For the first time, the Annual International Forum AutoEvolution 2017 will be devoted to not only the development of automobile and automotive components manufacturing in Russia, but also to the export potential of Russia, infrastructure projects and the development of logistics transport hubs. A series of events organized by the Agency for Regional Development of Kaluga Region and the business daily Vedomosti will bring together representatives of federal and regional authorities, state corporations, development institutions, automobile and automotive components manufacturers, managers of infrastructure project and logistic hubs.

Key Topics
  • The automotive industry in Russia: Strategies for entering international markets. Prospects and risks.
  • The export potential of the Russian car industry. How to enter the international market?
  • The development of infrastructure projects and logistic hubs. Success stories.
  • Localization as an effective tool for the development of Russian regions.
Event format
A two-day business event, including a plenary session and three strategic sessions; excursions to enterprises of the automotive cluster of Kaluga region, and matchmaking activities.

Representatives of government departments of various levels, constituent entities of the Russian Federation, heads of industry enterprises and state corporations, senior and mid-level managers of international and Russian auto concerns and enterprises, automotive components manufacturers; Heads of procurement and development departments, technical and commercial directors, representatives of dealer centers, financial institutions, public organizations and professional associations, leading experts and market analysts, as well as representatives of business media.

A special transfer from Moscow and back will be organized for participants from other regions.

For questions concerning the agenda, please contact project supervisor Evgenia Nikolaeva via e-mail evgenia.nikolaeva@vedomosti.ru or call +7 (495) 232-32-00, ext. 1285 or project manager Irina Rybakova via e-mail i.rybakova@vedomosti.ru or call +7 (495) 232-32-00, ext. 4224. On advertising and sponsorship — Marina Isaeva via e-mail m.isaeva@vedomosti.ru or call +7 (495) 232-32-00, ext. 1185; on information support and press accreditation — Sabina Mikailova via e-mail s.mikailova@vedomosti.ru or call +7 (495) 232-32-00, ext. 4147; on participation — Evgeniya Sautkina via e-mail e.sautkina@vedomosti.ru or call +7 (495) 232-32-00, ext. 1481.


September, 14

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. Registration of the participants, welcome coffee

12:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Plenary session. Effective regional development: economic aspects, prospects, strategies

Effective regional development is universally recognized as a key factor necessary for the stable growth of the Russian economy. However, in practice, each separate region of Russia faces a variety of problems. There is a considerable number of strategies for overcoming these obstacles and difficulties in the country, but which one to choose? What tools for solving key regional problems should be considered?

Aleksander Gubskiy, Deputy Chief Editor, Vedomosti Business Daily

Key Topics
  • Strategies for the regional development of Russia: which way to choose?
  • Cluster economy: what is needed to stimulate regional development?
  • Localization as an effective tool for the development of Russian regions.
  • How to increase the investment attractiveness of Russian regions?
  • What mechanisms of export support can be expected?
Anatoly Artamonov, Governor of Kaluga Region
Peter Fradkov, CEO, Russian Export Center
Igor Levitin, Aide to the President of the Russian Federation*
Nikolay Lyubimov, Acting Governor of Ryazan Region *
Sergey Maiorov, Chairman of the Board, Mechanical Engineering Cluster of the Republic of Tatarstan
Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation*

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Press approach

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Lunch

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Strategic Session 1. Export potential of the Russian automotive industry. Mechanisms of support

Serious changes are coming for the domestic car industry. After a catastrophic decline in domestic demand in 2013–2016, the government decided to rely on exports to recover the industry. According to the draft of the strategy for the development of car industry exports by 2025 submitted by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation in early June, under the base scenario, the growth of export sales with the help of measures developed by the Ministry of Industry should soon increase to 4.9 billion US dollars per year.

Key Topics
  • How to create an effective environment for an export-oriented car industry?
  • How to attract international automakers to work in Russia with the subsequent launch of their products to global markets?
  • What measures of financial support is the government planning for the industry?
  • How to predict possible export risks in the face of changing economic realities?
Maxim Akimov, First Deputy Head of the Staff, Russian Government Executive Office *
Anatoly Artamonov, Governor of Kaluga Region
Peter Fradkov, CEO, Russian Export Center
Sergey Kogogin, General Director, KAMAZ*
Igor Levitin, Aide to the President of the Russian Federation*
Nikolay Lyubimov, Acting Governor of Ryazan Region *
Nicolas Maure, President, AutoVAZ*
Alexander Morozov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation *
Marcus Osegowitsch, General Director, Volkswagen Group Rus*
Georgiy Rotov, General Director, Continental Kaluga
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. B2B

6:00 p.m. Reception

September, 15

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Registration of the participants, welcome coffee

9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Gathering of the participants of the excursions

9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Cluster plants tours (by appointment)

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Coffee break

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Strategic Session 2. Prospects for the automotive industry in Russia: is a breakthrough possible?

A dramatic decline in demand in the automotive industry over the past three years has greatly altered the appearance of the sector. However, neither the main industry players nor the government of the Russian Federation are going to give up. Companies are changing their development strategies in the struggle for competitiveness and efficiency, and the government is preparing programs for leading the industry out of the crisis. It's time to «synchronize our watches»: to sum up the results of the three-year crisis and to determine the prospects for the development of the automotive industry and the automotive components manufacturing in Russia.

Aleksander Gubskiy, Deputy Chief Editor, Vedomosti Business Daily

Juliya Guseva, Country General Manager, Russia, Gestamp Automocion
Andrey Kraynov, General Director, Association of Machine Building Enterprises Cluster of Automotive Industry of Samara Region
Oleg Moseev, President, Russian Association of Automobile Dealers
Alexander Morozov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation *
Ilya Smolin, Country Operating Officer, Magna Exteriors; General Director, Magna Automotive Rus
Stevan Zivanovic, General Director, Continental Automotive Systems Rus

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Lunch

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Strategic Session 3. Investing in infrastructure: how to attract and multiply?

The creation of a comfortable infrastructure is a key aspect of the effective development of Russian regions. The presence of high-profile transport hubs, logistics chains, high-quality roads and airports are obvious indicators of the success of a particular region. However, their creation requires investment.

Nikolay Bystrov, President, Rosasfalt Association; Chairman, Technical Committee 418 «Road maintenance»

Key Topics
  • Mechanisms for attracting investments in regional infrastructure projects.
  • Measures of state support of infrastructure development.
  • Success stories of the implementation of large investment projects in Russian regions.
  • Business point of view: deterrent and stimulating factors.
Olga Ivanova, Minister of Road Facilities of Kaluga Region
Yana Kuzina, Vice-President for Development, Freight Village RU
Konstantin Limitovsky, Deputy Chairman of the Board, Eurasian Development Bank*
Pavel Seleznev, Chairman of the Board, Public Private Partnership Development Center*

5:00 p.m. Ending of the forum

* - Confirmation expected