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Registration of Forum participants


Official Forum exhibitions opening ceremony


Opening hours of the CREATING FUTURE NOW Interregional Business Exhibition


Opening hours of the exhibition of innovative solutions provided by young scientists


Opening hours of the “Tourism Potential of Kursk Region” photo exhibition


Opening hours of the “The Country I Want to Live In” children’s art exhibition


Official opening of the 5th CENTRAL RUSSIAN ECONOMIC FORUM

PLENARY SESSION (in the discussion panel format)


Place: Kursk City Sports & Concert Complex, Ground Floor, Great Hall

Moderated by: Alexander Gordon, journalist, TV presenter

Discussion agenda:

  • What economic reality will our grandchildren live in? Responsibility for today’s choice.

  • Threats and scenarios of economic development: things to hope for and to brace for

  • Sustained economic crisis and ways to overcome it. The driver of economic reforms: the hand of the market, state regulation or oligarchic dictate?

  • Life in a new economic reality. Economic restructuring as an objective need.

  • Major state infrastructural projects as the drivers of restructuring processes.

  • The role of state-owned companies in the economy and the efficiency of their performance.

  • Internal development sources. Support of strategic industries as centers of economic activity encouragement.

  • Development strategy for traditional economic activities.

  • Industry based on new technologies.

  • New industries: nanoelectronics, bionanotechnology, nanosystem engineering, etc.

  • Automatic equipment and robots instead of workforce. Elimination of the human element from production workflows of the future. Employment of the population as one of the key economic policy priorities. The role of small businesses in this process.

  • Jobs for future generations: services, revival of crafts and manual labor, production of national identity items or environmentally friendly goods, tourism, healthcare?

  • Mechanisms to manage and control development of small and medium-sized businesses.

  • Small businesses and mobile intelligent groups as instruments of creating new technologies.

  • Ensuring the food security of Russia. The Government’s capabilities to support domestic producers.

  • Safe production of biologically clean food products.

  • The Black Earth Belt as a national treasure. Efforts to maintain and restore soil fertility.

  • Chemicalization, gene engineering and other innovative methods of boosting agricultural production. Their impact on the health of future generations.

  • Public health maintenance as a strategic objective for the Government. Development of mass fitness and sports as the cornerstone of the nation’s health.

  • High-technology medicine as a branch of economy.


SIGNING OF AGREEMENTS Place: Kursk City Sports & Concert Complex


Lunch time for Central Russian Economic Forum participants


Thematic modules of the 5th CENTRAL RUSSIAN ECONOMIC FORUM (held simultaneously)



Module events:

  • Business competition of Central Russia’s investment projects: “Creating Future Now”

  • Cross-industry discussion: “Strategy of creating high-technology industry of the future” / with the assistance of Russia’s Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Agency for Strategic Initiatives /

  • Strategic session: “Development of rural areas and strengthening of Russia’s food security”




Moderated by: Veronica Peshkova, member of the Management Board, OPORA RUSSIA; CEO, I-Expert investment consulting company


The business competition includes two stages: preliminary selection of investment projects (until June 1, 2016) and competition of the selected projects during the Forum (July 1, 2016).

At the preliminary selection stage, the Expert Board will prioritize the economic value of projects in the way of Central Federal District development: new jobs, application of advanced technologies, tax targets.

Competition format (stage 2):

  • Stage 2 of the competition will be held as a business game. The participants will be divided into three groups: investors (audience), investment seekers (registered competition participants), recognized experts (Presidium).

  • The projects presented at the competition will be published on the Forum website (the Competitions section).

  • For the purpose of the competition, the investment projects will be united into 2 blocks: block 1 (6 projects with a budget of below RUB 100 million), block 2 (6 projects with financing over RUB 100 million required). Time for each presentation is 7 minutes.

  • The Presidium will ask questions as necessary in follow-up of each presentation to the project initiator’s representative.

  • Once presentations within the block of projects are completed, Presidium members will comment on the projects presented.

  • Upon completion of the block presentations, the Presidium and investors will choose 1-2 winners in the block.

  • Winner award ceremony will take place after the competition.

Expert Board (the judges):

Representatives of the relevant ministries and authorities (Russia’s Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Agency for Strategic Initiatives, JSC Russian Small and Medium Business Corporation)

Representatives of the relevant ministries and authorities as well as investment activity development agencies of regions of Russia’s Central Federal District

Representatives of the research and expert community

Representatives of state-owned corporations and major companies operating in Central Russia

Representatives of major credit institutions, investment and venture capital funds.


CROSS-INDUSTRY DISCUSSION: “STRATEGY OF CREATING HIGH-TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY OF THE FUTURE” / with the assistance of Russia’s Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Agency for Strategic Initiatives /

Discussion agenda:

  • Regulation of the inter-sectoral balance in the manufacturing industry. Self-organization as opposed to planning. Imbalance between supply and demand in the manufacturing industry, ways to overcome it.

  • Manufacturing industry development instruments: regional industrial development strategies, industrial policy legislation, industry support programs.

  • Program of measures aimed at building essentially new markets and laying a foundation for Russia’s global technology leadership: the national technology initiative.

  • Economy growth points. Support of industries making use of high technology solutions and creating demand for a large variety of accessories. Infrastructure projects as catalysts for the revival of investments.

  • Development of new industries based on advanced technologies. Additive digital fabrication, microelectronics, nanobiotechnology, robotic industry, etc.

  • Development strategy for traditional economic activities.

  • Support of import substitution industries: a key element of the industrial policy in regions.

  • Special investment contracts (SPIC). Their role in establishing modern manufacturing industries. Particularities of the special contract conclusion process in regions of Central Russia. Investment appeal of SPICs.

  • Real economy financing sources for industrial development purposes and for bridging seasonal and technical cash gaps amidst high interest rates and complicated borrowing procedures at banks.

  • Manufacturing industry and the system of professional education. Coordination of the training process for blue-collar and white-collar employees.





Module events:

  • Round table “Small and medium-sized businesses in the next economy” / with the assistance of Russia’s Ministry of Economic Development and JSC Russian Small and Medium Business Corporation /


ROUND TABLE “SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED BUSINESSES IN THE NEXT ECONOMY” / with the assistance of Russia’s Ministry of Economic Development and JSC Russian Small and Medium Business Corporation /

Moderated by:

A representative of Russia’s Ministry of Economic Development

A representative of JSC Russian Small and Medium Business Corporation

Vladimir Puchkov, Chairman of the Consumer Market, Small Business Development and Licensing Committee of Kursk region

Round table agenda:

  • Small and medium-sized business development strategy to 2030.

  • Ways to preserve and increase the number of SME businesses while improving their quality

  • Ensuring availability of funding: real steps or more speechmaking?

  • Financial aid system development: pinpointing priorities correctly.

  • Regional SME growth points. Proactive policy in regions and municipal entities.

  • New opportunities: the role of JSC Russian Small and Medium Business Corporation in the development of small and medium-sized businesses.

  • Mechanisms of influencing changes in the sectoral structure of small and medium-sized businesses: orientation towards intellectual products and services.

  • From increasing competitive edge of SME businesses to exports of products. Export potential development instruments.

  • Small knowledge-intensive production projects. System of supporting innovative startups. Grants to small and medium-sized businesses, project selection principles.

  • Small business sector and large manufacturing facilities: state procurement, cooperation and other mutual influence factors.

  • Creation of new technologies: small-scale businesses and mobile intelligent groups.

  • Small businesses in social entrepreneurship projects: balancing the role of the public and private sectors

  • Guarantee funds and microfinance institutions as SME support institutions



Module events:

  • Strategic session for youth “My role in the development of the next economy: projects, teams, leaders” / with the assistance of the Institute for Economic Strategies and the “Analytics” association of assistance to development of the analytical potential of the human, society and state /

  • Presentation of promising projects and solutions of young researchers and entrepreneurs of Central Russia


STRATEGIC SESSION FOR YOUTH “MY ROLE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEXT ECONOMY: PROJECTS, TEAMS, LEADERS” / with the assistance of the Institute for Economic Strategies and the “Analytics” association of assistance to development of the analytical potential of the human, society and state /


The youth strategic session will be held as a business game. The event will follow up and supplement the already traditional presentation of promising projects and solutions of young researchers and entrepreneurs of Central Russia.

The game will involve simulated situations for the game-like appraisal of the most outstanding and promising projects presented to the public and for training certain skills and abilities of the game participants:

  • Use of external resources: global and regional competition, crisis, change in the technology pattern and multistructurality, social and economic development of a region / a country

  • Formation of socially significant project features: attraction of youth and socially disadvantaged groups of population, solving employment and career guidance issues, protection of the environment and the peaceful social development process.

  • Work in a project team: brainstorming, fast decision-making, formation of involvement and motivation

  • Project refinement: feasibility study, implementation and promotion plan

  • Involving partners (experts) in the project refinement and promotion process

Business game format:

Stage 1: Selection of projects and delegates of project teams

During the period of forming the pool of participants for the Exhibition of promising projects and solutions of young researchers and entrepreneurs of Central Russia (roughly until June 20, 2016) the documents on each project participating in the exhibition and the personal questionnaire of the project initiator or the project team delegate (prepared in due form) shall be submitted to the dedicated working group responsible for the strategic session.

The information received will be analyzed by a group of experts which will later become judges of the strategic session.

On July 1, 2016 (10.00-13.00), experts will review the stands with the projects participating in the Exhibition of promising projects and solutions of young researchers and entrepreneurs of Central Russia. Following the review, experts will choose 25 projects to participate in the strategic game.

Stage 2: Strategic game.

The 25 projects (delegates) chosen for the strategic game will be broken down into groups (teams) depending on the sectoral similarity of the projects. For each game situation, the team decides on a project with the greatest potential in terms of the game situation. The team needs to make the right choice of the project playing in a specific situation. The team member’s task is to get the project involved in game situations as frequently as possible.

Stage 3. Announcement of the game results. Award ceremony. Informal meetings.

At the end of the strategic session (game), awards will be handed out in the following nominations: “CEF 2016 Exhibition Participant”, “Best Youth Project at CEF 2016”, “Best Youth Team at CEF 2016”.

After the game the participants will have time for informal meetings where investors privately appreciating the projects will offer cooperation.



Module events:

  • Open dialogue: “The city I want to live in” / with the assistance of Russia’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Public-Private Partnership Development Center Association (PPP Development Center), Russia’s Ministry of Economic Development, the government of Kursk city /

  • Round table: “One stop system. Optimization of interaction between the state machinery and the business community” / with the assistance of the Multiservice Center for State and Municipal Services of Kursk region /


OPEN DIALOGUE: “THE CITY I WANT TO LIVE IN” / with the assistance of Russia’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Public-Private Partnership Development Center Association (PPP Development Center), Russia’s Ministry of Economic Development, the government of Kursk city /

Discussion agenda:

  • The city – today and in the long term. What do we aim at? City conglomerates or small low-storey cities and communities? What will become our future?

  • Architecture development. Functionality and austerity of form, or beauty and conservation of traditions?

  • Urban transport system. Road building in the old street layout. Building the traffic network in cities and communities in light of future housing development trends (in 20-30 years). Public transport of the future – development prospects.

  • Environment, communications, safety. Is there any room for parks and green areas in modern cities? What our communities will look like in the future. Landscape design development trends in the urban environment.

  • Small ancient towns of Central Russia as a showcase of the truly Russian way of life. Preserving the look and identity of small towns.

  • The current state of Russian country estates. Restoration and maintenance issues. Renovation and conservation of unique park ensembles. State or private ownership – which is more effective? Can a private investor ensure proper conservation of assets? Foreign experience in the restoration and adaptation of cultural heritage for modern use.

  • Development of engineering systems and facilities in communities: our vision of the city infrastructure. Modernization of the city and municipal housing and utilities. Is it worthwhile to attract private investment?

  • Municipal-private partnership as a municipal infrastructure development instrument. Current state, problems and prospects.

  • Public-private partnership (PPP) relations instead of lease relations with state-financed infrastructure organizations. Which form of relationship between the state and private capital ensures greater efficiency, control and quality?

  • Development of transport infrastructure in cities: state enterprises, private businesses or public-private partnership relations? Balance of interests between the private initiative and the Government’s requirements in transport projects.

  • Tourism infrastructure of cities in Central Russia. PPP as a tourism development instrument.


ROUND TABLE: “ONE STOP SYSTEM. OPTIMIZATION OF INTERACTION BETWEEN THE STATE MACHINERY AND THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY” / with the assistance of the Multiservice Center for State and Municipal Services of Kursk region /

Moderated by: Yury Lunev, managing partner, AiT Group of Companies; professor, MGSU (Moscow State University of Civil Engineering), Moscow State Technical University

Discussion agenda:

  • Interaction between regional companies and public authorities. Main obstacles to the business development process.

  • Accessibility of public officials for entrepreneurs. How much time does it take to resolve critical issues?

  • How does the state machinery adapt to business needs?

  • Development strategy for the system of state services.

  • Optimizing communication between public officials and businesses through multiservice centers and the Electronic Government: first performance results.

  • Providing state services to business entities by means of cutting operating expenses and eliminating administrative risks of business applying to multiservice centers.

  • Working experience of multiservice centers.

  • Multiservice centers as an effective instrument of curbing corruption in cooperation between businesses and public authorities.



Module events:

  • Cross-industry dialogue “Integration of public healthcare, education, physical training and sports as a public health maintenance factor” / with the assistance of Russia’s Ministry of Sports, Ministry of Health and the all-Russian public organization “Public Health League” /


CROSS-INDUSTRY DIALOGUE “INTEGRATION OF PUBLIC HEALTHCARE, EDUCATION, PHYSICAL TRAINING AND SPORTS AS A PUBLIC HEALTH MAINTENANCE FACTOR” / with the assistance of Russia’s Ministry of Sports, Ministry of Health and the all-Russian public organization “Public Health League” /

Moderated by:

Alexander Markovchin, Chairman, Physical Training and Sports Development Committee of Kursk region

Irina Khmelevskaya, Pro-rector for clinical work and processing of clinical databases, Kursk State Medical University

Olga Novikova, Chairperson, Healthcare Committee of Kursk region

Discussion agenda:

Ways to preserve public health

  • State national policy in the formation of a healthy lifestyle and public health protection.

  • Joining efforts of the government bodies, public organizations and private medical institutions to create a fully functional preventive healthcare system.

  • Role of the mass media in creating a vision of health and a healthy lifestyle.

  • Healthy eating. Awareness-building and awareness-raising activities highlighting the specifics and advantages of healthy eating. Regulation of the food production sector so as to stimulate production of green health food products.

  • Promotion of the latest achievements and advanced solutions in the sphere of healthcare, mass sports development, healthy eating industry aimed at strengthening public health and improving the living standards.

  • Social investment as a foundation for creating preventive healthcare resources. Best practices of implementing social projects aimed at the formation of a healthy lifestyle.

  • Private medicine. Medical business development prospects in the Central Russian region. The cost of market entry, profitability and quality of services. Are there prospects of raising private capital for the development of a high-quality private healthcare sector?

  • Stringent state regulation of the private medicine market: assurance of quality and safety of services or impediment for the private healthcare sector development?

  • Self-financing activity of state medical institutions as an alternative to commercial healthcare centers. Can private clinics compete against public medical institutions?

  • Medical insurance system as an instrument for regulating the development of the competitive market of medical services.

  • Medical and health improvement tourism as a separate economic sector. Medical tourism development opportunities in Central Russia.

  • Kursk city as a promising medical tourism center: own highly-skilled specialists, advanced medical technology infrastructure, unique sanatorium complexes.

  • Impact of medical tourism on the development of the regional healthcare system.

Sports in life: theory and practice

  • Modernization of the sports infrastructure as a mass sports development basis.

  • Creating conditions for the development of mass fitness and sports in regions.

  • The ‘Fit for Labor and Defense’ All-Russian fitness and sports complex: a comprehensive methodical and regulatory background for physical training of the Russian people. First application results.

  • Increasing motivation for children and adults to engage in physical training and sports.

  • Mature network of fitness clubs as an essential part of the healthy lifestyle system.

  • Sports club as a center of fitness and sports activities.

  • What is most effective in bringing up a healthy generation?

  • Development and support of sports of records at the regional level.

  • Awareness-building and awareness-raising activities as an essential element of efforts to engage as many people as possible in systematic fitness and sports activities.



Module events:

  • Round table: “Preservation and accumulation of cultural heritage for future generations"



Moderated by:

Alexander Arkhangelsky, television presenter, essay writer

Discussion agenda:

  • Russian culture as one of the national identity criteria. What will future generations feel like: cosmopolitans or patriots of Russia?

  • Preservation of the cultural and cultural heritage: one of today’s key priorities.

  • Economic and financial basis for preserving and creating cultural assets.

  • Cultural and spiritual values as the core asset of the future society.

  • Making high art a popular trend, as a way to bring culture to the masses.

  • In 2015, the number of visitors to Russian museums increased by 12.5%, attendance of theatres by 18%. What is the reason for the growing appeal of these leisure places, how can this trend be preserved?

  • Role of the Internet in shaping the cultural background of the younger generation. Hands on an electronic gadget or a book, viewing a play in a theatre or via the Internet, which will prevail? Ways to influence the youth choice.

  • Censorship and ideology in art: a matter of eternal dispute.

  • The religious source of the Russian culture. The role of the Orthodox Church in the formation of spiritual power of the whole society. The Church and restoration of cultural and religious assets. Monasteries as centers of the Orthodoxy and historically established magnets of business activity. The Korennaya Hermitage monastery and the Korenskaya Fair.

  • Is cinema still the art of all arts? Development of the film distribution industry, problems, trends, prospects. Ways to tip the existing screening balance in favor of Russian movies. Influence of modern cinema on the upbringing of youth.

  • Support and development of national arts and crafts.

  • Patronage of arts and charity: the traditional call of heart for Russian businesses. Charity and taxation.

  • Culture and arts as business activities. The role of small and medium-sized businesses in the sphere of culture.

July 2






/ Main exhibition hall, Industry, Small & Medium-sized businesses, Food and food-processing industry, Agriculture, Construction, Banks and Insurance Companies, Regions of Central Russia, Regions of Russia /


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