The Economy of "Simple Things". Can we Produce?
September 9th 2021, 14:30-16:00
With the support of IKEA, INGKA Centres

In Russia, the bulk of small and medium-sized enterprises (41%) work in wholesale and retail trade. Processing industries in the SMEs structure account for no more than 7%, generate no more than 10% of turnover, which does not correspond to the SMEs structure in developed countries (for example, in Germany, the processing industry generates at least 20% of the added value of SMEs, in China - more than 40%. In Japan, SMEs represent 50% of the added value of the industrial sector). In Russia, the local production sector is underdeveloped.

However, amid a significant domestic demand (massive imports of consumer products), the creation of small production facilities in the non-resource sector can be a potential opportunity for the inflow of investment, GDP and employment growth.

How can we recreate the economy of "simple things" in Russia and make it attractive and efficient? How to revive the production of umbrellas, clothes, irons, nails, plastic products, and many other things in the country? What solutions do we need at the regional and federal levels? We invite experts, business and government representatives to discuss the answers to these questions.

Boris Titov, Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneurs' Rights of the Russian Federation

Invited speakers:

Oleg Korobchenko, Member of the Committee of the State Council of the Republic of Tatarstan on Economy, Investments, and Entrepreneurship;

Alla Kotiyga, Director General of IKEA Purchasing Services Russia LLC;

Taliya Minullina, Chief Executive of the Tatarstan Investment Development Agency;

Andrey Pavlov, Founder and President of Zenden Group;

Maxim Valetsky, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mr. Doors;

Denis Zhuravsky, Executive Director of AIP;

Ekaterina Zinovyeva, Minister of Investments, Industry, and Science of the Moscow Region;

Aleksey Uchenov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation.


Sagit Bedzhiev, Chairman of the Board of Directors at PNK Krasnaya Nit OJSC;

Vladimir Zhuvak, Development Director, Medtekhservis LLC.

Front raw speakers:

Andrey Bykov, Commissioner for the Rights of Foreign Entrepreneurs in Moscow;

Suren Vardanyan, Vice President of the Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry;

Dmitry Guzun, Vice President and Managing Director for Central and Eastern Europe at Kimberly-Clark.

Special report:

Anton Sviridenko, Executive Director of the Stolypin Institute for the Economy of Growth.