October 18, Friday


Druzhba Concert Hall, Lobby

Registration of participants

Druzhba Concert Hall, Lobby

Official exhibition opening

Druzhba Concert Hall, Lobby

Exhibition open hours

F.I. Tyutchev Library

Time for B2B contacts in the business communication area

Druzhba Concert Hall, Great Hall


Official welcome speeches:

Alexander Bogomaz, Governor of Bryansk region

Public officials

Plenary discussion:


National projects are aimed at improving people’s living standards, creating conditions and opportunities for self-fulfillment and unleashing each person’s potential. How are these objectives achieved? What difficulties do regions come across in implementing decisions? How do friendly nations handle similar issues?


A solid economic basis lays a foundation for saving human potential. Advanced manufacturing industry, agriculture and science create well-paid skilled jobs, ensure a decent life and confidence in future for residents.

Radio electronics is one of the most innovative industries and a powerful contributor to the economy of Central Russia. How can technology help to combine existing enterprises into a single chain of integrated production facilities adding value from components to end products? Who can be the main customer for the radio-electronic cluster? How can Slavic Commonwealth countries be included in this chain? Can research and manufacturing clusters drive production diversification at military industrial enterprises?


Small and medium-sized enterprises, especially in the services sector, ensure steady employment, including jobs for average skilled people. The problem of employment is particularly acute in rural areas, i.e. villages and small communities. How can small businesses be attracted to areas that are far away from the regional capital? Ways to support farming.


The market is concerned about graduates’ proficiency, higher education institutions are annoyed about undereducated school leavers, while schools blame the system of preschool education. What are ways to build an integrated bottom-up system for training and bringing up the younger generation? 


In recent years, the population in Russian regions has been shrinking, its age pattern undergoing changes. The best of the youth move from villages to cities and towns, from there to the capital. The smaller the community, the faster the population decline. How can these processes can be stopped and reversed? Ways to encourage young people to stay in the region, to create conditions for their happy domestic life. Measures to be taken to preserve and further develop rural areas. The role of territorial public self-governments in preserving rural areas. Bryansk region has adopted a Law on Patriotic Upbringing; how does regional patriotism help to reduce youth migration from the region?


Life expectancy directly depends on the quality of healthcare. What measures are being taken to overcome the shortage of doctors, especially in remote areas? What is the current result of Bryansk region’s initiative to provide accommodation for young doctors?


Today’s key goal is to eliminate poverty. The use of social contracts will ease tension and help people out of difficult straits. What are mechanisms for using social contracts, what can be learned from the regions’ and Slavic countries’ experience in using this tool?

Moderated by: 

Valeria Mozganova, Russian journalist, host, head of Business.FM programs



Lunch (subject to invitations)

Druzhba Concert Hall, Great Hall

Strategic discussion: DEVELOPMENT OF RURAL AREAS

One of today’s trends is accelerating urbanization. During the past five years, the rural population shrank by one million people in Russia, by 700,000 people in the Central Federal District alone. The key reason for the migration towards cities is unemployment in rural areas, combined with a significant gap between the quality of life support infrastructure in cities and in rural communities. As a result, 954 villages and settlements disappeared from the Russian map during this period, including 409 rural communities abandoned in the Central Federal District. One of the strategic priorities is therefore to keep the territory populated.

How can one revive rural settlements? What are ways to spur economic activity and creation of new jobs in small communities? How should regions join in Russia’s national program “Comprehensive Development of Rural Areas”? Should priority be given to small farmers or major agricultural holdings when it comes to government support? Ways to focus major producers on investing in rural infrastructure development. What digital solutions can be helpful in creating a comfortable environment for small-scale rural production development?

The progress in rural areas largely depends on the quality of municipal governance. Successful engagement with large companies, farmers, small businesses, creation of a comfortable living environment, as well as social and cultural activities require high proficiency of municipal officers. How can talented managers be attracted to rural areas? What are ways to guarantee them decent working conditions? How do different regions and neighboring countries handle this problem?

Socio-cultural background of rural life. How can traditional spiritual values be restored? The role of territorial public self-governments in the development of rural areas. Who should inspire love for native land – and how?

Participatory budgeting projects are being actively implemented in Bryansk region. How do these projects contribute to the revival of the Russian hinterland?

Moderated by:

Nikolay Lychev, Editorial Director, Agroinvestor project

Druzhba Concert Hall, Great Hall


The living environment forms the residents’ attitude to their region. A comfortable modern environment makes people proud of their city or region. Good roads, convenient transport options, smart and well-designed living infrastructure plays a huge role in keeping people settled.

What has been done to create a comfortable living environment? What further projects are planned? How can digital technologies be leveraged to create a comfortable urban environment? What off-the-shelf urban infrastructure improvement solutions are being offered? What financial instruments can municipalities resort to in these projects? How do major industrial producers help to improve the living environment in their localities?

Participatory budgeting projects are being actively implemented in Bryansk region. They offer residents opportunities to improve their yards and public spaces on their own with limited financing from the budget. How do these small-scale projects influence the people’s attitude towards their community?

A comfortable environment assumes both convenience and environmental friendliness. Clean air, water, green spaces create an attractive image of communities for people. Who should take control of the environmental situation? How is the “garbage” problem handled? What efforts do enterprises take to prevent pollution in their surroundings?

Moderated by: 

Valeria Mozganova, Russian journalist, host, head of Business.FM programs

Druzhba Concert Hall, Small Hall


NEW ENGINEERING ELITE. Progress for the past year.


DIGITAL REGION. What has been successfully implemented?

OCCUPATIONS IN A NEW DIGITAL WORLD: The winners after a year

Moderated by: 

Yuri Datsenko, Adviser to Minister for Information Technology, Moscow City

Druzhba Concert Hall, Small Hall


The meet-up format can be described as a meeting of passionate people wishing to informally discuss and solve common issues.

The meeting will focus on the use of the latest digital platforms in the agro-industrial sector. Amid the ongoing expansion of large agro-industrial businesses accompanied by monopolization small producers cannot sustain the tough competition. As the international practice shows, fair market conditions for small and medium-sized businesses can be created with digital platforms.

Digital platforms can help farmers to find niche markets, ensure efficient sales, protect themselves from hostile actions of large corporations. Such systems have proven effective in many countries. Their application will increase the number of agricultural workers and specialists, improve the well-being of rural people and give a chance to revive small communities.

The discussion should yield a set of recommendations for implementing the platforms aimed at promoting entrepreneurship in the agro-industrial sector.

Moderated by: 

Amiran Keshelava, deputy head of the federal research center “Pushchino Scientific Center for Biological Research of the Russian Academy of Science” for innovations and strategic development

Political Education House, 4th Floor, Events Hall


With the assistance of the Radio-electronic Industry Department of Russia’s Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Consortium of Design Centers and Radio-electronic Businesses

The development strategy for the electronic industry of Russia to 2030 sets ambitious goals for the industry to develop civilian markets, especially those related to Russia’s national projects, and the transport system is of great significance in this context. On the one hand, software and hardware systems have been used in the routine transport system operation on an increasingly broader scale every year, and the transport system itself is expanding. This drives notable market growth in the transport sector. On the other hand, the legislation on critical information infrastructure security regards the transport system as a sphere that needs special protection from cyber threats. Therefore, the Russian electronic industry can and should play a significant role in the transport system digitalization.

Representatives of all parties concerned will be offered to engage in a discussion addressing the following issues:

  • Electronic industry development strategy to 2030. Tasks and capabilities of enterprises in regions of Central Russia regarding this strategy.
  • Transport infrastructure and railway instrument-making in the electronic industry development strategy.

Role of electronic industry consortiums in ensuring the transport system development in Russia

Moderated by: 

Vera Smirnova, Executive Director, Consortium of Design Centers and Radio-electronic Businesses association

F.I. Tyutchev Library, Great Hall


With assistance of the Public and Private Planning Institute

The planned curtailment of the public defense procurement and the continuing pressure from sanctions necessitate intensified cooperation between defense enterprises and small innovative companies, research and production enterprises in the manufacture of high-technology civilian and dual-use products competitive both in the domestic market and internationally.

Provision of goods and services for national projects and the import substitution program could serve as a potential diversification launch pad.

There are currently a number of disparate government programs separately providing support to defense enterprises, small and medium-sized businesses, research and educational organizations. Dual purpose research and production clusters can be used as a mechanism to pool financial, human and organizational resources so as to achieve an integrated socio-economic effect for each cluster cooperation partner and the entire region.

Moderated by: 

Elena Antipina, head of the interdepartmental dual-purpose cluster taskforce of the Russian Military-Industrial Commission Board, General Director of the Public and Private Planning Institute


F.I. Tyutchev Library, Small Hall


Care of the people aims at preserving the number of people, health protection, ensuring welfare of the society and each individual. 

According to statistics, the demographic landscape in regions of Central Russia is dominated by negative trends: lower birth rate, continuing population aging, and natural population decline.

What are ways to protect people’s health? How is the national “Healthcare” project being implemented in the regions? What innovations come into use in the healthcare systems of the Slavic countries?

How does one build a healthy lifestyle ecosystem? What are ways to promote a healthy lifestyle for people? What are effective health preservation technologies?

What measures are being taken to overcome the shortage of doctors, especially in remote areas? What results have been achieved in the “Local Doctor” / “Local Paramedic” program?

How can the focus be shifted from treatment of advanced diseases, including cancer, to early detection and treatment of diseases at early stages? 

Many clinics are kitted out with modern high-precision equipment imported from abroad. The devices require constant and costly maintenance, consumables and reagents, which is problematic given a lack of spending. What are ways to reduce the cost of keeping devices in good working condition? How can a single interregional maintenance service for medical organizations be created?

What skill improvement opportunities are there in regions for doctors?

How are digital healthcare principles being implemented? Bryansk region is one of the first federal subjects of Russia to create a digital healthcare environment, how is the system being developed? Implementation of telemedicine elements in the region.

F.I. Tyutchev Library, Small Hall


How is the “Demography” national project being implemented in Russian regions? What efforts are being taken to overcome the low birth rate problem in Slavic countries?

Support schemes for families at childbirth: what innovations are envisaged by the national projects? Best incentive for childbirths: direct financial aid, assistance in the employment of young families, solving housing or other problems?

What programs are aimed at highlighting family values? What social initiatives serve the development of the family institution? The role of the Orthodox Church in protecting families.

Approaching the pregnancy termination problem: material aspect, outreach efforts, moral standards?

The older generation needs special care. What are ways to ensure a long and decent life for people in the pre-retirement and retirement age? What are special features of the programs focused on active aging?

Bryansk Regional Duma, Meeting Hall

Extended meeting of the Vocational and Business Education Assistance Committee of Russia’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry: INTERNATIONAL AND SOCIAL ASPECTS OF VOCATIONAL AND BUSINESS EDUCATION

With assistance of the “Bryansk Chamber of Commerce and Industry” Union

The innovative economic development model poses particular challenges for the higher education system. On the one hand, students should acquire a deep theoretical background, on the other hand, they need skills to master the rapidly changing new technologies throughout their lives. The innovative environment is not constrained by the borders of individual states but exists in a common international space. It is therefore vital to develop cooperation between higher education institutions at the educational stage and to implement common international standards.

Cross-border cooperation between universities enables the sharing of experience and innovations. It helps to create essential inter-university networks with the aim of exchanging knowledge and academic research results.

International cooperation in higher education is also a recognized example of “soft power” in relations between different countries. It facilitates the exchange of knowledge and competencies, strengthens cultural ties, lays a foundation for humanitarian penetration.

How does cooperation between universities of the Slavic countries develop? How do regional higher education institutions build themselves into the global educational space? What innovations in other countries’ higher education systems deserve special attention?

Vocational training has becomes of particular importance amid economic globalization and market competition. How is the vocational training system being developed in Russian regions? What advanced vocational education trends exist in other countries? How is integration between education, science and business achieved to develop personnel skills required to meet current challenges?

Moderated by: 

Maxim Fateev, Vice President, Russia’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Viktor Grishin, Doctor of Economics, Head of the Committee for Vocational and Business Education, Russia’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Rector, Plekhanov Russian University of Economics

Bryansk Regional Duma, Meeting Hall


With assistance of the “Bryansk Chamber of Commerce and Industry” Union

Today, since early age, children consecutively spend time and learn at different educational institutions. This process lacks continuity as kindergartens, schools, colleges and universities have different objectives, teachers, and management systems. A highly skilled worker or employee should be brought up and trained from kindergarten. What are today’s opportunities in regions to determine abilities in young and older children, so as to adjust the education and upbringing to their aptitude and vocation? What are ways to unleash the younger generation’s innate potential to the maximum extent possible? How do regional programs serve these goals? “Sirius”, “Quantorium” educational centers, technical education centers, Yandex lyceums are training a new engineering elite. Which of them have achieved the best results? What are ways to focus schools and centers on needs of enterprises?

One of recent years’ trends is a lower demand for university graduates in the economy. The higher education requirement is increasingly rare to find in candidate specifications when jobs are posted. These days, demand is particularly high for mid-level specialists with applied professional skills who can handle modern equipment, apply innovative technologies and be highly effective users of digital systems. Such specialists come from the secondary vocational education system. What is the right development pattern for the secondary vocational education system to meet the region’s needs for highly qualified workforce? What are ways to improve the prestige of mid-level specialists? What role will advance vocational training centers play in the personnel training system? What are the key development directions of the professional T&E activity in the concept of continuing vocational education?

Whether small businesses fare well largely depends on the proficiency of employees and the level of managers’ business skills. There are currently a lot of business schools, seminars, individual training courses for entrepreneurs in the market. Many of them are being publicly financed. How high is demand for business education among small businesses? What do entrepreneurs require from the educational system? Small businesses mainly develop in the retail and services sectors; how can business education change the sectoral structure of small businesses to shift the focus towards new innovative niches? How can universities contribute to setting-up small youth innovative businesses?

Political Education House, 4th Floor, Events Hall

Youth workshop: ACTIVE CITIZEN

The meeting is attended by young industry experts, students, novice entrepreneurs. The workshop should result in a set of initiatives for deeper youth involvement in creating favorable living conditions in the region.

Format of workshops

The workshops are shaped so as to reflect the different aspects of life in the region:

– industry

– rural areas

– living eco-environment

– patriotic education

– culture

– family and children

The workshops unleash the potential of teamwork carefully moderated by mentors.

Moderated by: 

Konstantin Komkov, political engineer, a member of the Civic Chamber of Russia