On April 28, in Ufa there was completed the First International Online Forum “The World After the Coronavirus: A View from the Heart of Eurasia”. Broadcasts of the business program were watched on all the continents. The online audience reached 5.7 million people.
The conference was held in an interactive format based on the unique platform bashkiria-live.com and became the first global forum in Russia after the cancellation of public events. After its completion, in addition to the world famous brand “Bashkir honey”, a new brand - “Bashkir MOF” became recognizable.
The project was co-chaired by the Head of the Republic of Bashkortostan Radiy Khabirov , Rector of the National Research University Higher School of Economics Yaroslav Kuzminov and Director General of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI) Svetlana Chupsheva .
On the official platform, registration was about 10 thousand people; The forum was watched in 35 countries, these are: Russia, the USA, Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, France, Japan, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Qatar, Turkey, Sweden, Mexico, Austria , Armenia, Greece, Poland, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Moldova, Serbia, Czech Republic and others.
About plenary sessions
The key events of the forum were the holding of the Russian and international plenary session “New Reality: the State and Global Challenges” and “The World after the Coronavirus: the Eurasian View”. The organizers brought to life a unique visual concept. In the Russian plenary session, speakers using special effects were able to assemble on a virtual stage, recreating the scenery of a classic offline event with the presidium. The international plenary was implemented in the form of a teleconference with the broadcasting of international experts.
The leading plenary session was attended by leading experts, politicians, economists and social activists. Speakers at the online meeting: Head of the Republic of Bashkortostan Radiy Khabirov, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Bashkortostan Andrei Nazarov, Director General of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives Svetlana Chupsheva, Co-Chair of the All-Russian Public Organization “Delovaya Rossiya” Alexey Repik, Commissioner for the Protection of the Rights of Entrepreneurs of Russia Boris Titov, President of the All-Russian public organization of small and medium-sized enterprises “Support of Russia” Alexander Kalinin. The meeting was moderated by Alexander Lyubimov, General Director and President of the VID television company, and vice president of the Russian Television Academy.
Speaking about the future, the head of the Republic of Bashkortostan, Radiy Khabirov, said that after the pandemic, humanity will no longer be the same and this requires politicians and scientists to introduce new principles for managing modern society. “Mankind is constantly faced with global challenges, the progress of which depends on overcoming them. The coronavirus pandemic here was no exception, on the contrary, the crisis phenomena associated with it are more rapid both for human life and for global economic stability, ”said Radiy Khabirov.
As part of the presentation of the potential of the Republic of Bashkortostan, a unique model of interaction between investors and the Government of the Republic of Bashkortostan was presented - a universal investment marketplace. As noted by the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Belarus Andrei Nazarov, as a result of the project, a potential investor gets an almost ready-made business - only investments are required from him. “Now that everyone understands that the economic sector close to the state demonstrates maximum stability, the Government of the Republic of Bashkortostan is ready to lend a hand to investors and offer cooperation on unprecedented conditions,” said Andrei Nazarov.
“We are watching today how Spain and Denmark decided to gradually open institutions, and the state gives them relevant recommendations. It is very important for us to have the same recommendations for the security business in order not to get a second surge in the spread of infection when we move to the stage of gradual opening of enterprises, ”said Svetlana Chupsheva, Director General of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives.
“When we proceed to the opening of enterprises, we need to maintain the support measures that have already been taken: deferrals on loans, reduced rates, and so on. It must be understood that for the first time enterprises will not have revenue, ”Chupsheva said.
“Already now we need to look at the possibility of a gradual exit from the quarantine state. If we do not work, we have a serious risk that the technological chains that can still be restored today will be completely destroyed. However, if we hold out for some time in this state, it will be an atrophy of certain parts of the economy, which will affect the whole body of the Russian economic system, ”said Boris Titov, Commissioner for Presidential Protection of Entrepreneurs of Russia.
“Small business itself always solved its own issues, no matter what difficult periods we went through, the only thing we asked for was not to bother us now. And in this crisis, we ask: transfer tax obligations to us, and not only to the affected sectors, but to as large sectors as possible, where there is a sharp decrease in revenue, transfer tax obligations to us for at least six months, and not just to the few OKVED codes that are now attributed to the most affected. Help us solve the problem of transferring rental payments, and besides, there are big questions for those who have loans to banks, ”President of the Russian Reliance Alexander Kalinin suggested measures to help business.
Leading Russian and world experts, politicians, economists and social activists took part in the work of the international plenary session “The World After the Coronavirus: Eurasian View” . Franco Frattini, ex-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy, President of the Institute of Eurasian Studies, former Prime Minister of Sweden Fredrik Reinfeldt, theoretical physicist, active popularizer of science, futurist Michio Kaku, film director Luc Besson, leading expert on geopolitical issues Parag Hannah made a speech at the online meeting , essayist, writer Nassim Taleb. The moderator was TV presenter Ksenia Sobchak. She opened the forum with words of gratitude to the organizers of the event, and also reminded the guests about what Bashkortostan is famous for. “Probably everyone who thinks about Bashkortostan will think about ... By the way, what will we think about? Probably, first of all, we all recall Bashkir honey. But, if we think again, we will recall what exactly this republic makes and supplies the most gasoline; and also the very soda that is in every kitchen, it also comes from Bashkortostan. And a huge number of airplanes and helicopters with engines that are also made in Bashkiria fly in the sky, ”the forum moderator said.
According to the former Prime Minister of Sweden, Fredrik Reinfeldt, after the coronavirus, the world economy will face a recession, which may become the deepest in history. In order to avoid a protracted crisis, we must now begin to weaken restrictive measures and restart the economy.
Former Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini spoke about the experience of combating the country's coronavirus, which is considered the most affected in Europe.
“When European countries decided to close the borders, thinking that it was only Italy’s problem, we counted on a cooperation policy. After all, we are talking about a population density at which quarantine will only exacerbate the situation. Italy cannot be blocked. As a result, the European Union realized that it was necessary to show solidarity with all countries of the world in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, ”the diplomat said.
Ksenia Sobchak suggested that the coronavirus pandemic could also affect the geopolitical situation in Europe. In particular, the crisis is capable of provoking a review of relations within the European Union.
“Talk began to arise that it was Russia, China and Cuba who were the first to respond to the call for help from Italy. This is also symbolic, because in a sense it says that there will be some kind of revision of relations within the European Union, because the EU itself remained with the topic, in the framework of a pandemic that raises some questions, including within Italy and the people themselves Italy, ”said Sobchak.
The famous French director Luc Besson spoke about the importance of unity in a pandemic.
“We need to think about the future. Recently, in view of the current situation, in some countries there is a problem of food shortages, and in this difficult time we need to rally. My message to everyone from 20 to 80 years is that you have to be better than the past generation. Only then can we be called a society! We also need to support young people. They should succeed, they have energy and drive, ”said Besson.
Theoretical physicist, an active popularizer of science, futurist Michio Kaku compared the current situation in the world with the Great Depression. The latest technologies will help mankind fight the infection, the expert believes.
Within the framework of the forum, 9 working sections were held, in which more than 100 speakers from 35 countries took part.
So, in the framework of the section “Global Markets in Crisis: Fall or Redistribution?” Forum participants discussed the implications for the global economy, as well as ways to get out of the recession as soon as possible.
According to the vice president of JSC Russian Export Center Stanislav Georgievsky, the global economy will be able to move to growth no earlier than in a year and a half. At the same time, access to pre-crisis indicators will be possible only in 2022.
Ernesto Ferlingi, president of the Association of Italian Industrialists in Russia (Confindustria Russia), compared the current situation with the post-war economy.
“We have not seen such Europe even after the Second World War. The pandemic has affected the development of the economy in all regions of the world. In 2019, we predicted an increase in the quality of life, but in fact now we have minus 3 percent of world GDP, which amounts to $ 9 trillion, ”he said.
Experts of the section “Human Capital. The crisis of the labor market and the potential of online professions " agreed that the post-coronavirus labor market will change significantly.
The retailers section discussed changes in customer behavior. The Association of e-commerce companies held a discussion on retail and e-commerce issues “Stores 4.0 April Five-Year Plan and a New Development Strategy”.
In the framework of the section “Lessons in pajamas. Old school at a new address ”forum participants discussed the impact of COVID-19 on education. Experts have come to the conclusion that the crisis will spur universities to introduce new technologies and transfer education to an online format.
Section "POST-COVID. Society and new social challenges ”brought together Russian and foreign experts who talked about how society will change after a pandemic. Analysts have come to the conclusion that the crisis will be a test of strength for modern society and test it for moral stability.
Experts from the Covid & Media: Trust Against Hype section discussed a change in the information sphere during the pandemic. In particular, during the crisis, the need to verify information about the disease came to the fore.
However, many experts note that the pandemic will spur the development of online services, so that the world will enter the digital era at an accelerated pace. In particular, now educational institutions have appreciated the benefits of working online and transferred some of the programs to digital format.
“The crisis spurred us on, and we ran the distance for an annual or maybe even a two-year distance for 3-4 weeks. Further online will only increase. But it will be blended learning, where there will be elements of online and offline, ”said Andrei Sharonov, president of the Moscow School of Management Skolkovo.
After the crisis, some areas will change dramatically. So, trips to the office, to which society is accustomed, will no longer be mandatory in the future.
“We will not return to the same office environment that was before the crisis. If, for example, you used to work in design and discussed all issues in the office, then the situation will change 100 percent, ”said Rafaele de Bettin, director of the Italian engineering company DBA Group, who shared his experience in dealing with the consequences of the crisis in Italy.
Rector of the National Research University Higher School of Economics Yaroslav Kuzminov noted that the coronavirus pandemic tested society for moral stability.
“The situation with the coronavirus showed the willingness of governments to include freezing regimes, and people - to follow these rules. A collective moral choice is manifested here, which we forgot about in the pursuit of economic growth. We had social problems on the one hand, and economic growth, profitability on the other. Now we have connected them and weighed, which is more important, ”he said.
About information partners
More than 100 Russian and international publications wrote about the forum. The plenary sections were broadcast in Russian and English, including Russia and Europe (RT channel) and the Arab world (the largest pan-Arabic channel Al-Mayadin). The forum was covered by 20 international and federal information partners, 10 of which broadcast the event live.
The strategic informational partners of the forum were the publishing house Komsomolskaya Pravda and the TASS news agency. The general partners were: IIC Izvestia, the Interfax news agency, the Utro.ru information portal, and the FederalPress agency. The international media partners are Russia Today; Pan-Arab TV channel Al-Mayadin; Washington Morning and Asian Morning; Sama TV channels Telesur; SANA. Information partners were: "Echo of Moscow"; "Pravda.ru"; “Banks and finance”; "New Izvestia"; "1MediaInvest" and "Expomap".