The New Economy: What Changes and What Stays the Same

Partnership Against the Pandemic: Anti-Crisis Strategies in Medicine


Taking into account the real-world experience of fighting the pandemic, our response to the challenges of our time must involve the ability of national healthcare systems to withstand crises, as well as sustainable cross-border partnerships in developing effective strategies to confront health challenges. The most important area for this cooperation is the economic space of the Asia-Pacific region whose nations, led by China, were the first to be hit by the coronavirus. The core issue in the transformation of global health today is national health security, not only in terms of strategies to prevent similar disasters from occurring, but also new areas of development and improvements to tools that ensure the ready availability of high-quality medical care for all citizens in all conditions. What would a sustainable healthcare system that meets the challenges of national security look like? What international best practices in building sustainable healthcare systems are most relevant to these goals? What steps need to be taken in the near future in order to ensure sustainable cross-border ties and remove barriers to fruitful cooperation? Which current trends are influencing the development of medical cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region? How has the experience of the pandemic contributed to healthcare provision reforms in the Far East? What are the prospects for developing healthcare in the Far East given the proximity of Japan, China, Singapore and other countries with advanced medical technologies? How can public and private investment contribute to the development of advanced technologies in the Far East?



The New Economy: What Changes and What Stays the Same

Carbon-Free Energy: The Future of Combustible Fuels


The last year has been a challenge for the oil and gas sector. The petrochemical industry, however, has once again shown its resilience to financial and economic shocks, achieving growth in a number of sectors. In view of the growing prominence of the climate agenda, it is forecast that by the 2040s oil and petroleum products will no longer dominate the global energy mix. New niches for petrochemical products will be identified, while companies and nations developing this industry today will be able to diversify their production and provide a reliable source of fuel with a low carbon footprint and high added value. The Far East is home to major hydrocarbon reserves and is close to some of the world’s largest petrochemical markets. In view of the effective state support measures already at the government’s disposal, the region is set to become a platform for the implementation of major projects to support the creation of new industrial clusters and the development of new technologies, including green technologies, in turn attracting foreign investment. What is the real situation with oil and gas processing projects in the Far East today? How can we solve the main issues concerning the industry’s development – infrastructure and technology? What are promising areas for the development of petrochemical clusters – the needs of the domestic and foreign markets for products with high added value?



The New Economy: What Changes and What Stays the Same

International Labour Flows: Who’s Bending the Rules?


While the vast majority of regions saw increased unemployment at the end of 2020 as a result of the spread of the novel coronavirus infection COVID-19, certain sectors experienced labour shortages, including construction, mining, agriculture, transportation and trade. These are industries that employ high proportions of migrants. At the same time, focusing on the international labour market won’t solve the problem in the future, as the post-Soviet republics (Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan) are forecast to be hit by demographic crises, meaning that these countries cannot be relied upon as a long-term supply of labour. Another issue is outward labour migration from regions in the Far Eastern Federal District and the Arctic. The best response to the challenges of the time is the modernization of the Russian economy with a focus on high technologies, increased productivity and wages through the use of modern equipment, and high-quality training for the local labour market. What are the necessary conditions for making manual labour more attractive to Russian workers? How can businesses be encouraged to look to the local labour market for employees? What provisions can be made locally to support high-level specialist training?



The New Economy: What Changes and What Stays the Same

Business Cooperation at the Core of Socioeconomic Development in the Asia-Pacific Region


Strengthening and sustainably developing relations with Asia-Pacific and Northeast Asian countries in particular is one of Russia’s top priorities on the international stage. Russia and its regional neighbours have faced unprecedented challenges in recent years. The complications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have only added to growing international uncertainty and geopolitical instability, as well as serious structural and market imbalances in international economic relations. As a result, existing regional ties and partnerships are experiencing added pressures, including numerous disruptions to supply chains, an increasing number of unilateral actions by individual states, and various barriers to trade and economic cooperation. Compounding this are the trends being observed on the international agenda, such as the growing significance of the ‘green’ aspect of socioeconomic development, particularly ‘green investment’, which has a special role in eliminating infrastructure gaps in the region. For businesses across the region, accessing new financial instruments and overseas markets offers serious opportunities to improve performance and reach new levels of development. Positive macroeconomic indicators are also important to the development of national economies and territories in the region. In view of this, developing new modes and formats of cooperation, reconfiguring value chains and strengthening connectivity in regional economies are all hugely important. The Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI), which is being chaired by the Russian Federation in 2021, is a multilateral institution for international cooperation providing a set of mechanisms presenting significant opportunities in this area. These mechanisms include committees and councils for cooperation between various government agencies under the auspices of the GTI, as well as the NEA EXIM Banks Association and North East Asia Business Association, which bring together key financial and business organizations in China, South Korea, Mongolia and Russia.



The New Economy: What Changes and What Stays the Same

The Long Road to the End User: How to Sell Today


Information transparency, technological progress and ubiquitous digitalization affect the structure and culture of consumption, while the development of the consumer market provides the basis for improved quality of life among the wider population. The share of online sales is growing, and operational costs for producers in terms of renting and building premises are shrinking. Nevertheless, the cost of creating new supply chains and attracting and retaining customers is rising. Consumer strategies are also being affected by current trends in sustainable and environmentally friendly development, which emphasize eco-friendly products. The accelerated development of modern trade formats in the Far Eastern Federal District and the involvement of players at the federal level will ensure that produce and consumer goods are available to the region’s residents in the current economic environment. Who will die, who will survive, and what new retail players will emerge? What is the future of retail, and who will be the tenants of commercial real estate? Are service aggregators driving or killing competition? What strategy should federal networks adopt in the Far Eastern Federal District? What barriers need to be overcome and what is the role of development institutions?



The New Economy: What Changes and What Stays the Same

Health Technologies


The success of strategies to reduce growing morbidity rates as well as to manage risk factors for human health is directly dependent on the introduction of highly developed medical technologies into practical healthcare. With the use of modern diagnostics that contribute to the early detection of clinically asymptomatic medical conditions, help to assess the risks of hereditary and other diseases, and reduce the risk of medical error, and also as a result of the introduction of digital technologies and high-precision equipment into the medical care system, today we can already talk about the onset of the era of precision and preventive medicine. And thanks to health monitoring and the industry of the Internet of medical things, a new culture of health protection is taking shape in society today as a progressive norm of social behaviour. What prospects exist for introducing innovative diagnostic technologies in the Far East and transferring high technologies from Asia-Pacific countries? How can we ensure the introduction of digital technologies, artificial intelligence, and technologies to work with big data into the medical care system in the Far East and make high-tech medicine accessible? What are the Far East’s prospects in terms of ​​creating a regional system of oncological care? How will the development of telemedicine affect the quality of healthcare in the Far East? What infrastructure is needed for the full-scale digitalization of healthcare in the Far East?



The New Economy: What Changes and What Stays the Same

Science and Innovation: Risks in the Name of Development


Advanced knowledge and high technologies set the agenda when it comes to the development of our modern, connected world. Experience shows that scientific and technological potential is directly proportional to levels of economic development. The most important task for states aiming to achieve a leading position in the global innovation space is the use of intellectual resources and the development of a technology and information base. Science is becoming a key factor in social development, and an awareness of this fact is encouraging countries aiming for technology leadership to attract scientists and experts from other countries and actively build ties with international scientific and educational institutions. The development of science cooperation between states, whether national, regional or at the level of individual organizations, teams and researchers is coming to be determined by the very logic of human development. Integration is a key feature of international scientific and technological cooperation today, providing maximum economic and sociocultural benefits, which would be impossible to achieve if states were to rely purely on their own capabilities. What are the projects linking Europe and Asia? How can Russia’s Far East be integrated into a single scientific and technological Asia-Pacific space? How can we maximize the impact of our joint efforts? What digital, transport and energy technologies should be developed? Will we be able to identify new areas of common interest in the near future?



The New Economy: What Changes and What Stays the Same

New Media: A Window Into the World or a Labyrinth of Uncertainty?


The new normal is erasing all boundaries. Today, anybody with a smartphone can become a broadcaster and opinion leader. Bloggers are turning to journalisms, and traditional media are scrambling to transition into new media organizations in order to retain their audiences. What will the work of journalists look like in the near future? How will the behaviour of subscribers of different generations and their information consumption patterns change? Will the transition to omnichannel and convergence strategies help legacy media?



The New Economy: What Changes and What Stays the Same

Overpriced Housing: Coming Back Down to Earth


The expansion of communities in the Far East has disrupted the existing architectural and spatial model of urban development. There is a large infrastructure gap and imbalance when it comes to the integrated development of the territories. Large cities are not comfortable places to live and there are significant obstacles when it comes to incorporating new global trends into the existing urban environment. At the same time, current levels of construction in the territories are no longer able to meet the needs of residents.



The New Economy: What Changes and What Stays the Same

Everlasting Value: The Potential for Gold and Precious Metals


Russia is one of the world’s three largest gold producers and five largest silver producers by volume. At the same time, significant volumes of raw materials containing precious metals are exported without passing through domestic refineries. The projected depletion of global precious metal reserves, whose value is expected to increase over time, raises questions about the optimal use of the country’s resource potential. Russia’s Ministry of Finance is developing mechanisms to regulate precious metal export volumes and create economic conditions to support refining within the country, including in the Far East. What is gold’s economic role as a defensive asset? What major projects are already being implemented in the industry and which areas could be developed in the near future? What infrastructure is required by domestic companies in order to maintain independence from western industry organizations and associations?



The New Economy: What Changes and What Stays the Same

Sport in the Far East: New Opportunities for Competition


Sport in 2021 is a social institution in its own right, with an important role in maintaining social stability and sustainability. It is also an entertaining industry with huge economic significance. The popularization of physical education and the emergence of schools and clubs that help young people to become professional athletes will facilitate the development of Russian sport at the highest level, becoming a powerful impetus for international cooperation and helping to promote the country’s image abroad. The sporting infrastructure of the Far East is already able to offer healthy competition to global venues at its present stage of development. Is the idea that the Far East could host training camps for leading international teams across various sports, individual stages of international tournaments, conferences where best practices are shared and other important sports events a myth or a reality?



The New Economy: What Changes and What Stays the Same

Spatial Data in Russia: A Strategy for Integration


We live in one of the most dynamic periods of human history, an era defined by big data and high speeds. Technology is changing our lives, accelerating familiar practices and providing an unending flow of information. The chief role of the state according to this paradigm is to act as the owner and custodian of spatial data. A national spatial data system is currently being developed in Russia, and is set to become a tool in Russia’s spatial development, increasing the capitalization of the national territory and improving the quality of property transactions. One of the first steps in this direction will be the implementation of a trial single information resource for land and real estate. This will provide citizens, the state and business with access to the most complete information about any given territory, including information about housing construction and the provision of plots of land, and bring unused sites into economic circulation. What executive decisions about land resource allocation are being dictated by the new era? What will a single special data resource for all look like? How can land in the Far East be effectively managed? What mechanisms and services can be used to increase the availability and quality of housing and infrastructure in the Far East?



The Far East: New Challenges and Opportunities

The New Stars of the Far East: The Evolution of Major Projects


Modern and accessible infrastructure helps to increase a region’s investment attractiveness, contributing to its economic potential and development. At the same time, looking at the largest projects allows us to consider the inverse relationship. Projects that act at accelerators of regional development contribute to the creation of associated transport, energy and social infrastructure, making them attractive hubs for economic resources and human capital. Implementing projects on this scale is only possible with the direct involvement and support of federal government. What is the impact of major projects on the regional economy and what is their potential for accelerating regional development? Should the emphasis be on infrastructure to support projects, or projects to spearhead the creation of new infrastructure?



The Far East: New Challenges and Opportunities

Investment Quotas: A Route to Growth in the Fishing Industry


The Far East: New Challenges and Opportunities

The Far Eastern Agricultural Complex: A Driver of Growth or a Missed Opportunity?


The advantages of the agricultural sector in the Far Eastern Federal District include the availability of a significant land bank and proximity to sales markets in East and Southeast Asia. Agroindustrial products are one of the most important commodities for the Far Eastern Federal District in terms of production and export. In 2020, the Far East accounted for 3.4% of all agroindustrial products manufactured in Russia. In order to achieve the goal of increasing export volumes to USD 45 billion by 2024, as well as reducing dependence on food imports across the Far Eastern Federal District, the agricultural land bank must be used as efficiently as possible. How can all potential agricultural land be brought into circulation? How can export barriers be removed, allowing the industry to achieve the necessary export figures. What are the potential solutions to issues of transportation, storage and transshipment of agricultural products? What products are expected to see demand from domestic and foreign markets? What conditions need to be created in the Far East in order to attract investors and trading partners from the Asia-Pacific region? How can effective sales channels for Far Eastern products be created in Asia-Pacific markets?



The Far East: New Challenges and Opportunities

Resources in the Far East: Developing Everything That Has Been Discovered


The Far Eastern Federal District enjoys a leading position in the production of diamond, coal, zinc, copper, lead, tungsten, gold, silver, tin and rare earth metal reserves. Highly profitable and well-established mineral deposits are being brought into commercial circulation, reducing the incentive for large mining companies to discover and commission new deposits. Mining companies gain access to long-term reserves of mineral resources by acquiring new licenses, but without launching operations in licensed areas. Further to this, companies tend to prefer export-oriented projects, meaning that there is almost no deep processing of raw materials with high-tech equipment at extraction sites anywhere in the Far Eastern Federal District. As a result, the macroregion’s mineral potential cannot be fully realized. What mechanisms need to be introduced in order to support the creation of enterprises specializing in the deep processing of raw materials in the Far Eastern Federal District? What tools are available to incentivize the introduction of unused extraction licenses into commercial circulation? How can the technology lag relative to top national producers in terms of mining, enrichment and management of waste from extractive resources be overcome? What can be done to drive domestic demand for raw materials mined in the Far East and create a geographic link between production and processing? What are the prospects for developing and implementing the ‘declarative principle’ in the Far East?



The Far East: New Challenges and Opportunities

Far East IT Hub 2030: Targeting Asia-Pacific Markets


The Far East is home to exciting IT projects and high-tech startups. A number of developers from the Far East have already achieved success on global markets. In order to strengthen its export potential, the Far East must secure a fundamental technological advantage by establishing itself as the largest high-tech and IT hub in Russia, focusing on domestic and foreign markets. What unique competencies need to be developed in order to position the Far East at the forefront of global technological development? What systemic measures can help to drive breakthrough growth in high technologies and the IT industry? What is the potential of the Far East in terms of breaking into the high-tech markets of the Asia-Pacific region?



The Far East: New Challenges and Opportunities

Russia’s Forest at a Crossroads: What’s Next?


As of 1 January 2022, a blanket ban on the export of unprocessed softwood logs and high-value hardwood logs will come into force in Russia. Given the insufficient processing capacity in the Far Eastern Federal District, there is a risk of job losses in the logging industry. There are also a number of factors constraining the development of the timber industry, including the lack of up-to-date information about timber reserves, the absence of forest roads and power supply systems, the use of low-productivity manual labour in timber harvesting, and the fragmentation of unleased forest areas. How should the timber industry development strategy to 2030 be implemented? What state support measures are needed in order to minimize the socioeconomic risks associated with the ban on unprocessed timber exports? How can the raw material base be used more efficiently? How can newly planted trees be supported to maturity to ensure the regeneration of timber resources? How can regulatory challenges in the forestry sector be overcome? Does the problem of illegal logging in the Far East still need addressing? When will the federal state information system launch its forestry project, and how should timber businesses prepare? How can data about timber resources be used and how can the process for acquiring forest leases be simplified?



The Far East: New Challenges and Opportunities

National Jurisdiction and Trust in International Relations as a Guarantor of Inward Investment


Russia operates a system of incentives for investors and is fine-tuning investment mechanisms to attract investors to the Far East. State support measures in place in the Far East include advanced special economic zones, a free port and infrastructure support, and are reflected in the implementation of investment projects. In turn, the successful implementation of these projects is a significant factor in the territory’s development. Increasing reliability and confidence in national decision-making and improving its quality has a positive impact on investment attractiveness and international relations. This has a knock-on effect on the development of the regions and their communities, as well as the national economy as a whole. How can national jurisdiction impact macroeconomic development? What support measures should be adopted to support the successful implementation of investment projects in the region? How effective are incentive measures? What should Russian jurisdiction look like in the near future and how can this be achieved?



The Far East: New Challenges and Opportunities

Healthy Ambitions: Presentation of Landmark Projects in the Far East


The Far East: New Challenges and Opportunities

The Far Eastern Concession: How to Achieve an Infrastructure Breakthrough


There is huge demand for infrastructure in the Far East. Every major project typically requires a road or rail link, gas and electricity supply, water and wastewater treatment facilities. Social infrastructure that can meet people’s needs must also be created in the future centres of economic growth where thousands of new jobs are expected to be created. It is impossible, in a time of budget constraints, to provide simultaneous state support for all projects being implemented, while no business is capable of building all the necessary infrastructure at its own expense. The Far Eastern concession was launched to reduce the infrastructure burden, providing investors with compensation for any infrastructure costs incurred over 10–20 years after commissioning new projects in accordance with the terms of the concession agreement. Why is this mechanism needed in the Far East today? Can the Far Eastern concession solve the problem of building a new infrastructure for the macroregion? Are investors and banks willing to use this mechanism to build infrastructure? What does an investment accelerator mean in the context of the Far Eastern concession?



The Far East: New Challenges and Opportunities

Cruise Control: New Aviation Routes in the Far East


The Far East: New Challenges and Opportunities

Young and Smart: The City of the Future in the Far East


The Far East: New Challenges and Opportunities

Budget Justice: Who Lives Well in Russia?


The Far East: New Challenges and Opportunities

The Greatest Art Form: Opening a Film Cluster in the Far East


The Far East: New Challenges and Opportunities

New Social Projects: The State vs. Private Operators


Social services are among the key benchmarks for assessing people’s quality of life. Many regions of the Far East have no social services market. This is primarily due to the low population density of the territories, deteriorating infrastructure or frequently the lack thereof as well as low tariffs that make it impossible to improve the quality of services right away. In international practice, extra-budgetary sources and private operators are involved in the provision of social services, which ensures the higher quality of such services. Central Russia has investors who are interested in the targeted operation of social facilities, but a lack of high demand in the Far East nullifies the ability to attract private operators to the social services market without utilizing the mechanism of interaction between the state and business. Given the limited budgetary funds, it is impossible to provide state support for all ongoing projects. Building social infrastructure that meets the demands of the new era is a key goal for ensuring regional development. What particular areas of social services need to be developed? What barriers does a private operator face when implementing social projects? What possible mechanisms to support investors are needed when implementing social projects? Who is the best provider of social services – state agencies or private operators? How will private capital and expertise help to improve the quality of services provided to the public? What goals should we set for the instrument of interaction between the state and business?



The Far East: New Challenges and Opportunities

Clean Energy for the Far East: People and Projects


The changing nature of global energy, climate regulation, and related structural changes in the process of how global demand for energy is generated are creating new opportunities and risks for all players in the global energy industry. This is the fourth energy transition in world history. There is now a whole range of technological breakthroughs in energy efficiency and decarbonization (renewable energy sources, storage facilities, hydrogen, and carbon capture), decentralization, and digitalization. The most important aspect is the fight against climate change. The climate discussion has been completed at the international level and the thesis on climate change caused by manmade greenhouse gas emissions has been accepted as a consensus. In addition to the climate agenda, as technology progresses, the traditional manner in which the fuel and energy industry functions is also gradually changing. As a result, there is growing uncertainty about which strategic focuses should be developed. Moreover, with global energy changes just around the corner, the issue of maintaining the competitiveness of national economies and accelerating their economic growth through universal access to affordable energy is more acute than ever. In this regard, the development of alternative (non-carbon) energy sources is a key issue. The role of the state as a driver of tectonic shifts in how goals are set for the domestic fuel and energy industry should also provide the ability to support such projects and further develop new energy industries, which implies the development of PPP tools and a systematic approach to public support in this regard. What strategies do companies have to respond to the growing importance of the climate agenda? Product-based solutions such as alternative fuels? What opportunities are there for the state’s ergonomic participation in new energy projects and effective PPP tools?



The Far East: New Challenges and Opportunities

Bringing the Far East Closer: Approaches to Reducing Transport Costs


The Far East: New Challenges and Opportunities

The Far Eastern Hectare: From Open Field to a Land of Economic Freedom


The Far East: New Challenges and Opportunities

No Longer the Far East. How the SDGs and New Digital Platforms for Connecting the State and Citizens Are Truly Uniting Russia


As new digital platforms based on public services are introduced and SDGs take hold in the region, the concept of ‘Big Earth’ and ‘Continent’ for most regions of the Far East is becoming a thing of the past. Citizens no longer feel cut off from general communication with the state solely due to the geographical distance from the central regions of the country, and the concept of the ‘centre’ is changing. Digital communications and services are eliminating geographic barriers and allowing for the more balanced development of geographically isolated regions.



The Far East: New Challenges and Opportunities

Digital Monopolies: Trans-Atlantic Monopoly vs. Trans-Pacific Pluralism. Building Digital Alliances in the East


Countries of the APR face similar challenges in the digital environment. As the region’s economic importance continues to grow, questions inevitably arise about the monopolization of digital markets by monopolist global platforms. Will Western monopolists finally conquer the region or will Chinese companies take their place? Could there be a third way for truly equal competition for users of multiple platforms, and are Russian companies ready to fight for Asia?



Our Shared Responsibility in a Changing World

Climate Change: Is it Still a Question of Money?


Our Shared Responsibility in a Changing World

Automation Technologies: Robots vs. People


Our Shared Responsibility in a Changing World

Medicine for Export: Opportunities on Asia-Pacific Markets


The wave of healthcare modernization that took place in 2020 may spur the development of medical tourism in Russia. The pandemic forced us to mobilize the resources of the healthcare system and significantly enhance its accessibility, including for people who come to Russia for treatment. In order to enhance the investment appeal of the medical export market as well as further integrate Russia into the global medical services market, it is crucial to pursue a targeted policy of improving the customer-oriented approach of medical services and take it to the level of international standards. The Far Eastern Federal District’s strategic proximity to countries of the Asia-Pacific region could provide an advantage in terms of developing medical tourism, as long as it boosts the transfer of modern medical technologies to Russia, the number of clinics and the construction of high-quality competitive medical infrastructure. Can medical tourism in Russia become a driver of economic development? How can we enhance the significance of investment in the industry and increase the volume of medical services exported from Russia? What strategies should be used to help improve the quality of medical care in Russia in terms of the industry’s economic efficiency for tourists? Will rehabilitative medicine and the growing demand for related services due to COVID-19 become a driver for the development of the medical tourism industry? How can we utilize the potential of international cooperation and boost the transfer of the best innovative technologies from APEC countries to the Russian healthcare industry? What steps should be taken to increase the Far Eastern District’s potential in the export market for medical services and turn the district into one of the most attractive tourist destinations?



Our Shared Responsibility in a Changing World

The New Wave of Volunteering


The desire to help is inherent in everyone. Given the intensive workload of residents of large cities, regular volunteering is becoming a familiar tool for rechannelling one’s efforts, self-development, and getting more joy out of life. Making recurring payments to foundations, participating in corporate volunteer programmes, taking vacations as a volunteer at major events, and taking part in volunteer projects is becoming the new norm. More than 15 million Russians took part in various volunteer projects in 2020. It is difficult to imagine major sporting events and festivals without the support of volunteers from different age groups. During the pandemic, though, professional volunteering also took on a prominent role, as medical volunteers got involved in providing assistance at COVID hospitals and professional drivers helped out medical workers. Support from corporations has become equally significant with the Help is Nearby project, a platform used to teach digital skills to older people, and so on. What role do corporations and governments play in shaping the volunteer movement? Can certain areas of responsibility and functional responsibilities be assigned to volunteers without them being duplicated by regular workers? What kind of niches are there for volunteering integrators and professionals? What kind of support can a volunteer expect? Are preferences for volunteers fair?



International Events

The Value and Values of the Greater Eurasian Partnership


The Great Eurasian Partnership is taking shape right before our eyes in the form of integration processes, the creation of new free trade zones, growth in the scale of e-commerce, the efforts of various countries to improve transport infrastructure, and the development of the digital economy. At the same time, many obstacles remain on the path to creating a seamless space of equal and mutually beneficial cooperation: from uncoordinated national development strategies and inconsistencies in technical standards to a lack of information and trust. Today, everyone seems interested in how to achieve the earliest possible economic recovery, get the economy on a trajectory of sustainable growth, revive value chains that have been disrupted by the pandemic and create new ones, strengthen the connectivity of infrastructure, and, in doing so, create conditions for the transition to a new technological order, which signifies a fairer socioeconomic order and a more prosperous life. The initiative to create the Greater Eurasian Partnership, which was put forward by Russian President Vladimir Putin and supported by all the states of the Eurasian Economic Union, aims to ensure economic stability, encourage the trend of unification, and solve existing problems. EAEU members believe all states on the continent will benefit from membership in it. Economies, entrepreneurs, and ordinary people living in Eurasia will benefit. Is this the case? Can transport and economic corridors become the backbone of Greater Eurasia? Is the prospect of creating a Greater Eurasian Energy Space realistic? How will the processes of trade liberalization develop in Eurasia, and is it possible to create a continental free trade zone? What does the future of the financial dimension of Greater Eurasia look like? Is it just about de-dollarization or are there other forms of regional financial cooperation? Is digital capable of playing the role of a driving force to link national development strategies? Finally, what can business gain from the creation of the Greater Eurasian Partnership?



International Events

Russia–ASEAN Business Dialogue


International Events

Russia–Europe Business Dialogue


International Events

Russia–India Business Dialogue


International Events

Russia–China Business Dialogue


International Events

Russia–South Korea Business Dialogue


International Events

Russia–Japan Business Dialogue


Youth EEF

New Ideas and Ideals: The Far East Mission


The development prospects of any country are determined largely by the life satisfaction of its citizens, in particular its young people. The potential of the Far East is directly dependent on the image of the macroregion in the eyes of young people from the Far East and the opportunities for them to achieve their potential. There is now a need for direct dialogue between young people and government, as well as new tools to support communication and build trust. Does life in the Far East meet the needs of today’s youth? What are the values of young people from the Far East today and how can they be supported? What can be done to help young people realize their potential?



Youth EEF

The Next Generation of Entrepreneurs


The institution of youth entrepreneurship is undergoing significant change: a rapidly changing world requires new and innovative solutions. Various tools to support young entrepreneurs in Russia have been proposed, but are they sufficient? The Far East is home to dozens of successful young entrepreneurs, many of whom have expanded their businesses beyond the Far Eastern Federal District. What obstacles are faced by young entrepreneurs in the Far East? Is it time to create a youth-oriented Far East business community? What business role models are there for youth in the Far East?



Youth EEF

We Are Hooked: Facing the Facts about Social Media


Social media has revolutionized how we communicate. For many people, posting and reading messages has become a need as fundamental as food. Social networks have changed the face of broadcast journalism, segmented society according to people’s interests, and become a tool both for the dissemination of knowledge and the global manipulation of consumer and political choices. While traditional mass media was once a centralized vehicle for the creation of meanings, today messages can appear in one of thousands of niche social media groups and spread to wide audiences at lightning speed. According to a VCIOM poll, the main sources of information for Russians today are television, the internet (news, analytics and official websites), social media and blogs. Young people (18–24 years) get their facts and opinions primarily from bloggers. Is social media today the voice of the people or a managed ecosystem? What is the value of social media to youth and older generations? How is social media impacting people’s behavioural patterns within society and their worldviews? Are bloggers a viable alternative to classic news sources? How can destructive uses of social media be resisted? How will social media change over time? How can the power of social media be harnessed to promote creative agendas, successful businesses and interesting countries and cities? How does information provided by bloggers ‘on the ground’ help the regions? How can it be used to support the development of domestic tourism and the regional economy?



Youth EEF

The Future of Financial Markets: The Youth Outlook for 2030


In recent years, the speed of social change has accelerated rapidly. The opinions of a new generation are playing an increasingly important role in the development strategies of financial markets. Young people are very open to change and can offer interesting ideas, helping to build an atmosphere of mutual understanding between economic entities. More and more people are turning to self-employment, and the number of people registered as self-employed in Russia has now reached 2.3 million. According to data from Russia’s Federal Tax Service, over 5,000 people are signing up to the special taxation scheme every day. Which technologies will have the greatest impact on financial markets? How will artificial intelligence affect professions in the future? How will millennials and generation Z change Russian financial markets? How can the process of registering as self-employed be adapted to meet the needs of young people? Which financial instruments and investment strategies will survive into the future?



Youth EEF

Intellectual Property as a Driver of Development for Individuals, Corporations, Regions and Nations


In the new economy, intellectual property should be understood as a mechanism contributing to the development of companies and territories, and the personal success stories of citizens, primarily young people. How can large corporations, businesses and the state create an effective intellectual property model, and will young people be able to access opportunities to realize their potential and generate high incomes without traditional employment? How can a culture of intellectual property, IP literacy and innovation be fostered? How can small and medium-sized businesses make use of copyright and industrial design rights? How easy is it for people to implement their ideas? What opportunities does intellectual property offer project leaders in the creative industries? What are the international best practices and success stories in the commercialization of intellectual property?



Youth EEF

The Far East is Changing: Benchmarks in the Youth-Led Transformation of the Far Eastern Territories


The concept of human capital plays a key role in the innovation economy and helps to support the stable economic functioning of any city, especially young cities. How can young people be drawn to new cities? What should government agencies and local authorities, public organizations, the business community and the local residents themselves do to make their cities as competitive as possible in terms of human capital? When people make decisions about where to live, they invariably look at the surrounding infrastructure, taking into account green spaces, cosy public gardens and places where they can walk with their children or spend time with friends. A comfortable environment for residents provides the foundation of any city where people might want to live. How can the young cities of the Far East attract investment? What successful experiences and tools exist for attracting young people to the urban environment, and how can they be applied to young cities? How can small cities become attractive to their residents and compete with highly developed megacities? How can the success of young cities elsewhere be incorporated into the practices of Far Eastern cities? How can an architectural style for young cities be achieved through the application of contemporary design solutions?



Youth EEF

Business in the Digital Age: The Secret of Successful Start-ups


Russia’s IT entrepreneurship and tech start-up ecosystem is characterized by its breadth and diversity, its presence across various economic sectors and its use of a wide variety of business models. Despite their high technical potential, many Russian start-ups and projects don’t make it to the commercial stage. New projects often fail to make it through the prototyping stage, meaning that teams cannot test their products or prove their value and practical application. If this trend isn’t reversed, the technology gap will widen. What does the tech entrepreneurship landscape in Russia look like today? What are the promising markets and niches in the IT industry? How can start-ups assemble highly motivated teams without big investments? How can ideas be protected from plagiarism? What is the ideal start-up model? Where should companies start, how do they find their niche, and what about prototyping and pilots? What is the role of accelerators and development institutions? How should tech start-ups go about looking for investment?



Youth EEF

The Future of Youth Humanitarian Values: A Paradigm Shift


One of the explanations for the identity crisis young people face today is the transformation of their value system. What is influencing this value system, how can humanitarian values be instilled in children from the very beginning, and how is this value system connected to the “competencies and intellects of the future”? A paradigm shift is underway, with new knowledge about the world and values that reflect a new world. Based on what we know so far, these are values that can change the world for the better, through volunteering and environmentally conscious behaviours. How are the values of modern youth formed and how can the values of the next generation be fostered and developed from childhood? What will the values of the next generation be in a world of changing technologies, and how can we instil humanitarian values in young people? How can ‘future’ knowledge and competencies contribute to the values-based development of young people? How can children be encouraged to adopt environmentally conscious behaviour and show an interest in volunteering?



Youth EEF

Facing East: How Can Young People Find Their Feet on the Labour Market?


The principle of lifelong learning, one of the key principles of ongoing development, is a very common cause of ‘educational procrastination’, whereby a young person’s potential grows at the expense of their fulfilment. A team of experts at the Senezh management workshop has put forward a principle of lifelong development, a form of ongoing development that can be used when designing educational formats to reduce the lag between the acquisition of knowledge and skills and their application in the real world. Furthermore, career guidance for younger people is becoming increasingly important and challenging in Russia. It is essential not only in order to reveal the talents and professional capacities of a given student, but also to balance issues of staff shortages and surpluses across various industries. What is the right age for young people to start receiving career guidance? Should it be purely practical? Do internships and placements help young people to choose their careers? What would a successful career guidance programme for students look like?



Youth EEF

Sport’s Impact on Society, and the Benefits of Healthy Lifestyles and Fitness to Human Life and Health


Sports and fitness is an area where people can discover their talents and abilities, and is a powerful tool in the formation of an individual’s identity. School and student sports have an important role to play in society. Sport is a core aspect of the implementation of the ‘third mission’ of universities and strategic academic leadership programmes. An individual’s physical fitness and their involvement in sports has an impact on their business and professional achievements, as well as their personal and social life. The availability of infrastructure for sports and exercise at comprehensive and vocational schools and universities is a hugely important factor in this. How can sports and exercise help individuals to discover their talents and abilities? How important are school and student sports for young people and for the socioeconomic development of the country more broadly? How can sports programmes at comprehensive and vocational schools and universities be developed? How can sports contribute to business and professional success as well as personal and social fulfilment?



Youth EEF

The Social Lift: From Sporting Academies to Olympic Medals


Meeting between young people and professional athletes



Youth EEF

ASEAN as a Route to International Youth Cooperation


Asia, in particular the ASEAN nations, is the key focus of Russian foreign policy today. 2021 marks 30 years of diplomatic relations and the 25th anniversary of a fully-fledged Russia–ASEAN partnership. The Eastern Economic Forum Youth Day will see international experts and youth activists come together to discuss the potential coordination of youth policy between Russia and ASEAN across a wide range of sectors. How can youth policy contribute to the development of cross-cultural ties between Russia and ASEAN? What are the outcomes of the Comprehensive Plan of Action to Promote Cooperation between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the Russian Federation (2016–2020)? How can youth entrepreneurship be developed in Russia and ASEAN member states? What student exchange programmes exist between Russia and ASEAN? What actions are being undertaken as part of the Russia–ASEAN partnership to achieve the goals of the Education 2030 plan? How are volunteer programmes progressing in ASEAN member states?



Youth EEF

The Youth View on the Greater Eurasian Partnership: New Opportunities for Regional and Global Cooperation


Eurasian cooperation is a priority area of development for Russia. The idea at the heart of the country’s partnership policy is the creation of a space for joint development through a system of economic relations, taking into account the interests of all participants without being tied to the signing of any one collective agreement. Another important aspect of the partnership is cooperation between young people and youth integration associations operating in Eurasian nations. How can a single platform for interaction between representative youth groups of integration associations (EAEU, CIS, SCO) be created? How can coordination between these associations and public and private organizations be improved? What difficulties do young people face when implementing projects today?



Youth EEF

Identifying Opportunities for Young People in the Far East


The Far East is home to around 2.5 million young people aged between 14 and 35. The progressive development of the Far East would be impossible without involving and taking into account the views of young people. While young people are very well placed to offer creative contributions, they do not always feel that the state is willing to listen, which makes them feel abandoned and more inclined to leave. Research has shown that only 1–3% of young people in the Far East are involved in state youth policy. At the same time, the many opportunities for young people to achieve their potential go unnoticed and fail to reach the people who need them most. How can young people find out about the opportunities that have been made available to them? What needs to be done in order for young people to feel the benefits of Russia’s eastward turn? Which state services are reaching young people today and seeing demand, and which ones need to be updated and improved? How can the state contribute to the formation of a new generation of citizens and help them find their place in life, including in the Russian Far East?



Youth EEF

The Near East: Presentation of Youth Initiatives and Projects


This session will include presentations of youth-led socially significant and entrepreneurial projects, as well as a number of initiatives following the outcomes of the EEF youth platform. There will also be a presentation of the Near East programme and an announcement of the Far Eastern Federal District pilot regions hosting the Russian Youth Entrepreneurship Development Programme in 2021.



Youth EEF

BRICS Youth Cooperation: Potential, Focus, Opportunities


The BRICS nations are now home to 40% of the global population. It is primarily young people in these countries who will set the global agenda over the coming decades. Unlocking the youth potential of this multilateral organization requires a great deal of government assistance as well as efforts to create the necessary conditions for evolution and development. How can the potential of young people in the BRICS countries be effectively realized? How should state support mechanisms be used to nurture the young movement? How can youth intergovernmental cooperation be developed within the bloc? How can education and universities help to develop horizontal links between BRICS youth organizations?



Youth EEF

High Boots and Haute Couture: Linking the Worlds of High Fashion and Folk Crafts


The influence of folk arts and crafts on global fashion is undeniable. Designers return to motifs from folk arts every fashion season, creating genuinely vibrant and original looks. The east has always occupied a unique position in culture, attracting Europeans with its special philosophy which is closely linked to ideas of simplicity, sophistication, sharp contrasts and mystery. Looking at the Asian experience, can a Russian haute couture be developed on the basis of folk arts and crafts? Which designers are already using folk motifs in their creations? Could folk crafts see a resurgence in popularity among young people if they are positioned at the forefront of the fashion industry?



Youth EEF

Open Dialogue: Increasing Youth Trust in State Institutions


The issue of building constructive dialogue between government and youth representatives is a hot topic in Russia today. Fuelled by ambition and youthful exuberance, the younger generation’s desire for self-fulfilment has transformed into a clear and pressing need to be heard by government. To this end, there must be a space for open dialogue. Where does dialogue between young people and government agencies fall short at present? How high is youth awareness of state projects already implemented in the area of youth policy? Why do young people tend to move to major cities rather than the east? What is the youth perspective on communication with government?



Youth EEF

Higher Quality Secondary Education


The prestige of blue-collar professions in Russia today is very low, and young people are incentivized to attain higher education qualifications as a guarantee of professional success. This leads to an overabundance of highly qualified personnel on the one hand, and a lack of blue-collar workers on the other. The result is a significant imbalance between supply and demand in the labour market, putting young professionals and employers in a difficult position when it comes to hiring. What is the current state of secondary vocational education in Russia? What quality control measures are in place to assess recent graduates? Which blue collar professions are seeing the greatest demand for workers? What can be done to ensure that blue collar occupations enjoy greater prestige?



Youth EEF

Why Legal Literacy is Vital for Young Entrepreneurs


The majority of school-age children and students dream of having their own business. One of the factors preventing young people from starting their own business, however, is the fear of bearing legal liability for its activities. Many respondents indicated that they are afraid of receiving prison sentences. This session will look at the importance of doing business within a legal framework, as well as the state protection mechanisms available, discussing them in a way that is understandable and accessible to young people. What are the rights of young entrepreneurs? How can ideas be protected? How can tax burdens be reduced legally? What state protection is available in the case of unlawful attacks on businesses? Why is legal literacy so necessary in a world where ignorance is no excuse, and how can a system providing legal education for young people be developed?



Youth EEF

Tourism Is for the Young: Modernizing the Tourism Industry and Discovering New Horizons


Youth is the stage of life when people begin to travel, discover new destinations and find their place in the world as professionals. At the same time, the influence exerted by young people on the sector is growing each year, bringing significant changes to tourism and hospitality, spearheading the creation and development of new concepts for tourist packages and strategies for business development. Against the backdrop of coronavirus restrictions, the adaptability and openness of younger generations can provide a fresh impetus to development in the tourism industry, offering new solutions at the intersection of tried and tested packages and cutting-edge technologies. What is the appeal of domestic tourism, and how can young people find fulfilment in the hospitality sector? What travel trends should be taken into account when starting out in the industry? What new tourism projects can be expected in the regions? What is the post-COVID experience of promoting tourist destinations? What are the new trends and marketing tools and how have tourism packages adapted? How can operators stay in the tourism industry in the aftermath of COVID and what new niches are waiting to be discovered?