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THIRD FORUM ON SMALL
BUSINESS OF THE SCO
AND BRICS REGIONS
28-29 September, 2017
Ufa, Congress-Hall

Press Release

September 4, 2017

Program of the Third Forum

on Small Business of the SCO and BRICS Regions Approved

Program of the Third Forum on Small Business of the SCO and BRICS Regions has been published. Two days of the Forum will have room for eight sessions, including the plenary session with participants from Russia, China, and Kyrgyzstan, as well as consultation platforms of the business development institutions, international track Business Without Borders, an exhibition, and contacts exchange.

The organizing committee has approved the business program of the Third Forum on Small Business of the SCO and BRICS Regions taking place in Ufa on September 28-29, 2017.

The highlight of the forum is the plenary session Peculiarities, Role, and Place of Small Business in the SCO and BRICS Regional Economies. Achievements and Challenges attended by the Head of the Republic, heads of relative federal and regional ministries, representatives of the expert community and international delegations.

The list of the invited speakers includes without limitation the First Deputy Chairperson of the Russian Government Igor Shuvalov, Official Secretary – Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Oleg Fomichev, Head of the Republic of Bashkortostan Rustem Khamitov, Vice-President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Elena Dybova, Director General of the SME Corporation Aleksandr Braverman, Director General of the Russian Export Center Petr Fradkov, Director General of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives Svetlana Chupsheva, Vice-President of Business Russia Nonna Kagramanyan, Executive Secretary of the SCO Business Council Sergey Kanavsky, President of the all-Russian NGO for small and medium-sized business OPORA RUSSIA Aleksandr Kalinin, as well as the representatives of China and Kyrgyzstan. The session will be moderated by Farkhad Samedov, Deputy Prime-Minister of the Government of the Republic of Bashkortostan.

During the plenary session, the participants will discuss the regional peculiarities of small business development and the most promising market gaps for entrepreneurs. The delegates will estimate the role of small business in various economies and analyze incentives for small business in Russian and the SCO and BRICS countries.

The forum will feature sessions on barrier-free cooperation in the SCO and BRICS; financial, legal, and infrastructural support to small business; support to export-oriented business. The participants will touch upon the issues of franchising, youth entrepreneurship, new digital technologies, etc. Special attention will be paid to the best practices of Russian and international small businesses. During the practical session, the participants will discuss the main mistakes of entrepreneurs, investment attraction mechanisms, and solutions to business obstructions.

Additional information support will be provided at the consultation platforms with representatives of the SME supporting organizations: Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, SME Corporation, Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Russian Export Center, Agency for Strategic Initiatives, Business Russia, etc.

Apart from that, both days of the forum the participants will be offered to visit Business Without Borders, an international track of presentations of delegations and individuals. This initiative will help small businesses to find interested partners, build relationships with decision makers, negotiate, and conclude promising contracts.

Let us remind that the Third Forum on Small Business of the SCO and BRICS Regions takes place in Bashkortostan capital on September 28-29, 2017. Over 1,300 delegates are expected to come from over 20 Russian regions and from abroad, including India, China, Brazil, SAR, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan. The forum is organized by the Government of the Republic of Bashkortostan, State Committee of the Republic of Bashkortostan for Entrepreneurship and Tourism, and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Bashkortostan. The forum is supported by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation and the SCO Business Council. The forum is sponsored by SC “BPGC.”