On 22 September, an expert discussion on the topic, ‘How to grasp new business opportunities in Russia’ was set up in front of an audience of one hundred Chinese executives at Moscow School of Management, SKOLKOVO.
The discussion was part of a fully-fledged programme, ‘Understanding Russia’, which intends to help Chinese executives gain an in-depth understanding of Russia and learn from local best business practice. The programme was specially designed for the Future Leaders Programme of Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF).
Russian and Chinese business speakers with a well-known background in finance and productive sectors shared their views on how to maximise business opportunities and collect the knowledge required to launch and intensify business in Russia. Potential opportunities within the framework of the One Belt, One Road initiative and infrastructure projects were the focus of the event.
Grigory Levchenko, member of the DOC Research Institute executive board, took part in the expert discussion, presenting the Institute’s expertise, cooperation with Chinese institutions, and multinational projects. The DOC has many years of experience in collaborating with China, and has different forms of partnerships with leading universities: Peking University; Shanghai Institute for International Studies (SIIS); the Institute of World Economics and Politics; Soong Ching Ling Foundation; and several others.
Grigory Levchenko mentioned that the DOC was established fifteen years ago as an independent international forum to develop practical solutions to ease conflicts, and that it now combines research expertise with business advisory services, based on its successful expert methodology. “Both business and governments seek to understand regional contexts and forecast possible trends when investing money abroad. This is exactly what we offer: thorough expertise in risk assessment and initial assessment for multinational projects that involve two or more participants who may not share the same business culture, and where the role of state regulators is strong”. Grigory Levchenko drew an example from the Trilateral Economic Corridor – a joint infrastructure initiative involving China, Mongolia, and Russia, that was announced by the three state leaders in 2016 and to which the DOC is contributing its expertise. Grigory noted that infrastructure is a focal point of the DOC’s research, along with the other five areas of its expertise. “Non-governmental institutes which have a proven agenda and an extensive network can play a more prominent role in business planning, because they base their conclusions upon long-term observations, rather than on short-term analysis, tapping various fields of expert knowledge. They can also provide support for governments in applying their expertise to cross-boundary projects or advising on the prospects of big business cooperation in specific geographical regions.”
The expert discussion at SKOLKOVO was attended by:
Sergey Dubinin, Member of the Supervisory Board, VTB Bank
Andrey Milov, CEO of BSL CHEMICAL CO., LTD
Vyacheslav Zubenko, Doctor of Economics, Professor, Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation
Mark Zavadskiy, General Manager, Alibaba Russia
Ruslan Yusufov, Director for Private Clients, Group-IB
Rafael Asanov, Founder, Capillar.io
Ji Hong Shui, Mingyuan Holdings Group Co.,Ltd.
Joseph Chee, Head of Asia Pacific investment Banking, UBS AG
Vasily Belov, senior Vice-President of innovations, SKOLKOVO Foundation
Irina Sorokina, Advisor, Department of Foreign Affairs/Government Relations, Renova Group
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