Realizing Russia's Competitive Edge
Panel Session
PepsiCo Café

The national rating of the investment climate in Russia’s regions is designed to evaluate the effectiveness of the efforts made at all levels of government in order to improve the conditions for doing business there. It is expected that the rating will not only be a means of measuring these efforts, but also an effective tool for identifying and disseminating best practices in working with investors. Pilot testing of the rating system was launched across 22 Russian regions in late March. What are the initial results of the evaluation? What steps taken by regional authorities enabled good performance indicators to be achieved? Is it possible to achieve equally good results in all Russian regions?

Andrei Sharonov , Dean, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO

Andrei Belousov , Aide to the President of the Russian Federation
Sergey Belyakov , Deputy Minister for Economic Development of the Russian Federation
Alexander Brechalov , Co-Chairman, All-Russia People's Front; Secretary, Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation
Dr. Hans-Paul Buerkner , Chairman, The Boston Consulting Group
Sergey Katyrin , President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation
Andrey Nikitin , Acting Governor of Novgorod Region
Governors of the top-ranked regions ,
Alexey Repik , President, Delovaya Rossiya (Business Russia)
Alexander Shokhin , President, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP)


Key moments

“The investment climate is not manna from heaven, but the result of hard work; it is a technology, and it something that can be learnt.”
Andrei Sharonov
“We see competition among the regions to be perceived as successful, as efficient. And this rating is something that can help the regional authorities to succeed in this.”
Sergey Belyakov