EXPORT DEVELOPMENT IN A POST-COVID WORLD
Victor Vekselberg, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (SkolTech); Chairman of the Board of Directors, Renova Group
Sergey Katyrin, President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation
Russian exports, like the entire international trade, have faced significant challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but there is now a rebound and it is important to consolidate this growth. At the same time, the environment for export activities has been irreversibly changed by new factors and challenges of global development.
The most important among them are digitalization, radical technological and structural transformations, the environmental agenda, the energy transition, and the sustained social distancing resulting from the pandemic. All this creates both new opportunities for export business and systemic constraints and new risks for export activities.
Government policy should help exporters adapt to accelerating economic, technological, market, and regulatory transformations. The effectiveness of such a policy directly depends on a clear understanding of the tasks and problems currently faced by the export business, their importance and urgency, which cannot be achieved without a well-established regular dialogue between business and government.
• How well is Russian export adapting to the new realities and how is the government helping exporters integrate into the changing business processes in the global market under the influence of digitalization and new challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic?
• What are the intermediate results of establishing a "one-stop-shop" for exporters under the auspices of the REC?
• Have there been any changes in Russia's country export priorities in recent years and what is the likelihood of future shifts in the geography of Russian exports?
• How actively do Russian suppliers participate in global value added chains and what are the challenges in this area?
• How can business costs of foreign trade operations be estimated today?
• What regulatory and administrative constraints and barriers to exports persist and what support measures are needed?