The ‘Arctic: Territory of Dialogue’ Stand Provided the Key SPIEF Discussion Platform for Pressing Problems of Arctic Development
The Russian Ministry for Development of the Far East stand ‘Arctic: Territory of Dialogue’ was first opened at the 25th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum and has become a platform for 16 Arctic agenda events, including a number constituting part of the official plan of Russia’s Chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2021–2023 with the assistance of the Roscongress Foundation.
“SPIEF is the leading business discussion platform in Russia. The appearance of a stand devoted to the subject of the Arctic emphasises the growing global and economic role of this region. The events at the stand helped draw the attention of SPIEF participants to the Arctic agenda and to the prospects for the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation. The discussions disclosed the priorities of Russia's Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, including the region’s socio-economic development and the population of the Arctic, among them indigenous peoples, as well as environmental issues. We will definitely continue working along the Arctic track at the Eastern Economic Forum on 5–8 September in Vladivostok,” said Anton Kobyakov, Adviser to the Russian President and executive secretary of the Organizing committee in charge of preparing for and supporting Russia’s chairmanship of the Arctic Council.
“The stand of Russia’s Ministry for the Development of the Far East provided a true Arctic hub and demonstrated to the Forum visitors the space dedicated to the Northern Sea Root, Russia’s chairmanship of the Arctic Council and other topics. The Arctic region makes an enormous contribution to Russia’s welfare and the country’s prosperity in the long term depends upon it substantially. That is why it is important to focus deserved attention on the Arctic,” said Alexey Chekunkov, Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic.
In turn, Nikolay Korchunov, Ambassador-at-Large of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Arctic Senior Officials, noted the growing significance of the Arctic in world politics and the global economy.
“The Arctic region plays an important geopolitical tole in providing for Russia’s strategic, transport and economic security. The sessions held at the stand will enable us to elaborate specific steps and effective solutions for fulfilling the tasks set by Russia’s leaders to ensure balanced, sustainable development of the region and raise the welfare of its people, including the indigenous peoples of the North,” said Nikolay Korchunov.
One of the main sessions at the stand was the Conference on the Development of Telecommunications and Digitalization in the Arctic. Its participants discussed introduction of digital technologies in the Arctic, as well as provision for quality communications and high-speed Internet in the region. The International Seminar on Shipbuilding and Ship Repair in the Arctic touched on questions of fulfilling the tasks set by Russia’s President of providing for shipping at least 80 million tonnes of cargo along the Northern Sea Route by 2024 and 150 million tonnes by 2030. Also discussed were opportunities for cutting repair costs at Russian wharves and potential changes to the preferential regimes for ship owners.
The ‘Arctic: Territory of Dialogue’ stand of Russia’s Ministry for the Development of the Far East was also one of the Creative Business Forumplatforms, as part of which seven events were devoted to development of creative industries in the North. Leading experts and representatives of the indigenous peoples of the North, departments and organizations discussed the influence of intellectual professions on the socio-economic development of the Arctic, the opportunities for involving indigenous peoples in creative activities and the prospects for developing creative sectors of the economy in regions of Russia’s Arctic zone.
Implementation of joint projects in different spheres in the Arctic and support for effective, multilateral collaboration at high latitudes were discussed at the session ‘International Cooperation as a Guarantee for the Sustainable Development of the Arctic’ of Think Arctic project with representatives from India, China and Norwegian universities. Particular attention was focused on constructive depoliticization of cooperation in the Arctic in the interests of sustainable development of the region and its residents, including indigenous peoples. It was noted separately that truly ground-breaking scientific projects beyond the Arctic Circle can only be international and global tasks in the region can only be fulfilled by taking collective approaches. The Think Arctic project is being implemented as part of Russia’s chairmanship of the Arctic Council with the support of the Roscongress Foundation.
The sessions at the stand also touched on the functioning of the Northern Sea Route and the role of science in fulfilling strategic tasks in the Arctic. A large session was held with the participation of the Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic Alexey Chekunkov, heads of major companies implementing key investment projects beyond the Arctic Circle and supplication of state support measures as residents of the‘Capital of the Arctic’ Advanced Development Zone and the RF Arctic Zone. As part of the Arctic Investor Day at the Russian Ministry for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic stand, governors of regions in the Russian Arctic personally presented investment projects to Russian entrepreneurs and the Media. A special place on the agenda was taken by presentation of the Russian regions’ tourist potential and pressing issues of the Arctic’s education system and provision of manpower under the new reality.
The leaders of more than a hundred initiatives in the top 1000 of the ASI and Roscongress Foundation's Powerful Ideas for a New Era Forum visited the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF 2022). They presented initiatives in seven thematic areas of the Forum to potential partners: 25 ideas from the National Technology Initiative (NTI), 23 ideas from the National Social Initiative (NSI), 16 ideas from the National Human Resources Initiative, 16 ideas from the National Environmental Initiative, 13 ideas on entrepreneurship, and five from each of the Open Talk and Regional Development tracks.
Ambassador-at-Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials at the Arctic Council Nikolay Korchunov and Rector of Lomonosov Moscow State University Viktor Sadovnichy met during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum to discuss the importance of interdisciplinary Arctic research on the climate, ecology, and biodiversity, according to the university’s press office. The meeting took place during Russia’s Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. The operator of Russian Chairmanship events is the Roscongress Foundation.
The 25th anniversary meeting took place in the face of unprecedented pressure from sanctions, but this did not affect the attention paid by both Russian and foreign companies to this major business event.
Russian bloggers, travellers, and industry organisation and agency heads presented the most promising Russian Arctic tourist destinations at the 25th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. The presentation of Russia’s best Arctic tourist routes took place during Russia’s Chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2021–2023, with the Roscongress Foundation operating Russian Chairmanship events.
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To participants, organizers and guests of the
25th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. I sincerely congratulate the Forum organizers and all those who have taken and are taking part in its work on this significant anniversary.
Over the years, the Forum has become a highly respected and representative international event. Its participants, which include Russian and foreign politicians, scientists and entrepreneurs, focus on a variety of topics concerning the domestic and world economy: from specific areas of industrial cooperation to information security and environmental protection. Mutually beneficial long-term contracts are signed and business experience is exchanged in the course of direct and constructive communication.
The Forum’s anniversary is taking place at a difficult time for the entire international community. The mistakes of Western countries in economic policy over many years and illegitimate sanctions have led to a wave of global inflation, the disruption of usual supply chains, and a sharp increase in poverty and food shortages. Yet, as can be the case, along with these challenges, new prospects are emerging. This is why the Forum’s slogan – New Opportunities in a New World – seems so relevant.
I am confident that for Russia the 2020s will become a period when the country strengthens its economic sovereignty, which involves the accelerated development of its infrastructure and technological base, qualitative upgrades in the level of training for specialists, as well as the establishment of an independent and efficient financial system. In addition, the Russian economy will increasingly rely on private initiatives and, of course, will remain committed to transparency and broad international cooperation.
It is in our common interests to bolster trade and investment, encourage the joint development of technologies, strengthen financial and stock markets, and increase the share of settlements in national currencies. It is crucial to introduce and develop truly mutually beneficial integration models, as is already being done in the Eurasian Economic Union.
I strongly believe that the Forum will continue to make a significant contribution to solving numerous high-priority challenges facing humanity, while mutual trust, meaningfulness and commitment to fruitful dialogue and partnership will invariably remain its distinguishing features.