Russia Singapore Business Forum

9-11 September 2014

Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore



RSBF will be held in Singapore in the 2nd half of 2016. Stay tuned for more details! To register early interest, please email us at RSBF@iesingapore.com.sg.
International Enterprise (IE) Singapore's Russia Singapore Business Forum (RSBF) is the premier platform for fostering investment, trade and thought leadership between Russia and Singapore. Since its inauguration in 2006, the Forum has brought together top government officials and business elite from both countries to foster economic partnerships and raise global competitiveness.

As the world economy faces continued uncertainty, risks and obstacles abound. Singapore and Russia must find new strategies for growth and mitigate the impact of global volatility. To address these pertinent issues, RSBF 2014 will examine Russian entrepreneurship, success factors for cross-border collaborations and new paradigm shifts in global demand patterns for commodities. The Forum will also focus on facilitating concrete business opportunities and partnerships via 1-to-1 business matching between Russian and Singapore companies.

To promote effective 1-to-1 business matching, attendance at the Forum is by-invitation only and at the discretion of IE Singapore.
International Enterprise (IE) Singapore's Russia Singapore Business Forum (RSBF) is the premier platform for fostering investment, trade and thought leadership between Russia and Singapore. Since its inauguration in 2006, the Forum has brought together top government officials and business elite from both countries to foster economic partnerships and raise global competitiveness.

As the world economy faces continued uncertainty, risks and obstacles abound. Singapore and Russia must find new strategies for growth and mitigate the impact of global volatility. To address these pertinent issues, RSBF 2014 will examine Russian entrepreneurship, success factors for cross-border collaborations and new paradigm shifts in global demand patterns for commodities. The Forum will also focus on facilitating concrete business opportunities and partnerships via 1-to-1 business matching between Russian and Singapore companies.

To promote effective 1-to-1 business matching, attendance at the Forum is by-invitation only and at the discretion of IE Singapore.

ORGANISER

International Enterprise (IE) Singapore is the government agency driving Singapore's external economy. We spearhead the overseas growth of Singapore-based companies and promote international trade. Our vision is a thriving business hub in Singapore with Globally Competitive Companies (GCCs) and leading international traders.

Trade has always been the backbone of Singapore's economy. In addition to promoting export of goods and services, IE Singapore also attracts global commodities traders to establish their global or Asian home base in Singapore. Today, Singapore is a thriving trading hub with a complete ecosystem for the energy, agri-commodities and metals & minerals trading clusters.

GCCs are a critical growth engine for the next phase of Singapore's development. GCCs compete on the global stage against the very best in their industries. They contribute to Singapore's economic resilience, develop Singaporeans into global business leaders and strengthen the Singapore brand. Through our Global Company Partnership and Market Readiness Assistance, we work with Singapore-based companies in their various stages of growth towards being globally competitive.

Our global network of overseas centres in over 35 locations provides the necessary connections in many developed and emerging markets. Visit www.iesingapore.com for more information.

STRATEGIC PARTNERS


BUSINESS RUSSIA

The All Russia Public Organisation "Business Russia" is a union of entrepreneurs from Russia's non-resource sectors. Its main objective is to create mechanisms of support and promote the interests of the Russian business community abroad along with foreign businesses in Russia. The Organisation has a vast experience in ensuring transparency and openness of foreign economic policy and issues of international business cooperation.

Business Russia was founded in 2001 and today, it is represented in 71 federal subjects of Russia. The Organisation also brings together entrepreneurs from 88 industrial unions.



SINGAPORE BUSINESS FEDERATION

The Singapore Business Federation (SBF) is the apex business chamber that champions the interests of the Singapore business community in trade, investment and industrial relations. It represents 21,000 companies, as well as key local and foreign business chambers, that contribute significantly to the Singapore economy.

Established on 1 April 2002 by the SBF Act, all Singapore registered companies with a share capital of S$500,000 and above are members of SBF. Its formation was to foster a more comprehensive organisation and representation of the business community's interests in Singapore and abroad.

As the apex business chamber, SBF presents a strong collective voice that:
  • Acts as the bridge between the business community and government in Singapore to create and enhance a conducive business environment
  • Represents the business community in bilateral, regional and multilateral fora for the purpose of promoting trade expansion and business networking in Singapore and abroad
  • Helps companies build competitiveness and resilience through capacity building initiatives and services
As a business voice and value creator, SBF is committed to advocating key issues that impact the Singapore business community, helping enterprises develop capabilities and venture overseas.

Programme


DAY 01 // 9 SEPTEMBER 2014

09:30 onwards
1-to-1 Business Matching Sessions

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.

*Programme correct at time of update, and is subject to change without prior notice.

DAY 02 // 10 SEPTEMBER 2014

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.

This panel will discuss:

  • What is the outlook for the Russian economy?
  • What are the new engines of growth and investment opportunities amid the new economic landscape?
  • What is Russia's new vision for doing business with the world to attract more foreign capital?
  • What areas of change in the business environment will make an immediate difference?
  • What is Singapore's role in this new business environment?

Panellists:
  • Igor Ivanovich Shuvalov, First Deputy Prime Minister, Russian Federation
  • Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Singapore

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.

This session will discuss:

  • What are the updates for the development plans for the regions?
  • What more should be done to stimulate investment into the regions?
  • What are the challenges that the regions faced, and what steps are being undertaken to overcome the challenges?
  • What role can Singapore play in the economic development of the regions?

Panellists:
  • Alexander Galushka, Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East, Russian Federation
  • Lee Yi Shyan, Senior Minister of State for Trade & Industry and National Development, Republic of Singapore
  • Rustam Minnikhanov, President of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation

15:40 - 16:20
Networking Tea Reception

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

This panel will discuss:

  • What makes Russian entrepreneurs stand out among others?
  • How can one learn to recover from setbacks and understand that success and failure are not polar opposites but two sides of the same coin?
  • How do they break out of the mould and find creative solutions to navigate Russia's labyrinthine business landscape?
  • What are the important lessons that can be gleaned from their experiences in cross-border partnerships?

Panellists:
  • Naum Babaev, Chairman, DAMATE Group
  • Serguei Beloussov, CEO and Chairman, Acronis
  • Raymond Yap Ho, Treasurer, USM Advisors
  • Alexey Repik, Co-Chairman, Business Russia and Founder, R-Pharm
  • Leonid Strakhov, CEO, SPORTMASTER

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.

This panel will discuss:

  • How are Russian commodities players affected by potential shocks and disruptive demand from their traditional markets stemming from geopolitical risks?
  • What is the value Singapore can offer as a business hub to Russian resource companies seeking to tap Asian markets?
  • What are some of the potential challenges that will arise as Russia integrates more deeply with Asian economies?

Panellists:
  • Marcus Cooper, General Director, Rosneft Trading SA
  • Pavel Fedorov, First Deputy CEO and Executive Director, Norilsk Nickel
  • Reiner Hartmann, Representative Office Head of E.ON Ruhrgas AG
  • Sergey Kislov, Chairman, Yug Rusi
  • Boris Titov, Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneurs Rights

Satvinder Singh, Assistant CEO, International Enterprise Singapore

Garden Terrace, Shangri-La Hotel

*Programme correct at time of update, and is subject to change without prior notice.

DAY 03 // 11 SEPTEMBER 2014

09:30 onwards
1-to-1 Business Matching Sessions

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.

*Programme correct at time of update, and is subject to change without prior notice.

About Russia

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.


WEALTHIEST WITHIN THE BRIC

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.


RICH IN NATURAL RESOURCES

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.


EURASIAN ECONOMIC UNION

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.

About Singapore

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.


AT THE HEART OF ASIA

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.


YOUR IDEAL BUSINESS PARTNER

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.


A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE IN

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).

Logistics

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

Entry Requirements
Visa application is required for Russian citizens/passport holders.

The Singapore Embassy has outsourced all visa applications for foreigners who require a visa to enter Singapore, to Authorised Visa Agents. Please click here to refer to the list of all Authorised Visa Agents.

The criteria for visa application and documentation are:

  1. Applicant's original international passport with a minimum of 6 months' validity at the time of entering Singapore
  2. 1 copy of correctly completed visa application form 14A with 1 copy of a recent coloured photograph
  3. Proof of confirmed flight itinerary and accommodation
  4. The required visa fee of S$30/US$23 or equivalent in RUB. Our Authorised Visa Agents levy a service fee of not more than RUB700.
Please apply for your visas as early as possible as they take 5-7 working days for processing.

For RSBF participants, please click here for booking of guest rooms at the Shangri-La Hotel Tower Wing.

Alternatively, delegates can make their bookings directly on the Shangri-La Hotel website using the Group Code (INT090914):

  1. Go to the Shangri-La website
  2. Enter your necessary stay requirements (e.g. check-in date, check-out date, number of rooms, etc)
  3. Under the "Special Rate" area, select "Group Code" and enter the Group Code (INT090914).
  4. Click the ‘Check Availability' button to continue.
  5. If all the search criteria are correct and rooms are still available for the group, the group rate will be returned in the availability search result. Simply follow the on-screen instructions to complete the online booking.

In the event that you need to book nights that are out of the date range, please follow the steps below:

  1. Please book your room through above link for 9 to 11 September 2014 and keep a copy of the confirmation email.
  2. Please send your confirmation email to Surhana Sayudi on the additional room nights required. The hotel will revert if the group rate is applicable and assist you from there onwards.

For suite bookings, kindly contact:

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.

Register Interest

Thank you for your interest. We regret to inform that registration is now closed due to overwhelming response.

Contact Us


GENERAL ENQUIRIES

For general enquiries, please email the RSBF Secretariat


SPONSORSHIP ENQUIRIES

For sponsorship enquiries, please contact Nordin MOHD YATIM (MR)


MEDIA ENQUIRIES

For media enquiries, please contact MOK Kai Lynn (MS)