News conference on business cooperation between Russia and Italy
Abel Aganbegyan, a department head at RANEPA, has attended a news conference of the Russian-Italian Dialogue Forum representing civil societies at the Interfax news agency on future cooperation between the two countries.
The participants discussed Russian-Italian cooperation in business, culture, tourism, science and development of public initiatives. The speakers included vice-president of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, co-chairman of the Russian-Italian Dialogue Forum Vladimir Dmitriyev; Special Presidential Representative for International Cultural Cooperation Mikhail Shvydkoi; Deputy General Director, SME Corporation Maxim Lubomudrov; Abel Aganbegyan, Head of the Department of Economic Theory and Policy at Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA); and Director of Programs at the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) Ivan Timofeyev. The event was also attended by director of the RANEPA Russian-Italian Center Mamikon Airapetyan.
Italy is a country where small and medium-sized business is more developed than anywhere else in the world, Abel Aganbegyan said adding that 80% of employed population in Italy is involved with SME in one way or another. “No other country has ever shown such figures; Japan comes second with about 60%. Therefore, studying Italy’s experience is important. In the long term, we are planning to establish the Institute of Small and Medium-Sized Business at RANEPA, with the support of the Dialogue Forum and the SME Foundation, which would professionally study these issues.”
“The Russian leadership now has an understanding of the need to develop small and medium-sized businesses, since without them, it is impossible to meet the priority goals of reducing poverty, improving the demographics and increasing people’s welfare,” Aganbegyan added.