RVC delegation took part in the IX Samara Interregional Economic Forum “Cluster Policy as Foundation for Innovative Growth of the National Economy” organized at the initiative of Samara Region Government with the support from the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation. Evgeny Kuznetsov, Deputy General Director, headed the delegation.
The business section of the forum was attended by the State Secretary – Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Oleg Fomichev, First Deputy Chairman of the Committee of the RF State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation for Sciences and Vladimir Kononov, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Fund for Promotion of Small Businesses in Scientific and Technical Area and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Association of Innovative Regions of Russia Ivan Bortnik, as well as representatives of the state-owned corporations, federal- and regional authorities, institutes for innovative growth, and innovative and cluster centers.
The forum members discussed the tools for innovative growth of the RF regions, efficiency of public-private partnership tools for the development of clusters, large-scale investment projects, and the outlook for interregional cooperation.
Oleg Fomichev pointed out that currently in Russia there is a program for supporting pilot innovative clusters. This program was launched by the Ministry of Economic Development. The scope of the program is 26 pilots which were selected based on the results of the competition. “However, considering our collaboration with the RF regions around 125 innovation and industrial clusters, half of which already have their management bodies, have been established in the country to date.” According to him, Samara Region is one of the initiators of forming the state cluster policy. “For the past 9 years at least Samara has not only discussed this topic but also made it one of its priorities,” – concluded Oleg Fomichev.
In his greeting speech, Samara Region Governor Nikolay Merkushkin pointed out that Samara Region had unique competencies in the aerospace,- aviation,- and machine building industries which underpin the implementation of the region’s cluster approach. According to the Governor, one of the examples of successful development of the current scientific and industrial and economic relations between large companies and the R&D core entities is the region’s aerospace cluster which accounts for some 40% of all the space launches worldwide. Samara automotive companies produce one quarter of the gross regional product and nearly 40% of all cars manufactured in the Russian Federation. Samara Region Governor believes that in order to successfully develop the clusters it is extremely important to make sure that businesses fully perceive the competitive advantages of collaboration with public entities and authorities. “We should adapt the existing tools for supporting corporate needs if such companies intend to implement the most ambitious innovative projects,” said Nikolay Merkushkin.
Evgeny Kuznetsov, in turn, pointed out that the center for developing advanced ecosystems and the innovative clusters which shape the industry of the future is advanced entrepreneurial technological universities. “We currently interact with the leading Russian universities, first and foremost, those which shape their own technological cluster around such universities. We aim to go ahead with such breakthrough program, accelerated growth of the universities and areas/territories which act together,” said Evgeny Kuznetsov. According to him, the main defect of Russia’s innovative ecosystem and technological policy is its atomism, while the key figure required there is the integrator who combines all these processes and renders integrated services. “Therefore involvement of universities in the innovative and technological development of the country is destined to grow over time,” said the RVC representative.
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