Gaidar Forum 2020: a platform to find answers to main challenges of the new decade

14 January2020
Gaidar Forum 2020: a platform to find answers to main challenges of the new decade

The 11th Gaidar Forum, Russia and the World: Challenges of the New Decade, will be held at the Presidential Academy on January 15-16, 2020 and will once again bring together leading international academics, politicians, financiers and representatives of the global business elite. More than 14,700 participants have registered for the forum, including 600 speakers from more than 30 countries.

The Gaidar Forum is held at the Presidential Academy under the auspices of the Government of the Russian Federation. Over 11 years, it has become one of the most respected expert platforms that traditionally determines the vector for public and academic discussion.

This year’s forum will focus on how to answer the main challenges facing Russia and the world in the new decade. The agenda of the event includes Russia's development strategy, national development goals and economic growth, science and technology breakthroughs and digitalization, the transformation of public administration systems and geopolitical trends, education and social elevators for young people, tax myths and the transformation of the banking system, and businesses’ social responsibility.

The session What Hinders Economic Growth? will be attended by First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance Anton Siluanov, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova, Chairman of the Accounts Chamber Alexei Kudrin, and Governor of the Central Bank Elvira Nabiullina. The participants in the discussion will specifically focus on the need for additional structural reforms, non-economic factors of economic dynamics and institutional measures that are necessary to launch growth mechanisms.

During the session on Horizons of Economic Policy, Minister of Economic Development Maxim Oreshkin will deliver a keynote report on the effectiveness of various economic policy tools.

Global climate change will be discussed at the session on Climate Agenda: What Is Going to Change Everything? The participants will explore the potential the modern world has for responding to the climate crisis, as well as the possibilities of a technological response to this challenge. The session will be attended by Deputy Minister of Economic Development Mikhail Rasstrigin, President of the Kurchatov Institute Mikhail Kovalchuk, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph Gonsalves, and representatives of major Russian companies.

The participants in the session on National Technology Policy and Regional Specifics will try to answer the question of how to effectively incorporate regional specifics when forming a national technology policy. Head of Rusnano state corporation Anatoly Chubais and President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov will take part in the discussion of mechanisms for synchronizing support for technology companies at the regional and federal levels, the possibilities of forming interregional mechanisms for supporting technology initiatives and major businesses’ role in regional technology policy.

During the international session Greater Europe: Is It Still in The Making? experts will analyze the causes and prerequisites of the existing Russian-European relations and outline a comprehensive basis for their further development. The participants will include former Italian  Minister of Economy and Finance Giulio Tremonti (1994–1995, 2001–2006, 2008–2011), Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel (2000–2007), Ambassador of the European Union to the Russian Federation Markus Ederer.

One of the most interesting events at the forum will be the open dialogue Global Agenda: Challenges, Opportunities, Risks, where RANEPA Rector Vladimir Mau and former President of France (2007-2012) Nicolas Sarkozy will discuss the likelihood of a new global crisis, the outlook and risks for the European Union in the new decade, as well as the political and socioeconomic consequences of digitalization at the global level.

11th Gaidar Forum Organizers:

The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA);
The Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy (Gaidar Institute);
The Association of Innovative Regions of Russia (AIRR).

Forum partners:

General partners: Gazprom, Gazprombank. Strategic partners: Coca-Cola, Mastercard, Russian Railways, Pharmstandard group, Johnson & Johnson, Sanofi, Novartis Group, MSD, ACIG Group, EF Education First. Partners: Prosveshcheniye Group, EY, Huawei, RVC, Russian Agricultural Bank.
General information partners: Rossiya 24 TV Chanel, TASS, RBC, Business FM; strategic information partners: Kommersant Publishing House, Interfax, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Invest Foresight online business magazine, RIA FederalPress; main information partners:,,,, Profile; international partners: RT, Thomson Reuters, Sputnik, EFE, Cision, Pan Pacific Agency; information partners: Snob media project, PRIME economic news agency, RNS, Expert magazine, Parlamentskaya Gazeta,, Radio Ekho Moskvy, PRO Business TV channel, FINAM.RU agency, Davydov.Index, Strategia magazine, Ekonomika i Zhizn newspaper, ECONS.ONLINE website, Gosudarstvennaya Sluzhba magazine, TV BRICS.

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