A state’s SME ecosystem plays an important role in the development of its socioeconomic functions. Economic development is driven by small and medium-sized enterprises, which create additional jobs and bring about an increase in tax revenues. The share of SMEs in GDP has been rising steadily throughout the world over the past few years. In Russia, however, it has stayed more or less stable. How can we determine the impact of the SME ecosystem on the economy? Can SMEs become a driver of economic growth in Russia? What could explain such a huge difference in SME development levels? How were high GDP shares for SMEs achieved in the world’s leading economies? Are these mechanisms applicable to Russia? What factors can drive the growth of SMEs? How can Russian small and medium-sized enterprises integrate into the supply chains of foreign businesses?
Marina Kim , Anchor, Channel One Russia
Yasushi Akahoshi , President, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
Alexander Braverman , Member of the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Management Board, SME Corporation
Oleg Goshchansky , Chairman and Managing Partner, KPMG in Russia and the CIS
Thomas Deluca , Chief Executive Officer, AMP Credit Technologies
Erwan Dupuy , General Director, Saint-Gobain CIS
Alexander Kalinin , President, All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses Opora Russia
Thomas Palmgren , Board Member, Oy Forcit Ab; Head of International Affairs, Federation of Finnish Enterprises; Member of the European Economic and Social Committee
Oleg Fomichev , State Secretary, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
Wang Qinmin , Deputy Chairman, National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference; Chairman, All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce
Konstantin Basmanov , Chairman of the Management Board, Vozrozhdenie Bank
Vladimir Gerasimov , First Deputy General Director, Executive Director, Interfax Information Services Group
Sergei Kelbakh , Chairman of the Board, Russian Highways
Dmitry Sytin , Chief Executive Officer, CJSC "TEK-Torg"
Andrey Sharov , Vice President, Head of GR, Sberbank