The SME Forum

Cities and Regions of the Future: Economy, Infrastructure, Technology, Management

14 Jun , 14:45–16:00
Russian Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Forum: Cooperation
Congress Centre, zone D, VEB.RF conference hall D2

According to UN forecasts, seven out of every ten people on this earth will be living in cities by 2050. In Russia, 75% of the population already live in cities. In mid-May, based on a survey of Russians, the neural network visualized what the cities of the future will look like. The key criteria included ecology and energy efficiency, comfortable urban environments, smart and technological solutions. Cities and regions are already active participants in the sustainable development agenda. When identifying top-priority projects, criteria linked to impact on the environment and on people’s quality of life as a whole come to the fore. In addition, digital technology, alongside the Internet of things, AI and smart city services are becoming widespread and an integral part of the urban economy, and are essentially laying the foundations for “cities of the future”. How can we balance the needs of the population and the capacity of budgets when identifying top-priority projects? What technological solutions can we confidently replicate across the country? How can business and government achieve a synergistic effect when implementing urban development projects? What tools can help evaluate the impact of the implementation of specific projects? How can we create horizontal collaboration between cities to reduce transaction costs when pooling experience and adopting best practices for the implementation of development projects?

Pavel Seleznev, General Director, Public-Private Partnership Development Center

Irina Bakhtina, Sustainable Development Director, RUSAL
Tatiana Zavyalova, Senior Vice President for ESG, Sberbank
Andrey Samokhin, Chief Executive Officer, VEB.RF
Eduard Sosnin, Minister of Economic Development and Investments of the Perm Territory
Semyon Tenyaev, Founder, TenChat
Vladimir Shchekin, Founder, Co-owner, Rodina Group Development Company