The RVC delegation headed by Igor Agamirzyan, General Director, participated in the International Investment Forum Sochi- 2014 (September 18-21).
A key company activity on the forum was organizing and holding the panel discussion "Russian innovations in new geopolitical conditions - a redesign of global cooperation." The discussion's main topic was devoted to specific steps to be taken by the state, business and science in the current conditions for a successful integration of Russia into the global market of innovative technological development.
The speakers at the RVC panel session included Mikhail Abyzov, Minister of Russian "Open Government" Affairs, Sergey Nedoroslev, founder of the group Kaskol, Alexey Repik, Chairman of the Board of Directors of P -PHARM company, Ilya Golubovich, member of the Board of Directors of Dauria Aerospace and founder of I2BF Global Ventures, Michael Tay, Executive Director of Russia Singapore Business Forum. The science was represented by Marcos Pinotti, Advisor for the Brazilian President Office Technology and Artem Oganov, Russian scientist working in the United States and Russia, Professor of New York University. The meeting was moderated by Igor Agamirzyan, RVC General Director, and Fedor Lukyanov, Chairman of the Council on Foreign Policy and Defense, Editor in Chief of "Russia in Global Affairs" magazine. The key conclusion of the discussion involves the possibility to overcome barriers that arise under the influence of geopolitics. The experts believe that they can be cleared only by establishing a flexible strategy of cooperation with foreign partners, including the BRICS and the Asian region countries. This means that the commitment to international cooperation will persist.
Mikhail Abyzov spoke in his report about the necessity to intensify the process of import substitution and called the powers vested to the heads of development institutions the most important leverage. The Minister presented new approaches to enhancement of international cooperation, mentioned a gradual transition to the commitment to cooperation with the BRICS partners-countries. He also pointed out that innovations remain the priority for the Russian government, and are even more demanded than six months ago. "Innovations can be global and competitive or doomed to extinction. On the one hand, the current geopolitical situation makes it impossible for us to be included into the chain of international cooperation without any restrictions. For example, this applies to cooperation in some specific sectors, such as materials science, with a further release of common international products. On the other hand, talking about global innovations, I am convinced that we will not face any serious restrictions with medium-level innovations that we want to create. They are omnipresent internationally. Moreover, Dmitry Medvedev, Russian Prime Minister has recently demonstrated a common commitment by pointing out that we do not refuse to support export-oriented products and, thus, an international cooperation", - said Mikhail Abyzov.
In his turn, Igor Agamirzyan noted that the development institutions, namely, RVC, are ready to be agents in completing tasks settled by the Russian Government as part of "Innovations 2.0" Report, as well as the issues arising in the business community. "We got the direct channels through the Expert Council mechanisms, a working group under "Open Government" with the possibility to access and notify the top public officials on the results, and we'll certainly use these opportunities," - said the Director of RVC.
During the discussion, Ilya Golubovich, representative of the business venture, emphasized the role that the state has in establishment of the highest level of comfort and confidence in the correctness and return on investments made by venture capitalists into one or another innovative project. "It's better to understand not only who the product will be sold to later on, but also who will protect the company's interests in the international markets, especially in such sectors as space," - said Golubovich.
Foreign partners and representatives of science, who were special guests of the event, shared their opinion about various Russian competencies that are in demand in partners-countries and tend to become global leaders, how our country can turn into an independent partner and strengthen its position in scientific and technological cooperation. The possibility of such cooperation was considered on the basis of cooperation between Russia and the BRICS countries. Marcos Pinotti, Brazilian scientist, Advisor for the Brazilian President Office Technology, identified a number of common growing-points in the Russian-Brazilian relations. "We have to develop the capacity, to accumulate the critical mass and then use the development momentum in the transport, ship and aircraft industry, as well as in agriculture and agricultural fertilizer industry. We need to ensure specialists and students exchange, participation in joint innovation projects in the field of public health and engineering, join the efforts of national venture funds. The process has already begun, today we are in partnership with RVC", - said Mr.Pinotti.
The speech on the panel session by Artem Oganov, Professor of New York State University, one of the top ten world's most famous scientists of Russian origin, drew a particular attention. Namely, Mr.Oganov focused attention on the need for cooperation between national scientific community and international one: "Science is inconceivable without cooperation. The most important discoveries in the world are made at the intersection of disciplines. Thus, it is very important to share ideas, mobility is essential. But in Russia, the mobility is compromized even in a national level: we learn, defend theses and work at the same university for the whole life. In new geopolitical conditions it is necessary to ensure mobility of Russian scientists, not only domestically, but also within the BRICS countries. Even if the ways to the West are closed, there will be many opportunities for our country within the BRICS countries."
Apart from the section dedicated to the global cooperation issues, RVC representatives took part in other notable discussions at Sochi Forum. Thus, RVC Director participated in the discussion "Opportunities for international cooperation against sanctions exchange policy." The experts discussed how the next round of sanctions could affect Russia's position in the global cooperation, as well as what changes in the strategic landscape can affect Russian economy key sectors in the nearest future.
In addition, Igor Agamirzyan took part in the platform "Restart of the "IT development roadmap" - Russia's contribution to the multipolar global software industry", where specialists and experts of IT-sector emphasized the interim results of implementation of the "roadmap" of the information technologies development, identified the next commitments of the Russian IT-industry and evaluated Russian prospects by 2020. RVC Director, one of the recognized experts in the field of IT, namely, said: "Markets evolve and it gets extremely difficult to compete in mature markets, such as IT. In terms of import substitution, we need to rely not on operating systems, databases, corporate information systems and the Internet, where everything is already done, but on prospective markets where there is no established international standards and there is a potential to launch a product of Russian origin. We are talking about the areas experiencing a breakthrough, the output of information technology into real life. This is what we call Smart systems, Advance Manufacturing, Internet of Things. There, the establishment of international standards, emergence of global players is in progress now."
At the meeting dedicated to an efficient development of the Russian regions identified as "areas of rapid development" in the last presidential address to the Federal Assembly - Far East, Crimea, Kaliningrad region - a report was prepared by Evgeny Kuznetsov, RVC Deputy Director General. He noted, namely, that "innovation and technological development is based on the balance and synthesis of scientific and technical potential, large companies activities, developed business environment and a strong governmental support. The lack of one of the components prevents the technological cycle from being launched."