Online participation in "Business Dialogue Russia-Japan" at SPIEF 2021

June 2021

From June 2 to 5, the 24th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), a major international economic event referred to as the "Russian Davos Conference," was convened. On June 5, one of the event’s programs, the 6th Business Dialogue Russia-Japan, was held online, and JETRO Chairman and CEO SASAKI Nobuhiko participated as a panelist with ranking officials from both governments and Russian and Japanese business people.

Healthcare, digital technologies and green economy key to future collaboration between Russia and Japan

Representatives from both governments highly praised the progress of business between the two countries centered on the “eight-point economic cooperation proposal," even under the corona crisis, and expressed high hopes for the fields of "healthcare," "digital innovation," and "green economy and carbon neutrality."

As an initiative related to digital innovation, Chairman Sasaki explained that JETRO adapted to the corona crisis by switching almost all its activities online in fiscal year 2020. Regarding Russia, he mentioned that JETRO co-sponsored a pitch event for Russian startups and a matching program where they seek out Japanese companies in collaboration with the Skolkovo Foundation, one of Russia's largest innovation support organizations. He also presented successful cases of FDI into Japan by startups originated from Russia through JETRO's support. In response, Chairman Alexey Repik of Business Russia, who played the role of moderator, replied that he would like to build a win-win relationship between Japan and Russia in the digital field.

JETRO will continue to make efforts to vitalize bilateral economic exchange between Russia and Japan.

Panelists from Russia

Panelists from Japan

Presentation by JETRO Chairman Sasaki

Outline of Dialogue

Date and time Saturday, June 5, 2021, 16:00 - 17:15
Location Online
MURAYAMA Shigeru, President, Japan Association for Trade with Russia and the NIS (ROTOBO)/ Special Advisor, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Alexey Repik, Chairman, Business Russia/ Chairman, Russian-Japanese Business Council
Representatives from governments (video message)
KAJIYAMA Hiroshi, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan
Maksim Reshetnikov, Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
Representatives from businesses (Japan)
KOKUBU Fumiya, Chairman, Japan-Russian Committee for Economic Cooperation, Japan Business Federation Keidanren/ Chairman of the Board of Directors, Marubeni Corporation
IIJIMA Masami, Director, Mitsui & Co Ltd
SASAKI Nobuhiko, Chairman & CEO, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
HAYASHIZAKI Yoshihide, President, Chief Executive Officer, Mirai Genomics
Representatives from businesses (Russia)
Vadim Shvetsov, General Director, Sollers Group
Roman Trotsenko, Founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors, AEON Corporation
Sergey Pavlov, First Deputy Managing Director, Russian Railways
Vladislav Shapsha, Governor of Kaluga Region