Realizing Russia’s Potential
Panel discussion
Pavilion 4, Hall 4.3

The CIS economies are poised to undergo a number of macroeconomic changes brought about by integration within the Common Economic Space and Russia’s accession to the WTO. What are the prospects of this economic sphere going forward, and what is the likely impact of integration on the competitiveness and business environment of individual economies?

Sergei Naryshkin , Chairman, State Duma of the Russian Federation

Esko Aho , Prime Minister of Finland (1991–1995); Executive Chairman of the Board, East Office of Finnish Industries
Tatiana Valovaya , Member of the Board - Minister in Charge of Integration and Macroeconomics, Eurasian Economic Commission
Kirill Dmitriev , Chief Executive Officer, Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF)
Alexey Likhachev , Chief Executive Officer, ROSATOM State Atomic Energy Corporation
Igor Maksimtsev , Rector, St. Petersburg State University of Economics
Andrey Nikitin , Acting Governor of Novgorod Region
Clyde C. Tuggle , Senior Vice-President, Chief Public Affairs and Communications Officer, The Coca-Cola Company
James Turley , Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Ernst & Young Global


Key moments

Everything that is happening right now in Europe is a clear demonstration of how any slowing of the integration processes, or delays in making important decisions on integration, can turn into a severe crisis.
Tatiana Valovaya
We are not exploiting the advantages we gain by participating in integrative associations, such as the CIS, EurAsEC, the Union of Russia and Belarus. We share a common language in law; we have common legal concepts; we have common legal mechanisms – but these are not applied, and, by acceding to the WTO, we will finally be able to tap in to this potential and make broader use of it.
Vladimir Lafitsky