SPIEF 2018: France as a guest country

Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation Anton Kobyakov held a meeting in Moscow with French Ambassador to Russia Sylvie Bermann. The agenda included comprehensive issues concerning preparations for French President Emmanuel Macron’s participation in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF 2018) as part of his visit to Russia. A special working group in charge of preparations for the visit made sure all members were on the same page and set objectives for the near future.

Kobyakov stressed the importance of consistently developing a multi format cooperation with France as one of Russia’s key partners among member nations of the European Union. There is a solid contractual framework for cooperation between the regions of the two countries, in particular there are roughly 20 agreements on interregional cooperation in effect. As Kobyakov noted, the France’s status as a “guest country” at the SPIEF 2018 will enable the two countries to form new “package-based” understandings and agreements in international economic and cultural cooperation and also present France’s national pavilion at the event.

The meeting specifically focused on a discussion of the SPIEF 2018 business agenda. France proposes preserving the ‘Russia-France’ business dialogue that has already become a tradition as well as holding an event on the sidelines of the Forum within the framework of the ‘Trianon Dialogue’.

The diplomat noted that interest in the Russian market among French businesses has been steadily increasing in recent years. The French business community is expected to be well represented at the Forum.

“Along with the French companies, Medef International, Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Business France, we are preparing an interesting and extensive business programme,” Sylvie Bermann stressed. “I am sure that Russian-French cooperation at all levels and the productiveness of the activities carried out by our joint working group while preparing for and holding the SPIEF will help to promote trade and economic ties and dynamic growth in investment activity between our countries”.

The French pavilion, along with other country pavilions that are to be presented at the Forum, will be one of the most popular and interesting for the general public.

In addition to France, Japan will also present its national exhibition pavilion at the SPIEF 2018. An ‘African Lounge’ is also expected to be set up based on an initiative from the ‘African Business Initiative’ (ABI) Union for Representation of Entrepreneurs’ Interests in Africa. The lounge will serve as a presentation area and a place for business communication between official and business circles of Russia and Africa.

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will take place on
24–26 May.

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Trade turnover between Russia and France grew by 15% in 2017. Roughly 1,200 French companies working in Russia have created some 150,000 new jobs in the country.
Energy is one of the top sectors with French companies gaining access to the Russian energy market: Engie plans to take part with Gazprom in the construction of Nord Stream – 2 and Total helped build an LNG plant in Yamal. Renault manufactures cars in Moscow, Togliatti, and Izhevsk. The retail chain Auchan invests in the processing of Russian agricultural products. Great opportunities are emerging in the innovations sector for French companies to invest capital and technologies. Schneider Electric has opened research centres at the Skolkovo and Innopolis technology parks and linked up with the Digital Economy programme, which aims to develop the electronic business environment.

At SPIEF 2017, the Republic of India and the Republic of Serbia were guest countries, in 2016 it was the Italian Republic.

Roscongress Foundation – a major organizer of congress and exhibition events
The Roscongress Foundation was founded in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential and strengthening the country’s image by organizing conventions, exhibitions, and public events. The Foundation develops substantive content for such events, providing companies and organizations with advice, information, and expert guidance, and offering comprehensive evaluation, analysis, and coverage of the Russian and global economic agendas. It offers administrative services and promotional support for business projects and helps to attract investment, including in the form of public-private partnerships.

Today, its annual programme includes events held from Montevideo to Vladivostok, offering an opportunity to bring together global business leaders, experts, the media, and government officials in one place, creating favourable conditions for dialogue and the promotion of new ideas and projects, and assisting in the creation of social enterprise and charity projects.


The Russian Business Week in London, 16-17, 23-24 February 2018

The Russian Business Week is RB&C’s most prominent event of the year. Run solely by students, this conference forms a unique platform where business, politics, culture and the economy are debated and analysed from every perspective.

It is not just about Russia – it is about economic and political experiences, as well as, various business and cultural journeys that Russian Business Week’s speakers have been through.

This year Russian Business Week celebrats 10th anniversary. Organizers welcome renowned economists, successful businessmen, film producers and start-up founders. Among Russian Business Week’s speakers you will see Alexey Veretenov, Irina Prokhorova, Ilya Bachurin and many more. You will hear from the CEO of Atlas Biomed Group, the Director of Consult Hyperion among others.

This year’s highlights will include the highly anticipated Gala reception, where you will be able to meet the speakers in a more informal setting.

Book your tickets now: https://www.rbwforum.com/buy-tickets
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AZBUKA becomes the UK’s first approved Russian-English bilingual school

The Azbuka School in South West London has been given high ratings across all four areas examined by Ofsted, following a successful inspection by the official government auditor of education standards.

The assessment of “good” for overall effectiveness was matched by the same positive judgement for each of the four individual areas inspected: effectiveness of leadership and management; quality of teaching, learning and assessment; personal development, behaviour and welfare; and outcomes for pupils.

“The school meets all the independent school standards,” the inspectors concluded in their report. “The school’s bilingual curriculum is a key strength. It is well planned and implemented. Pupils enjoy learning all subjects in Russian and English; they make rapid progress in both languages.”

The inspectors highlighted the “overwhelmingly positive” feedback from parents, “provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development”, and students’ educational progress in subjects including English, Russian and mathematics.

The strong positive judgement – unusual for a recently created school inspected for the first time by Ofsted – is a reflection of Azbuka’s profound commitment to education and experience accumulated over the past 17 years. The grading follows two years of discussions with the Department of Education, which allowed it to operate one of the first Ofsted-registered nurseries providing a language immersion curriculum in the UK.

Maria Gavrilova, Azbuka’s founder and head teacher, said: “We are thrilled with this very strong endorsement of our vision to create an innovative, supportive and highly effective bilingual school, which is proving ever more popular with students and parents. It is a remarkable achievement, particularly bearing in mind that Azbuka Primary is a new full-time school implementing one of the first bilingual curricula in the country and introducing an educational model that is pioneering in many respects. It concludes the final vital step in our path to establishing the first effective Russian-English bilingual school in the UK. On behalf of the founders I would like to congratulate all the teachers, parents, children, patrons and supporters who have been behind this wonderful, ground-breaking and inspirational project for London.”

The Azbuka Foundation incorporates a full-time bilingual primary school in Mortlake, a Russian nursery, a Saturday complementary school for children aged 5 to 16, and a bilingual educational resource/cultural centre for the community.

This 17-year long project expanded into a full-time school in September 2016. Among its long-term consultants and supporters is the former head of Wix, the French-English school in London, who has said: “I applaud the initiative shown by the Azbuka group in offering a Russian-English based education. Azbuka has now joined the growing numbers of schools that have recognised the cognitive, social and cultural benefits to be gained from a bilingual education. Their initiative will strengthen UK-Russian understanding, to the benefit of Azbuka’s pupils and their families, and on a broader scale it will undoubtedly support the UK’s economic development. In other words, this school has the potential to be something very special.”

Azbuka welcomes new students and is currently seeking premises from autumn 2018 to meet its expansion. It also requires additional funding, donations and sponsorship to secure its continued growth and be in a position to offer support to parents and children from all backgrounds, regardless of income, interested in the proven value of a bilingual education.

Speaking on behalf of Azbuka’s board of governors, Maria Gavrilova said: “We have now proven our ground-breaking model but our lease is coming to an end and we need serious donors to come forward this spring to support us in the establishment of a permanent home. Another opportunity like this may not arise again for many years to come, if not decades.”

The Ofsted inspectors noted that Azbuka’s pupils were making good progress educationally within a “caring” and “safe culture”. “Pupils are inducted effectively in Russian and English and have well-developed social skills. As a result, they make good progress in a wide range of subjects, including English, mathematics and Russian” and show “evidence of rapid development of knowledge, skills and understanding.”

They said Azbuka’s “strong bilingual curriculum is planned and taught effectively”, emphasising that teachers had “good subject knowledge” which was well conveyed in lessons with the support of “skilful bilingual teaching assistants”.

They quoted one parent who said: “My son is happy, safe and making excellent progress with his education.”

Among the many testimonials found on the Azbuka website is the following comment from a parent whose child travels to school all the way from East London every day:

“The progress that my child has shown in the past year is incredible. He’s got all the subjects as his favourites, because at Azbuka there is no such thing as a “difficult subject”. The areas that he had previously expressed little interest in – music, dancing, drama, arts and crafts, science – he now looks forward to every lesson.”

Another parent writes: “I have to say that we are getting from Azbuka something that we have never experienced in the UK before … the teachers understand my children completely, their needs, their level of development and every step the teachers take is designed to ensure my children develop their full potential.”

Overall, attendance is above national levels with attainment at least typical of pupils of their age, there is good behaviour and no evidence of bullying.

The Ofsted inspection which was extended over three days included visits to the school, interviews with staff, parents, students and governors, and close examination of records. The inspectors’ report also recognised the value of the school by endorsing its integration with Azbuka’s part-time nursery, which had already been approved in an earlier, separate inspection.

Azbuka school has also been recognised by the Russian Embassy and its embassy school.
The Azbuka Foundation is a UK registered charity.

website: www.azbukafoundation.org

e-mail: office@azbukafoundation.org headteacher@azbukafoundation.org

Azbuka telephone number for journalists, parents: 0208 392 2286 0781 0013042

Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum, 12-14 April 2018, Krasnoyarsk

Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum (12-14 April 2018, Krasnoyarsk) is one of the most significant and anticipated economic events of the year not only in the Krasnoyarsk region, but also in Russia. The uniqueness of the Forum is in the creation of platform for discussion and constructive dialogue between business, government and society. The Forum is famous for the intensity of occurring discussions. It is here, where the bank of anti-crisis ideas was created during the financial crisis.
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Welcome words of Acting Governor of Krasnoyarsk Krai Mr. A.V.Uss:

“Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum has always been a place for substantive, in-depth discussions on Russia’s economic development strategies. The Forum has been successfully introducing new ideas on how to boost electric power industry, metallurgical industry, oil production and wood processing along with space industry, scientific research and technology. The Forum has made a valuable contribution to creating and maintaining public private partnership, discussing the region’s development trends and moving forward new concepts of Russia’s economy growth.

A number of landmark decisions on launching large scale investment projects have been made at the venues of the Forum. Now we are witnessing the results such as Lower Angara project execution, oil and gas fields development in the northern territories, renovation of city infrastructure in the capital of Winter Universiade-2019 and construction of the largest Siberian airport.

The 15th Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum “Russia 2018-2024: Implementing the Potential” will again address federal agenda issues. The 2018 is the year of upcoming presidential election, the year when the country’s development priorities must be defined. National prosperity can only be reached by boosting investment projects as well as making efficient use of human, scientific and economic resources of Russia. Thus, we can shape a future worth living for us and our descendants.

Siberia and Krasnoyarsk Krai in particular are notable for their unique competitive strengths that have already helped to put into practice lots of strategically significant concepts of the country’s development framework. Today, Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum is expected to come up with new breakthrough initiatives that will determine future development of the region on the federal scale. Being a moving force of the Yenisei Economic Zone it is able to become the core of the Eastern vector of Russia.

Economic issues relevant to Siberian macroregion are surely considered to be the matters of particular importance for the whole country. Leading experts, businessmen and government officials will gather to exchange views on such significant projects as the regional scientific and technological roadmap, formation of new economic growth areas in Siberia and sustainable transport systems of the future.

The attendees will also discuss how the government can support business community, how to introduce advanced technologies into metropolitan areas and use the experience of leading manufacturing enterprises in protecting environment.

Great attention is to be focused on economic cooperation with Southeast Asia and Euro-Asian Partnership members.

I wish all the participants and guests of the Forum to obtain great results at the discussion venues. I hope the decisions taken during the talks will pave the way for a breakthrough in the economy of Siberia and the entire country.”

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4th Eastern Economic Forum, 6–7 September 2018, Vladivostok

The Eastern Economic Forum will be held on the 6th–7th of September 2018. EEF 2018 will take place on the campus of the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) on Russky Island in Vladivostok.

In the words of Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation and Executive Secretary of the Forum Organizing Committee Anton Kobyakov, “The Eastern Economic Forum isn’t just a space for open dialogue between representatives of business and government, it is also a launch pad for ambitious projects and international cooperation. The Forum is already recognized by the global community as a platform for planning and launching projects to strengthen business ties in the Asia-Pacific region, and increase its competitiveness and financial attractiveness. It is here that the foundations for long-term plans and business projects are laid. Qualitatively new conditions for investment in the region are presented here at the highest level. I’m confident that the Forum will once again next year bring together heads of state and directors of leading Russian and foreign companies, and will become a focal point for those interested in the development of the Russian Far East.”

The Eastern Economic Forum was founded by Decree of Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to which it is held annually in Vladivostok.


  • To strengthen ties between the international investment community, Russian business, federal, regional and local authorities;
    To give a comprehensive, expert assessment of the economic potential of the


  • Russian Far East and raise the region’s competitiveness and investment appeal at both the Russian and the international level;


  • To present new conditions for investing and doing business: priority development areas, Free Port Vladivostok, state support for promising investment projects.


As part of the EEF, an entire pool will be presented of promising Russian and foreign investment projects suitable for implementation in practice. The authors of the projects give detailed presentations to potential investors, containing the economic feasibility studies the latter need for decision-making purposes.

The head of the Eastern Economic Forum Organizing Committee is Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation – Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yuri Trutnev.

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The Association of clusters and technology parks with support of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation published an English version of its SEZ Business Navigator, which analyses the investment attractiveness of the Russian Special economic zones and ranks them.

According to Elmira Akhmeeva, Deputy Director of the Department for Regional Development of the Ministry, an English version of the Business Navigator lets not only Russian, but also foreign investors choose the most investment attractive areas for business development.

You can download it here
You can also see the SEZ production.

The Yalta International Economic Forum (YIEF), April 19-21, 2018

The Yalta International Economic Forum (YIEF) is an annual business event held in the Crimea (Yalta). Along with the Petersburg International Economic Forum, the Eastern Economic Forum and the Sochi Investment Forum it is one of the four biggest economic forum held in Russia. The forum is sponsored by the Government of the Republic of Crimea and the Yalta International Economic Forum Fund with the support of the Administration of the President of the Russian Federation.
The YIEF has established itself as an effective international venue for discussing socio-economic development issues with a topical agenda that addresses the modern challenges facing the world economy.
Main theme of the forthcoming Yalta International Economic Forum will be “Global Future. Future of Russia”. Meaningful dialogue on global economic affairs, adjusted for modern geopolitical, social and cultural environment provides the Forum to be inclusively diversified and comprehensible, transforming the collective intelligence into dynamic, contextualized knowledge. As foreign honour guests of the event will be invited representatives of Austria and Germany. Forum’s debates will focus on such issues as mastering tools of digital economy, international cooperation for territorial development, investments in high-tech industries, future power economy, preservation of cultural heritage, human well-being, ecology and many others.
Each year the Forum is attended by high-level Russian government officials, international experts, influential international and Russian businesspeople and economists, representatives of major business organisations and other opinion leaders. An important YIEF focus is the search for ground-breaking approaches and instruments to solve the tasks of social and economic development and discussion of the best world business practices. The discussions are built around the search for answers to modern challenges spanning a wide range of topics: the creation of a competitive, diversified modern market economy that does not depend on the export of natural resources, effective interaction between business and government, the development of competitive innovative production and modern technologies, tapping the human potential, and support of small and medium-sized businesses. International and inter-regional cooperation also looms large on the agenda.
The YIEF is the main showcase of investment opportunities and the investment potential of the Crimea. An important feature of the region is that it is the only Free Economic Zone on the territory of the Crimean Federal District. An exhibition of the CFD investment projects is a permanent feature of the YIEF. Would-be investors have a chance to talk with officials, including the head of the Republic of Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, who chairs the YIEF Organising Committee. By tradition, the third day of the Forum is devoted to meetings between the regional government representatives and the business community.

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History Facts

More than 2200 people took part in the YIEF-2017, including 200 foreign participants from 46 countries. The biggest delegation of the Forum was from Italy – more than 50 people represented it.
The Programme of the YIEF-2017 featured 35 business events: 25 topical discussions, grand session on construction development and key event of the Forum – the Plenary Session, divided into 3 blocks: “World”, “Country” and “Human”. The part “World” was devoted to analyzing economic environment in Russia through the eyes of international businesspersons. Participants of the Plenary session considered the place of Russia in the world economy, collaboration experience with the RF as business partners and discussed opportunities for foreign investors in Russia.
Block “Country” featured outlook of an innovative economy formation in Russia, complying with demands of future. “Human” part disclosed social and environmental issues.
Agreement and memorandums on the total sum of 100 billion rubles were concluded within the YIEF-2017.
YIEF-2017, which took place on April 14-16, 2016 was attended by 1100 people: politicians, business community and economic experts. Among them, there were 70 foreign participants from 26 countries.
II YIEF resulted in 12 investment agreements for the total of 70 billion rubles and a new security mechanism for foreign investors, willing to work in Crimea. The biggest investment agreement in the newest history of Crimea was concluded on the sidelines of the Forum – on construction of a new airport terminal building in Simferopol international airport. The sum of investments is about 32 billion rubles.

600 people attended YIEF-2016 from 13 countries of the world. 5 new residents of free trade area of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol were declared within the Forum. The participants of the Forum also reached the agreements on receiving residential status for 33 subjects. The number of a free trade area reached 850.


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Meeting with Scottish government: sides confirmed goods turnover growth and discussed further bilateral cooperation

Dr. B.Abramov, Trade representative of Russia in the UK, met Scottish government officials to discuss strengthening of bilateral trade cooperation. Scottish side was presented by Mark Hallan, Senior Director EMEA, Scottish development international and Mark Boyce, Head of international relations, Directorate for Culture, Europe and External affairs.
Both sides discussed further steps to increase bilateral trade between Scotland and Russia and also pointed out areas of mutual interest. Bilateral goods turnover in Jan-Sept 2017 was estimated by $340 mln (+23% comparing with Jan-Sept 2016).
Scottish colleagues were invited to key international forums which will be hosted in Russia in 2018: SPIEF-2018 (24-26 May, St.Petersburg), Eastern economic forum (6-7 September, Vladivostok), Russian investment forum (Sochi, 15 February).
Dr. B.Abramov invited Scottish side to take part in 4th annual Russian-British business forum (London, November 2018) and to consider an opportunity to hold a panel session on Scotland (business and economic potential for cooperation). Mr.Hallan invited members of Russian trade delegation to visit Scotland House which has been opened recently to provide local business with information on opportunities for investment and cooperation in Scotland and to develop international ties with other countries.
On the 30th of January – 1st of February delegation of Innopolis (Tatarstan) accompanied by Trade delegation of Russia in the UK will be visiting London and Edinburgh to discover and realize potential of bilateral cooperation in IT and high-tech spheres between two countries.
Both sides agreed on exchange of information on key economic events and to work out a road map on bilateral cooperation in 2018. Preliminary noted spheres of mutual interest are as follows: engineering, energy (including renewable energy and green tech), education and agriculture. Sides agreed on exchange of proposals on trade missions to Scotland and Russia in 2018 with a focus on areas mentioned above.

The international exhibition of progressive educational technologies «BETT Show 2018»

The Trade Delegation of Russia in the UK participated in the largest international exhibition of progressive educational technologies «BETT Show 2018», which was held on 24-27th of January 2018 in London.

«BETT Show» is the leading industry show of the year in the education & technology sphere, bringing together 850 leading companies, 103 new edtech startups and over 34,700 attendees (131 countries represented). «BETT Show» is devoted to demonstrating modern innovative solutions in the field of education and robotics as well as discussing the key role of technology in educational projects.

A special stand was represented by the Department of Education of Moscow which showed the latest Russian developments and implemented initiatives in the field of professional education: «the Moscow Electronic School», «the Kurchatov Project», «the Medical class in the Moscow School», «the Engineering Class in the Moscow School», and others.
The Russian company «Inenergy» specializing in electrochemical technology and unique industrial solutions has also presented it’s own stand at the «BETT Show». «Inenergy» demonstrated training and educational kits in the field of studying energy processes.

The Russian Trade Delegation organized a number of meetings between Russian companies and the International Consultants of the Department for International Trade of the UK on issues of support provided by the Department to foreign companies when entering the British market. More meetings were provided by the «BETT Show» which allowed Russian participants to meet British Investors and discuss fund rising, joint venture set-up and other ways and perspectives of mutual cooperation.

«BETT Show 2019»

DALAGRO & FOOD PRODUCTS, 15-17 March 2018, Vladivostok

The 19th International Agriculture and Food Industry Expo “Dalagro & Food Products” will take place at Vladivostok on the 15-17 of March 2018. Dalagro and Food Products Expo offer a comprehensive range of food processing and cutting equipments which are manufactured by applying advanced technologies. The exhibitors find this exhibition to be the perfect business meeting place where the exhibiting companies get an opportunity to establish themselves and create their own brand name. Dalagro and Food Products Expo aims to benefit the mentioned sector by providing the branded range of products which are easy to handle and effortless to install. The attendees will get to see a wide range of economic products which are designed to provide complete satisfaction to the buyers. The event aims to bring the food processing, refining, packaging, storing and exporting sectors to achieve great success. The exhibitors get an opportunity to widen their marketing networks and increase their surplus levels.

Exhibitor Profile

Dalagro and Food Products Expo will exhibit Fruits, vegetables and other agricultural products, Meat and sausage products, Dairy and fat oil products, Fish and seafood, Seaweed products, Cereal products, flour, rice, Premium pastas and whole grain noodles, Sweets, bakery and confectionery, Pickled vegetables and mushrooms, Traditional foods, Natural spices and ingredients, Sauces, spices, and pastes and Soybean products. The purchasers will get to exhibit Convenience foods, Soups and broths, Alcoholic liquors, Mineral and medicinal waters, Beverages like juices, tea and coffee, Diet foods, Water cleaning solutions, Cooking equipment and technologies, Catering and cooking equipment, Agricultural technologies and chemical products, Labor protection and uniform, Training and education, Insurance, credits and leasing and lot more.

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