Innovation Clusters Presented at Gaidar Forum

January 18, the third day of Gaidar Forum ‘Russia and the World: Values and Virtues’ held an panel discussion ‘Innovation Clusters as World Level Investment Attractiveness Leaders’.

Within the discussion the experts pointed out the advantages and tasks of innovation clusters, factors for international cooperation development, and presented the practice of regional projects implementation.

The moderator for the event was Pavel Rudnik, the Head of Projects of Association of Innovative Regions of Russia.

Oleg Fomichev, The Official Secretary, the Deputy Minister for Economic Development of Russian Federation announced that within 8 years of function the cluster approach passed several stages and grew into a structural project. According to him 30 prototypes gave 12 clusters which can be compared to European, Asian, and American experience. The regions develop for each cluster a development strategy, road map, involve consultants and development institutions.  ‘There are very successful regional models. In fact each cluster has it’ own peculiarities, stated Oleg Fomichev. According to him for fruitful work there is a need in involvement of higher educational institutions, scientific organizations, small and medium-size business, and a need in understanding of how to promote the presented product. 

The market interest was expressed by ABB Russia Vice President, Head of the working groups on upgrade and innovations within The Foreign Investment Advisory Council and AEB, Mikhail Akim, who underlined the improvement of environmental conditions for the work of international companies in regions of Russia in recent years. The spealer noted however that the market lives up to its own laws. ‘To be competitive one has to serve the entire world’, reminded the expert.  Before taking a decision on partnership the large foreign companies, used to long-term cooperation, consider several factors: airports quick access, language, governmental support, universities, preferences and expenses. ‘We need to develop learning of foreign languages as the biggest issue of competitiveness’ pointed Mikhail Akim.

Dmitry Razumovsky, Minister of Economic Development of Kaluzhskaya Oblast, presented the Cluster of Pharmacy, Biotechnologies and Biomedicine. According to him the Cluster’s key mission is to create comfortable conditions for business by means of concentration of governmental supportive measures and building cooperation chains.

‘The unique geographical position I is an objective factor. We are border the Moscow metropolitan area’, the speaker outlined the advantage. Moreover the region enjoys developed transportation and purpose build infrastructure; in operation are international airport and 2 universities, and we also 12 industrial parks and a special economic zone. Due to Pharmacy Cluster today we have four large pharmaceutical enterprises: AstraZeneca, Novo Nordisk, Berlin-Chemie, Stada. The Cluster includes 23 companies. Within 2017 the turnover of the pharmaceuticals production was as high as 28 bln Rubles. 9500 job were created during Cluster work. ‘Today our cluster integrates into the Program Digital Economy’, noted the speaker, underlining that the next stage will be the assessment of digital medicine and drugs labeling.   According to the expert the Cluster is supervised by Anatoly Artamonov, the Governor of Kaluzhskaya Oblast.

The discussion also involved Aleksandr Sedov, Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister of Industry, Science and New Technologies of Republic Mordovia;  Vadim Pavlov, the Head of Cluster Development Center of Ulyanovskaya Oblast; Lev Reshetnikov, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of Novosibirsk Oblast; Dmitry Gorbunov, Deputy Prime Minister of Economic Development, Investment and Trade of Samara Oblast;  Tatyana Zelenskaya, Head of the Agency of Science and Innovation Development of Krasnoyarsky Krai; Artem Shadrin, the Director of Department of Strategic Development and Innovations at the Russian Federation Ministry for Economic Development; Aleksandr Osadchenko, Head of Department of Innovation Activities of Tomsk Oblast.

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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