National report on high-tech business development in Russian regions presented at GF-2018 for the first time

The first presentation of the National Report on the Development of High-Tech Business in Russian Regions took place at the 2018 Gaidar Forum on January 16. It was developed by the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) and the Association of Innovative Regions of Russia (AIRR) in cooperation with Interfax Group.

The moderator, State Secretary – Deputy Minister of Economic Development Oleg Fomichev, reminded the audience that the report was based on the rating of Innovative Business in Russian Regions.

Representatives of RANEPA presented the results of their work. Head of RANEPA Center for Corporate Strategies and Firm Behavior Vera Barinova explained the national report concept. “Hi-tech industries in Russia currently account for more than a third of all employees, more than 20% of GDP, and about 15% of exports,” she said. “Our report shows the real situation in Russia. Based on the work that we conducted, we can assess which regions offer the best conditions and where companies demonstrate the best results.”

“The global goal of this report is to identify potential centers of non-commodity growth of the national economy,” Barinova added. According to the speaker, the report shows the annual dynamics of high-tech economical sector development in the regions, which is important for making informed political decisions.

Stepan Zemtsov, Senior Research Fellow at RANEPA, cited the most interesting cases that the experts studied in the process of preparing the national report. “According to our estimates, about 15 million people are currently employed in Russia’s high-tech sector, but this figure is gradually decreasing,” Zemtsov said. “More than 20% of hi-tech employees are concentrated in three regions: Moscow, the Moscow Region and St. Petersburg.”

The speakers explained that they used a system of indicators that takes into account conditions for the development of technological entrepreneurship and high-tech development results in Russian regions. This system of indicators gives an idea of where it is profitable to do business and what regions have succeeded in it. They evaluated the capital and labor resources, the institutional environment, infrastructural security and scientific potential of each region as conditions for the development of high-tech businesses. “We hope that our report will be used as an analytical tool, will help understand the regions, and estimated their strengths and weaknesses,” Zemtsov added.

According to the experts, the comparison with average regional values will make it possible to identify growth opportunities for each territory. “There are many regions that have good conditions and resources for the development of high technologies,” Zemtsov summed up.

The experts – First Deputy General Director–Executive Director of Interfax Vladimir Gerasimov, General Director of the Agency of Technological Development Maxim Shereykin, Adviser to the General Director of the Innovation Promotion Fund Ivan Bortnik, and Head of the Department of Cluster Policy at HSE University Yevgeny Kutsenko – discussed the results of the study and gave comments. The presenters agreed to take their suggestions into account next year.

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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