Russia: Seizing the Opportunities
Pavilion 4, Conference Hall 4.3

The Russian Regional Investment Climate Index is designed to assess the effectiveness of efforts made by all levels of the government to improve the conditions for doing business in respective regions. The Index serves not only as a gauge of these efforts, but also as an effective tool for identifying and replicating the best practices employed when working with investors. A pilot test of the Index, including 21 regions, was conducted in 2014. Based on the results, what actions should be taken by regional governments to improve the climate and what are some of the specific innovations and policy measures that may be replicated across a variety of regions?

Andrei Sharonov , Dean, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO

Andrei Belousov , Aide to the President of the Russian Federation
Alexander Kalinin , President, All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses Opora Russia
Sergey Katyrin , President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation
Andrey Nikitin , Acting Governor of Novgorod Region
Alexey Repik , President, Delovaya Rossiya (Business Russia)
Alexander Shokhin , President, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP)
Igor Shuvalov , First Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation

Front row participants
Anatoly Artamonov , Governor of Kaluga Region
Nikita Belykh , Governor of the Kirov Region
Vladimir Gruzdev , Chairman of the Board, Association of Lawyers of Russia
Alexander Drozdenko , Governor of Leningrad Region
Oleg Kuvshinnikov , Governor of the Vologda Oblast
Rustam Minnikhanov , President of the Republic of Tatarstan
Sergei Morozov , Governor of Ulyanovsk Region
Svetlana Orlova , Governor of Vladimir Region
Natalya Sergunina , Deputy Mayor of Moscow
Sergey Sitnikov , Acting Governor of the Kostroma Region


Key moments

The national rating will provide a new tool for those lagging behind, give them an opportunity to move forward.
Igor Shuvalov
The main outcome of the national rating is establishing project headquarters in regions of Russian Federation and putting together a competent project team.
Andrei Belousov
It is important to evaluate not only the current position of the region, but also the changes taking place there.
Andrei Sharonov
The national rating allows us not just to demonstrate to the world what we are; for us it is a task to make better.
Igor Shuvalov
We consider the ratings as a part of the comprehensive evaluation of the regional teams’ efficiency.
Alexander Shokhin