Pavilion 8, Conference Hall 8.3

Throughout history the great powers have competed in the Northern Caucasus to assert their geopolitical and economic interests. While the region has a huge potential for growth and development, a balanced approach on a range of issues affecting the Northern Caucasus has to be adopted to avoid delays in development.

1) What are they key problems for the socio-economic development of the Northern Caucasus today and what are the key expectations of foreign investors?
2) How are major inter-regional infrastructure projects affecting the region’s stability? What has been the international experience to date? And what is the long-term prognosis?
3) Can we speak about a single Caucasian family? What are the uniting traditions?

Margarita Simonyan , Editor-in-Chief, Russia Today

Prince Faisal bin Al-Hussein , Founder and Chairman of the Generations for Peace Institute, IOC member
Alexey Repik , President, Delovaya Rossiya (Business Russia)
Valery Gergiev , Artistic and General Director, State Academic Mariinsky Theatre
Igor Ivanov , Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation, Professor, MGIMO-University; Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (1998—2004)
Jean-Pierre Thomas , President, Thomas Vendome Investment
Alexander Khloponin , Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation
Alexey Repik , President, Delovaya Rossiya (Business Russia)