Starts in Moscow Gaidar forum

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Traditionally, the first international economic event in Russia — Gaidar forum — begins on Tuesday in Moscow. This year, however, unlike the previous ones, the organizers decided to depart from the traditional purely economic issues, especially given the pre-election period.

Gaidar forum will be held from 16 to 18 January 2018 in Ranepa. MIA «Russia today» is an information partner of the forum. This year the event is under the slogan «Russia and the world: aims and values».

Beyond economics

«The point is that we want to discuss largely non-economic agenda. Often called «Gaidar forum» is misleading on two grounds: from the name (Russian economist and politician Yegor — ed.) Gaidar, that he’s liberal and economic. But the forum expert, not an economic one. If you look at the program, it is not limited to the economy,» — said on the eve of the forum the rector of Ranepa Vladimir Mau.

«Moreover, this year, we always emphasize to the subject that we want to speak English calling beyond economics, what can be called «there are things more important than economy». In my understanding, economy is increasingly less clear. Other issues are much more important from the point of view of economic dynamics, from the point of view of economic growth,» he said.

He said that much attention will be given to issues of socio-humanitarian and social agenda. In particular, in the first day of the forum will be held the session «Investing in public health», «Global trends in health care», «whether there will be social policy as a national priority».

«And second, this forum is for those who discuss the prospects for progress. I notice that in recent time, the participants move to the left. And it is quite understandable, because in a normal, peaceful conditions is not a radical reform is still mostly left-wing intellectuals. The left, in the European sense of the word, becomes more and more. And it is normal for the forum to discuss social and humanitarian agenda,» said Mau.

The participants of the forum

The forum is traditionally attended by Russian government officials, representatives of regional authorities, leading Russian and foreign economists.

During the plenary discussion on «Goals and values» is scheduled to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. With him it will take part in the chief Executive officer of the world Bank Kristalina Georgieva, a political scientist Ivan Krastev, the former EU President and Prime Minister of Belgium Herman van Rompuy, Minister of foreign trade and development of Finland Kai Mykkanen and Chairman of JP Morgan Jacob Frenkel.

Except the Prime Minister, on different days of the Gaidar forum in its work will participate the head of the Ministry Maxim Oreshkin, head of the Ministry of Finance Anton Siluanov, first Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank Ksenia Yudaeva, the Minister of education Olga Vasiliev, Minister of healthcare Veronika Skvortsova, Minister of industry and trade Denis Manturov, the head of the Ministry Nikolai Nikiforov, former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin and others.

In total, according to the organizers of the forum, to participate in accredited 15.4 thousand people, about 1.5 times more than the year before. In the sessions it will deliver 650 speakers, 12 of which were foreigners. Thus a change in the geography of visitors of experts — from the U.S. and Canada the emphasis shifts in favor of Europe and China, said the Executive Director of the Gaidar forum Ivan Fedotov.

Without presidential candidates

On the eve of the presidential election in March 2018, the forum can be seen as a platform to Express themselves and to demonstrate to the voters, so there was a question of the appropriateness of its conduct.

«I really asked the question to guide: «whether the Appropriate forum during the election period, and whether you want to use it?» The answer was «relevant», and «use is your traditional forum, why use it before the election?» — Mau told reporters.

«Moreover, if you notice, we will not have presidential candidates that are usually visited. This is one reason, although it is clear that their chances are slim to none. But, nevertheless, we try hard to get away from this,» he added.

«And one more thing — if you have noticed, we have almost no reports of the Ministers, except when they wanted to. They all participate in the discussions. This is also done deliberately, most just didn’t want to push. Almost all reports of the expert. There are no reports of the government members, except one, because he wanted to,» — said the rector of Ranepa.

Features of the forum

Construction activities around the speakers ‘ reports and open discussion, according to Mau, is one of the main features of the Gaidar forum in 2018. According to him, the organizers of the «largely gone from the traditional Davos (world economic forum, held each year in January in Davos — ed.), when you sit five to seven people and discuss something».

Among these reports, he said the speech of the Chairman of the Foundation Council of TSSR Alexey Kudrin and the President of RAS Alexander Sergeev at the session «current challenges of public administration», the head of the accounting chamber Svetlana Golikova and Minister of Finance Anton Siluanov at session «the Efficiency of budgetary expenditures as a mirror of the efficiency of public administration», the Chairman of the Duma Committee on budget and taxes Andrey Makarov at the session «Tax system of Russia: Image of the future.»

In addition, presentations at the forum will also act as the chief auditor of Bank of Russia Valery Goreglyad the session on «Financial control and banking supervision in the digital state,» rector of the Higher school of economy Yaroslav Kuzminov a session entitled «education development Strategy» and several others.