BOLSHOYE GOLOUSTNOYE, Irkutsk region, July 18 (Itar-Tass) - The Third International Youth Industrial Forum Engineers of the Future-2013 opened on Russia’s Lake Baikal on Thursday, July 18.
The forum has brought together about 2,000 industry specialists from all over Russia. The forum’s organizers are the Russian Machine Builders’ Union and the government of the Irkutsk region.
“About 2,000 industry specialists from 160 industrial enterprises of Russia and about 250 foreign engineers from almost 30 countries will take part in the Baikal forum. Participants in the forum will focus on the presentation and discussion of innovative projects worked out in the format of the Machine Builders Union’s project ‘Order for Innovations’,” the forum organizers said. More than 200 various projects featuring interesting ideas were received last year.
Messages of greetings were issued by the country’s top officials, Director General of the Russian Technologies state corporation, chairman of the Machine Builders’ Union Sergei Chemezov, CEOs of Russia’s biggest industrial corporations, concerns and joint stock companies. They consider the forum as one of the most important tool facilitating the development of the innovative economy and guaranteeing Russia’s leading positions in the future.
Representatives of foreign states demonstrated great interest in the participation in the forum. The delegation from Switzerland, headed by the Swiss ambassador to Russia, will be the biggest. During the forum, the Russian-Swiss company Fischer Spindle Technology will open a regional office in Irkutsk.
Closer interaction between Switzerland and Russia became possible after the Russian State Duma lower parliament house set up a lawmaker group for cooperation with the Swiss parliament. “It is important now to expand business contacts between Swiss businessmen and Russian regions,” first deputy chairman of the State Duma industry committee and first vice-president of the Russian Machine Builders Union Vladimir Gutenev told Itar-Tass.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if anyone of the participants in the forum will become a president in the future,” he said. “We pin great hopes on the participants in the current forum, who are young specialists and scientists from technological enterprises of the country,” Gutenev said.
France showed big interest in the forum, too. Members of France’s Federation of Machine Building arrived in Russia to give a series of lectures and master classes to their Russian counterparts. Entrepreneurs, industrialists and politicians from Hungary, Germany, Poland and other countries have also expressed their readiness to attend the event.