Representatives of St. Petersburg’s major museums will draft recommendations for restoring the architectural monuments and developing the cultural heritage sites of the Republic of Crimea at the panel meeting on The Conservation of Historic and Architectural Heritage and Creation of New Sociocultural Sites as a Foundation for Cultural Identity in the Modern World as part of the 3rd Yalta International Economic Forum to be held on 20 through 22 April.
The organiser of the panel discussion is the St. Petersburg branch of the Russian Creative Union of Cultural Workers. Sergey Ilchenko (known under the pen name Sergey Nevsky), a journalist, editor-in-chief of The Educated Petersburg newspaper, an Associate Professor at the Department of TV and Radio Journalism of St. Petersburg State University (SPSU), will be the discussion moderator.
“The core of the future meeting is the panel discussion on Investing in Cultural Heritage Conservation through Public and Private Partnership”, said discussion moderator Sergey Ilchenko. “The participants will raise specific issues related to some cultural heritage sites in the Crimea (11 of them will be represented at the meeting). The extent of knowledge about them is different, much as their condition, so they naturally require a differentiated approach.”
A big group of museum directors from the City on the Neva, including the State Museum of Tsarskoye Selo, the Gatchina Palace and Estate Museum, the State Museum of Pavlovsk, the State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg, the Russian Museum of Ethnography, etc., will fulfil the role of experts for assessing the Crimea cultural sites. “Each of these top managers has gained wide and successful experience in organising the work at their museums in different specific, often difficult, socioeconomic contexts”, Mr Ilchenko explained. “And they are ready to share this experience with their Crimean counterparts. The panel meeting is expected to arrive at specific recommendations for further developing the cultural heritage of the Crimean Peninsula.”
The meeting organisers emphasised that today’s culture and art are the foundation and infrastructure for several other areas, such as education, publishing, tourism, the entertainment industry and the tertiary sector. According to global statistics, cultural tourism accounts for more than 75% of the travel industry. Consequently, the discussion will be mainly focused on actively involving the Crimean cultural heritage sites in the tourism turnover.
Elena Drapeko, the Senior Vice-Chairman of the Russian State Duma Culture Committee, Honoured Artist of the RSFSR, Ekaterina Gomazkova, executive supervisor of the National Association Restoration of Historic Gardens and Parks, Vladimir Gronsky, director of the Suvorov State Memorial Museum, Vera Dementieva, director of the State Museum of Pavlovsk, Alexander Koliakin, director of the State Museum of the History of St Petersburg, Vassily Pankratov, director of the Gatchina Palace and Estate Museum, Vitaly Pilipchuk, 4 executive supervisor of the Foundation for Development of City Projects of the Republic of Bashkortostan Vatan Ethnic Park, Pavel Seleznev, director of the Kirov Central Park, Olga Taratynova, director of the State Museum of Tsarskoye Selo, Arina Novoselskaya, Minister of Culture of the Republic of Crimea, Alexander Balinchenko, director of the Government-Financed Institution of the Republic of Crimea Alupka Palace and Park Complex, will be among the participants at the panel meeting.
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The Yalta International Economic Forum (YIEF) is an annual international business event centred on economics, and held in Crimea. YMEF is rated among the Top Four economic forums in Russia – alongside the St Petersburg Economic Forum, the Eastern Economic Forum, and the Russian Investment Forum in Sochi.
The Forum's organisers are the Government of the Crimean Republic, and The Yalta International Economic Forum Foundation, with the support of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation.
This year's YIEF event, which takes place over 20th, 21st and 22n April, has gathered more than 1500 attendees, including over 150 international participants from over 40 different countries. The most numerous of the foreign delegations attending YIEF this year has been from Italy – with over 50 delegates attending.
The primary venue for the Forum, as in previous years, is the MRIYA RESORT & SPA hotel – while a series of events is also being held at the Livadia Palace, and at other venue locations located along the southern shores of Crimea.
The program for YIEF-2017 features more than 29 business events, 25 themed sessions, a central feature session devoted to developments in Crimea's construction sector, and the keynote discussion at YIEF, the main plenary session – which is divided into three thematic sections – 'World', 'Country', and 'People'. The 'World' section throws the focus onto the economic situation in Russia through the prism of international business. It's envisaged to look at issues of Russia's place in the world economy, Russian experience as a business partner, and a discussion of the opportunities which Russia presents for international investors. During the 'Country' section Forum participants will be focusing on the potential for Russia to develop an innovation-based economy that will meet tomorrow's needs. During the 'People' section social issues and care for the environment will take centre-stage.
On the sidelines of YIEF-2017 it is expected that a slew of Agreements, Contracts, and Memorandums will be signed. According to information from the Ministry of Ecnoomic Development of the Crimean Republic, the sums involved in the expected agreements and memorandums for projects will top 53 billion Russian roubles in committed investment funds.
Crimea's investment potential is highlighted in a special exhibition of investment projects due to run for the entire three days of the Forum. Forum participants will be presenting over 35 projects and sites which are already at the green-light stage for investment, as well as examples of major investment and infrastructure projects which are already up-and-running.
The business program for the closing day of YIEF-2017 offers individual meetings with the Head of the Crimean Republic, Mr Sergey Aksionov, for official delegations, investors, and members of the business community.
The Cultural Program of the Forum will include a performance by the Severny Gorod (Northern City) orchestra, under its director Mr Fabio Pirola; a rally of old-timer vehicles; and excursions to different historic heritage locations along the southern shores of Crimea.
An important element of YIEF-2017 will be sports events for business program participants, which will continue throughout the whole period of the Forum. Under the aegis of YIEF-2017, the IInd Crimean Corporate Games will be held. These include mini-football, basketball, football, chess, checkers, 100m and 800m sprint runs, tug-'o-war, arm-wrestling, kettle-bell, weightlifting, press-ups, and darts. Nearly 400 people are expected to participate.
Last year's YIEF-2016 took place over 14th to 16th April, and attracted over 1100 people – including governmental figures, members of the business community, and economic experts. Among the visitors were more than 70 international participants from 26 different countries. These included business leaders, politicians, and other significant opinion-formers. This was the largest number to date of foreign business visitors to Crimea since the peninsula reunited with Russia.
YIEF-2016 saw the inking of 12 different investment agreements, to a total value of over 70 billion roubles – as well as the development of mechanisms to protect the economic interests of foreign investors interested in investing in Crimea, so that they remain unaffected by the malign effects of western sanctions imposed on Russia. The Forum played host to the signing of contract for building a new terminal for Simferopol International Airport, whose total contract value amounted to 32 billion roubles. This made it the most valuable investment project in the history of the Crimean Republic.
Straregic YIEF-2017 Partner – VAD Corporation. General YIEF-2017 Partners RNKB Bank PAO, Sibavtoban Corporation, and Mirya Resort & Spa hotel complex. Official YIEF-2017 partner – AB ROSSIYA Corporation. Key YIEF-2017 partners include KubanEnergo Public Corporation; Titanovie Investitsiy Corp; Crimean Soda Works Corp; Morskaya Direktsiya Corp; Parangon State Corp; Crimean Fruits Company.
A huge raft of different companies have stepped forward as partners of Forum Sessions.
The work YIEF-2017 is reported and broadcast by over 250 different Russian and international media organisations.
The YIEF-2017 Strategic Information Partner is TASS. YIEF-2017 General Information Partners are the Russia Today, Rossiya Segodnya, Perviy Krymsky and Krym-24 TV channels; Radio Krym; MIA Rossiya Segodnya. and Komsomolskaya Pravda. General Internet Information Partners are: RNS, Lenta.ru, and Gazeta.ru.
Special Information Partners of the Forum's proceedings are Vedomosti, RBK television channel, and RIA Novosti Krym.
The official radio station for the Forum is Radio Sputnik Krym, Official Information Partners are PRIME and Rossiya Segodnya.
Additional information partners of the Forum include Rossiyskaya Gazeta; Delovoy Krym magazine; Interfax-Yug information agency; Strana television channel; Izvestia; NIA-Federatsiya; Krymskaya Gazeta; Krymskoe Informatsionnoye Agenstsvo (KIA); Kryminform corporation' Krymsky Journal; and Ekonomika i Zhizn'.