Economic development of Russia in connection with Football Championship – 2018

On the 17 of January, participants of the Gaidar Forum discussed the most important sport event of this year FIFA World Cup – 2018. Experts have discussed issues of influence of the championship on Russia's economy and on its relations with other countries, investments in football, plans and forecasts for holding matches and also value of the World Cup for the country and its citizens.

The founder and chairman, supervisory council Bosco di Cilieg Mikhail Kusnirovich started the discussion as  the moderator. The speaker has expressed satisfaction with the fact that this year our country holds such significant event in the world of sport. In the speech, Mikhail Kusnirovich also has called the Russian football fans to support not only our national team, but also success of World Cup as an event).

General Director, Russia 2018 Organizing Committee, Alexey Sorokin has said: "We were on the homestretch. Preparation for the event, а не action) is stable. We finish construction of stadiums". He has also noted, having referred to experience of other countries that such event will have positive effect on national economy, its investment climate and its image in political arena.

Managing Partner, EY Russia, Alexander Ivlev told about positive influence of the World Cup on well-being of nation. From his point of view, positive changes will concern foreign trade, small and medium business, international investments and will promote creation of new workplaces. "We should not forget about soft skills. In other words, volunteers participate in action, communicating with foreign guests, will gain knowledge which couldn't receive without the World Cup", – Ivlev said.

Acting Governor, Nizhegorod Region, Gleb Nikitin shared experience of his city in preparation for a sports festival: "Now thanks to the World Cup Nizhny Novgorod has had an opportunity in 5 years to pass the way which we would pass years for 20". The speaker has noted that this event will leave heritage for tourism and small business in the region. According to forecasts, the number of the people playing sports will annually increase by 20%.

The organizers include the Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), the Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy (Gaidar Institute) and the Association of Innovative Regions of Russia (AIRR).

The program outline is available at the forum website.

Participation is free; preliminary registration is required.

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