The SME Forum

International Cooperation: From Challenges to Solutions

14 Jun , 16:30–18:00
Russian Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Forum
Plenary session
Congress Centre, zone D, VEB.RF conference hall D2

Geopolitical shifts in 2022 initiated a series of events that triggered substantial transformations in foreign economic activities. Logistics, payments, and the quest for untapped markets presented new hurdles. Nonetheless, these challenges were not only met with solutions but also sparked a reevaluation and redirection of business alliances. The enthusiasm among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for expanding international collaborations has surged remarkably. Simultaneously, major corporations from friendly countries have shown keen interest in establishing partnerships with Russian suppliers and counterparts. In light of these changes, what fresh opportunities and growth avenues are emerging for small business expansion? How can the facilitation of novel production and supply chains be bolstered? What strategies can be employed to cultivate promising sales markets? What is the outlook for entrepreneurial connections between Russian and foreign enterprises? What systemic support measures can SMEs anticipate?

Viktoria Kladieva, Leading Specialist, TASS Press Center

Alexey Baranov, Export Director, Vetbot
Zhang Wuyi, General Director, Ho'ping China
Rajnish Goenka, Founder, Chairman, MSME Development Forum
Yekaterina Zinovyeva, Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Moscow Region - Minister of Investments, Industry and Science of the Moscow Region
Alexander Kalinin, President, All‑Russian Non‑Governmental Organization of Small and Medium‑Sized Businesses OPORA RUSSIA
Elena Krygina, Founder, KRYGINA cosmetics
Artem Lazutin, Head of Export Support Center, Business Development Agency of Ryazan Region
Veronika Nikishina, General Director, Russian Export Center
Sergey Sokolov, General Director, Novosibirskkhleboprodukt

Front row participants
Konstantin Basmanov, Head of Small and Medium Enterprises Unit, Promsvyazbank
Andrey Belousov, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation
Aleksey Shilo, Deputy Managing Director, Head, Centre for Corporate Transport Services (CFTO), Russian Railways