Business programme


03 Jun , 11:00–12:15
Business Dialogue
Pavilion F, conference hall F3

The focus on digitalizing urban environments has long been under way in the world’s major cities: Paris, Shanghai, Moscow, and Dubai are all home to ‘smart’ car parks, lighting and video surveillance systems, and rubbish collection. All of this helps to make city life better and safer. Using new ‘smart’ tools means reducing average travel time, greenhouse gases and even mortality rates. According to forecasts by analysts, the potential for businesses stemming from the development of ‘smart cities’ will be valued at over USD 2 trillion by 2025. And as a result of the digitalization of the economy, Russia’s GDP may increase by 19 to 34%. Nowadays, intelligent systems are not just for big cities. The ‘smart city’ project – part of the national project entitled ‘Housing and the urban environment’ and the national programme entitled ‘The digital economy of the Russian Federation’ – has covered 209 cities and administrative centres with a population of more than 100,000 people. Russian and French companies are preparing to implement joint projects in this area. How is industrial transformation changing our cities and homes, and improving every aspect of our lives, from our health to living and working conditions? How can we ensure that the commercialization of innovative solutions is designed to bring benefits for society above all else? How can we make our cities energy secure, thus promoting sustainable economic development? Can we improve quality of life while still achieving the production figures we need? Why is international cooperation in both countries so important to achieve state objectives and fulfil promises made to citizens in the sphere of industrial development?

Philippe Pegorier, Correspondent in Russia, MEDEF International; Member of the Management Board, Association of European Businesses (AEB)

Oleg Belozerov, Chief Executive Officer – Chairman of the Executive Board, Russian Railways
Philippe Joseph Olivier Brochard, President, Auchan Russia
Victor Vekselberg, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (SkolTech); Chairman of the Board of Directors, Renova Group
Emmanuel Quidet, President, French-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Pierre Levy, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the French Republic in the Russian Federation
Patrick Pouyanne, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, TotalEnergies
Maksim Reshetnikov, Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Schneider Electric
Frederic Oudea, Chief Executive Officer, Societe Generale

Front row participants
Francois Jackow, Executive Vice President, Member of the Executive Committee, Air Liquide SA
Dmitry Korobkov, Chairman of the Board of Directors, ADV
Francois Martin, President, Credit Agricole CIB
Christophe Pelissie Du Rausas, Vice President, Development President of the Group of Companies, VINCI; Chairman of the Management Board, VINCI Railways
Jean-Pierre Thomas, President, Thomas Vendome Investment
Vladislav Shapsha, Governor of Kaluga Region
Alexander Shokhin, President, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP)