Realizing Russia's Competitive Edge
Panel Session
Pavilion 3, Amphitheatre

The impact of private sector investment and know-how can address a number of issues facing the Russian regions, including offering relief to overloaded urban transport networks, creating a better living environment for residents, increasing the transparency of public services, improving access to healthcare, and reforming the education system. Implementing innovative solutions is always a challenge, as it requires new methods of cooperation and new strategies. What practical measures could help expedite the introduction of the effective ‘smart’ solutions that Russia needs? How could the country’s regions benefit from new approaches?

Sergei Naryshkin , Chairman, State Duma of the Russian Federation

Ruben Aganbegyan , Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Bank Otkritie Financial Corporation; Member of the Board of Directors, Otkritie Holding
Sergey Belyakov , Deputy Minister for Economic Development of the Russian Federation
Victor Vekselberg , Chairman of the Board of Directors, Renova Group; President, Skolkovo Foundation
Dmitry Zauers , First Vice-President, Gazprombank (Open Joint-Stock Company)
Rustam Minnikhanov , President of the Republic of Tatarstan
Clyde C. Tuggle , Senior Vice-President, Chief Public Affairs and Communications Officer, The Coca-Cola Company
Bernard Hours , Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors, Danone

Sergey Zhvachkin , Governor of Tomsk Region
Vladimir Kononov , First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee for Science and High Technologies
Vladimir Mau , Rector, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA)
Nikolai Merkushkin , Governor of Samara Region
Sergei Morozov , Governor of Ulyanovsk Region


Key moments

“We shouldn’t be racing to catch up; we should be the source of breakthroughs”.
Vladimir Kononov
“To be competitive, we need to base our economy on innovation. Innovation doesn’t happen of its own accord. It has to be created, and the driving force behind that is people”.
Rustam Minnikhanov
“Both Russia’s leadership and its businesses are stepping up to meet new challenges: creating major financial infrastructure, consolidating the regulation of financial markets under a megaregulator, and ensuring macroeconomic stability in a number of ways”.
Sergei Naryshkin