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July 5, 2013

8:00-9:30 Registration, coffee reception
9.00-9.25 Exhibition of Central Russia regions investment projects: opening ceremony
9:30-9:40 Official Forum opening ceremony, welcome speeches addressing Forum participants
9:40-10:50 PLENARY SESSION (discussion panel)
HIGHER ECONOMIC RESILIENCE THROUGH DOMESTIC MARKET EXPANSION
Moderated by:
Maxim Shevchenko, journalist & presenter at Russia's Channel 1
Plenary session agenda:
  • Commitment to the domestic market expansion: causes and effects. Brutal global markets.
  • Avoiding negative effects of Russias accession to the WTO and worse interregional labor division conditions with more powerful domestic regional markets.
  • Global capital (WTO) vs. local businesses: equilibrium of interests.
  • Protection of the local consumer market from imported goods: blatant interference in business or action to underpin the local economy?
  • Domestic production of import-substituting commodities, innovative technologies are instrumental in moving forward economically.
  • Domestic consumer market. What keeps local goods away from stores? Incentivizing retailers purchasing goods from local producers.
  • Domestic market potential in the Central Russian macroregion: opportunities for investors.
  • New investor: setting up, production, selling to local consumers in one place. Investment priorities.
  • High living standards of the population to give rise to the domestic market: encouraging purchasing power inside the region.
  • Social policy aimed at higher living standards of the population underlying the regional economy development.
  • Interregional integration within the Central Federal District to equalize economic development of its regions.
  • Border trade: challenges, development prospects.
  • Liberalizing the investment climate in border regions, preferences to investors implementing investment projects locally are essential for the economic development of outlying areas.

Plenary session participants:

  • Alexander Beglov, Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Central Federal District
  • Igor Slyunyayev, Minister of Regional Development of the Russian Federation
  • Sergey Katyrin, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation
  • Alexander Mikhailov, Governor of Kursk region
  • Higher executive officials of Russias federal subjects
  • State Duma of the Russian Federation
  • Ministry of Development of the Russian Federation
  • Vnesheconombank
  • World Bank
  • Agency for Strategic Initiatives
  • Center of Strategic Research
  • Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP)
10:50-11:15 Coffee break
11:15-13:30 PLENARY SESSION - CONTINUED
HIGHER ECONOMIC RESILIENCE THROUGH DOMESTIC MARKET EXPANSION
11:00-14:00 SESSION OF THE COUNCIL UNDER THE PRESIDENTIAL PLENIPOTENTIARY ENVOY TO THE CENTRAL FEDERAL DISTRICT
CROSS-BORDER COOPERATION OF CENTRAL RUSSIA: NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR REGIONS, STRONGER INTERREGIONAL INTEGRATION
13:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00-18:00 Topical events / panel discussions (held in parallel)
RACE OF CENTRAL RUSSIAS INVESTMENT PROJECTS
Event format:
  • Presentation of 15 investment projects prepared by Central Russias regions (3 minutes for each presentation). Digests to be provided to all the session participants in the print format.
  • Assessment of the projects by the session participants (electronic voting).
  • Extended presentation of the ballot winners (4-5 projects, 15 minutes each). Presidium to ask questions in follow-up of each presentation to each companys representative.
  • Comments of presidium members on the projects presented.
  • Presidium to choose the race winner (electronic voting).
  • Assessment of the projects presented by all the Forum participants (electronic voting).
  • Winner award ceremony (1-2 projects, subject to the presidium decision and general voting results).
Presidium members:
  • Recognized experts from the investment community
BUSINESS DUEL
FOOD SUPPLY SECURITY OF RUSSIA AND EURASEC COUNTRIES: OBJECTIVES AND CAPABILITIES OF CENTRAL RUSSIAS REGIONS
/Sports & Concert Complex/
Moderated by:
Alexander Arkhangelsky, television presenter, essay writer.
Main business duel issue:
The future of Central Russias agricultural sector: takeover by the global labor division system, or domestic / EurAsEc market orientation?
Advocating global market: Gennady Kulik, deputy of Russias State Duma; member of the State Duma Committee for Budget and Taxes; Vice President of the Agrarian Union of Russia
Advocating domestic market: Alexander Kozyavin, Chairman of the Board of Directors, OJSC Agrarnik (Kursk); director of Kursk State Agricultural Academys Institute for professional development and retraining of executives and specialists of the agricultural sector
Duel arguments and reasons:
  • Food security factor in Russia, the Customs Union, and the Common Economic Space member countries in the modern world: issues and risks.
  • Objectives and capabilities of Central Russias agricultural sector in terms of Russia and the EurAsEc countries food security concept.
  • Development strategy of Russias agricultural sector and the contribution of the Central Federal District regions.
  • WTO and food security, WTO and the domestic market: balancing interests.
  • Relationship between the retail sector and agricultural enterprises. What prevents companies from buying goods of local production?
  • Integrated on-site processing of agricultural goods, as a protection mechanism against the impact of the agricultural products exchange market. Improving the sectors efficiency with advanced processing solutions.
  • Fusion of agricultural capital and trade capital. Setting up own food retail chains.
  • Research achievements of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan in vegetable production and ways to cut dependence on imports.
  • Investment capacities of Central Russias regions for locating food manufacturing and processing enterprises.
  • Activity of foreign investors in Central Russias agricultural sector.
  • Existing and prospective mechanisms of public assistance to agricultural producers.
  • Production of environmentally sound products: a call of the time. Capabilities of the agricultural sector and requirements of the retail sector.
  • Efficient quality assessment and management system applying to domestic and foreign food suppliers, to ensure safe, high-quality agricultural and food products.
  • Investment projects in agriculture. Successful practical experience.
Experts:
Representatives of:
  • the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation
  • the Federal service on customers' rights protection and human well-being surveillance (Rospotrebnadzor)
  • the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor)
  • the Intergovernmental Council for the Agricultural Sector of the CIS
  • the Agro-industrial Policy Department of the Eurasian Economic Commission
  • the relevant ministries and agencies of Central Russias regions and CIS countries
  • the Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences
  • Kursk State Agricultural Academy named after Prof. I.I. Ivanov
  • the food safety monitoring agency FOODCONTROL
  • the National Genetic Safety Association
  • the leading agricultural enterprises of the Central Russian macroregion
  • the investment community implementing agricultural projects
TOPICAL PANEL DISCUSSION
ROLE AND PLACE OF SMALL BUSINESS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF CENTRAL RUSSIAS REGIONS
/Sports & Concert Complex/
Moderated by:
a representative of Russias Ministry of Economic Development
Vladimir Puchkov, Chairman of the Consumer Market, Small Business Development and Licensing Committee of Kursk region
Agenda:
  • Small business of Central Russias regions in figures: the past, present and future.
  • Public small business stimulation and assistance policy.
  • Unified control mechanisms and a stable fiscal system: key sustainable development drivers for small business.
  • A sharp increase in pension contributions for sole proprietors in 2013. What will be the business communitys reaction? Possible solutions.
  • Protection of legal entities and sole proprietors rights while exercising state / municipal control.
  • Licensing of specific kinds of business activities. Plans to remove excessive administrative barriers.
  • Regional small business support tools: what is done, what is to be done.
  • Modern standards of lending to small businesses: state and market lending programs.
  • Startup support and development of youth businesses in Central Russia.
  • Prospects of teaching fundamentals of entrepreneurship at schools. Pilot programs and their results.
  • Insurance and small businesses. Business risk management mechanisms.
Topicalpaneldiscussionparticipants:
  • Relevant committees of Russias State Duma and Federation Council
  • Department of Small and Medium Business and Competition, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
  • State Governance Department, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
  • Agency for Strategic Initiatives
  • OPORA RUSSIA All Russian Non-governmental organization of small and medium business and other professional associations of business entities
  • Relevant ministries and agencies of Central Russias regions
  • Guarantee funds, microfinance institutions
  • Leading banks, insurance companies
  • Scientific institutes, educational institutions
  • Small business representatives
DIALOGUE WITH EXPERTS
YOUTH IN THE INNOVATIVE WORLD. YOUNG PEOPLES IDEAS AS VIEWED BY COMPETENT EXPERTS.
/Sports & Concert Complex/
Agenda:
  • Best projects of young scientists of the Central Russian macroregion addressing the main innovation trends: biotechnology, nanomaterials, medicine, robotics, IT.
  • Professional experts opinions on prospects of implementing the young scientists projects.
  • Basic estimation criteria for innovative projects: investors look.
  • Balance between youths scientific initiatives vs. stringent market requirements.
  • Commercialization of research developments. Market entry principles.
TOPICAL PANEL DISCUSSION
SPORTS IN ECONOMY AND SPORTS ECONOMICS
/Sports & Concert Complex/
Agenda:
  • Using private and public capital for physical training and sports development purposes. Construction of sports and fitness centers employing PPP schemes.
  • Elite sport projects, their contribution to the youth education and national health improvement. Sports club financing issues.
  • Business projects in sports: construction of new fitness and wellness clubs, tennis centers, golf courses. Potential of the Central Russian macroregion.
  • Sponsorship in sports. Support of mass sports projects vs. financing of professional teams: opinions of investors.
  • Role of SME businesses in physical training and sports.