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The meeting took place on the eve of the opening of the international industrial exhibition “Innoprom-2021”.

From the transcript:

Meeting of Mikhail Mishustin with representatives of Russian and foreign business

Mikhail Mishustin: Good evening, dear friends! I am glad to welcome you all here. Including our foreign colleagues who found the opportunity to come, despite all the difficulties and restrictions associated with coronavirus infection.

We are meeting with you on the eve of the opening of the international industrial exhibition “Innoprom”. She starts her work tomorrow. This year we are holding an event together with our Italian partners. They are present at our meeting. This only confirms that in recent years Innoprom has become an authoritative international platform. A place where large manufacturers, industrialists – leaders in their segments meet, in order to discuss the prospects for the development of the industry from a professional standpoint.

Unfortunately, last year, due to the pandemic, we had to cancel this forum. The spread of the coronavirus as a whole has created risks for global macroeconomic stability, introduced imbalances in the manufacturing sector and world trade. But at the same time, it accelerated the digitalization processes, became a kind of catalyst for a large number of changes that have been accumulating for many years in the industry. The technological order is now changing literally before our eyes.

A number of sectors of the economy – retail trade, the service sector, the banking sector – were able to take advantage of the opportunities that had opened up. Companies that have mastered new technologies faster have gained a rather serious competitive advantage in the market. They have already moved on to the next stage.

Digital transformation processes are rapidly gaining momentum in the world. Software and hardware systems are being developed to convert industry into digital, robotization of production is being mastered, electric cars and electric buses are being built. This is a global world trend. Most economies are experiencing this kind of technological renewal today. In the new conditions, it is especially important to develop Russian industry in close cooperation with foreign countries, our partners, I emphasize, in the format of mutually beneficial cooperation.

Our economy remains open to European colleagues. And we will continue to develop mechanisms for investment and technology partnerships. A number of them have already been developed for companies that are adopting innovative approaches. The so-called SPIC 2.0 assumes the introduction of the most promising technologies on the world market. There are already more than 600 of them, and this list is constantly updated. In all such areas, together with foreign partners, we will develop competencies. To use the advantages provided by SPIKs. These include tax incentives, access to industry and regional subsidies, and participation in government procurement.

Today I would like to discuss with you the issues that need to be resolved now, when all areas are radically changing under the influence of digitalization processes – from science and complex production to the daily life of people.

These transformations entail new challenges for all economies of the world. The labor market requires new competencies. And industrial enterprises are already facing the problem of a shortage of qualified personnel.

Another important issue is the climate agenda, which cannot be ignored. Today more than 60 countries have decided on low-carbon development. Reducing emissions is a serious incentive for restructuring the economy as a whole, developing new technologies in industry, energy, and transport. This will require an end-to-end transformation of the entire economy.

I would like to hear your position on the issues that are now facing us, the Russian Federation, and other countries.

Business is always the first to feel any changes.

I would like to exchange opinions with you.

A. Atrashkin (program director of the Innoprom international industrial exhibition, moderator of the meeting): Thank you very much, Mikhail Vladimirovich, for taking the time to meet with business on the sidelines of Innoprom. Anton Atrashkin, program director of Innoprom. Thanks to all the participants in the meeting. Experience shows that there are no holidays or weekends for managers. At this table are heads of Russian industrial companies that you know well. As well as our foreign partners from sectors such as the automotive industry, pharmaceuticals, power engineering. And tomorrow the exhibition itself opens, for the sake of which industrialists from different countries of the world literally break through the borders. It’s not easy now. But they know that this is a unique site …

To be continued…

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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