The business program of the Eastern Economic Forum has been published


The business program of the 4th Eastern Economic Forum includes over 50 business events.

Traditionally, the centerpiece of the Forum is the plenary session featuring the address by Russia’s President Vladimir V. Putin. This year the session is headlined ‘Far East: Expanding the Boundaries of Opportunities’.

Previously Alexander Kozlov, Russia’s Minister for the Development of the Far East, stated that ‘undoubtedly, the Eastern Economic Forum is the place to draw conclusions. With this in view, our task is to obtain feedback that we would use in our future work to understand what else has to be adjusted in the decisions that we took before. We should not be afraid of modifications and adjustments that are aimed at rapid development of the Far East. This is the region where the sun rises and where Russia begins’.

The program includes panel sessions, business-dialogues, and round-table discussions in the four major fields.

‘The level of activity is higher than that of the previous year, which has become a tradition. It proves that the forum is necessary. On the other hand, it increases our responsibility as for us it is absolutely crucial to conduct a forum that is useful, efficient and interesting to people. We never replicate our agendas, yet we always maintain certain consistency of the forum’ – said Yury Trutnev, Vice-Premier and Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Far Eastern Federal District.

The topic of providing good living conditions will become one of the four major fields of discussion. The vice-premier has repeatedly underlined the importance of raising the quality of life in the Far East.

‘First of all, we do hope that all the ministries will fulfil the task set forth in the May 2018 Presidential Decree where the main emphasis is laid on significantly improving the indices reflecting the most important spheres of human life. This task is even more complicated for the Far East as the quality of life indicators here are lower than the average Russian ones: here life expectancy is 2,5 years shorter, we have issues in the sphere of healthcare, turnover in education and emergency condition of residential buildings. So our task is not even to keep up with the nation’s pace of development. We have to move faster to catch up’ – Yury Trutnev believes.

As the vice-premier pointed out, the social sphere of the Far East has been in the focus of attention as ‘this is really a huge issue for both the nation and the Far East’. He reminded that increasing quality of life was one of the key topics of the recent meetings of the Council Patronized by Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Far Eastern Federal District.

‘The next stage is the committee on the Development of the Far East chaired by Dmitry Medvedev, Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation. The topic of fulfilling the tasks set forth in the 2018 May Decree will be raised at the State Council Presidium Meeting chaired by the President’ – Yury Trutnev emphasized.

As Alexander Kozlov, Minister for the Development of the Far East, mentioned, ‘ the issues to be resolved to ensure decent quality of life in the regions of the Far East, have accumulated for decades or even centuries. Certainly, it is a real challenge to resolve them in a short period of time, yet this is not the reason to lose heart or not to take maximum effort to achieve these goals. Our strength lies in cooperation. This is the work Yury P. Trutnev and myself discussed with the governors at the Region’s Council we held within the framework of the effort to fulfil the tasks of the 2018 May Presidential Decree. At the beginning of July we got together and discussed the issues of each industry to understand what we could do to improve the situation in the Far East. These are the issues that we will raise at the Eastern Economic Forum in September’.

The participants of the sessions will discuss the implementation of national projects in demography, healthcare, culture, education and science, residential and urban conditions in the Far East. Other topics of discussion include the prospects of improving the Far Eastern labor market, perfecting the measures of land usage in the framework of the “Far Eastern Hectare” scheme, financing social services and talent support, increasing life expectancy, the role of cultural institutions in the regional development.

The field headlined ‘Investor Support Tools: Next Steps’ will include the discussion of actual tools employed in the development of the Far East - the Territories of Rapid Development, Free Port of Vladivostok, target infrastructural support of investors – as well as new ones, such as the creation of the special administrative district (offshore) in Russky Island. Among other questions are the development of SMEs in the Far East and supporting high-tech projects. A special session will be devoted to protecting investor rights.

Specific economic industries will be discussed in the block of ‘Far East Industry Priorities’. The participants will talk about agriculture, forest sector, minerals mining and processing, fishery, oil and gas processing, port infrastructure, tourist business, mariculture, geological exploration, and the potential of jewelry in the region.

The block headlined ‘Global Far East: International Cooperation Projects’ will contain business events devoted to the economic cooperation of the Russian Far East with neighboring nations, the role of Far-Eastern transportation corridors for the Asia-Pacific region, the establishment of the international medical cluster in Vladivostok, integration and energy cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region, exploring the ocean resources, etc. This block will also feature the TV-debate and the session by the Valdai club dedicated to ‘New Geopolitics and Asian Political Economy: Opportunities for Russia’.

There will be seven international business-dialogues held in the framework of the 2018 EEF. These include the sessions between Russia and China, Russia and India, Russia and South Korea, Russia and Japan, Russia and ASEAN, Russia and the Middle East and Russia and Europe.

‘I am sure that the outcomes of the Forum will enable us to reach a new level of understanding with foreign investors, business and government representatives, especially taking into account that the geography of participation is expanding every year’ – stated Anton Kobyakov, Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation, Executive Secretary of the Eastern Economic Forum Organization Committee.
By way of reminder, it should be stated that the Eastern Economic Forum will be held on September 11-13 on the campus of the Far Eastern Federal University (Russky Island, Vladivostok).

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