About the conference
XIV International Conference Russian Regions in the Focus of Changes
November 14-16, 2019, Ekaterinburg
(business day — the Sverdlovsk Region Governor’s residence, academic days — UrFU)
Organisers: Ural Federal University, Graduate School of Economics and Management UrFU, Analytical Center Expert, Expert Ural Business Magazine.
Co-organisers: National Research University Higher School of Economics, NRU HSE – Saint Petersburg, Regional Studies Association, European Foundation for Management Development, Ekaterinburg City Administration.
For many years, the conference has been one of the biggest discussion platforms covering issues of regional development, gathering representatives of academia, government authorities, top managers of medium-sized and large enterprises from various territories. More than 500 participants from Russia and abroad meet at the conference annually.
The event is held with the support and personal participation of the former Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, Academic Supervisor of Higher School of Economics Evgeniy Yasin and Deputy Chairman (Chief Economist) – Member of the Board of Vnesheconombank, Andrey Klepach.
The programme includes business and academic days that comprise plenary sessions and round table discussions in the Sverdlovsk region Governor’s residence, research workshops with leading foreign scholars, open lectures and master classes of visiting experts, more than 20 research thematic sessions and a youth research forum.
Conference materials often serve as a basis for strategic decision-making and development plans of territories and companies. Media coverage of the conference and its results are an integral part of the project realisation allowing for a long-term effect and additional development of the discussion agenda.
Key topic of the conference – Regional development in the context of global trends of the world economy
The main challenge for regional elites is launching a new wave of economic development. Even the most efficient regional management teams that can withstand external challenges are not able to overcome the imbalances of budgetary, monetary and industrial policies.
What incentives are required to transform investors’ trust into economic development? What can become an additional growth factor for GRP growth? What changes are necessary to catalyze the process?
Firstly, it is not enough to stimulate investments. The territories have already learnt to compete for funding, technologies and human resources. Their legislation and infrastructure geared towards fulfilling this task. At this point, an active policy is necessary to decrease borrowing costs, to subsidize interest rates, to protect the rights and property of entrepreneurs.
Secondly, it is not enough to invest in export promotion and import-substituting technology development. These models have only partially paid off. Structural changes are imperative. They will allow for development of high added-value sectors of the economy, for nurturing of national champions that can compete in open markets unaided.
Thirdly, it is essential to invest heavily in technologies and education, as well as an environment that would encourage innovative development. Technological revolution brings critical changes in the society. Digitalisation becomes a key trend in all industries. It creates vast opportunities for growth and transformation of the regions into innovation ecosystems. Competitiveness of the territories will depend on their abilities to define their digital specialization and the most promising markets.
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