Russia in the Caspian Region: International Trade Prospects

08 Jun , 12:00–13:15
The Global Economy in Search of a Balance
Pavilion F, conference hall F3

The Caspian region shows great potential for successful social economic growth. The Caspian Sea, with its rich natural resources and strategic position between the Caspian territories and the Persian Gulf, provides rich opportunities for regional development. Though the global sea trade continues to grow, the potential for cooperation in the Caspian region is not being utilized to its fullest potential, as the volume of cargo flowing through Russian ports decreases each year. Potential solutions include attracting Iran to the free trade zone, developing maritime cooperation with Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan, and ensuring transit through those territories to the countries of the Persian Gulf and Asia. By increasing the cargo turnover through the Caspian Sea, Russia will boost its competitiveness, strengthen its geopolitical and political presence in the Caspian region, and develop sustainable economic and cultural ties with the Caspian states. What are the prospects for increasing the cargo flow through the Russian Caspian region? Is it possible to create a sustainable and mutually beneficial transport and logistics corridor with the other Caspian states? What are the prospects for passenger transport development in the Caspian region?

Marina Kim, Anchor, Channel One Russia

Mikhail Bazhenov, Partner, Capital Projects & Infrastructure, Debt Advisory Leader, PwC
Stanislav Georgievskiy, Deputy Director of Trade Policy Department, Eurasian Economic Commission
Ivan Grishanin, General Director, Russian Container Company
Vitaly Mankevich, President, Russian-Asian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs
Mukul Sarkar, Chief General Manager, Export-Import Bank of India
Azer Talibov, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
Xu Jinli, Chief of Representative Office in Russia, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade
Sergey Chebotarev, Minister of North Caucasus Affairs of the Russian Federation

Front row participants
Alexey Klyavin, President, All-Russian branch association of employers “Russian Chamber of Shipping”
Kazbek Kokov, Acting Head of the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic
Andrey Levakin, Acting General Director, Federal Treasury Institution “Directorate of the State Customer for Realization of the Federal Target Program “Modernization of Transport System of Russia”
Rudolf Lukavsky, Commercial Counsellor, Embassy of the Republic of Austria in the Russian Federation
Mikhail Maltsev, Executive Director, Ural Tourism Association
Abdel Hafiz Nofal, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Palestine in the Russian Federation