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Scientists Explore Further Development in International Economic Cooperation

Published: April 11, 2014 (Issue # 1805)




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On Apr. 3, an international conference was held in St. Petersburg at the FBU Test-St. Petersburg State Center with the main focus titled: “Strategic Priorities of Economic Development in Russia and Europe: Prospects for Integration."

The conference was a continuation of discussions from a seminar held in Stockholm in October 2013 where the main focus then was titled: "Independent Research for the Improvement of Quality in the World," and was organized by the Swedish Research Institute of Industrial Economics. As a result of the significant progress made then in the study of integration processes in international economic activities, a decision was made to continue such seminars to order to keep collaborations moving forward.

The conference being held in St. Petersburg this year had added significance as this year marks the 180th birthday anniversary of world renowned scientist, Dmitri Mendeleev, whose research still impacts the scientific world today. In fact, the FBU Test-St. Petersburg State Center, where the seminar was held, was developed under an initiative by Mendeleev as a center for “Standardization, Metrology and Testing”. In addition, a significant number of Mendeleev’s scientific papers were also referred to in regards to economic issues discussed at the forum, including the development of economic relations between Russia and foreign countries.

The importance of developing economic cooperation between Russia and Europe remains a high. Today, many single multinational technological developments have been formed as a result from long-term projects by Russia and European companies. This in turn has had a major impact on macroeconomic integration, the removal of customs barriers as well as the development of legislation.

The focus on increasing economic performance indexes through joint projects in various fields of science and technology have the aim of improving the quality of lives for people - a main priority for socio-economic development for any community, state or country.

As a result, an effort was made at the conference this year for participants to focus on questions regarding quality of life by comparing standards and values among emerging countries and the West. Participants were also asked to consider strategies for the development of administrative-territorial entities on the basis of international standardization as a way to further develop relations between Russian and the European Union.

Presenting at the conference were well-known and respected Russian and foreign scientists including: Professor Magnus Henrekson, President of the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN, Sweden); Professor Torbjorn Becker, Director of the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE, Sweden); Dr. Vladimir Kvint, foreign member for the Russian Academy of Sciences, Head of the Financial Strategy department at the Moscow School of Economics, Head of Strategic Management MSU, President of the International Academy of Emerging Markets (USA); and Professor Vladimir Okrepilov, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, General Director of the FBU Test-St. Petersburg State Center.

The conference proved to be an important contribution to the development of constructive and mutually beneficial economic cooperation between Russia and Europe, which in turn will have a significant and positive impact on the future of not only society but for every individual, by providing an increased standard in quality of life.

The information is provided by specialists of Federal State –Funded Institution “Test-St.-Petersburg"





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Wednesday, Oct. 22


English teachers can expect to receive a few useful pointers today from Evgeny Kalashnikov, the British Council regional teacher, during the EFL Seminar this afternoon hosted by the British Book Center. The topic of today’s seminar is “Grammar Practice.”


Young Petersburgers will get the chance to jumpstart their careers at “Professional Growth,” a job fair and forum featuring more than 40 major Russian and international companies vying for potential candidates for future positions. The forum not only is a chance to network but also to learn more about the modern business world and to understand what it takes to get the job you want.



Thursday, Oct. 23


AmCham’s Public Relations Committee meeting is scheduled to meet this morning at 9 a.m. in their office in the New St. Isaac Office Center.


Sportsmen get their chance to stock up on all kinds of gear at the Hunting and Fishing 2014 exhibition starting today at Lenexpo. Everything from rods and reels to boats, motorcycles and equipment for underwater hunting will be on sale so that any avid outdoorsman can always be prepared.



Friday, Oct. 24


SPIBA’s ongoing “Breakfast with the Director” series continues today, featuring Tomas Hajek, Managing Director of the Northwest Division at Danone Russia. Hajek will be discussing collaborations between businesses from different cultures. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel and all who wish to attend must confirm their participation by Oct. 23.


Get your gong on at “Sounds of the Universe,” a concert at the city planetarium this evening incorporating six different gongs to create relaxing songs that will transport you upwards into the stratosphere. Tickets are 700 rubles ($17).



Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop culture, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the club’s website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit “Neophobia” at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBA’s Marketing and Communications Committee’s round table discussion on “Government Relations Practices in Russia” this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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