Gaidar Forum experts will discuss digitalization problems at RANEPA

Several sessions at the 10th Gaidar Forum to be held on January 15-17, 2019 at the Presidential Academy will be devoted to digitalization and the impact of technology on various areas of the economy.

The expert discussion, Digitization of Financial Services: A New Phase in the Development of FinTech, will be held on January 16. Fintech innovations are among the most cited Media topics over the past few years, which means they still raise questions about how financial improvement technologies change the customer relations and where the line between the deepening in customer background and social responsibility lies.

The participating experts, including representatives of major Russian banks, will discuss the changing role of banks and the introduction of new technologies, and share what is happening with crowdlending, blokchain and other fintech innovations.

They will also consider issues of open banking and what opportunities the Centrtal Bank’s innovations create for new business models in fintech; the problem of human capital in the financial sector; and the implications of the Central Bank and Sberbank’s plans to cut staff. The discussion will be moderated by Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank of Russia, Director of HR Policies Department Ruslan Vesterovsky and Director of RANEPA Institute of Business Studies Sergei Myasoyedov.

On the last day of the Forum, January 17, experts will address digital technologies as a means to improve the quality of public administration; the impact of digitalization on its efficiency and effectiveness; and whether digital technologies in public administration can help in budgetary cost saving during the discussion, Digital Future of Public Administration in View of the Results.

The keynote report will be presented by Yelena Dobrolyubova, Leading Researcher at the Center for Public Administration Technologies at RANEPA Institute of Applied Economic Research; representatives of government agencies and experts will take part in the discussion. Vladimir Yuzhakov, Director of the Center for Public Administration Technologies, and Deputy Minister of Economic Development Savva Shipov will moderate the session.

On the same day, another session will be held to discuss competition policy in the context of digital transformation. Digital transformation contributes to the emergence of new types of business and a radical change in traditional areas; this, in turn, leads to both new development opportunities and competition restrictions, and consequently, poses challenges for the competition policy.

Experts will discuss the vector of changes in the traditional business model in the digitalization era; the possibility that digital transformation will provoke an aggravation of the problem of cartels; the problems of defining the boundaries of the markets with criss-cross network effects; and whether the existing antitrust law is really unable to cope with “digital” markets.

The session will be moderated by Andrei Tsyganov, Deputy Head of FAS Russia, and Andrei Shastitko, Director of the RANEPA Center for Studies of Competition and Economic Regulation; experts, representatives of government agencies and major businesses will take part in the discussion.

Representatives of state authorities of the Russian Federation, experts and business executives will discuss the digital transformation of the legal sphere during the session, Digital Transformation: Law and Technology. The panellists will talk about the need to develop models of legal regulation adapted to digital ecosystem; the impact of technologies on the formation of a legal environment for ensuring the information security of data traffic, use of quantum communications, provision of protection of intellectual property in cyberspace; as well as changing approaches to training and retraining of legal personnel. The panel session will be moderated by Pavel Golosov, Dean of the School of Information Technology and Data Analysis at RANEPA Institute of Economics, Mathematics and Information Technology, and Oksana Shmaliy, Head of the Department of Administration and Information Law, Professor of the RANEPA Institute of Law and National Security.

The problem of digitalization and digital technologies is highly relevant; issues related to them will be raised at the Gaidar Forum in various sessions devoted to education, healthcare, agriculture, corporate governance and energy. Forum experts will also discuss new challenges for the G20 in the context of digitalization.

10th Gaidar Forum Organizers:

The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA);
The Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy (Gaidar Institute);
The Association of Innovative Regions of Russia (AIRR).

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