The eighth issue of Business Crimea magazine, published under the auspices of the Yalta International Economic Forum Foundation, has come off the press. The issue focuses on the results of YIEF 2017. Copies of the magazine were distributed at the biggest annual business event of Russia – the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
One of the highlights of the issue is an exclusive interview with the Head of the Republic of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov. The article entitled “I’m not your regular armchair executive” opens a new permanent section of the magazine – “Faces of Crimea.” It will publish texts about people who worthily represent Crimea in their relevant areas: business, administration, sports, and arts.
“This interview is an attempt to paint a portrait of the most famous and influential man in Crimea”, the article reads. Sergey Aksyonov shared his view that the 1960s–1980s were the Golden Age in Crimea’s history. “It was then that the resorts, industrial facilities and agriculture of Crimea reached their peak. I’m positive that, after the reunification with Russia, our peninsula will once again become a ‘magnificent medal on the Earth’s chest,’ as the prominent Chilean poet and statesman Pablo Neruda once said”, the head of the region stated.
The block of publications on YIEF discussions begins with material about participation by high-ranking state officials in the Forum – First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Sergei Kiriyenko, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Kozak, and Special Presidential Representative for Environmental Protection, Ecology and Transport Sergei Ivanov.
General information about YIEF 2017, international participants in the Forum and the main agreements signed as part of the Forum is presented as infographics.
The issue features seven interviews with international YIEF participants, who spoke about economic cooperation between Crimea and their respective regions – Member of the Upper House of the Austrian Parliament Hans-Joerg Jenewein, Minister for Economic Development of Regione Liguria (Italy) Edoardo Rixi, Deputy Mayor of the Italian city of Rovigo Ezio Conchi, Head of the Cypriot Parliamentary Committee for International Affairs Georgios Lillikas, Secretary General of AKEL Progressive Party of the Working People of Cyprus Andros Kyprianou, Secretary General of the Greece–Russia Friendship Society Pavlos Christou, and Director of the International Society for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises of Vietnam Pham Thai Hung.
The report about the main YIEF 2017 discussion – the grand session, which addressed Russia’s economic development strategy, – is followed by interviews with four heads of Russia’s major associations of entrepreneurs and businesses. Andrey Nazarov, Co-Chairman of the All-Russia Public Organization “Delovaya Rossiya” (Business Russia), Alexander Shokhin, President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, Alexander Kalinin, President of the All-Russia Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses Opora Russia, and Vladimir Dmitriyev, Vice-President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Russia, shared their insights with Business Crimea.
“Russia calls for the burden on business to be predictable”, Alexander Shokhin told Business Crimea. He suggested looking for effective financing tools for fast-growing production companies, including by using the stock market. “We suggest that medium-sized companies that have undergone due diligence by development institutions, such as the Industry Development Fund, should enjoy a simplified corridor to issue bonds and be included on the lombard lists of the Central Bank or form a special section at the Moscow Exchange for issue, floatation and IPOs”, the RSPP President said.
Preparations for YIEF 2018 are already under way, according to Deputy Head of the Organizing Committee of the Forum and Co-Chairman of the All-Russia Public Organization “Delovaya Rossiya” (Business Russia) Andrey Nazarov. “Applications from foreign delegations wishing to participate as distinguished guests have already been received, so we will have to increase the participation quota and use additional venues. We also plan to hold a large-scale exhibition and present even more investment projects. The programme committee, which now includes all of the leading business associations, will soon resume its activity”, Mr Nazarov said.
“Tauride is on the starting line” is the title of the publication about the construction launch of a four-lane highway to connect the Kerch Bridge with Crimea’s biggest cities. The article focuses on how the construction is going, the technical parameters of the highway and financing of construction operations.
“I will be happy to return to Crimea on a tour”, Italian conductor Fabio Pirola said in an interview for the magazine. He performed at YIEF 2017 with the Northern City Russian people’s orchestra. Publications on the scientific conference “Restoration of historical gardens and parks”, II Crimean Corporate Games, YIEF Youth Day, and a vintage car race on the southern coast of Crimea focused on events on the sidelines of the Forum.
The Personality section features an interview with the most famous traveller and survivalist of modern times, Fyodor Konyukhov. He told Business Crimea about the design and construction of the world’s biggest yacht and plans to go round the world on it in only 62 days. “I want to add Russia to the elite list of Jules Verne Cup holders, which includes countries whose sailors have managed to circumnavigate the globe in under 80 days”, the traveller said. “After that, we will hand the boat over to the Russian Navy, for cadet training. Sevastopol will be its home port.”
The topic of sea voyages is further explored in the article “Around Crimea on a Yacht in Seven Days.” Captain Alexander Virchenko has drawn a seven-day route for Business Crimea, sharing the best mooring and landing locations and pointing out the most picturesque places on shore.
Another highlight of the issue is the text “Seven Clouds of Vorontsov Palace”, which tells the story of this architectural masterpiece, which has become Russia’s legacy. Mikhail Vorontsov, one of the best-educated men of his time, commissioned the architectural concept of the palace with features typical of the famed Greek philosopher Plato. The article “Konstantin Korovin’s Eternal Light” in the Culture section provides glimpses of the life and work of the great painter, who lived and worked in Gurzuf for several years and painted a series of outstanding Crimean landscapes.