In Moscow for the first time in three years, will host a session of the Davos forum


In the Moscow hotel Ritz Carlton on 13 December, held a visiting session of the world economic forum (WEF), which every winter gathers the global business elite in Davos, Switzerland. It will bring together experts, representatives of the Russian government and business, both Russian and international, with interests in Russia — only about 40 people. They will discuss the Russian agenda of the upcoming meeting in Switzerland, it follows from the announcement of the event.

In the program of the Moscow meeting, several seminars and two public meetings: at the plenary session we will focus on “leadership strategies in the fourth industrial revolution,” the Russian context of this “revolution” (new technologies, digitalization, the Russian industries), at the second meeting is expected “special message” (Special Address) from the Russian government.

In addition, will be affected by the theme of a modern “silk road”, will be held at the regional business Council of Russia and the regional strategic Council for Europe and Eurasia, said the representative of the WEF.

The fourth industrial revolution is a mass adoption of cyber-physical systems in production and service of human needs — to encompass technological innovation as big data (Big data), Internet of things (IOT), virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D printing, quantum computers etc. the Founder of the world economic forum Klaus Schwab, the author of the fourth industrial revolution, characterized by the scale attendant changes as unprecedented for humanity. It has enormous potential to increase the standard of living of people and to address many pressing problems, but also admits problems. Read more about the fourth industrial revolution, in the column for wrote Anton Kobyakov, Executive Secretary of the St. Petersburg international economic forum.

The flagship business

From the Russian side in the meetings stated a few government officials at the level of Deputy Ministers, Ministers and Vice-premiers. In the December session in Moscow was discussed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, said a source close to the organizers of the forum from the Russian side. But Medvedev on December 13 this event is not scheduled, the employee a press-services of the government. The representative Dvorkovich did not respond to a request .

Their participation in the Moscow meeting confirmed heads of VTB, LUKOIL, the Russian direct investment Fund, Rusal, Severstal, SIBUR. Will open the event, the head of Sberbank German Gref, said the representative of VEF. The press service of Sberbank said that Gref is co — chair of the meeting, and the second co-chair is expected someone from the foreigners.

The world economic forum in Davos is one of the most representative economic activities in the world. In 2016, the forum dedicated to the “fourth industrial revolution”, was attended by about 2,5 thousand delegates from 140 countries.

Russia and Davos

Since 1992, the WEF conducted a session in Russian cities, but in recent years, the organization has suspended that practice last session in Russia was held in Moscow in October 2013. The developments that occurred in 2014 (the occurrence of the Crimea to Russia, the introduction of Western sanctions and counter-sanctions), according to many experts, has driven Russia into international isolation. The Kremlin is expected to rejecting such estimates.

In January 2016, the Russian officials of the first rank in Davos not arrived — the delegation was headed by Deputy Prime Minister and presidential Plenipotentiary envoy to the far East Yuri Trutnev. He participated in the forum on the background of the dramatic events in the Russian economy when oil prices fell below $30 and the dollar reached 85 RUB (due to the collapse of the ruble trip to Davos canceled by the Chairman of the Central Bank Elvira Nabiullina). The Russian representative office in Davos has been relatively modest the past three years.

President Vladimir Putin traveled to the Davos forum in 2009. Medvedev visited vefe three times — in 2007 as the first Vice-Premier, in 2011 as President and in 2013 as head of the government. Since neither Putin nor Medvedev on the forum did not come, although the founder and Director of the WEF, Klaus Schwab invited the Russian President to arrive in Davos in 2015, said sources close to the Russian delegation and organizers of the forum. Moscow in principle sceptical of the Davos forum, so the first person does not want to participate in it, said sources in the government.

Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said that the President does not plan to participate in the world economic forum in Davos in January 2017. In the annual meeting in Davos can take part the first Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, who headed the Russian delegation there in 2015 — at the first meeting after the Ukrainian events, does not exclude a source in the government.

WEF has always supported strong relations with Russia, says the head of “Eurasia” the world economic forum Anastasia Kalinina. “Our relationship never stops, as reflected in the project work that the forum undertook in Russia: report on the drivers of growth in the regions of Russia in 2014, a Report on Russian businesses in 2015, work on the digital transformation of business in 2016” — lists it. Representatives of the Russian government regularly visit the forum as a global (in Davos, Switzerland and Tianjin/Dalian) and the regional, and the WEF regularly participates in the St. Petersburg economic forum, the Eastern economic forum and other events taking place in Russia, she says.

Russia withdraws from partial isolation, and session VEF in Moscow confirms this, says head of the Center for European studies, IMEMO ran Alexei Kuznetsov. Brexit, the victory of Donald trump in US elections and similar events, and trends in smaller countries “force politicians to consider the revision of relations with Russia,” he said. The WEF session in Moscow not indicate clearly about the output of the isolation objection to the Professor of the Department of world economy HSE Alexei Portansky. But given the weak growth in most developed countries, investors looking to invest their money, but Russia remains “a very interesting market,” he says.

With the participation of Polina Khimshiashvili, Ivan Tkachev

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