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Gaidar Forum to discuss future industrial structure

January 10, 2014, 23:30 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, January 10, 22:48 /ITAR-TASS/. The Gaidar Forum dedicated to one of the most pressing challenges of today - sustainable development - will open in Moscow on January 15. A plenary session on its second day, January 16, will address issues of the future industrial structure and changes triggered by the development of innovation technologies.

Participants in the plenary session will include Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov, Finland’s former Prime Minister, Chairman of the Board, East Office of Finnish Industries and member of the RANEPA International Advisory Council Esko Aho, Director General of RVC JSC Igor Agamirzyan, President and Chairman of the Board of Russia’s Gazprombank Andrei Akimov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of NLMK Group Vladimir Lisin, Vice President of the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology Aleksei Ponomarev, and Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneurs' Rights Protection Boris Titov.

The topics for discussion will include prospects innovation technologies open for traditional industries; opportunities they create for new industries, for development of small innovative manufacturing companies; programs and forms of support needed to develop promising production technologies and to provide access to them for innovative production companies; and challenges these technologies might create for a labour market.

The Gaidar Forum is one of Russia’s biggest annual international scientific conferences dedicated economic problems. The Forum was established in 2010 in tribute to the memory of Yegor Gaidar, a leading Russian economist and the architect of the Russian reforms of the early 1990s. Over this time, the Forum has become the country’s central political and economic event. This year, the Forum will be held from January 15 through January 18.

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