forum for Asia
Denis Tikhonov — General Director, Corporation for Far East Development
Alexey Chekunkov — Chief Executive Officer, Far East and Baikal Region Development Fund

Front row participants:
Elena Avakyan — Executive Director, Non-Profit Partnership for Advancement of Corporate Law; Counsel, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners
Andrey Gorlenko — Executive Administrator, Russian Arbitration Centre at the Russian Institute of Modern Arbitration
Aleksandr Shenderyuk-Zhidkov — Director, Sodruzhestvo
Gao Yang — President, BANK OF CHINA RUSSIA

11.09.2018
10:00—11:30

Building D, level 5, Conference hall 12

Industry Priorities In The Far East

Port Infrastructure: New Opportunities for Investors

Cargo turnover at sea ports in the Russian Far East doubled between 2009 and 2017, demonstrating rapid growth in comparison with figures for the Russian Federation as a whole. In 2017, cargo turnover at ports in the Far Eastern basin reached 191.7 million tonnes, a large part of which was accounted for by coal transshipments. It is anticipated that the growth of coal exports to Asia-Pacific countries and active development of new coal deposits in the Russian Far East will continue. New projects involving the transshipment of grain cargoes and seafood products, as well as the development of the Russian Far East’s transit potential, will also help to increase cargo turnover. What areas of development are the highest priorities for increasing competitiveness in the sector? How can zoning of Far Eastern ports according to cargo type be implemented, in a way that also addresses the environmental problems that may arise from the transshipment of coal? What factors in the investment attractiveness of the sector are the most important for potential investors and what changes are needed in order to address these? Which modern financial instruments should be used to implement infrastructure projects in the Russian Far East?


Moderator:
Igor Prutov — Partner, Transaction Advisory Services, EY

Panellists:
Denis Ilatovskiy — Director for Logistics, JSC SUEK
Vitaly Korolev — Deputy Head, Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation (FAS Russia)
Irina Olkhovskaya — First Deputy General Director - Commercial Director, Port Management Company
Di Wu — Vice President, China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd.
Yuriy Tsvetkov — Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation; Head, Federal Agency for Maritime and River Transport
Vadim Shvetsov — Chief Executive Officer, Member of the Board of Directors, SOLLERS

Front row participants:
Iwata Akira — General Manager of Moscow Branch, Nomura Research Institute Ltd.
Vladimir Grigoryev — General Director, AO Nakhodka Trade Seaport
Ruslan Kondratov — President, Founder, Aqua-Resources Group of Companies
Eiji Okada — Chief Operating Officer, Marubeni Corporation
Alexander Romanov — Executive Director, Infrastructure Financing Division, VTB Capital
Yury Tyamushkin — General Director, VaninoTransUgol JSC

11.09.2018
10:00—11:30

Building D, level 6, Conference hall 17

Improving Living Conditions

Redefining Education for the Global Workforce of Tomorrow

As the global economy rapidly evolves, driven by disruptive technologies, education systems face hitherto unseen challenges. Today, the interdependence of man and machine has blurred the lines between the digital, physical, and biological spheres. And while technologies give rise to innovations, they do not promise progress per se. The spread of artificial intelligence and machine learning could leave millions of people unemployed, and disrupt existing social and economic patterns. As a result, the younger generation is at risk of entering a marketplace where the skills gap is worse than at any time before in history. While public and private investments in education aim to improve human capital, new and better approaches to teaching are also needed to provide the skills required to develop the workforce of the future. What is being done to prepare subsequent generations for an uncertain and volatile future? Are current education systems teaching the skills required to close the skills gap in an automated world? What would prompt governments to reconsider the value of education?


Moderator:
Brian Yeung — Editor, Asia Weekly

Panellist:
Charles Yidan Chen — Founder, Yidan Prize Foundation; Core Founder, Tencent Holdings Limited

11.09.2018
10:00—11:30

Building D, level 6, Conference hall 18

Industry Priorities In The Far East

Improving Legislation on Geological Prospecting: Subsoil Users Speak

The majority of deposits currently being developed in the Russian Far East were opened and surveyed during the Soviet period. In order to support the future development of the mining sector in the Far East, it is essential to develop its resource potential to the fullest extent possible, and this should be facilitated by geological exploration. Expenditure on geological survey work on the Russian Far East’s mineral resource base rose by 30% in 2017, reaching around RUB 6 billion, with plans to allocate around RUB 16 billion over the 2017–2020 period. Although these sums are significant, in order to fully exploit the resource potential of the region and make the most practical use of its subsoil, the Russian Far East requires a more active investment strategy for the development of geological exploration. What concrete steps must be taken to increase survey coverage of the Russian Far East? What global best practices (from Canada, Australia, the USA, and South Africa) can be used in projects in the Far East? What model for junior companies is the most attractive for the Russian market?


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

Panellists:
Thomas E. Bowens — President, Chief Executive Officer, Member of the Board of Directors, IG Copper
Mikhail Damrin — Chief Executive Officer, Kopy Goldfields AB
Evgeny Kiselev — Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation - Head of the Federal Agency for Mineral Resources
Vitaliy Nesis — Group Chief Executive Officer, Polymetal
Sergey Pavlovsky — Member of the Board of Directors, Gold of Kamchatka
Claude Schimper — Regional Vice President for Russia, Kinross Gold Corporation

Front row participants:
Alexander Basanskiy — Chairman of the Board of Directors, Kolyma Industrial and Commercial Concern Arbat
Kirill Molodtsov — Aide to the Chief of Staff, Presidential Executive Office

11.09.2018
12:30—14:00

Building A, level 5, Conference hall 10

Industry Priorities In The Far East

Aquaculture: The First Steps of a New Industry

For a long time, the contribution of marine aquaculture to the economy of the Russian Far East has been limited. In recent years, the industry’s output has been increasing, but further development is being hindered by administrative barriers. In 2017, the first major foreign investors got involved in the sector. Together with their investments, they have also brought in modern technology. A special Internet service for allocating marine plots for aquaculture was launched in 2018, with the help of which more than 100,000 hectares will be turned into new plantations by 2020. What other measures are needed to increase the volume of aquaculture products, both on the Russian market, and for export? How can the issues involved in making land available for the creation of on-shore bases for marine farms be solved? What needs to be done in order to simplify the procedure for carrying out environmental impact assessments for aquaculture? What can be done to improve the effectiveness of measures to safeguard private property used for mariculture production?


Moderator:
Eduard Klimov — Chairman of the Board of Directors, Fishnews

Panellists:
Roman Vityazev — Vice Chairman, Far Eastern Union of Mariculture Enterprises
Yulia Kosareva — Director of the Department of Private Investment Attraction, Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East
Alexander Tashintsev — Director, Investment Department, Far East and Baikal Region Development Fund
Guonan Qiu — President, Wenlian Aquaculture Co. Ltd.
Ilya Shestakov — Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation; Head, Federal Agency for Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo)

Front row participants:
Viktor Baranov — Deputy General Director, OOO RTS-Tender
Maxim Bergelya — Chairman, Association of Fishing Enterprises of the Ulchsky and Komsoolsky Districts of the Khabarovsk Territory
Valentin Bogoslavskiy — Director General, Scientific and Production Company Aquaculture Nereida
Alexander Efremov — Managing Director, Dobroflot Group of Companies
Andrey Kovalenko — Commissioner for Entrepreneurs’ Rights in Sakhalin Region
Maria Malkova — Executive Director, Zhilsotservis
Sergey Maslennikov — Head of the Laboratory of Ecology of Shelf Communities, Institute of Marine Biology, Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Andrey Strelets — General Director, Dalsnab
Sergey Emdin — Chief Executive Officer, Tele2

11.09.2018
12:30—14:00

Building B, level 6, Conference hall 6

Improving Living Conditions

The Future of the Labour Market in the Far East: New Strategies for Employers

By 2025, the Russian Far East will have a total of more than 100,000 modern, high-performance jobs. It will be impossible to fill these positions using only the Far East's existing workforce, however. The government has proposed a programme to attract specialists from other regions; nonetheless, the scale and conditions of these proposals are indicative of the need to adopt new measures aimed at attracting staff and creating a new system to train and retrain specialists in accordance with employers’ requirements. How can we develop a strategy to improve the workforce potential of the Far East? How do we effectively develop and invest in human capital? How do we solve the problems that investors encounter when trying to attract qualified staff that are able to meet the needs of new industries?


Moderator:
Alexey Bobrovsky — Head of the Economic Programme, Russia 24 TV Channel

Panellists:
Nikita Anisimov — Rector, Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU)
Maxim Basov — Chief Executive Officer, Rusagro Group of Companies
Vsevolod Vukolov — Head, Federal Service for Labour and Employment (Rostrud)
Mikhail Karisalov — Chairman of the Management Board, Chief Executive Officer, SIBUR
Alexander Kozlov — Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East
Irina Manuylova — Acting Vice Governor of Primorye Territory
Robert Urazov — Chief Executive Officer, Agency for the Development of Professional Communities and Skilled Workers (WorldSkills Russia)
Svetlana Chupsheva — Chief Executive Officer, Agency for Strategic Initiatives
Irina Yarovaya — Deputy Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation

Front row participants:
Elena Grekhova — Head of the Project Learning to Drive Disabled People of 1 and 2 Groups, Sport Federation of Persons with Musculoskeletal Injuries in Primorsky Territory (regional public organization)
Andrey Leifa — Acting Rector, Amur State University

11.09.2018
12:30—14:00

Building B, level 6, Conference hall 7

The Global Far East: International Projects for Cooperation

The World Ocean: A Boundless Resource

In partnership with Rosgeologia

The World Ocean represents a seemingly boundless resource that no one has yet fully quantified. The oceans contain biological resources with an estimated biomass of 35 billion tonnes. Fish alone, which make up 20% of humanity’s food supply, account for 0.5 billion tonnes. The oceans also contain extractable mineral resources in their solid, liquid, and gaseous states. The oceans are a source of energy, such as the raw physical and thermal energy produced by the World Ocean, of which only tidal energy has been harnessed for the most part so far. Water itself is also a resource provided by the World Ocean. Seawater contains about 75 chemical elements, and once it has been desalinated, it can become the vital resource we need to sustain us. At the same time, the state of the ocean’s aquatic biological resource reserves and the question of how they can be effectively managed are becoming increasingly important. This question is relevant not only to the challenge of providing the population with high-quality food products, but also to ensuring that many industries and agribusinesses are supplied with the raw materials they need. The World Ocean is becoming increasingly strained. As its resources are exploited more intensively, it is becoming increasingly polluted due to the dumping of industrial, agricultural, domestic, and other waste into rivers and seas and as a result of shipping and mining activity. Oil spills and the disposal of toxic substances and radioactive waste in the deep ocean pose a particular threat. The problems of the World Ocean will be the problems of future human civilization. They require concerted international measures to coordinate the use of its resources. How can we learn how to properly evaluate these resources and to use them correctly? What needs to be done in order to preserve and increase the natural bounty that has been given to us?


Moderator:
Maxim Safonov — Director, Green Capital Alliance; Professor, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA)

Panellists:
Andrey Adrianov — Vice-President, Russian Academy of Sciences
Riccardo Valentini — Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Member of the Board of Directors, CMCC (Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change); Professor, University of Tuscia
Dmitry Kobylkin — Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation
Ruslan Novikov — General Director, Argumenty I Facty Ltd
Roman Panov — Chief Executive Officer, Rosgeologia

Front row participant:
Kirill Molodtsov — Aide to the Chief of Staff, Presidential Executive Office

11.09.2018
12:30—14:00

Building B, level 6, Conference hall 8

Improving Living Conditions

Information Infrastructure as a Driver of Rapid Economic Development in the Far East

In partnership with MegaFon

Information infrastructure creates opportunities for the development of telemedicine, distance learning, smart energy, and digital utilities, as well as other sectors which promote growth in the digital economy. The government is set to approve a national plan to develop the country’s information infrastructure, which should help to drive growth in these sectors. On the other hand, according to the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East, one in ten residents of the region still lacks access to broadband Internet and a reliable mobile connection. This is slowing the development of the high-tech sector in the region, and postponing the creation of a fully-fledged information infrastructure and transition to a digital economy. The most important task in delivering high-quality social services is providing access to a network of educational institutions and healthcare facilities, and in order to maintain road safety and a fast response to emergencies, especially in winter, it is vital that stable mobile communications services are accessible on federal and regional highways. How can business be persuaded to develop the information infrastructure as a whole? What special considerations should be taken into account in the development of the digital economy in the Far East? Which economic, technological, and regulatory barriers to development can be solved with the help of state support? Is there a role for investment support measures here? What opportunities could a stable high-speed connection provide for the expansion of the innovation sector in the Far East? Which solutions would improve the quality of life in the region?


Moderator:
Vladislav Boutenko — Senior Partner, Managing Director, Chairman in Russia, The Boston Consulting Group

Panellists:
Vasily Brovko — Director for Special Commissions, Russian Technologies State Corporation (Rostec)
Amy Lin — Senior Vice President, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
Vladislav Onishchenko — Head, Analytical Centre for the Government of the Russian Federation
Mikhail Oseevskiy — President, Rostelecom
Anna Serebryanikova — Chief Operating Officer, MegaFon

Front row participants:
Sergey Nosov — Acting Governor of Magadan Region
Vladimir Solodov — Acting Chairman of the Government of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
Zhu Xian — Vice President, Chief Operations Officer, New Development Bank

11.09.2018
12:30—14:00

Building B, level 6, Conference hall 9

Tools To Support Investors: Next Steps

PPP in Sports: New Opportunities for Investors

ROSINFRA Infrastructure Congress Event

The transition from state budget financing to public-private partnership represents a new challenge for the development of sporting infrastructure and new opportunities for investors. Which mechanisms of attracting extra-budgetary investment are already operating in this field? How can SMEs be encouraged to take an interest in the sports industry? What are the requirements that the banking sector imposes with respect to sporting infrastructure projects? Is it feasible to replicate successful examples of the construction and operation of sporting facilities through the PPP mechanism? What is the payback period? What type of support do potential investors in sporting infrastructure expect from the regions? How can interagency and interregional relations be optimized and the legal framework strengthened to increase the investment attractiveness of building and managing sporting infrastructure?


Moderator:
Tatiana Remezova — Anchor, Vesti News Show, All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company

Panellists:
Alexander Brechalov — Head of the Udmurt Republic, Co-Chairman of the Central Staff, All-Russia People's Front (ONF)
Dmitry Golovanov — Chairman of the Board, Member of the Supervisory Board, SME Bank JSC
Olga Golodets — Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation
Pavel Kolobkov — Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation
Dmitriy Svischev — Chair, Interdepartmental Working Group on the Development of Public-Private Partnership in Physical Education and Sport under the Government of the Russian Federation
Alexey Tsedenov — Head of the Republic of Buryatia
Vladimir Yakushev — Minister of Construction, Housing, and Utilities of the Russian Federation

Front row participants:
Anna Belichenko — Head, Organizing Committee of the Regions Sustainable Development Annual Public Award Competition
Viktor Lukyanov — Head of Brand Strategy Development Directorate, VTB Bank

11.09.2018
12:30—14:00

Building B, level 7, Conference hall 4

Improving Living Conditions

The Forces Driving Change in Society: How to Create Effective Social Communication

Without the cooperation of businesses, charities, and social and volunteer organizations, it is impossible to address the challenges that our society faces today. It is these groups that are the source of innovation, and from which many bold and creative ideas and solutions originate. Modern communications techniques are needed to ensure that information about new ideas and approaches to social issues can reach a wide audience. These techniques may, in turn, become a tool for creating and promoting community values and lead to more people becoming involved in addressing social issues. Effective means of communication can be developed if the efforts of both new contributors and recognized experts in this field are combined. What types of technology can be used to communicate social ideas effectively, and are there any successful examples to be found in Russia? What best international practices can be introduced in Russia? Who might be the key players in the process of setting up these new means of social communication? What measures and initiatives need to be introduced?


Moderator:
Sophie Shevardnadze — Journalist, Anchor

Panellists:
Felix Azhimov — Director for Expertise and Analytics, Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU)
Anna Akparova — Aide to Deputy Prime Minister of Russian Federation and Presidential Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Y. Trutnev
Alexander Alekseev — President, Art Directors Club Russia; Creative Director, Serviceplan
Sergey Glushkov — Vice President Corporate Affairs, PepsiCo Russia, CIS, Ukraine & Central Europe
Yuri Grishan — Mayor of Magadan
Anton Dolgov — Executive Director, Presidential Grants Foundation
Ian Colebourne — Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte CIS
Alexey Malinovskiy — Сhief Executive Officer in Russia, Mastercard
Yuliana Slashcheva — Chairman of the Management Board, Creative Production Association Soyuzmultfilm Film Studio FSUE
Ekaterina Son — General Director, Effie Awards Russia

11.09.2018
12:30—14:00

Building B, level 7, Conference hall 5

The Global Far East: International Projects for Cooperation

The Far East as a Centre of Economic Cooperation with the Asia-Pacific Region (APR): A Dialogue Between Business and Government

The Russian Federation is interested both in increasing the share of Russian investment in the rapidly developing economies of the Asia-Pacific region and in attracting Asian investment to Russia. At the present time, significant progress has been made in such areas of investment partnership as energy, transport, agriculture, information technology, and industry. However, at the same time there are a number of barriers that impede Russia from maximizing the potential of this cooperation. These include technical barriers, differences between the regulatory environments, the lack of extensive experience in cooperation and relevant information, and a shortage of financial resources and effective mechanisms for supporting exports. Session participants will discuss the difficulties and opportunities that exist on the path to diversifying and strengthening trade and investment flows in the Asia-Pacific region. Representatives of foreign and Russian businesses that are already investing or planning to invest in the Russian Far East will be able to obtain information on the investment potential of the region and existing mechanisms to support investors. They will also be able to learn about the regulatory and supervisory measures being developed directly from government officials and representatives of development institutions, and to ask any questions that they may have.


Moderator:
Alexander Shokhin — President, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP)

Panellists:
Grigory Berezkin — Chairman of the Board of Directors, ESN Group
Vladimir Bulavin — Head, Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation
Sergey Gorkov — Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
Denis Manturov — Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation
Alexander Misharin — First Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Russian Railways
Mikhail Orlov — Partner, Head of Tax and Legal, KPMG Russia
Vladimir Rashevsky — Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Management Board, JSC SUEK
Andrey Slepnev — Chief Executive Officer, Russian Export Center
Sergey Tyrtsev — First Deputy Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East
Anna Tsivileva — Chairman of the Board of Directors, Kolmar Group
Alexey Chekunkov — Chief Executive Officer, Far East and Baikal Region Development Fund
Hideki Yamano — Managing Executive Officer, Chief Strategy Officer, Chief Information Officer, Sumitomo Corporation

Front row participants:
Vladimir Salamatov — General Director, International Trade and Integration Research Centre
Tagir Sitdekov — First Deputy CEO, Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF)

11.09.2018
12:30—14:00

Building D, level 6, Conference hall 17

Tools To Support Investors: Next Steps

Targeted Infrastructure Support for Business: What’s Next?

Since 2015, targeted infrastructure support has been provided in the Russian Far East in the form of a direct free and non-repayable grant. This subsidy has become one of the first tools for supporting major investors in the region, and has been awarded to 12 companies implementing projects worth more than USD 3.5 billion. The ASEZ mechanism has also reduced demand for infrastructure grants as an independent form of support. From 2019, a new infrastructure support tool will be introduced which will include reimbursement of investor expenditure on building utilities and social infrastructure facilities for new production assets through future taxes. What results have been achieved by the targeted infrastructure mechanism employed to support investors in the Russian Far East? How will a ‘taxes for infrastructure’ mechanism operate, and what risks does business see in this?


Moderator:
Alexander Krutikov — Deputy Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East

Panellists:
Sergey Barsukov — Vice President, PJSC ALROSA
Andrey Zhzhenyh — General Director, SKIF Group of Companies
Dmitry Kudinov — General Director, Mazda Sollers Manufacturing Rus
Aysen Nikolaev — Acting Head of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
Denis Tikhonov — General Director, Corporation for Far East Development
Yury Tyamushkin — General Director, VaninoTransUgol JSC
Valery Tsivilev — General Director, Kolmar Group

Front row participant:
Sergey Zhuravlev — Vice President of Government Relations, Polyus

11.09.2018
15:00—16:30

Building A, level 3, Conference hall 19

Industry Priorities In The Far East

Oil and Gas Processing: Creating a New Industry Cluster

Today, the contribution of petrochemicals to Russian GDP is lagging significantly behind the equivalent figures for leading global economies (at less than 2% in comparison with 6% in the USA and 9% in China). At a time of growing foreign competition, choosing the right direction for the development of petrochemical projects within a Far Eastern cluster is gaining particular relevance. It is no coincidence that the Russian Far East is the location for a number of major petrochemical projects which are either at the implementation stage or in preparation, including the Amur Gas Processing Plant, Amur Gas Chemical Complex, Skovorodino Methanol Production Plant, Nakhodka Fertilizer Plant, and many others, representing a total value of more than USD 20 billion. Its close proximity to the premium Asia-Pacific market provides the cluster with an additional advantage. The extraction of helium and other valuable components from Yakutsk and Irkutsk gas at Far Eastern facilities has the potential to facilitate the development both of related markets, and of high-tech industrial sectors. How well supplied is the region with raw materials and the capacity to process them? What factors should form the basis of value creation chains within the sector? What high-value-added products will be in demand on domestic and external markets? Is there a need to develop the small-scale LNG market in the region? Will changes to the tax regime affect the cost of raw materials for the petrochemicals sector? Petrochemicals from naphtha, ethane, or LPGs – what should be developed and why?


Moderator:
Anton Poriadine — Partner, CIS Strategy Leader, EY

Panellists:
Grigory Vygon — Managing Director, VYGON Consulting
Sergey Komyshan — Member of the Management Board, Executive Director, SIBUR
Boris Krasnovskiy — General Director, ESN LLC
Nikolay Sabitov — General Director, Nakhodka Fertilizer Plant
Pavel Sorokin — Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation

Front row participants:
Viktor Evtukhov — State Secretary, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation
Yuriy Korsun — Deputy Chairman, Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank)

11.09.2018
15:00—16:30

Building A, level 3, Conference hall 20

The Global Far East: International Projects for Cooperation

Crossroads on the Silk Road

Belt and Road is one of the biggest development initiatives of the 21st century in terms of scale, and is set to affect not only the regions on the historical ‘Silk Road’, but almost all of the Earth’s eastern hemisphere. For Russia, the key format for cooperation with the Chinese initiative lies in linking Belt and Road and the construction of the EAEU, which is already producing initial results. Russia’s strategic priority, however, is to build a Greater Eurasian partnership by synergizing the potential of EAEU countries, the SCO, and ASEAN. The core of this partnership will be Russian–Chinese cooperation in the creation of joint projects and the formation of a space for development. How can government officials and entrepreneurs best navigate their way among the multitude of initiatives and projects taking place in Eurasia? How can the interests of partners be balanced in order to arrive at mutually beneficial solutions? How can comprehensive projects be managed in an environment where East and West cooperate harmoniously? One answer lies in the philosophy behind the ancient game Go (weiqi), which enables a shared vision for successful cooperation to be developed based on universal strategic principles and the countries closest to us.


Moderator:
Sergey Gorkov — Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

Panellists:
Wang Yilin — Chairman, China National Petroleum Corporation
Dmitry Konov — Chairman of the Management Board, SIBUR Holding
Dmitry Mezentsev — Chairman of the Council of the Federation of the Russian Federation Committee on Economic Policy
Vitaliy Nesis — Group Chief Executive Officer, Polymetal
Veronika Nikishina — Member of the Board, Minister in Charge of Trade, Eurasian Economic Commission
Zhou Xiaochuan — Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, Boao Forum for Asia
Alexey Chekunkov — Chief Executive Officer, Far East and Baikal Region Development Fund
Alexander Shokhin — President, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP)

Front row participants:
Dmitry Morozov — General Director, BIOCAD
Vladimir Salamatov — General Director, International Trade and Integration Research Centre

11.09.2018
15:00—16:30

Building A, level 5, Conference hall 10

The Global Far East: International Projects for Cooperation

Outposts of Science. Creating the Future Today

Trends in scientific research that have emerged in recent decades have raised questions about the future of science as a field of enquiry. On the one hand, it is actively engaging and developing established disciplines, but, on the other hand, it is eroding the boundaries between these disciplines by implementing common methods of research and design. Since such research promises still greater and more revolutionary discoveries affecting almost every aspect of our work and daily life, it will inevitably attract more and more participants, leading in turn to the even stronger development of science. What does the near future hold for science? What form will it take, what will the world’s scientific map look like, which branches will develop most, and which opportunities for invention and discovery will progress the furthest? What is behind the rapid pace of development in scientific knowledge in recent times? And what will our world be like in the near and far-distant future? What kind of planet will we leave to our descendants?


Moderator:
Maxim Safonov — Director, Green Capital Alliance; Professor, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA)

Panellists:
Riccardo Valentini — Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Member of the Board of Directors, CMCC (Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change); Professor, University of Tuscia
Andrey Kaprin — Director, Federal State Budgetary Institution National Medical Research Radiological Centre of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation
Alexander Nikitin — Head of Administration of Tambov Region
Olga Pilipenko — Rector, Oryol State University
Alexander Sergeev — President, Russian Academy of Sciences

Front row participants:
Arutyun Avetisyan — Director, Institute for System Programming of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Alexey Kalachev — Chief Executive Officer, Russia Convention Bureau

11.09.2018
15:00—16:30

Building B, level 6, Conference hall 6

Valdai Club Session

The Global Far East: International Projects for Cooperation

The New Asian Geopolitics and Political Economy: Opportunities for Russia

The rise of China and India is changing the entire world geopolitics. Previously, these countries were objects of competition and receivers of ideas and technologies, but now they are becoming the sources of expansion and entering competition with the traditional leaders. How does this change the future of today’s world? Can Russia capitalize on this tectonic shift? How will sanctions and trade wars influence the long-term strategies of China and India? Is their rise irreversible? What can Russia offer the new world geopolitics?


Moderator:
Timofei Bordachev — Director, Centre for Comprehensive European and International Studies, National Research University Higher School of Economics; Programme Director, The Valdai Discussion Club

Panellists:
Andrei Bystritsky — Chairman of the Board, Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club; Professor, National Research University Higher School of Economics
Fyodor Lukyanov — Research Director, Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club; Chief Editor, Russia in Global Affairs Journal
Samir Saran — President, Observer Research Foundation
Lanxin Xiang — Professor, The Graduate Institute, Geneva; Director, Centre of One Belt and One Road Studies, China National Institute for SCO International Exchange and Judicial Cooperation
Damdin Tsogtbaatar — Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mongolia
Kim Jin Hyun — Chairman, World Peace Forum

11.09.2018
15:00—16:30

Building B, level 6, Conference hall 7

Industry Priorities In The Far East

Mining and Processing Solid Minerals: The Traditional Industries Today and Tomorrow

The Far Eastern region is one of the key centres of the Russian mining industry. The volumes of metals extracted and produced there are growing year-on-year: in 2017, for instance, gold extraction in the Russian Far East grew by more than 7% to 140 tonnes, which represents more than half of all gold extracted nationally, while the rise in tin production exceeded 60%. As extraction volumes in the Russian Far East are increasing, so too are its infrastructure capabilities. These factors are naturally serving to increase the investment attractiveness of the region, both for domestic and for international investors. At the present time, a number of foreign companies are not only engaged in extracting and processing minerals, but are also involved in investment activity as they participate in merger and acquisition deals in the mining sector. Countries represented by these foreign investors include Canada, the USA, China, and India. As before, however, a number of restrictions remain in the domestic mining sector, hindering its development. What legislative reforms are necessary to increase the investment attractiveness of the Russian Far East’s mining sector? What are the current infrastructure limitations in the Russian Far East, and what can be done to resolve these at both the federal and regional levels?


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

Panellists:
Denis Alexandrov — Chief Executive Office, Russdragmet (Highland Gold Mining Ltd.)
Pavel Grachev — Chief Executive Officer, Polyus
Shiv Vikram Khemka — Vice Chairman, SUN Group
Artem Levin — General Director, Management Company Kolmar
Denis Khramov — First Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation

Front row participants:
Victor Kudinov — General Director, Regional Mining Company
Yury Makarov — General Director, Petropavlovsk – Iron Ore LLC
Claude Schimper — Regional Vice President for Russia, Kinross Gold Corporation

11.09.2018
15:00—16:30

Building B, level 6, Conference hall 8

The Global Far East: International Projects for Cooperation

Prospects for Integrating the Russian Far East into Eurasian Logistics Chains

In partnership with FESCO

The majority of logistics chains between Europe and Asia today use the route through the Suez Canal. The system of Chinese government subsidies is helping to actively develop both overland services from China to Europe and transit routes from the Republic of Korea and Japan with transshipment in Chinese ports. Despite the existence of historical links between Russia and the majority of Central Asian countries, a significant portion of the transit to and from Asia-Pacific countries continues to bypass Russia. The geographical position of the Russian Far East is a significant competitive advantage that can be utilized to facilitate the transportation of a significant volume of cargo from the Asia-Pacific countries via routes that run through Russia. Increasing the volume of goods transported by intermodal services from China, South Korea, Japan, and other Asia-Pacific countries through the Russian Far East should become a priority, the resolution of which will make it feasible to use the existing capabilities of the region and create a foundation for building technologies to transport transit cargo. The volume of such cargo is set to increase fourfold by 2024, in accordance with a decree issued by the President of the Russian Federation. Is the advantage in the speed of delivery enough to switch import-export flows from Asia-Pacific countries to Russia over to routes that run through the Far East? What contribution can the Far East make to increasing transit volumes through Russian territory? How can new cargo delivery technologies accelerate the development of transit services through this region? What conditions and tools need to be created to attract cargoes that currently travel via alternative routes? Which mechanisms are needed to promote Russian transportation services in the Asia-Pacific region?


Moderator:
Alexandra Suvorova — Anchor, Russia 24 TV Channel

Panellists:
Hyung Joon Koo — Senior Managing Director, HYUNDAI GLOVIS co.,ltd
Alexandrs Isurins — Chairman of the Executive Board, President, Far Eastern Shipping Company (FESCO)
Guotian Liu — President, Rizhao Port Group Co.
Timur Maksimov — Deputy Head, Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation
Vyacheslav Saraev — Chief Executive Officer, Head of the Executive Board, TransContainer PJSC
Isao Takahashi — President, Toyo Trans Inc.

Front row participants:
Anna Belyaeva — Managing Director for International Development, Russian Export Center
Georgy Kolpachev — Deputy General Director, Far East Investment and Export Agency

11.09.2018
15:00—16:30

Building B, level 6, Conference hall 9

The Global Far East: International Projects for Cooperation

Russia and the Koreas: A New Space for Economic Cooperation?

For a number of years, Russia, South Korea, and North Korea have been discussing trilateral cooperation projects, including the construction of a Trans-Korean railway that joins the Trans-Siberian and construction of a gas pipeline and energy bridge into South Korea via China. Current improvements in the diplomatic situation are opening up new prospects for these projects. The key question is how and by whom will the risks associated with these projects be hedged?


Moderator:
Georgy Toloraya — Head of Project Analysis, Russkiy Mir Foundation; Head of Asian Strategy Centre, Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Panellists:
Song Young-gil — Member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea; Chairman, Special Committee on Peace and Cooperation in Northeast Asia of the Democratic Party
Alexander Krutikov — Deputy Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East
Alexander Medvedev — Deputy Chairman of the Management Board, Gazprom
Alexander Misharin — First Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Russian Railways
Igor Morgulov — Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Lee Sung Woo — Deputy President, Korea Maritime Institute
Kim Chang Sik — Deputy Director of the Department of the External Affairs, Ministry of Railways of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Kim Yun Hyok — Vice Minister of Railways of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Front row participants:
Woo Byong Yol — Director General of International Economic Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Economy and Finance of the Republic of Korea
Viktor Dobrosotskiy — Head of the Department of Regional Governance and National Policy, MGIMO University
Chung In-soo — Vice President, Korea Railroad Corporation
Aleksey Kaplun — Council Member, Non-profit Partnership for the Development of Renewable Energy "EUROSOLAR Russia"
Dmitriy Kiku — Expert, Panel of Experts Established Pursuant to UN Security Council Resolution 1874 (2009), United Nations
Kan Se Hyok — Manager of the Department of the External Affairs, Ministry of Railways of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Kim Song Chol — Senior Manager of the Department of the External Affairs, Ministry of Railways of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Cheong Seung-Il — President, Chief Executive Officer, Korea Gas Corporation
Ivan Tonkih — General Director, RasonConTrans
Kim Jeong Ryeol — Vice Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of the Republic of Korea

11.09.2018
15:00—16:30

Building B, level 7, Conference hall 4

Tools To Support Investors: Next Steps

Advanced Special Economic Zones and Vladivostok Free Port: The Present and the Future

The number of advanced special economic zone (ASEZ) and Free Port residents has almost tripled in the course of the last year (from 454 to 1,200), indicating increased interest and readiness on the part of the business community to develop entrepreneurship in the Russian Far East. Although the results achieved by the ASEZ and Vladivostok Free Port regimes have been impressive, however, there remains a clear need to increase competitiveness in the international arena and improve existing tools. Practice has shown that a number of incentives are either inapplicable or not in demand, and that existing support measures are insufficient for implementing projects. What needs to be done in order to increase the competitiveness of incentive regimes, both within the country and at an international level? How can cooperation among residents be increased, and how can they be helped to bring their products to market? What measures must be taken to protect the rights of investors and remove administrative barriers? How can the processes involved in cooperating with investors be digitalized and consolidated?


Moderator:
Mikhail Orlov — Partner, Head of Tax and Legal, KPMG Russia

Panellists:
Vadim Zhivulin — Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
Aleksey Kozlov — Managing Director, SIBUR
Sergey Kolesnikov — President, TechnoNICOL Corporation
Dmitry Kudinov — General Director, Mazda Sollers Manufacturing Rus
Boris Titov — Presidential Commissioner of the Russian Federation for the Protection of Entrepreneurs’ Rights
Denis Tikhonov — General Director, Corporation for Far East Development
Sergey Tyrtsev — First Deputy Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East
Nikolay Kharitonov — Chairman of the Committee for Regional Policy and Issues of the North and Far East, State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation
Anna Tsivileva — Chairman of the Board of Directors, Kolmar Group

Front row participants:
Dmitry Alexeev — General Director, DNS
Vladimir Valter — Chief Executive Officer, Terminal Seroglazka
Yevgeny Virtser — General Director, INSYSTEMS
Denis Gros — Executive Director, Avangard Industrial Park LLC
Alexander Lopatnikov — General Director, Marine Aquaculture Ho Xiang LLC
Dmitry Makarenko — General Director, Artayar
Irina Olkhovskaya — First Deputy General Director - Commercial Director, Port Management Company
Denis Sarana — Member of the Board of Directors, JSC “Vladivostok Sea Fishing Port”
Alexander Shumatov — General Director, Children’s Health Centre

11.09.2018
15:00—16:30

Building B, level 7, Conference hall 5

Tools To Support Investors: Next Steps

Supporting High-Tech Projects in the Far East

High-tech products account for less than 15% of the Russian Far East’s GRP. Meanwhile, the Far Eastern Federal District remains fifth for innovative development among Russia’s federal districts, and is failing to attract investment in high-tech projects from direct investment and venture capital funds. At the same time, a wide range of major companies and corporations operating in the Russian Far East are actively implementing innovations and purposefully increasing the share of high-tech products in their overall output. What prospects exist for creating a competitive business environment for the high-tech sector? How can a competitive ecosystem be established for developing innovation and high-tech projects in the Russian Far East which is equivalent in scale to those found in other Asia-Pacific region countries? What are the priorities of the Far Eastern Fund for Developing and Implementing High Technology?


Moderator:
Dmitry Peskov — Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation on Digital and Technological Development; Director of the Young Professionals direction, Agency for Strategic Initiatives

Panellists:
Vasily Brovko — Director for Special Commissions, Russian Technologies State Corporation (Rostec)
Dmitry Golovanov — Chairman of the Board, Member of the Supervisory Board, SME Bank JSC
Kirill Kaem — Senior Vice-President for Innovations, Skolkovo Foundation
Denis Manturov — Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation
Aysen Nikolaev — Acting Head of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
Alexander Povalko — Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Management Board, RVC
Alexey Rakhmanov — President, United Shipbuilding Corporation
Ruslan Sarkisov — Chief Executive Officer, Far East High Technologies Fund LLC
Oleg Teplov — Chief Executive Officer, VEB Innovation LLC
Vadim Shvetsov — Chief Executive Officer, Member of the Board of Directors, SOLLERS
Sergey Emdin — Chief Executive Officer, Tele2

Front row participant:
Dmitry Zemtsov — Head of the National Technology Initiative working group on developing continuing and non-formal education, Study Group Movement

11.09.2018
15:00—16:30

Building D, level 5, Conference hall 12

Tools To Support Investors: Next Steps

The Impact of Modernizing Tax Administration on the Investment Attractiveness of the Far East

There can be no rapid economic development without smooth integration of new market participants into the economic and legal environment. To a significant extent, the attractiveness of the Far East is dependent on the competitive conditions it has created for investment and doing business. The most important of these are the tax incentives available in advanced special economic zones (ASEZs) and Vladivostok Free Port, and the special services offered to investors. The ease and convenience of registering a project, and indeed a business, as well as the emphasis on customer service, a risk-oriented approach, and the transparency of the tax authorities in the region, give residents of ASEZs and Vladivostok Free Port and investors confidence in the region’s tax regime and tax support for businesses. How can we develop a sense of partnership between taxpayers and tax authorities? How might the digitalization of tax administration and electronic services contribute to this? What benefits might a business enjoy from legally declaring its tax base? What more could be done to create investment and business standards in the Russian Far East that are competitive with standards across the Asia-Pacific region? What pilot projects could be implemented in the field of tax administration and cooperation between tax authorities and businesses? How can we improve mechanisms for increasing the competitiveness of tax-compliant businesses and integrate tax technologies into the digital business environment? What impact might technological and legislative solutions have on this?


Moderator:
Alexey Repik — President, Delovaya Rossiya (Business Russia)

Panellists:
Alexander Kalinin — President, All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses OPORA RUSSIA
Alexey Kalitsev — Managing Director, Hyundai Motor Company/CIS LLC
Alexander Kozlov — Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East
Alexander Mechetin — Chairman of the Executive Board, Beluga Group
Mikhail Mishustin — Head, Federal Tax Service (FTS of Russia)
Andrey Tarasenko — Acting Governor of Primorsky Territory
Daniele Troisi — Director for Global Tax Policy, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd

Front row participant:
Vasily Orlov — Acting Governor of Amur Region

11.09.2018
16:30—18:00

Building B, level 5, Conference hall 3

Roundtable for Russian and Chinese Regional Leaders

11.09.2018
17:15—18:45

Building A, level 3, Conference hall 19

Tools To Support Investors: Next Steps

Competitiveness and the National Jurisdiction: A Space of Freedom for Business

A competitive national legal system represents new opportunities for national business and foreign investors. Russia presently faces the challenge of creating a legal system which will improve the competitiveness of its national jurisdiction for domestic and foreign business. It is vital to build a unified and streamlined legal system, where regional and local legislation is organically integrated into a common concept which does not collide with, but rather rationally complements federal legislation. The development of the digital economy is a chance to put in place the conditions needed to ensure the transparency of judicial proceedings, improving trust in Russian courts as it does so. Together with the introduction of new technologies into the judicial system, issues surrounding the development of an extrajudicial system for regulating disputes and the competence of representatives of the national judiciary also remain current.
To what extent is the competitiveness of the national jurisdiction affected by the pressure of sanctions, and what measures are essential to ensure legal protection for business?


Moderator:
Vladimir Gruzdev — Chairman of the Board, Association of Lawyers of Russia

Panellists:
Duong Thanh Bak — Vice President, Vietnam Lawyers Association
Elena Bezdenezhnykh — Vice President for Regional Policy and Government and Administration Relations, United Company RUSAL Plc
Victoria Bortkevicha — Head of the Branch, Clifford Chance CIS Limited
Andrey Gorlenko — Executive Administrator, Russian Arbitration Centre at the Russian Institute of Modern Arbitration
Aleksandr Shenderyuk-Zhidkov — Director, Sodruzhestvo

Front row participants:
Elena Avakyan — Executive Director, Non-Profit Partnership for Advancement of Corporate Law; Counsel, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners
Olga Boltenko — Partner, Fangda Partners
Aleksei Dudko — Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution Practice, Hogan Lovells CIS

11.09.2018
17:15—18:45

Building A, level 3, Conference hall 20

Business Dialogue

Russia–Republic of Korea

The strategy of the President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in on cooperating with regions to the north is intended to create the necessary conditions to encourage Russian–Korean trade, economic, and investment cooperation in the Russian Far East. The joint implementation of the ‘Nine Bridges’ concept has been proposed as part of this policy, including cooperation in such areas as energy and gas, the Northern Sea Route, the development of agriculture, seafood production, etc. At present, six investment projects that are partly funded by the Republic of Korea (to the tune of over USD 50 million in total) are being pursued under the new mechanisms for developing the Russian Far East. South Korean companies are discussing the possibility of funding and carrying out promising new projects worth a total of USD 1.1 billion. The implementation of the ‘Nine Bridges’ partnership concept should give a new impetus to the growth of trade and investment cooperation between the regions of the Russian Far East and the Republic of Korea. How can we move from diplomacy to the practical implementation of investment projects, including under the aegis of the ‘Nine Bridges’ cooperation concept? What barriers hamper the implementation of Russian–Korean investment projects? Which areas are the most promising for jumpstarting Russian–Korean business dialogue?


Moderators:
Sergey Katyrin — President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation
Kim Young Ju — Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Korea International Trade Association

Welcoming address:
Lee Nak-yon — Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea

Panellists:
Vitaly Verkeenko — Mayor of Vladivostok
Choi Won Bo — General Director, Lotte International Primorsky Branch
Olga Golodets — Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation
Olga Epifanova — Deputy Chair, State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation
Lee Kang-deok — Mayor of Pohang Metropolitan City
Alexander Misharin — First Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Russian Railways
Vadim Moshkovich — Chairman of the Board of Directors, Rusagro
Alexey Rakhmanov — President, United Shipbuilding Corporation
Ka Sam-hyun — President, Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Ltd
Gu Hyun-Mo — Director, Chief Strategy Officer, KT Corporation
Jae-Young Lee — President, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy
Song Cheol-ho — Mayor of Ulsan Metropolitan City

11.09.2018
17:15—18:45

Building A, level 5, Conference hall 10

Tools To Support Investors: Next Steps

Transforming the Business Climate: A New Stimulus for Dialogue Between Business and Government

Russia has numerous different tools for creating a favourable business environment and encouraging cooperation with entrepreneurs. Until recently, however, these processes have not been centralized. In 2018, the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, together with the Agency for Strategic Initiatives and leading business associations, launched a new mechanism for managing systemic changes in the business environment, called ‘Transforming the business climate’, a tool which allows government departments to respond promptly to queries from the business community. It facilitates the removal of existing barriers to doing business. The new mechanism strengthens the role of entrepreneurs at every stage: from setting up initiatives to monitoring their implementation. But what kinds of tools really do help businesses? What kinds of problems requiring improvements to regulations do entrepreneurs face? How can processes be synchronized in order to improve the business environment? What should the ‘Transforming the business climate’ mechanism include?


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

Panellists:
Alex de Valukhoff — General Director, Aggreko Eurasia
Vadim Zhivulin — Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
Shiv Vikram Khemka — Vice Chairman, SUN Group
Christopher Miller — Program Leader, World Bank Russian Federation
Alexander Shokhin — President, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP)

Front row participants:
Mikhail Khomich — Deputy Prime Minister, Udmurt Republic
Yury Chayka — First Deputy Chair of the Government of Khabarovsk Territory for Investment and Priority Projects
Andrey Shubin — Executive Director, All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses OPORA RUSSIA

11.09.2018
17:15—18:45

Building B, level 6, Conference hall 6

TV Debates of Russia 24 and the Valdai Discussion Club

The Global Far East: International Projects for Cooperation

Toward the Great Ocean – 6: People, History, Ideology, Education. Rediscovering the Identity

Russia’s pivot east has long been perceived as a technological move, if not a technical process. The discussion centres around developing economic ties and integrating Russia into regional manufacturing, sales, and technology chains. But the ideological dimension of this pivot is no less important. The Russian elite and Russian society should come to believe that the relationship with Asia is a serious and long-term shift. The essence of this new phase lies in consolidating technological achievements and reflecting on the new policy in the context of the domestic perception of Pacific Russia’s role in the country’s development and international standing.


Moderator:
Stanislav Natanzon — Anchor, Russia 24 TV Channel

Panellists:
Leonid Blyakher — Professor, Head of the Department of Philosophy and Culturology, Pacific National University
Timofei Bordachev — Director, Centre for Comprehensive European and International Studies, National Research University Higher School of Economics; Programme Director, The Valdai Discussion Club
Andrei Bystritsky — Chairman of the Board, Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club; Professor, National Research University Higher School of Economics
Sergey Karaganov — Dean, Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, National Research University Higher School of Economics; Honorary Chairman of the Presidium, Council on Foreign and Defence Policy
Viktor Larin — Director, Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography of the Peoples of the Far East, Far-Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IHAE FEBRAS)
Fyodor Lukyanov — Research Director, Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club; Chief Editor, Russia in Global Affairs Journal

11.09.2018
17:15—18:45

Building B, level 6, Conference hall 7

Improving Living Conditions

The Far East and Sci-tech Progress. What’s the Strategy?

The concept of sci-tech progress encompasses the joint development of both science and technology, the invention and spread of new technologies, and new scientific discoveries. Progress in any one area is closely linked to all others: social development helps nurture new forward-thinking minds that will go on to enrich various industries, which then facilitates the creation of new opportunities for satisfying material demands. Sci-tech progress is highly influenced by the economy: researchers fear that developments in certain areas of science and even medicine will stall because they’re not economically profitable. For example, medicines for rare diseases might not make it to the necessary experimental and trial stages because of the high costs and low profits involved. In the last 200 years, progress has moved swiftly, ever accelerating, driving breath-taking social developments while also depleting the planet’s resources. The nine federal subjects that make up the Russian Far East account for almost 40% of the country’s territory, but only 5% of the population lives on these approximately six thousand square kilometres. The population density of the Russian Far East is 40 times smaller than in the European part of Russia. How can the Russian Far East be made even more appealing? Where should the priorities lie: in improving the region’s standards of living or in large energy and infrastructure projects? Can the Russian Far East become attractive and competitive while keeping up with its foreign neighbours when it comes to the implementation of large sci-tech projects?


Moderator:
Leonid Altukhov — President, Group of Companies Netkom-IPC

Panellists:
Marat Biktimirov — General Director, E-Arena National Association of Research and Educational e-Infrastructures
Riccardo Valentini — Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Member of the Board of Directors, CMCC (Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change); Professor, University of Tuscia
Pavel Grachev — Chief Executive Officer, Polyus
Alexander Sergeev — President, Russian Academy of Sciences

11.09.2018
17:15—18:45

Building B, level 6, Conference hall 8

Industry Priorities In The Far East

The Fishing Industry: New Challenges

In 2018, the first investment projects were selected as part of a programme to fill investment quotas in the fishing industry. As a result, the successful companies have now been assigned quotas in exchange for the obligatory construction of ten seafood processing plants with a total processing capacity of more than 300,000 tonnes annually, as well as nine fishing vessels to be built at Russian shipyards. These projects alone will serve to double processing production, but the result will remain far from the global figures achieved by the major fishing countries. The sector possesses significant potential for growth. A new 15-year period for assigning quota shares will begin in 2019, and now is the time to determine the key rules and discuss possible changes required to develop the sector. What changes can the sector anticipate in this new period? What structural changes must be incorporated in order to stimulate active investment by sector participants and reduce investment risks? How can 100% implementation of ‘investment quota’ projects be ensured, and what are the associated risks? What modern products should be produced and how can these be promoted?


Moderator:
Yermolai Solzhenitsyn — Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Panellists:
Alexey Baygushin — Chairman of the Board of Directors, JSC Managing Company Dalnevostochny Rybak; Co-owner, Interrybflot
Sergey Darkin — President, Pacific Investment Group (TIGR) PJSC
Alexander Efremov — Managing Director, Dobroflot Group of Companies
German Zverev — President, All-Russian Association of Fisheries Enterprises, Entrepreneurs and Exporters
Fedor Kirsanov — General Director, Russian Fishery Company LLC
Dmitry Pashov — President, Moneron
Ilya Shestakov — Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation; Head, Federal Agency for Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo)

Front row participants:
Sergey Gudkov — Executive Director, Fish Union
Aleksandr Duplyakov — President, Crab Catchers Association of the Far East
Mikhail Trushin — Deputy General Director for Economics, Pella JSC

11.09.2018
17:15—18:45

Building B, level 7, Conference hall 4

Business Dialogue

Russia–ASEAN

Trade between Russia and ASEAN countries grew 35% in 2017, but the potential for trade, economic, and investment cooperation is not being fully utilized. The Far East could provide a foothold enabling Russia to intensify its economic cooperation with the ASEAN. The region already possesses favourable conditions for international investment. A number of infrastructure, agricultural, and shipbuilding projects are now underway in the Far East with the participation of ASEAN countries. Promising areas for cooperation also include energy, infrastructure development, the agroindustrial sector, engineering, technology, and forestry. The digital transformation of the economy is a priority for both Russia and the ASEAN. It is therefore important to focus on developing cooperation in information and communications technologies, the media, and data security. What problems and challenges need to be addressed to successfully develop economic cooperation between the ASEAN and Russia? In which industries do projects have the largest investment potential? What changes and what kinds of support are required to attract investment from ASEAN businesses?


Moderator:
Ivan Polyakov — Chairman, Russia - ASEAN Business Council

Panellists:
Sakon Varanyuwatana — Vice Minister of Commerce of the Kingdom of Thailand
Sergey Katyrin — President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation
Sergey Komyshan — Member of the Management Board, Executive Director, SIBUR
Artem Malgin — Vice Rector, MGIMO University
Leonid Petukhov — Chief Executive Officer, Far East Investment and Export Agency
Carlos Sorreta — Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Philippines in the Russian Federation
Nguyen Chi Dung — Minister of Planning and Investment of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Sergey Tsivilev — Acting Governor of the Kemerovo Region
Brian Chang — Director, Singapore Oil and Energy
Alexey Shevtsov — Managing Director, Head of Blockchain Technology Development, State Corporation Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank)

Front row participants:
Anna Belyaeva — Managing Director for International Development, Russian Export Center
Ju Khee Hong — Director of Operations, ASEAN Business Club

11.09.2018
17:15—18:45

Building B, level 7, Conference hall 5

The Global Far East: International Projects for Cooperation

Russia–Japan Partnership: Fulfilling Eurasia’s Transit Potential

In partnership with Russian Railways

Developing international transport corridors in the Russian Far East is one of the priorities for government transport policy. Russian railways are a central component of the Eurasian rail network, connecting the railway systems of Europe and East Asia. Contemporary economic processes, including trends in the development of global trade and changes in traditional global economic relations, are creating opportunities for the effective use of Russia’s unique logistics potential due to its geographic location, and for the joint strengthening of economic ties both at the regional level and on the East–West axis. Currently, there is rapid growth of transit traffic from East Asia to Europe and vice versa, and an extensive programme is being implemented to develop Russian railways in the east of the country, including modernization of the Trans-Siberian Railway and the Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM). A project is underway to build a railway link to the island of Sakhalin. Russia and Japan are among the biggest trading partners. The creation of a transport link from Sakhalin to the island of Hokkaido through La Pérouse Strait, which would open up entirely new opportunities for the socioeconomic development of the two countries, is viewed as promising. What kind of problems do Japanese shippers face today? What measures are being taken to boost the use of rail services and the Trans-Siberian Railway? How should ‘seamless’ logistics (sea–port–railway) be developed? What kind of logistics infrastructure is needed? What will completing the project to build a direct rail link bring to Sakhalin? Travelling by train from Tokyo to London: is it a dream, or tomorrow’s reality?


Moderator:
Andrey Sharonov — President, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO

Panellists:
Emil Kaikiyev — Member of the Board – Minister in Charge of Energy and Infrastructure of the Eurasian Economic Commission
Hisao Nakajima — Senior Managing Director, Nomura Reseach Institute Ltd
Vyacheslav Saraev — Chief Executive Officer, Head of the Executive Board, TransContainer PJSC
Isao Takahashi — President, Toyo Trans Inc.
Vadim Shvetsov — Chief Executive Officer, Member of the Board of Directors, SOLLERS
Aleksey Shilo — Director of Commerce Activities, General Director of the Centre of Corporate Transportation Services, Russian Railways

Front row participant:
Dmitry Mezentsev — Chairman of the Council of the Federation of the Russian Federation Committee on Economic Policy

11.09.2018
17:15—18:45

Building D, level 6, Conference hall 16

Industry Priorities In The Far East

Timber in the Far East: Increasing the Industry’s Economic Return

The Russian Far East possesses 30% of the Asia-Pacific region’s timber reserves. At present, however, only 18% of its 90 million cubic metres of timber are utilized annually. The forestry industry, which retains a focus on raw material exports, accounts for no more than 1.5% of the regional economy. In 2018, the rules for doing business in the Far Eastern forestry sector changed. Firstly, new conditions have entered into force that make forestry resources available to major investors planning to develop regional processing capacity. Secondly, export duties for companies exporting only round timber will gradually be increased from 25% to 80%. What needs to be done to increase the amount of investment per hectare of forest? Is it advisable to vary state support measures for forestry projects depending upon the degree of raw timber processing involved, and how exactly should this be done? How can the economic performance of projects to develop forests and build forest infrastructure be improved?


Moderator:
Igor Prutov — Partner, Transaction Advisory Services, EY

Panellists:
Viktor Evtukhov — State Secretary, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation
Mikhail Klinov — Deputy Head, Federal Agency for Forestry
Konstantin Lashkevich — President, RFP Holding
Suresh Prabhu — Minister of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of India
Aleksandr Pudovkin — General Director, Asia Forest

Front row participants:
Dmitry Olkhovik — Head, Forestry Management at the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation
Vera Podguzova — Managing Director of External Communications, Russian Export Center
Aleksey Ryzhikov — Managing Director, Saint-Petersburg International Mercantile Exchange
Vladimir Solodov — Acting Chairman of the Government of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
Ma Zhizhong — Chairman of the Board of Directors, Jolanpu; Member of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, Hao

11.09.2018
17:15—18:45

Building D, level 6, Conference hall 18

Improving Living Conditions

Parents, Children, and Changing Technology: The Limits of Control and Potential for Development

The world our children are growing up in is changing significantly faster than it did in decades past. Developments in IT, cyberspace, and electronic payment systems are emerging so quickly that children are starting to master them faster than their parents are able to. This can lead to two possible outcomes: either parents place unreasonable restrictions on their children, who can easily find ways around them, or children have unrestricted access to information which may be harmful to them. How can we protect children without inhibiting their development of the skills they clearly need to be successful in our contemporary world? How can we harness the enthusiasm of today’s children for smartphones, computers, and other gadgets and turn it to their benefit? What approaches have forward-thinking parents and society already developed to tackle this issue?


Moderator:
Sophie Shevardnadze — Journalist, Anchor

Panellists:
Aleksandra Altuhova — Director of Special Solution Division, Sberbank
Marina Borovskaya — Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation
Alexander Borodich — Founder, Universa Blockchain Platform; Founder, Child Tech
Tatyana Mineeva — Vice President, Committee for Ecology, Delovaya Rossiya (Business Russia); Chairman, Public Council at the Department of Education of Moscow
Dmitry Peskov — Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation on Digital and Technological Development; Director of the Young Professionals direction, Agency for Strategic Initiatives
Marina Rakova — Chief Executive Officer, Russian Foundation for Educational Development
Aleksey Sokolov — Deputy Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation
Svetlana Tarasenko — Member of the Organizing Committee, Children of Primorye Social Project