I am glad to welcome participants, organizers and guests of the XI St. Petersburg international innovative forum!
Over the years it proved itself as one of the most significant events of business life of our city. Innovative development of the megalopolis is the major priority in work of the Government of Saint Petersburg. At the heart of modern economy of knowledge are modernization of existing enterprises, creation of the knowledge-intensive productions, effective use of human capital. The projects and initiatives presented on the margins of the forum are being successfully implemented, strengthening the image of St. Petersburg - the leading intellectual center of Russia and Europe.
This year the Republic of Finland became the partner country of the St. Petersburg international innovative forum. With the closest neighbor in Baltic region Russia and St. Petersburg are connected by strong partnership. We have accumulated wide experience of cooperation in a startup industry, pharmaceutics, construction, the sphere of information technologies, food, chemical industry and many other branches.
I am sure that creative atmosphere of the forum will promote the birth of new projects, strengthening of the international contacts in innovative activity.
I wish everyone successful and fruitful work, bright and unforgettable impressions of the meeting on the banks of the Neva!
The St. Petersburg international innovative forum for the eleventh time brings together on its platform researchers and developers, technopreneurs and venture investors to analyze the processes taking place in the high-tech segment of the Russian economy. So respectable age of this discussion platform and its demand is an important indicator of the relevance of discussed issues.
Acceleration of technological development of Russia will become one of key problems of the near future around which the efforts and resources of the state will be concentrated. And the driver of this process should be the development of high-tech industries and the active introduction of innovations in the corporate sector. In this regard, it is of particular importance to understand the Russian experience of the last decade in creating a system for promoting innovative development.
I wish the participants of the St. Petersburg International Innovation Forum a confident movement towards their goals.
This year Finland is honored to be a partner of the St. Petersburg International Innovation Forum. We see partnership of this forum natural and pleasant function of our country, the effective system of innovative development is one of Finland cornerstones. For achievement of progress the openness, globality and cooperation is necessary; we participate in the Forum to exchange multilateral experience and to find new opportunities of interaction with neighboring countries.
Petersburg offers optimal conditions for discussings innovative cooperation. The base of innovative activity development is formed by qualified specialists graduated from universities of St. Petersburg. The city also has an active startup sector, and the administration supports and promotes innovative development by its contribution.
The Finnish and Russian companies already closely cooperate in many areas, including the construction sphere, production of building materials and the food industry. We also want to raise new opportunities for discussion, for example, innovations in the field of circular economy and medical technologies. Together, enterprises, the scientific community and the state, we will certainly achieve good results in these questions.
Origin of innovations always provides long-term work, new forms of thinking and ways of action and also interaction of experts of different areas. I am sure that the events, seminars and meetings held on platforms of the St. Petersburg international innovative forum will create a strong foundation for modern joint innovative histories of success!
See you at the Innovation Forum!