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The 8th St Petersburg International Innovation Forum is Open 07.10.2015

The 8th St Petersburg International Innovation Forum is Open


The 8th St Petersburg International Innovation Forum was started with a plenary meeting. Sergey Movchan, the Vice Governor of the city, said that in 2015 the main theme of the event was reflected in the conjunction of the cornerstones of innovation: technological foresight, infrastructure and institutional support, demand for innovation and human resourcing. The theme of the plenary meeting united those causes under the slogan: "Innovations are the potential of the future economy."

Mr. Movchan said that St Petersburg offers extensive support for innovative projects, including those aimed at industrial modernization, resource and energy efficiency. "The city is a fertile ground for industrial development: an own power base, developed communication, a high scientific, intellectual and workforce potential." – says the Vice Mayor. "Stimulating innovations will allow us to redirect existing industries onto a new, intensive and forward-thinking path of development."

Participants of the plenary meeting also discussed updates to the Strategy for Innovative Development of the Russian Federation up to 2020. The experts specifically mentioned that the goal right now should be to increase exports of the processing industry and high-tech services and to elevate the demand for innovative solutions, including using the mechanisms of government and municipal procurements. They believe that it is the time to switch to a modern model of supply system for Russian machinery manufacturing companies and develop subcontracting mechanisms. In addition to that, proper conditions for commercialisation of technologies should be created and bureaucratic challenges for innovative sectors of economy should be eliminated.

An online pool held during the meeting showed that the majority of participants of the forum believe that the cornerstone for Russian innovative development is education and training of highly-qualified personnel and the freedom of enterprise. Also the participants mentioned that events such as the St Petersburg International Innovation Forum promote constructive dialogue between specialists, the business and the government and help to address the challenges of the Strategy for Innovative Development of the country.


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