Congratulations on the opening of XII St. Petersburg International Innovation Forum!
Over the years of its existence SPIIF has become a milestone, an attractive and prominent platform for the international business community, Russian and foreign manufacturers of high-technology products. Every year the platform brings together more than ten thousand experts. It is our main “ground” in the North-West region of the country to demonstrate the cutting-edge industrial technologies developed in Russia and the world, the largest arena to exchange opinions in the innovation sector.
Establishment of the innovation environment in the regions is one of the key state priorities. The Forum and the exhibition will contribute to more comfortable and meaningful dialog to be established between the science, business and public authorities, extensive development of the advanced innovation practices, as well as activation of business ties between the real sector enterprises and high technology developers. SPIIF is an efficient instrument to raise investments, which has a significant impact on the economic and social well-being of St. Petersburg. Thanks to the Forum, the city’s potential as a center of business and exhibition activities grows every year.
Effective operation of the most representative exhibition of industry and innovations in the North-West region, new experience of efficient investment strategies and successful innovation growth, long-term and mutually beneficial agreements signed in the high technology sector: all of these are to become an important step towards diversification of the Russian economy. Most significantly, the Forum is to help us to develop and implement together the decisions, which will alter the people’s life for the better.
I wish all participants of SPIIF 2019 new and business achievements, stable and wealthy future!
Deputy Chairman of the Russian Government
Let me heartily congratulate you on the opening of the 12th International Innovation Forum!
Dear participants and guests!
Let me heartily congratulate you on the opening of the 12th International Innovation Forum! I would also like to express my gratitude in the view of the fact that Japan has been given the opportunity to participate in the Forum as a partner country.
During this Forum, the audience will be offered a lecture by a Japanese enterprise that has globally set up its activities through innovation. In addition, there will be a panel discussion on the possible prospects of Japanese-Russian cooperation in the field of urban improvement, Japanese-Russian business dialog “Why Japanese enterprises choose St. Petersburg”, as well as a competition of Japanese and Russian startups. A stand will be organized which will introduce visitors to small and medium-sized enterprises in Japan. Please be sure to familiarize yourself with the innovative approaches of Japanese enterprises to solving various problems.
It is said that the IT revolution in the field of “the Internet of Things” and “Big Data” causes huge changes in the life of society and the state of production connecting people, information, things and infrastructure. In addition to that, all the countries, competing and openly promoting the development of AI-technology, biotechnology, quantum mechanics and other high technologies, have now achieved incredible success.
I suppose we can say that in the conditions of such rapid changes, innovation is a necessary and inevitable factor in ensuring competitiveness of countries and enterprises, as well as their dynamic growth.
Since May 2016, the governments of our countries have been working hard to implement “The Eight-Point Economic Cooperation Plan”; in this regard, cooperation aimed at creating a “digital economy” is also being considered by both sides as one of the important topics. Russia is characterized by a high level of education and technology; therefore I am confident that we can jointly develop this area as partners.
In conclusion, let me wish you success in holding this Forum, as well as further development of Japanese-Russian relations.