Realizing Russia's Competitive Edge
Panel Session
Pavilion 5, Conference Hall 5.1

SMEs account for more than 50% and up to 70% of GDP in the United States and the EU, respectively, whereas in Russia, they account for only about 20%. What should be the future role of small and medium-sized businesses in driving the next generation of growth and development in Russia? What regulatory policies, including access to reasonably priced finance, are needed to ensure the proliferation of small and medium-sized enterprises in the Russian economy?

Piotr Marczewski , Managing Director, Thomson Reuters, Russia and CIS

Pieter Boone , Managing Director, METRO Cash & Carry Russia
Oleg Vyugin , Member of the Board of Directors, Independent Director, Rosneft; Professor, National Research University Higher School of Economics
Petko Draganov , Deputy Secretary-General, UNCTAD
Maxim Karpov , Head of the Entrepreneurial Community, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO
Nikolay Nikolaev , Chairman of the Committee of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on Natural Resources, Property and Land Relations
Andrey Polyakov , Managing Director for Regional Development and SME Support, Russian Agency for Export Credit and Investment Insurance
Aleksandr Potapov , Director, N.N. Burdenko Research Institute of Neurosurgery
Charles Robertson , Global Chief Economist, Renaissance Capital

Petr Tarasov , Deputy Chairman of the Board, Russian Bank for Small and Medium Enterprises Support
Vladimir Yakushev , Governor of Tyumen Region

Key moments

“Small business is the most elastic and flexible part of the economy from where innovations can bloom.”
Alexander Potapov
“SMEs are the backbone of sustainable growth, and provide the long-term prosperity of society.”
Pieter Boone