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RSPP International Forum addressed globalization and digitalization issues 7 February

RSPP Annual International Forum under the theme “International Economic Cooperation in the New Realities” in the framework of the Russian Business Week was held in Moscow on 7 February 2018.

The discussion of the Forum focused on the impact of new trends, in particular digitalization and rise of protectionism, on business environment, trade and economic cooperation. The participants discussed cooperation priorities in the context of new challenges that Russian and international business, national governmental authorities and international organizations face.

RSPP President Dr. Alexander Shokhin welcomed the participants of the Forum. Dr. Alexander Shokhin highlighted the outcomes of Russian companies` survey on the most sensitive international trends and policy decisions. From the point of view of survey participants, the most important policy measures that could strengthen Russian business` competitiveness are investment in developing national production capacities and modernization of the Russian economy and support of national exporters by means of decreasing fiscal and non-fiscal burden. Financial support of export to high promising but also very risky emerging markets was named by respondents as the most efficient mechanism of export support. Presentation of the survey (in Russian).

Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Mr. Arkady Dvorkovich; Chairman of the Board of Directors of Renova Group, President of Skolkovo Foundation and Chairman of the RSPP International Cooperation Committee Mr. Victor Vekselberg; Head of the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation Mr. Vladimir Bulavin; Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation Mr. Anatoly Yanovsky; Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Mr. Alexander Pankin attended and addressed the Forum. The international business community was represented by General Director of Mitsui & Co. Moscow LLC, Managing Officer, Chief Regional Representative in CIS region of Mitsui & Co., Ltd Mr. Maruoka Toshiaki; Regional Director of Fives Mr. Jean-Francois Legrain; and Managing Partner of SCHNEIDER GROUP Mr. Ulf Schneider.

At the Forum an official ceremony of awarding Mr. Alexey Likhachev, Director General of ROSATOM and Mr. Alexey Mordashov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Severstal PAO and Chairman of the RSPP Committee on Integration, Trade and Customs Policy and WTO with the medals of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia “For contribution to international cooperation” took place. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Mr. Alexander Pankin handed the awards.

The Forum concluded with a commemorative launch of the German-Russian Initiative for digitalization of economy (GRID) with participation of representatives of Siemens, SAP, Rostelecom, Skolkovo, ZYFRA and the Russian-German Chamber of Commerce.

At the Forum Dr. Alexander Shokhin on behalf of the RSPP signed the Memorandum on a Common Economic Space from Lisbon to Vladivostok. The decision to join the Memorandum was made at the RSPP Board meeting in December 2017.

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