Implementation Stage for the ‘Small Business Development’ Mission
A national project has set ambitious goals to have Russian citizens benefit from expanded opportunities. The number of people employed at SMEs is projected to grow by almost 6 million by 2024. More than RUB 400 billion have been allocated for the implementation of this national project with a substantial portion of the funds earmarked for the regions of the Russian Federation. What mechanisms can be used to promote entrepreneurship? Is business already feeling improvements? What steps are needed for a qualitative breakthrough in the availability of SME funding? Are the measures that are envisaged to accelerate this process sufficient for the development of small business?
Alexander Kalinin, President, All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses OPORA RUSSIA
Konstantin Basmanov, Head of Small and Medium Enterprises Unit, Promsvyazbank
Meir Brand, Vice-President, Google Inc.
Viktor Evtukhov, State Secretary – Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation
Vadim Zhivulin, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
Andrey Nikitin, Governor of Novgorod Region
Anatoly Popov, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board, Head of the Corporate Business Block, Sberbank
Alexey Texler, Acting Governor of Chelyabinsk Region
He Zhenwei, Secretary General, China Overseas Development Association
Front row participants
Eva Gutierrez, Lead Financial Sector Specialist in the Europe and Central Asian Region, World Bank Group
Natalia Korotchenkova, Deputy General Director, Russian Small and Medium Business Corporation
Anna Kuznetsova, Member of the Executive Board, Managing Director of Securities Market, Moscow Exchange
Andrey Pavlov, Founder, President, ZENDEN Group