Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
Stellar at 1-Altitude, No 1 Raffles Place, Level 62, Singapore 048616
Join us for an evening of quality conversations and networking, while you enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of the city at Stellar @ 1-Altitude.
Tower Ballroom, Shangri-La Hotel
Teo Eng Cheong, CEO, International Enterprise Singapore
Alexey Repik, Co-Chairman, Business Russia and Founder, R-Pharm
Having the highest GDP per capita among the BRIC markets, Russia is an economic force to be reckoned with. In recent years, trade and economic linkages between Russia and Singapore have been strengthening, with the promotion of bilateral trade and investment as well as the joint development of both hard and soft infrastructure.
Yet, the current geopolitical tensions faced by Russia have increased its risk perceptions and investment anxieties among the foreign business community.
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In recent years, it has become clear that there is more to Russia than just Moscow. The Russian government seeks to create a conducive business environment among its regions, in order to attract global investment. Leaders also must bring out the best its region has to offer and craft policies that stimulate investment and growth.
Helmed by a stable and forward-looking leadership, Tatarstan is one of the most economically developed regions in Russia. The republic is well-known for its robust IT development, producing about 200,000 graduates a year, with close to 5,000 in IT fields. Moving eastwards, with the dynamic economies of China, Korea and Japan as its immediate neighbours, the Russian Far East regions occupy one-third of Russia’s total land mass, and are rich in much untapped natural resources. While still relatively underdeveloped, it is growing at a faster rate than western Russia at 3.3% per annum, and the Russian government has said that the development of the Russian Far East is Russia’s major project of the 21st century.
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Behind some of the best companies in the world are entrepreneurs. They can pioneer new industries, disrupt technologies, and design superior products, while bringing them to market faster and at lower cost. A new generation of global Russian entrepreneurs are making their mark both at home and on the global front. They are identified by their pragmatism, sharp instinct and ability to move with speed and agility
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In May 2014, China and Russia announced a US$400 billion, 30-year natural gas deal - the single largest trade agreement in history. With this deal, Russia has signalled a major and sharp pivot of its economic and strategic focus to Asia, as the EU seeks to wean off its dependence on Russia. This could lead to substantial long-term implications for Singapore as a major trading nation, as Russia increases its efforts to develop the economy of its eastern territories and integrate more deeply into Asian economies.
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Satvinder Singh, Assistant CEO, International Enterprise Singapore
Garden Terrace, Shangri-La Hotel
Magnolia Room, Shangri-La Hotel
IE Singapore and Singapore Business Federation bring you Singapore's first-ever business seminar on the business landscape and business opportunities of the Russian Far East. Oft-overlooked, the Russian Far East occupies one-third of Russia's total land mass and is rich in yet-untapped natural resources. Home to nine fast-growing regional economies and neighbour to Northern China, Korea and Japan, the Russian Far East is growing at 3.3% per annum. Hear from and connect with our partners from the Russian Far East to discover the opportunities yourself.
As the world's largest country, Russia covers more than a sixth of the Earth's entire land area, spanning eleven time zones and incorporating a wide range of land resources due to its varied terrain.
It is Europe's largest market with a population of approximately 144 million and boasts a growing middle class with a highly-educated young work force. Russia is also seeing an emerging pool of dynamic and innovative entrepreneurs who keen on doing business with the world.
Russia is the world's ninth largest economy and has the highest GDP per capita (US$14,612) among the BRIC economies. Its consumer market continues to grow at a rate exceeding that of most mature markets. Russian consumers today have increasingly sophisticated tastes which commensurate with their increasing exposure to major global consumer brands.
Russia is said to hold the world's largest natural gas reserves, which is about a quarter of the world's total proven gas reserves. The country is also rich in other natural resources such as oil, coal, precious metals, diamonds and fertilisers. Their rich natural resource sector provides Russia with a significant and stable source of income, which propels growth and in turn spurs investments in other sectors.
The Eurasian Economic Union (comprising of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus) is expected to come into force in January 2015. This will create a single economic market of 170 million people with a GDP of almost US$3 trillion, which hopes to challenge the economic might of the EU, the US and China. The treaty also guarantees free transit of goods, services, capital and workers among all three nations.
Singapore, Southeast Asia's smallest country, is a vibrant, dynamic city-state with one of the highest standards of living in the world. Diminutive in size but brimming with economic potential, Singapore is the world's easiest place to do business ("Doing Business", The World Bank Group, 2014) and Asia's most competitive country ("Global Competitive Report", World Economic Forum 2013-2014).
Leveraging its strategic location between the East and West, Singapore offers companies worldwide a platform to grow their global business. Over 7,000 multinational corporations have set up here, with more than half of them using Singapore as their regional headquarters. Companies looking to grow their business in Asia will find Singapore the ideal location.
Located at the crossroads of the East-West trading routes, Singapore provides access to fast-growing markets such as China, India and Southeast Asia, all within a seven-hour flight radius. Singapore is one of the world's top transportation hubs for sea and air cargo, offering unparalleled connectivity and infrastructure for both passengers and cargo. Its container ports are the busiest in the world and Changi International Airport is linked to 280 cities in 60 countries, with more than 6,800 weekly flights.
Due to limited domestic market, Singapore companies set their sights beyond the city's shores. Their extensive experience of doing business in the region and beyond makes them excellent business partners with a strong track record of delivering integrated solutions and high quality products. English is the official language of administration and commerce, creating an environment conducive to business. The city-state's reputation for transparency, pro-business policies, trusted legal and corporate governance systems will put you at ease when you partner a Singapore company.
Business aside, you can play as hard as you work in Singapore. The country is safe and orderly, and it is recognised as one of the cleanest and greenest cities in the world. It has an efficient and affordable public transport system, and world-class healthcare services. Two new integrated resorts - Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa - add to its vibrant nightlife and hospitality scene. Testament to its high quality of living, Singapore was ranked as Asia's best place to work, live and play in ("Quality of Living Ranking", Mercer, 2014).
Networking Venue (9 September 2014): Stellar at 1-Altitude, Level 62, 1 Raffles Place, Singapore 048616
Forum Venue (10 September 2014) : Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350
Visa application is required for Russian citizens/passport holders.
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Jolene Koh, Director of Government Affairs
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore
Do note that suites are subject to availability upon booking.
Thank you for your interest. We regret to inform that registration is now closed due to overwhelming response.