Gaidar goes from strength to strength

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January 26, 2015
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The sixth Gaidar Forum’s international scientific-practical conference: “Russia and the World: The New Vector”© Evgeny Biyatov, RIA Novosti.

For the 6th consecutive year, The Gaidar Forum took place in Moscow and attracted more experts, participants and journalists from around the globe than ever before. thinkRUSSIA finds out what this year had in store.

The Gaidar Forum 2015 offered yet another exciting platform for high-level politicians, business and current events.

Named after and dedicated to the reputable Russian economist, politician and author Yegor Timurovich Gaidar, the Forum is now a mainstay on the calendar of global industry leaders.  Its traditional proximity to the World Economic Forum in Davos - which takes place only one week after the Gaidar Forum - once again gave international experts the chance to discuss and network with their Russian counterparts ahead of the large-scale meeting in the Swiss Alps.

2015: A year of records

Although the Forum has been well-attended since its inception, the number of participants has grown consistently, with this year seeing 7,000 registered attendants along with 600 accredited journalists from the US, Japan, and several European countries. The importance the Gaidar Forum has gained in the six years since its establishment is also underlined by the number of international guests – 500 foreign experts, twice as much as in the prior year – who travelled to Moscow this year.

Some of this year’s esteemed attendees were, among others, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Regius Professor of Economics at the LSE Christopher A. Pissarides, Director at the foundation of the Museums of Amsterdam & Amsterdam Heritage Björn Stenvers, former President of the European Central Bank Jean-Claude Trichet, Chairman at J.P. Morgan Chase International Jacob Frenkel, as well as Clyde C. Tuggle, Chief Public Affairs and Communications Officer at the Coca-Cola Company.  

This broad swath of leaders made for fruitful and engaging discussions on the many challenges and opportunities ahead in global business, politics and the arts.

Each day at the Gaidar Forum represents one broad topic that defines the various subjects of discussion on panels and roundtables.

Building on last year’s Forum, this year’s discussions revolved around 3 main areas:

  1. Macroeconomics: A Human Dimension
  2. Real Dimension of Development
  3. Knowledge Economy

Within this framework, the attendees had the chance to exchange views on eclectic topics such as the prospects for Eurasian Union, current reforms in China, demographic shifts and corporate social responsibility. Many questions were posed and potential solutions discussed – but the debate on these issues will continue for a while.

Question: Did you attend this year’s Forum? What topics do you think should be tackled next year?

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